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How to Buy a Sewing Machine

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.

Sew with Poplin

How to Sew Poplin Fabric Poplin is one of the most versatile fabric you can play with. It can be made from cotton or polyester and while it is thin, it is very durable. This gives you the freedom to do almost anything that you want from it. Being wrinkle-free, it has high demands for uniforms, outdoor uses and even as table skirt! Poplin fabric is easy to sew because you do not need any special thread or needle to do the job.   1. Lay your fabric flat on the table. Smooth out the fabric and get rid of any wrinkles. 2. Pin your pattern pieces to poplin fabric. It would be easy to do so since it will not slide around. 3. Follow your pattern’s directions for sewing your garment.  Iron any seams according to the pattern’s directions. 4. Try on your garment. Make any adjustments to the fit as necessary. Poplin looks best when tailored well with crisp, clean lines.   Other References on How to Sew Poplin Spoonflower blog – Fabric Project Ideas http://blog.spoonflower.com/Sep 24 Layer the poplin, backing, and batting together in one “sandwich” in this order: Batting on the bottom, then backing with right side facing up, then poplin with right side facing down. I used 2 yards of Spoonflower cotton poplin printed with my daughter’s choice of Heidi Kenney’s Bunny Bunch design. Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing – Pink Floral Wiggle Dress http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/May 29 First, it’s made from this really lovely pink floral cotton poplin, marked Ascher Studio in the selvage (just like this other floral dress I made). I just sewed two pieces of fabric into a rectangle, leaving a space to turn them right sides out. Then, I closed up the hole by hand sewing.

How to Sew Silk Velvet?

How to Sew Silk Velvet? Silk velvet is an expensive fabric you may find difficult to deal with. Stretching and size distortion are possible if careful handling and basting aren’t part of the construction of the garment. Spray glues will probably stain the silk so these products should be avoided. In each step of construction make sure the fabric is supported by laying it on a table or desk. Holding the fabric in in your lap just doesn’t work as the velvet will stretch and become distorted. Using very fine pins, pin the fabric and hand baste then machine baste. Make sure your machine and the area to the left of it is flush so that you are not getting drag. Check your stitches, make any corrections, then stitch. An added tip is to use different colored thread for the machine basting so you can easily see what stitches to remove. Tips for Sewing Velvet Fabric by ehow.com When pinning velvet fabric in preparation for sewing, place pins in seam lines to avoid leaving marks. Seams should be stitched in the direction of the nap whenever possible. When pressing seams, do not place a hot iron directly on either side of the velvet fabric. An iron applied directly will permanently crush the pile. Instead, apply steam to the velvet or use a special ironing board known as a needle board. Practice using the needle board on a scrap of velvet to make sure the pile is not damaged.      

Sewing Silk Charmeuse

Yesterday, we discussed how to sew on your silk charmeuse. Since it is an expensive material, you can take it slowly or run the risk and buy another fabric. As a continuation of yesterday’s post, on How to Sew Silk Charmeuse, here are other tips on how to handle this luxury fabric. Controlling the fabric Charmeuse can be slippery. To control the personality of the fabric, lay it flat over a layer of tissue paper to cut out your pattern. Use weights or silk pins, and cut through the paper and the fabric at the same time.  If you have problems with the silk slipping as you sew, pin the two layers to small strips of tissue paper and tear the tissue off after seaming. Ways to use your charmeuse Blouses, dresses, evening wear, bridal wear, skirts, tops, tees, scarves, and upscale lingerie. Sewing patterns and styles You can use the following as creative ways to sew your fabric. However make sure you work first on a scrap before working on a full garment. 1. Pintucks 2. Lace applications 3. Beading 4. Multiple topstitching 5. Bias cuts 6. Ruffles 7. Ruching Watch out for more tricks and tips from fabrics.net.  

Vintage Thread Chart

Brand   Company   Label Information  Spool Length, Diameter &   Spool Shape, Type of Wood or Substance  Scrollwork/ Decoration Est. Age   Fiber  Size or Count  Type of Thread  How Wound  Comments & History  Willimantic  Willimantic Linen Co.        Wood     Silk           1871 or earlier. Eastern Connecticut was a great silk thread producing region.Willimantic is one its historic textile towns. Willimantic is Algonquin for land of the swift running waters        6 cord     Wood     Cotton              Aunt Lydias  American Thread Fall River MA  Name on paper label; strong, smooth  1-3/8" D x 2"  Wood, dyed red     Cotton     Button, carpet  Parallel      Hercules  American Thread  Name on paper label; special service; fast color; will boil  1" D x 1-3/8"  Wood     Cotton  40  Mercerized  Parallel           For strong sewing  1-1/8" D x 1-3/8"  Wood     Cotton  36           Intrinsic  American Thread Co. , Willimantic CN   Engraved; top label Glacé Finish left twist; 4-cord. Bottom: Star logo  1-3/4" D x 2-3/4" Wood     Cotton 12   Waxed      Kismet  American Thread  Name on paper label  2-1/2" L  Wood     Cotton  00  Mercerized  Crosswise     Liberty  American Thread Co.    1″ x 1-1/4″; 1-1/4″ x 1-1/2″  Wood     Poly           Spun Dee  American Thread  The Anything Thread  5" L  Wood     Poly  50  Parallel        Spun Dee  American Thread Co.  Paper; top, red & S and D logo with Spun Dee logo design in center; bottom, Spun Dee* the anything thread* 100% polyester – wording circles label, American Thread and Star logo in center   1-1/2″ D x 1-3/4″  wood; plastic  Clear plastic with SD all- over logo covers thread only  Poly  50           Star  American Thread  Name on paper label; sewing cotton   7/8"D x 1-1/8"  Wood     Cotton  50  Mercerized  Parallel     Star  American Thread  Name on paper label; 6 cord  1-1/8" D x 1-1/2"  Maple     Cotton  50           Star Twist  American Thread Company  Name on paper label; will boil, 6 cord  7/8" D x 1-1/8"  Wood     Cotton  50  Mercerized  Parallel     Star Twist  American Thread  Name on paper label; will boil  1" D x 1-1/8"  Wood     Cotton  50  Mercerized        Star Mercerized  American Thread  Paper label; will boil  1" D x 1-1/8"  Wood     Cotton  50  Mercerized  Parallel     Star Deluxe  American Thread  Paper label; will boil  7/8"D x 1-1/8"  Wood     Cotton  30  Mercerized …
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The Double Welt

Double Welt- Used in the place of Gimp, Hide-em Gimp and striping & Decorative nails. The nice part of Double welt is you already have everything, the fabric you’re using now and you don’t have to worry about a color match, as it’s the same I’ve got a picture here for you and I’ll do my best to explain it. The sewing machine presser foot is a single welt foot. 1.  Sew a welt into the fabric (make sure the fabric is a least 2″ wide) on the left side. 2.  Now with the one welt cord in the fabric turn it end for end. 3.  Place the another welt cord in the remaining fabric (this will be face down towards the table of the sewing machine. 4.  Now place this under your presser foot so the needle lines up with the other thread from before or right between the two welt cords. 5.  Pull on the fabric flap that will be underneath hold it snug, to hold the welt cord in towards the needle and sew. You’ll have two thread stitches showing, Now cut off the excess fabric and you should have a very nice double welt cord. Normally it is attached by hot glue, you can also use a slow drying glue, but then you must hold the double welt in place with tacks or staples until it dries and then of course remove them. By:  Merv, Merv’s Upholstery & Work at Home Training Videos

Lap Robe Pillow

 Turn a blanket into a pillow in no time! Lap robe dimensions are 43-44 inches by 65-66.  This is not an exact science. 16×18 total size will fit the blanket inside. Piece what ever you have left to get close to these dimensions. Supplies:     3-4 yards of material. We used fleece.    Contrasting or matching thread. Lots.    Rotary cutter, mat, and ruler    A good movie to watch  Cut squares using a rotary cutter, mat, and ruler:Squares needed: We used green and blue for the main field, red and white for the border, purple for the four corners, and purple for the pillow with a white border. Your bag might not have the same colors or the same amounts of colors. Go crazy creating your own color design! Main – 160 4×4 squares total consisting of:    Green – 80 4×4 squares    Blue – 80 4×4 squares Border – 52 3×4 squares and 4 3×3 squares consisting of:    Red – 26 3×4 squares    Gray – 26 3×4 squares    Purple – 4 3×3 squares Pillow Cover – total size 16×18 minus seam allowance:    Purple 14×16 – We used 4 7×8 squares    Grey strips of 2 inch wide to border the pillow cover Serge the squares:We put the fuzzy (wrong according to sweatshirt construction) sides together so the seam would be on the smooth (right) side of the fabric. The fuzzy side would then be cozier against you without a seam.    Serge the main robe together: We alternated green and blue squares. Sew 10 squares together to make a row. Then sew the 16 rows together. The seam allowance is about 1/4 inch, less than enough for the serger’s knives to cut excess.    Serge the red and white border together: Sew 10 squares on the 3 inch sides to make 2 rows of 10 squares. Make also 2 rows of 16 squares. Sew a purple corner on both sides of the 16 square rows. Sew the border rows on to the main robe.     Serge the pillow cover together: Sew the purple into a square of 14×15. Border it with the 2 inch strips.     Serge the edges or use a zigzag stitch. Pillow attachment:We put the pillow cover on the fuzzy side of the lap robe (the side without the seams) so the final pillow would be smooth.     Fold the 16″ edge of the pillow in half to locate its center. Mark.    Fold the 43-44″ edge of the lap robe in half to locate its center. Mark.    Pin the pillow to the lap…
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