Image via Flickr I learned to sew on the treadle machine then switched to a converted treadle machine then a machine that looks more like today’s sewing machines. At the beginning I thought that if I had a better machine I could sew better until I finally learned that it is the sewing machine operator that creates the magic, not the machine. Learning to use a sewing machine starts with the basic: HowStuffWorks “How Sewing Machines Work” http://home.howstuffworks.comFri, 01 Feb 2002 00:00:00 GMT Sewing machines turned a tedious task into something fast and easy. Learn about the inner workings of sewing machines and see expert reviews and prices for sewing machines. I have been sewing for over 60 years so reading the blogs on how to select a sewing machine should be easy but I was wrong. I would start reading and about the 2nd or 3rd paragraph I was lost. I decided to go back to basics on how the sewing machine works. If a person knows how things work, finding a machine that works for them AND being able to make minor repairs to the machine should be easier. Sew n sow has an easy-to-follow blog: sew n sow: Learning to sew – your sewing machine http://sewensow.blogspot.comFri, 17 May 2013 07:14:00 GMT Now I’m not going to pretend I’m an expert on sewing machines. But I’ve sewn my whole life and I know a bit about them that I’m happy to share if you want some tips on what you need, without being overwhelmed with lots of … Image via Flickr As with most of my articles and blogs, I spend hours researching the internet for good articles and web sites. Every so often I find the PERFECT blog: She’s A Sewing Machine Mechanic: Sewing Machine Tensions http://shesasewingmachinemechanic.blogspot.comSun, 17 Feb 2013 02:00:00 GMT Sewing Machine Tensions. Lets talk about tensions. When a machine comes into the shop, no matter what the problem is, the customer will usually say, “it’s the tension.” If the timing is off, “it’s the tension.” If there’s a burr on … Once you have your sewing machine set up and have had a chance to enjoy sewing seams, SewDaily has a tip that makes me smile. I didn’t learn this trick until I took my first sewing lesson from a woman who was very strict: That’s Not a Sewing Machine! That’s an Iron! – Sew Daily – Blogs … http://www.sewdaily.comWed, 22 May 2013 09:00:00 GMT If you really want to learn how to…
Fine tuning using professional sewing machine tools Sewing tools are very important part of the sewing process. Although some sewing projects can be completed even without the sewing tools that we will discuss, as you enhance your skills and improve your projects, you will be needing these to make the sewing process simpler and better. You can sew and fine tune your projects with the use of the following sewing tools: Cutting Tools Needlework Scissors and Snips Small, 3″- to 5″- long needlework scissors or snips are very useful for clipping close to the stitching line or trimming intricate areas of a project. You will need this too whenever your large bent-handled shears can’t reach some parts of your project. Snips have spring-loaded handles. Keep a pair alongside the sewing machine, at-the-ready to cut stray threads. Rotary Cutter Rotary cutters are ideal for straight cuts in one or more fabric layers. When choosing a rotary cutter, look for a handle that is comfortable. If possible choose blades than can be replaced easily. Rotary mats and rulers are made specifically for rotary-blade cutting, and the materials don’t dull rotary blades as other products might. Altering and measuring tools French curve or fashion ruler French curves have a variety of curves to mimic the body’s curves and are used when altering patterns. This is often useful when doing length adjustment, but especially when changing the style of a garment. Grid Board A grid board when placed under the fabric and pattern helps you align the fabric grain while pinning and cutting. A padded grid board on the other hand, allows you to pin into it when stretching or blocking fabric. There are those types that have ironing surfaces that are helpful for fusing large fabric sections. Marking Tools Fabric Marking Pens The disappearing ink allows you to mark most projects at the exact location needed—even on the fabric right side— without fear of staining or discoloration. Professional Sewing Machine Tools 2… Basic Sewing Tools…..
Sewing Machine Basics: Sewing Tools Even if you have the most expensive sewing machine without the basic sewing tools, you may find it difficult to finish your project. Our list is basic so personalize it for your needs. Basic Sewing Tools Pins When choosing your pins, look for smooth, sharp and rustproof pins that can bend without breaking. Most often, these range in lengths from 1/2″ to 1 7/8″. Use different types for general sewing, quilting, working with silks or knits. Pincushion Pincushion, of course, keep you safe from pins. The most known is the red tomato with an emery-filled strawberry, which sharpens and cleans pins and needles; a rectangular, wristband pincushion mounted on a plastic wristband that is perfect for pin-fitting and marking hems; and magnetic “grabber” types that make for easy plop-and-drop pin catching. Needles There are many types of needles, and there are separate guidelines that give in-depth information on how to choose the correct one for your sewing project. For the most basic machine-sewing project, choose a universal or ball-point needle for knit fabrics, and a “sharp” for woven fabrics. Choose the size of the needle based on the weight of the fabric. For lightweight fabrics, choose a finer needle (lower numbers); for heavyweight fabrics, choose a thicker needle (larger numbers). Tape Measure Flexible fiberglass or fabric measuring tape that is ideal for taking body measurements, measuring patterns and layouts as well as general measuring. Fabric type measuring tapes tend to stretch after prolonged use.
Whether you are upgrading your sewing machine, or it is your first time to buy, surely you have set your standards on what kind of sewing machine you want. If you have not yet done so, here is how to buy your sewing machine. Buying a Sewing Machine Determine your sewing needs. What specific fabric are you often going to sew? Do you sew only medium-weight fabrics, or going for an upholstery and outdoor gear. Are you planning to do machine embroidery or quilting? What is your budget for a new sewing machine? Ask sewing friends about their machines. It is better you ask friends who already own a sewing machine. They have the experience and preferences on how to make a good buy. Test Run. It is recommended to do a test run when looking for a sewing machine. This way, you know how it works. Does it work smoothly, or have some noises? Sew different stitches and use different fabrics. Needle Nuances. Many machines allow for adjusting needle positions from left to right. This helps create an accurate seamline and is helpful for top stitching and zipper insertion as well. Many also allow you to stop the needle consistently up or down if you choose. Foot Notes. Check how many feet come with the machine. You’ll need an all-purpose foot (often called a zigzag foot), and one for blindhemming, buttonholes and zipper insertion. Thread Tactics. Try sewing on the machine with some novelty threads and see how it performs. Weighty Matters. How much does the machine weigh? Do you have a place to leave the machine set up all the time, or will it need to come down after each sewing session? Speed Settings. Check the machine still retains its full power at the slower speeds. Special Functions. Does it have special functions like having a memory or adjust the presser foot pressure, or will allow for adjustments only in pre-set increments. Warranty. What type of warranty does the machine have? Trade up policy or financing. If you require financing, are there plans available from the dealer? What are the terms compared to what you can find elsewhere? The pointers mentioned above are only some suggestions on how to make a good buy. The rule of the thumb is, find a sewing machine that will address your sewing needs at a reasonable price.
Basics of a sewing machine If you are planning to purchase a sewing machine, or if it is your first time to own one, it is necessary that you familiarize yourself with sewing machine basics. Here are the things that you should know to handle your machine properly. The Switch. Most sewing machines come with a power switch. This allows you to turn your machine on and off easily. If the one you have doesn’t have a power switch, it would be safer to consider using a safety strip with a master switch. Tension Adjustment. Most problems with a sewing machine can be fixed easily with tension adjustment. There are two tensions on a sewing machine – the upper and the lower thread tensions. These two need to be balanced to make a good stitch. Some machines have numbered external dials for adjusting upper tension while others are computerized. For the bobbin thread tension, it is adjustable with a screw and a bobbin casing. Presser feet. Make sure that you check how many presser feet your machine comes with. There are those that have a multipurpose foot that allows you to stitch straight and zigzag stitches for basic sewing. However you may also need a buttonhole foot, zipper foot and a blindhem foot if the machine has a hemming stitch. Many machines allow you to adjust the pressure on the presser foot to accommodate thick or thin fabrics. Some also allow extra lifting space to insert thick fabrics or position a free-motion. Sewing Machine Basics References www.sewing.org
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