Safety Tips for Sewing Machines

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In terms of safety, sewing is certainly a lot safer than skydiving, bull fighting or even just driving a car.  That being said, sewing does still present some genuine dangers so sewing machine safety is critical.  Today’s sewing machines are run by electricity and have dangerous moving parts like sharp needles; this means there are bound to be some safety concerns.  Here are some helpful safety tips to follow in order to stay safe whilst enjoying the hobby we all love so much. Needles are sharp.  Keep fingers away: Getting your fingers sewn isn’t a fun experience. One way of avoiding this risk is to buy finger guards from the maker of your machine. Such guards will keep your fingers protected from the needle but frankly, most people chose not to wear them.  However, since more the 60% of sewing-related injuries which … Continue reading

Fabulous Fabrics Fit For the Summer Season

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Hello Fabrics for Summer! It is the time of year once again when sewists like us have pull out our fabrics for summer and think about sewing projects that are not only fashionable, but also functional.  Indeed, the summer season means sun, sand and sea, and after the long autumn and winter months, it is also (finally!) a time to sew and wear colorful clothes that are comfortable. It’s the season for sewing relaxed- garments that we can wear to picnics, barbecues and a host of other fun outdoor activities. On the other hand, we now only have about half the range of fabrics available to us because wool, polyester, jersey, knit and the like are certainly not the kind of fabrics that we can wear under the summer heat. So what are the fabrics that are best for the … Continue reading

For Fans of Bernina Sewing Machines

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Are you a fan of Bernina sewing machines?  I know I certainly am.  Along with a very small number of other storied brands, Bernina seems to represent the pinnacle in sewing machine quality.  I know many sewists who can talk about their beloved Bernina sewing machines that have been handed down from generation to generation and still seem to work as well today as the day they were new. Bernina Factory Tour I learned only recently that I was going to have the opportunity to travel to Switzerland in the coming weeks.  So, as any fan of Bernina sewing machines would do, I immediately researched the opportunity to organize a visit to the famous Bernina factory at Steckborn on the shores of Lake Constance about an hour north of Zurich.  I was, of course devastated to learn that the factory was … Continue reading

Transforming Your Sewing Passion Into Something Profitable   

Sewing Passion Into Something Profitable

Sewing Passion Into Something Profitable People who are very passionate about sewing know that it is a truly compelling hobby. There are so many intriguing things you can fall in love with when it comes to sewing –like beautiful fabrics, unique designs, exquisite buttons, and that extremely gratifying feeling of satisfaction when you gift your family and friends with something you created yourself! Indeed, passionate sewers regularly fantasize about the number of beautiful things they can create with their sewing machines. So if you can transform your passion for sewing into something profitable, then you could be in the enviable position of doing something you love and earning money at the same time. Talk about having your cake and eating it too. To Sew or to Commute? You’ve probably thought about this whilst stitching a beautiful dress until the wee … Continue reading

The Wandering Waistline Explained

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The Wandering Waistline Pulling on a pair of vintage 1980’s pleated shorts (sharkstooth print, no less), I found myself thanking the fashion gods that the best of fashions always keep coming back for a revival, thank goodness for retro style! The pleated high waist, which was a no-no for so long, finally acceptable to wear again and I’m grateful, so comfortable and so practical! Consider for a moment, the insanely low waistline of the hipster pants and jeans from the late 90’s and early 00’s, the inevitable plumber’s bottom and the hassle of making sure that your undies (which tended to end up sticking out) didn’t have sheep or anything else ridiculous printed on them. To think that that was perfectly acceptable and yet a picture of a 1980’s pleated pants at the time looked totally unsavoury and rather hilarious, … Continue reading

Behind a Fashion Trend

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I dare say that the dress you are planning to sew for your next project is dictated by a fashion trend, which influences the way we look more than any of us can even start to imagine. Any fashion trend reflects the society we live in, as it is inspired by our arts, beliefs, customs, laws, wars and even by how some individuals dress up.  As such, fashion changes as our lifestyle evolves because it has to fit our evolving taste and our changing society. Nowadays, a fashion cycle begins when fashion designers create a new style for the season and come up with their new collection, which is then introduced to the public through fashion shows and design centers. It’s also common practice to let celebrities, considered as fashion icons, wear the new dresses for maximum exposure. Produced only … Continue reading

Why Millennials Should Learn To Sew

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I think millennials should learn to sew and here’s why. One of the fastest growing waste products being thrown into our landfills nowadays is textile waste. In the United States alone, it is estimated that there is an alarming 3.8 billion pounds of textile waste that’s being dumped into the country’s landfills every year.  Additionally, lots of byproducts come out of the textile manufacturing and disposal process resulting in a staggering total of ten million pounds of hazardous waste contaminating the nation’s waterways annually. The irony of all is that 95% of this textile waste can be recycled. The Main Reason Why Millennials are Generating Textile Waste Research shows that millennials are wasting scores of textiles more than the baby boomers simply because they don’t know how to sew!  Most of the textile waste is due to clothing being discarded just … Continue reading

An Introduction to Sewing Sweater Knits

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Ah, sweater knits! These highly textural, stretch fabrics can be cozy, lacy, casual, or sophisticated. With a good sweater knit and a little practice, you can cut and sew a sweater in a day or less, even if you can’t knit or crochet. Yes, they’re enabling. And they’re beautiful. If I sound a little biased, well… full disclosure, I’m a designer of sweater knits and I love what I do! What exactly is a sweater knit? All knits are fabrics that are made by interlooping of threads or yarn; that is, by pulling one loop of yarn through a previously made loop of yarn, row after row and column after column, depending on the type of knit. A sweater knit is made with a heavier yarn and bigger stitches than what you find in a standard t-shirt fabric. You’ll know … Continue reading

So what is Boho Chic anyway?

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We’ve all heard it, seen it, worn it. It’s the fashion phenomenon which swept the globe at the turn of the century and it’s firmly taken hold in our society. The majority of women, from teenage girls to middle age moms, are rocking some sort of boho-chic these days. For the first time in goodness knows how long, women can wear clothes that are comfortable and beautiful at the same time, while the men try to to squeeze into their stretch jeans! More of the same! Let’s first get comfortable with the lingo, because the name speaks a thousand words. Boho is the shortened form of Bohemian. Bohemian is a wonderful word and an even more wonderful thing to be. It’s a French word derived from the term referring to gypsies, adventurous souls, artists and socially unconventional people, with an … Continue reading

Tips for Choosing Fabric for Children’s Clothes

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All parents would agree that it’s a herculean task to maintain children’s clothes. All the chocolates and cookies that they snack on inevitably leave their mark on that pretty dress or handsome pair of pants, not to mention puddles of mud and dirt cakes. Moreover, the sensitive skin of the tiny tots may be affected by certain fabrics and textures. That’s why I’ve come up with a few simple tips to apply when selecting fabric for children’s clothes. Type of fabric: As a general rule, it’s a good idea to avoid synthetic fabric for children’s clothes because of it’s high level of chemical content, which could cause allergic reactions on their delicate skin. Try to use all natural fabric like cotton, wool and silk at all costs. For toddlers, organically grown natural fabric would be the best bet. We did a … Continue reading

Vogue Sewing – Book review

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Vogue Sewing- Revised & Updated Edition 2006 When I was in high school, I remember learning about “the canon“.  No, not those things that go bang and kill people, (that would be a “cannon”) but rather the list of historical and important books in the English language that has pretty much defined Western Civilization.  The list contained great and ancient works like Beowulf as well as more relatively modern tomes like “To Kill a Mocking Bird” and “The Catcher in the Rye”. The list was originally mostly dominated by male authors, but in recent years, more female authors have been included with works like “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen and “To the Lighthouse” by Virginia Woolf .  Like me, I’m sure many of you read these back in high school too, but I’m not really sure if they still teach … Continue reading