3 Tips for Lighting Your Sewing Room

3 Tips for Lighting Your Sewing Room

Having a spacious, well-organized sewing room is a dream of all sewers.  For people who sew as a hobby or as their job, one of the most important factors for sewing properly is having a well-lit sewing room.  We wrote recently about 7 Practical Tips for Designing A Sewing Room.  In that article, we mentioned one must-have of a sewing room, aside from adequate equipment and proper storage is good lighting. We’ve also dedicated a lot of articles towards ways to organize your sewing room and the things in it.  We’ve also invested a lot of time in talking about sewing safety.  But one of the most important aspects of sewing on which we’ve spent the least time is lighting. Just like reading, sewing is a strenuous activity for the eyes.  Without proper lighting, sewing won’t be nearly as enjoyable or … Continue reading

Sewing Elastic Types: Which One to Use in Your Project

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If you are not sure what elastic to use on your sewing project, we are here to help! Today, we are here to teach you the different types of elastics for sewing and when to use them. Can you imagine your life as a sewer, sewing your favorite projects without elastics? How about making yoga pants or maternity pants without elastic waistband?  Think about those swimsuits, surgical garments, socks or gowns without an ability to stretch. Elastic gives us comfort, fantastic fit and provides room for the stretch-ability of our clothes. What is Elastic? Elastic is a stretchy and narrow fabric made with a flexible substance. It is manufactured by weaving, knitting or braiding together strands of rubber, latex or other pliable material that can be stretched and return to its original shape. Because of the different types available, it … Continue reading

Which Sewing Machine Needle? + bonus download

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Ok, so you’ve taken up sewing but you’re still learning the ropes, as they say.  When talking about sewing machine needles, people in your sewing circle keep spouting off numbers like 90/14 and 75/11, which makes little to no sense to you…the problem is, you’re just a tad too shy to ask. Well, that’s why we’re here: so you can arrive at that next sew-along date spouting off some useful info of your own, maybe teach the old experts some stuff that even they didn’t know (we won’t tell them, if you won’t). Before we get to those blasted numbers though…what about needle types, why the different shapes and when are they appropriate? When it comes to sewing machine needles you’ll have a few needle types from which to choose, namely quilting, topstitch, embroidery, denim, metallic and universal. Your rounded tips are … Continue reading

Computerized Sewing Machines: Here to Stay

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If your reaction to the words “Computerized Sewing Machine” is something more like what you’d expect if I just yelled “Plague!!!!” …then this article is meant for you. What you need to do is calm yourself, open your mind, take a deep breath and be prepared to learn something new! Computerised sewing machines are here to stay and chances are you’ll be seeing more and more of them, so before the times completely run away with you…let’s get to grips with them. It’s not as daunting as you might expect and trust me, computerized sewing machines are around for a reason. Some of the nifty little things you can do are definitely worth the time time it takes for you to learn the ropes. Besides, the computerizing is, in essence, a time saving function so you will benefit in the long run! … Continue reading

Common sewing machine problems and how to fix them

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Whether you are a beginner in the sewing world or an expert who has completed innumerable projects, there is always a chance that your sewing machine might create some trouble for you.  Sometimes it can be that annoying sound or as bad as the machine refusing to work at all.  Here are 5 common sewing machine problems encountered by most of the sewing enthusiasts and ways to fix them that don’t involve seeking outside help. Machine not sewing: This is one of the most common sewing machine problems faced by all. This could be because either the thread or the needle is not properly set up. Read the user manual carefully while threading and inserting the needle. While threading, make sure that the presser foot is up and once threaded the presser foot should be brought down. Similarly, make sure that … Continue reading

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

The Irresistible Allure of a Vintage Sewing Machine

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There’s always been something quite special about creating clothes with a good ole’ vintage sewing machine. Perhaps it’s the idea that you’re partaking in a fragment of history…or maybe it’s the fact that your vintage sewing machine was originally owned by your great grandmother and has been passed down to your grandmother, your mother and now to you! Indeed, when you sew with a vintage sewing machine, you’re definitely linking up with a piece of history…and using this equipment from the past somehow nurtures the soul. You see, you’re not only connecting with people who have used the machine before but also with those who have manufactured it with honor and pride. Vintage Sewing Machines Are a Dime A Dozen When I say vintage, I refer to sewing machines that are at least forty years old…and if you are not … Continue reading

How to Use the Pintuck Foot

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I’ve been learning more about the different sewing machine feet in my mega-box of presser feet that I bought.  This week, the pintuck foot has been intriguing and delighting me.  Accurate sewing has never been a strong point of mine so the prospect of sewing lines and lines of neat and accurate little pin tucks – well, that would fill me with horror! Bring it on now that I have the pintuck foot.  Accurate and straight sewing has never been easier with this simple addition to the machine.  Often seen in heirloom sewing mixed in with other decorative stitching, pin tucks are pretty and give dimension and structure to your sewing.  They can be used purely as a decorative addition, but with some clever thinking, they can also be used to give shaping to garments in place of pleats and … Continue reading

10 Tips for Buying a Sewing Machine

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For me, buying a sewing machine, is a big decision.   I know it is the same for most of us.  If I buy well, hopefully the new machine will be lifelong investment and even something I can give to my daughter eventually.  However, I also know that if I choose badly, the new machine may be nothing but trouble and something soon discarded.  And who can afford to waste many that way these days?   What-is-more, once I get accustomed to using a machine, it’s a real disappointment when things go wrong and this can set me back days or even weeks on my sewing projects.  Hence we should be extra careful when buying a new one.   Here are few things you need to consider before buying a sewing machine. 1. Choose your features: The type of machine you buy should depend … Continue reading

How to use the binding foot

Where has this been hiding all my life! With the binding foot I can get perfectly sewn binding front and back every time.

If you get frustrated putting on binding because you sometimes miss catching the back of the binding and get little gaps – you need this article!  Never miss the back again and get perfectly straight stitching – learn how to use the Binding Foot. Do you remember that lovely big box of sewing feet I bought? I’ve been gradually working my way through them a bit at a time, with varying degrees of success. I’m never one for worrying too much about the accuracy of my sewing so these are certainly helping me get a great finish on all of my test pieces. There is one in particular I wanted to share with you, the Binding Foot. This is a revelation! I now worship the binding foot and have been making up all sorts of little bits and pieces to add … Continue reading

Do you need an industrial sewing machine?

Do you need an industrial sewing machine

Do you need an industrial sewing machine?  Take a good look in your basement and perhaps you already know the answer.  Down there under the dusty covers and dark shadows, there are the many wounded soldiers of your exploits and garage sales.  Unless you are an antique dealer or a collector, why would you want to clutter your home with any more unused machinery?  Some women buy sewing machines like they buy jeans.  Don’t believe me? Run to your nail salon and ask around.  You will find that the average women have 6 pairs of jeans, some will have more. I am guilty of this, at one point of my life I had 12 pairs of jeans and 6 sewing machines (1 Singer, 1 Toyota, 1 Juki, 1 Janome and 2 sergers..).  I’m not sure if you know, but Toyota … Continue reading