In terms of safety, sewing is certainly a lot safer than skydiving, bullfighting, 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 … Continue reading →
I love it when I master new sewing skills. Being able to do something well makes the difference in my finished sewing, from looking a bit home-made to looking pretty damn good. The Sewing with Knits course introduced me to how to use a twin needle, especially for hemming knit … Continue reading →
Welcome to Episode 6 in the How to Sew A Skirt Sew-along series. The subject for today is: All about Zipper Feet What do those Zipper Feet do? If you plan to sew any kind of woven garment you will usually need to include a closure of some sort to … Continue reading →
Did you see my earlier article and video on how to sew on a button with your machine? It wasn’t difficult at all, just a little bit of fiddling to make sure the needle lined up exactly with the buttonholes. But, I admitted, I’m scared silly of actually sewing the … Continue reading →
Way back when I was in my early teens, I had a favorite way of closing shirts, skirts, pants and bags by just applying snap fasteners instead of a button. I had a very good reason for that, I did not know how to make good-looking buttonholes. No matter how … Continue reading →
What basic sewing machine embroidery stitches can you find already on your machine? In some machines, these types of stitches are also known as decorative stitches. Most machines come with a series of these stitches, on my machine I’m fortunate to have many more than I thought. I am the … Continue reading →
Quilters are familiar with the walking foot, and generally, they have one in their possession. However, many other generalist sewists aren’t aware of the many reasons you need a walking foot and everything it can do for you. This specialty foot is larger compared to the regular foot and more … Continue reading →
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 … Continue reading →
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! … Continue reading →
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 … Continue reading →
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 … Continue reading →
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