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    Sewing For Beginners: Choosing Fabric and Preparing


    2009 - 09.25

    Sewing for beginners is pretty simple!

    When first learning to sew, you will read or have many people tell you to stick with cotton or cotton polyester blends for your beginning projects.

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    You will read or have many people tell you to stick with cotton or cotton polyester for your beginning projects. I do agree that these are some of the easiest  fabrics  to work with. However, my girls thankfully removed my fear of working with other materials.

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    When I first started sewing I tried to understand all of the differences between the fabrics: the fibers (natural vs. manmade), the fabrications (woven, knit, non woven)… After being overwhelmed, I stuck with cotton and polyester/cotton blends. Then my kids got involved in choosing their own fabrics and I threw all cares out the window. Anything shiny, see through, or furry were the most exciting to them. We also combined different fabrics, using anything and everything together in the same projects! (That last statement would make most professional seamstresses croak.)

    Through this we learned :

    What we did like working with, what was difficult and why, why some fabrics didn’t work well together, which fabrics needed special seams, some that we would prefer using a serger with…the list goes on. All the things that we could have read about, but we completely understood why through our hands on experiences. Again, barriers were broken down, and problem solving skills were sharpened. We noticed that certain needles worked better than others and we needed special seams for certain fabrics to deal with fraying… Although we still couldn’t name all of the different types of fabrics we recognized them by feel and look. We are just now starting to identify all of them by name.


    Just the other day my youngest daughter and I were looking for fabric for her Christmas presents. We picked up a beautiful linen fabric and she immediately was able to identify that it would not be good for her project because she needs to sew these pillows with the edges exposed. We had done a previous project with linen that had fallen apart over time from the stress on the seams.
    There are some excellent books that discuss all the types of fabric, as well as the special treatment they need. My favorite is Singer’s Complete Photo Guide to Sewing. It is an excellent beginners book .

    If you are wanting to stay with the easier fabrics, look for:

    1. Does it unravel easily. Look at the bottom edges of a bolt where the fabric has been cut. Is it coming apart real easy or staying together?2. For matching seams; solids and small prints are best.
    Fabrics are either Directional or Non directional. Directional fabrics or fabrics "with nap" – means that it either has a design that can only go in one direction, or the fabric looks lighter or darker depending on how you hold it. This type of fabric must be cut in a certain way so that both sides look the same (i.e., the design isn’t upside down). When working with directional fabrics you might have to buy extra to accommodate the design. *Don’t let this stop you from buying these fabrics. However, if you or your child are perfectionists I would steer away from plaids, starting off. Non directional or "without nap" – means that the design can be turned any way and it looks the same, or there is no design at all.
    3. Fabric that do not stretch alot. Some examples of "easy to work with" fabrics include: cotton, polyester cotton blends, denims, firm knits (not as much stretch), wools, broadcloths, poplin, flannel, sweatshirt knits, seersucker, calico…the list goes on. (When I first started, I would look at a list like this and say, "I don’t know what all these are – help". Remember, with you and your child’s first projects being small, you are not having to buy large quantities of fabric, so don’t feel limited. Look, feel, and experiment! )

    Three suggestions for finding fabric:

    1. Buy on sale only. There are great deals out there. *If you go into a fabric store, ask if they have a discount table. Internet sites will have a link to their discount fabrics .
    2. Use old clothes. My husband works on our family ranch and goes through clothes like crazy. We use his old shirts, jeans, and socks. My youngest daughter at 3 even used a pair of her old underwear, stitched the legs up, and made a hat for herself (she was only allowed to wear it in the house with family).
    3. Use other people’s old clothes. My grandmother was getting rid of a huge bag of clothing, so my girls asked if they could have them. We made the cutest quilts, headbands, and purses with her silky shirts.

    Very Important – Let your kids choose their fabrics – even if they don’t match and are ugly!!

    One more thing to consider: will what your making need to be washed often? Fabric is either washable or dry clean only. For the projects that we will wash a lot (our clothes, doll clothes, and some of our tote bags) we buy washable fabrics, due to the expense of dry cleaning.
    **You will be amazed at all of the beautiful faux fabrics available now, that are actually machine washable.

    Preparing fabric for sewing:

    *When buying fabric, look at the information on the care of the fabric (i.e., washing, dry cleaning, if it has been pre-shrunk, or if it will shrink). At stores this is found on the end of the bolt. When buying over the internet they post this info. for you. If the fabric has colors that might bleed, or if it states that it will shrink some when washed – wash it. A great habit to get into is, right when you get your fabric (if it is machine washable) wash it. We put ours in the wash to pre-shrink and we add a little vinegar to help set the colors. We then dry and press.

    This way your fabric is ready when you are ready to sew. I learned this the hard way. I made some precious 4th of July US flag quilted placemats. Although, I didn’t have to preshrink the fabric, we couldn’t use them to eat on because I didn’t set the colors. If I were to wash them now our white stripes would turn pink; we still use them to decorate with.
    Another example: Your child makes their first shirt, it fits perfect, you wash it, it shrinks, and they can’t wear it again! If it states that the fabric will shrink, take the time to wash it!

    Dry clean or machine washable?

    The important thing is to take into consideration what you are making. Will it need to be washed often? If yes, buy machine washable. We use a lot of dry cleanable upholstery fabrics for our pillows and purses. We also use this fabric for special dresses.

    By Kristi Borchardt

    Vintage Fabric

    Whether a fancy frock or a pretty little pinafore, it’s often the fabric so carefully selected by the home seamstress that makes these garments so popular. 

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    Amy from The Fabric Bar wants to give you some fabric! She has a beautiful new website with loads of designer fabric, Japanese goodies, and patterns.

    Choosing The Right Fabric

    In spring and summer, although you want a lighter, brighter effect, the curtain fabric should be heavier, both for privacy and good looks. A high thread count fabric is desirable.

    Sewing Ideas

    I’m also looking for tips on choosing fa fef bric to reupholster these chairs.

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    One Response to “Make Choosing Fabric for Your Quilts Even Easier”. Misty Says: August 23, 2009 at 14:30. Great tips. I started a quilt using curtains, bedspreads, clotes and so forth that I used and discarded throughout my life.

    Types of Furniture Fabric

    Style: It is important to keep the particular furniture piece in mind when choosing fabric. In addition, the style of the room and home in which the furniture will be placed should be considered. 

    Brother Sewing Machines; Brother CS-6000i


    2009 - 09.16

    Brother sewing machines are known to be the best at doing the sewing job.  

    Have you ever owned any of the Brother Sewing Machines?Broher sewing machine

    What it includes:

    The Brother sewing machine an assortment of feet that come in the box, including feet for buttonhole, overcasting, monogramming, zippers, even a walking foot. And if the ones that come with it aren’t enough to suit you, there are many optional feet available as well, including binder, cording, gathering, and a special quarter inch quilting foot. With the Brother CS-6000i,  simplicity meets technology and the user comes out the overall winner. Brother sewing machine  manual is also fairly easy to use.

    While the CS-6000i may be the best sewing machine they make, there are many other Brother  sewing machines available, designed for everything from simple straight stitches to multiple thread, multicolor embroidery with some of their more advanced machines. No matter what your sewing project may be, there is a Brother sewing machine designed for the job

    Be warned in advance, though, that the more computerization you get in your sewing machine, the higher its cost will be. Machines which feature over a hundred stitch functions often cost as much as three or four simpler models. And very few Brother sewing machines, including the CS-6000i, are able to handle stitching speeds greater than 1000 stitches per minute. For most embroidery, this is more than sufficient, but for long straight projects, the speed could be somewhat frustrating.

    The CS-6000i from brother has many standard features, such as a free arm for sleeves and cuffs. It has the same preset height and pressure settings for the presser foot,which can be annoying, but attempts to make up for it by other bonuses, such as automatic needle  threading, and snap on presser foot attachments.

    The super simple computer routines make even the newest novice a professional with a sewing machine.

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    For an all-purpose sewing machine, the Brother CS-6000 is the best sewing machine on the market. Amateur and professional users alike will appreciate the ease of use, and complete portability, making this  sewing machine  a joy to use.

    Be warned that it is not the best choice for elaborate embroidery, because there are other Brother models betters suited for that. But for all-around usage, this is the obvious choice for most sewing applications.

    There are other great sewing machines by Brother so it is a good idea to look at more reviews.

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    Author: Robin Cassidy

    Follow the links for the Brother CS-6000 sewing machine and read more sewing machine reviews on other leading brands such as Elna, Pfaff and the Husqvarna sewing machine.

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    Your machine will create a professional and crisp embroidery design , without additional work by you. The unit also includes a built-in scissors, so you do not do to cut the thread.   

    Never Give Up Your Dream: Coco Chanel; Rags to Riches Story


    2009 - 09.11

    The woman who designed casual and comfort fashion themes; simple suits, dresses, women’s trousers, perfumes, and of course handbags.  Coco Chanel’s rags to riches story. 

    A Brief History-Learning To Sew 

    Coco Chanel was born in 1883 in Saumur.  Her mother worked in the poorhouse where Gabrielle was born, her mother died when she was only 6 years old, leaving her father with five children  who he would abandon for work  to his relative to care for them.The father then abandoned them in an orphanage of the Roman Catholic monastery of Aubazine,  where she learned the trade of a seamstress.

     

    She spent her school holidays, she would spend with relatives, where her female relatives taught her how to sew better than what the nuns knew at the monastery. As soon as she turned 18 she left the orphanage and started to work for a local tailor.

     

    Life Started To Change All Of A Sudden

    Whilst working at this tailor shop, Gabrielle met a French playboy and millionaire, Etienne Balsan. began an affair with him, who lavished her with the beauties of the ‘rich life’ dresses, pearls and diamonds. While living with him, Chanel, began designing hats as her hobby which then became a big interest to her and started taking it more seriously. She would order thread and fabrics of different patterns from other places so that she could use it to sew and design her hats by hand, she didnt have a machine. After realising, that he wasn’t right for her she left him and took over his apartment in Paris. In 1913, Coco opened her first shop which sold fashionable raincoats and jackets. The shop then failed to succeed, and she was at the point where she was asked that she had to surrender her properties. This made Chanel more determined. Chanel met up with Balsan’s best friend, Arthur "Boy" Capel, with whom she fell in love. With his help , he offered her to the deal of opening a hat shop of her own, she was able to acquire the property and financial backing. Her hats were worn by famous Frech actresses, which helped to establish her reputation. In 1913, Chanel introduced sportswear at her new boutique in Deauville.

     

    From there she took it  step by step with her sewing and became a multi-millionaire its  abeautiful story, i recently watched the film Coco Avant Chanel, a film about her life story and it was very amazing, it makes you feel determined to follow your dreams and never give up.

     

     

    I finish with a few of Chanel’s famous quotes:

     “A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.”

     

    “Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.” 

     

    “Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.”

     

    “I invented my life by taking for granted that everything I did not like would have an opposite, which I would like.” 

     

     

     

     

     

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    Classy And Awe-Inspiring Handbags

    The founder and creator of the Chanel handbag is Coco Chanel. She once quoted that girls should be two things; classy and fabulous. Women of all ages are able. … In addition to the leather, sheep skin and other materials that go into creating a quality Chanel handbag, the sewing techniques that are used are done with extra care, making sure you will be able to purchase one of the best types of handbags that are being bought by thousands of women all over the world.

    Coco Before Chanel

    We meet the young Gabrielle Chanel, illegitimate daughter of a traveling salesman who learns to sew in a Catholic orphanage before following her singing ambitions lead her to a cabaret club. 

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    Tips And Basics For Successful Sewing


    2009 - 09.03

      Tips to help you save time and money, to make your sewing experience more comfortable and successful.



     This information can be used for beginners and the more talented.

     From sewing hems to rolled hem sewing, you can learn it all with these sewing tips.


    Here are few of tips that I would like to share with you:

    1. Before discarding pants, cut off the belt loops and use to sew on the inside of children’s coats and jackets for a coat loop. No more fallen coats at school.

    2. Before sewing on buttons, tape each one where it belongs with a strip of transparent tape. After the first stitches are made you can remove the tape.

    3. To avoid pinholes when hemming delicate garments, mark the hemline with tailor’s chalk and use clips to hold the fold in place.

    4. Prevent future errors in sewing by slipping a memo into individual patterns explaining any size alterations or changes for that item.

    5. Prevent fraying by reinforcing the hems with a row of zigzag stitching in a matching or contrasting color.

    6. Sew a large button on each end of the drawstring on pajamas and sweat suits. This will keep the string from disappearing.

    7. Keep a spool of clear nylon thread on hand. Because it is transparent it will pick up the color of the fabric. This will also work when a bobbin runs out and the spool is almost empty; just put the clear thread on your bobbin.

    8. Place a thin sheet of foam rubber under your sewing machine’s foot pedal to prevent it from sliding around when you use it on an uncarpeted surface.

    9. Store a magnet in your sewing basket to attract loose pins and attach one to your  sewing machine  to hold extra needles. If you glue a small magnet to the end of a wooden yardstick you won’t have to bend over to pick up any pins that fall on the floor. 

    10. Thoroughly washed and cleaned mascara brushes can be used to clean the crevices of your sewing machine.

    11. When letting down a garment hem you can diminish the crease by applying white vinegar to the wrong side of the fabric 

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    and steam press it.

    12. Try this economical substitute for custom-cut table pads: Place a quilted mattress cover over your table top and trim with scissors for a custom fit. You’ll have a sturdy, heat-absorbent table pad to protect the finish of your table.

    13. For a substitute needle threader: push the needle through a sheet of white paper,as it’s more noticeable.

    14. When shopping for accessories for a recent sewing project, staple a small fabric sample to an index card and carry it with you to the stores.

    15. To organize loose buttons: String them on twist ties and twist the ends together for an easy way to store them.

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    Find an Old Sewing Machine on Which to Learn

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    Sewing For Kids: Sewing Space


    2009 - 09.03

    When teaching your children to sew, there are things you can do with your sewing space that will make them more comfortable while they are sewing, and even better, help encourage a greater desire to sew. Give them little project to complete, let them explore their creativity. This a bit of information about sewing for kids.

    WHERE?
    Although we would all love to have our own sewing /craft room, most of us have to find a small corner in the house where we can sew. Through experience I have learned, that if you want to learn something, or more importantly you want your kids to learn something, the source needs to be readily available. Otherwise, "out of sight, out of mind".

    I started very early having "centers" around the house (primarily in the areas where we "lived" the most) for my girls. Some years we even gave up furniture in an area in order to have TOOLS for learning. A Reading center, Music center, Building center, Science center… If things were out (neatly organized, of course) and readily available, there was never a question that they would be used. 

    sewing tips sewing was no different . We started sewing in the laundry room, which when everything was set up – the table and machine, we couldn’t wash our clothes. So the girls were only sewing when I set aside the time for it, and it had to be put away immediately afterwards.

    When we moved to an area where it could stay out all of the time, the girls improved rapidly, as did I. Why? Because we could see it, we wanted to sew more often, and the girls didn’t have to always wait for me. **With my 3 year old, at the time, there were limitations.

    Added Bonus
    Moms, we rarely have a chunk of time where we can complete a whole project from start to finish. This set up is a huge advantage for us as well. I will see that I have 15 minutes to spare, and I can sit right down and sew several lines and then walk away!

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    We’ve talked about where, now let’s talk about your child’s positioning. It’s very important that your kids are comfortable while they are sewing. It is also important that they are sitting high enough to look down on the needle and their hands. If they are older this is easy. If they are young, you have two choices for those little bodies.

    1. Buy a small child’s table.

    PROS: this is very comfortable for your child.
    CONS: if you are sharing machines, it isn’t real comfortable for you.

    childrens sewing fabric2. Use a regular table.

    If needed, use pillows to raise your child on the chair. For their feet, find a storage box to place the pedal on.

    PROS:you can use what you already have, and it is much easier to share the machine. 

    CONS: at first it may feel a little awkward if your kids are real little. When my 3 year old started sewing, she worked at a child’s table. This was because she never knew where to place the foot she wasn’t using, when she sat at the larger table. However, by age 6 she preferred being at the "big" table with us.
    Whichever one you choose, just make sure they are comfortable!

    3.Buy your child a childrens sewing machine  

    When you know and are surey are capable to work independently. Start giving them hand sewing projects and or just any sewing projects for kids, let their creativity shine out! 

    Kristi learned to sew right along with her daughters. The girls were age 3 and 6, at the time! Because it was such an enjoyable experience she wants to encourage others to pursue this endeavor.

    Kristi experienced the woes of feeling very ignorant just trying to read a pattern and was discouraged from trying to teach her girls on her own. After receiving a new sewing machine from her husband for her birthday, she became bound and determined to fulfill her desire to learn to sew.  childrens sewing machines
    Kristi’s plan was to learn everything before she tried to teach her kids. But as she was learning, her girls caught her enthusiasm and in amazement she watched them flourish in learning to sew right along with her. Kristi says that, "quite honestly, because we knew nothing I experienced a real freedom in my own education".

    At age 8 yrs. old, her younger daughter could sew her own dresses, and her older daughter, at 11 yrs. old, had a passion for sewing, and was a better seamstress than Kristi.

    What Kristi wants to do, is share her journey in sewing; to help others know (with hindsight being 20/20) that the best way to learn is by doing. She has shared with friends and family their way of learning to sew, as well as, the projects and patterns that built their skills. She has seen it not only work for others, but truly bring a delight into the sewing experience.

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     By Kristi Borchardt
    Published: 5/20/2007

     Children’s Boutique Sewing Patterns: Scoop Neck Dress Top Sewing 

    Scoop Neck Dress Top sewing pattern: I have tested the revisions and will be working on the pattern to send out to testers sometime this week.

    Les Petits Anglais: Sewing the t-shirt

    I’m a stay-at-home mother and for the last few months, I’ve been setting up a business from home making european-style clothes for small children. 

    Tips And Basics For Successful Sewing

    From sewing hems to rolled hem sewing, you can learn it all with these sewing tips. Here are few of tips that I would like to share with you.

    Sewin’ Sisters Sowing: Sewing list by priority

    Marcellene Currens is an ordained minister, and the founder of Sewin’ Sisters Sowing, Sew Much for Charity, and Our Sewing Recital. She is passionate about teaching sewing to adults and children. Sewing was the very first profession, … We are self-supported, giving our own time and materials in both learning and teaching others basic sewing skills and tips.

    Oh Sew Busy: Sewing Machine

    This afternoon I put the last stitches into my new sewing machine cover while sitting on a quilt down near the cattle yards while the children played in the dirt and on bikes.

    Uses of Sewing Machines


    2009 - 09.02

    Modern needlecraft sewing machines countenance and work in a such more mechanized artefact as compared to old needlecraft machines. Learn more.

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       Machines were invented long back during the prototypal Industrial Revolution. The intention behind the invention of such machines was to decrease the instance required in sewing, as before this all the needlecraft impact was done manually.

    The textile companies needed to optimize their impact and  sewing machines  were the answer. Once the prototypal sewing organisation was invented, the productivity and the efficiency of the clothing and fabric industries increased vastly.

    Also, the needlecraft machines have improved greatly with their speeds increasing manifolds, variations available in stitching styles. The modern needlecraft machines look and impact in a such more mechanized way as compared to the needlecraft machines which our great grandmothers used. Instead of simple stitching, they embroider, stitch, attach buttons, do pekoe and some more activities.

    The older machines utilised a single thread concern fix mechanism. The modern needlecraft organisation uses digit threads instead of one and uses what is called lock stitching mechanism. The industrialized needlecraft machines are generally specialized for one type of stitching since they requirement to be optimized.

    They are fashioned in a way that the fabric is able to glide in and out easily, without some hassle of thimbles and needles. The ease reduces the effort required and saves a lot of time. The problem with the concern fix was – it was extremely weak and it was able to pulled it apart very easily. With the introduction of machines in the field, grouping started to think that a better and stronger way of stitching could now be devised which would only be doable through organisation usage.

     

    Lock fix was the answer to their questions. In the case of lock stitch, digit assorted threads are interlocked from both the sides of the fabric. It results in a fix which can be looked as if the fabric is stitched from both ends making it such more strong and durable than the conventional concern stitch. Thomas Saint was the prototypal person to have a design for needlecraft organisation patented. His organisation was fashioned to impact on canvas and leather. A employed model of the aforementioned was never built. Other designs and patents came along in the future. Walter Hunt was the developer of lock fix technique. Other than the basic requirements in the change of loopers, needles and bobbins, the most essential movement is that of the fabric. It is necessary that the fabric moves at the required instance (generally continuously) so that the stitches are made at the right position. The change is also called as `feed`. Typical take change include: needle feed, drop feed, puller, travel foot, and manual. Generally, more than one kind of take is utilised in a single organisation to optimize the working. A household organisation will generally include only the lock fix mechanism. But the organisation can be utilised in a little assorted way (generally by moving the needle in assorted ways which is an included function in the machine); flamboyant stitches can be made possible.

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    The simplest form of a flamboyant fix is zigzag in which the needle just needs to perform an oscillatory change continuously as the stitching is done normally. Mechanical configuration can differ vastly in needlecraft machines. Some of the typical configurations are – chamber bed, flat bed, off the arm and post bed. All the basic take execution and fix types are available in all these configurations. However, for industrialized purposes the best doable configuration is utilised for a type of stitch. Like, blind fix always uses chamber bottom configuration. The invention of needlecraft organisation was a necessity. And its introduction greatly increased the production and quality of the textile industry.

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     Which needle should you use? · Sewing 

    Rian from Presser Foot shares her needle chart that shows which type of sewing machine and hand sewing needle to use with different types and weights of fabric.

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    I’ve always thought, even as a kid, that all school-kids should be taught how to use a sewing machine – they are as essential as any art and craft subject.

    Sew Much Fabric, Sew Little Time: My Sewing Machine and I

    Then there was a Singer from the 60s with two stitches: straight and zigzag. Guess what machine I was allowed to use? Yep, the 1960s Singer. Let me tell you, this sewing machine was great. It was a work horse. Made of metal and basic.

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    I am completely new to sewing and mostly want to learn it to make curtains, etc (well that is the plan anyway) I have been looking at sewing machine and am at a loss as to what to get. .

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    Siruba Sewing Machine. I’ve got no idea really and felt sick after I purchased it, all those dead end thoughts like “have I wasted my money …, will I use it …, do I know how to use it …? 

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    You will need a loop turner (unless you use the ribbon tie at the waist), an invisible zipper foot for your sewing machine, and a ruffler attachment.

    FAQ about Sewing Machines


    2009 - 09.02

    Alot of people when they first learn to sew find that they have alot of questions that they need answering. So, what i did was bring a few frequently asked questions and answers together. Hope it answers your questions.

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    What are the uses of a sewing machine?

    The uses of a sewing machine are stitching garments, leather, green house covers, car covers, parachute, canvas, bags etc.

    What are the two types of sewing machines used?

    The two types of sewing machines are household sewing machine and industrial sewing machine.

    What is an Industrial sewing machine?

    Industrial sewing machines are used by textile manufacturers and customers who need a faster and professional job.

    What are the differences between industrial and household sewing machines?

    An Industrial sewing machine is faster and performs perfect stitches. They can perform only one operation at a time. While a household sewing machine can perform a straight stitch, a zig-zag, sew on a button or make a button hole with all operations built into the machine.

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    Whether a sewing machine can stitch heavy weight materials such as canvas etc.?

    Yes, a sewing machine can stitch heavy weight materials such as canvas by using needle feed or walking feet or a combination of both with the sewing machine 

    What are the classifications of sewing machines?

    Sewing machines can be classified according to its usage. Its classification includes computerized sewing machines, embroidery sewing machines etc.

    What are the names of companies who are famous in the market of sewing machine?

    The companies which are popular in the production of sewing machines are Singer, Pfaff, White, Brother etc.

    How can a sewing machine be purchased?

    A new sewing machine can be purchased anywhere once the model is finalized by the customer. But a used sewing machine is best purchased from a trusted dealer. Dealers must have showroom and demonstration facilities.

    How can one ensure about the right sewing machine?

    By talking and asking questions to a local dealer of sewing machines. One can also get a free demonstration from the dealer.

    Author: Alison Cole

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    Online Fabric & Sewing Patterns

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    ITCHING FOR STITCHING: NEW FABRIC AND PATTERNS

    NEW FABRIC AND PATTERNS. It is always a delight to buy some new fresh fabric. I have purchased some new goodies from Sarah at Patchwork plus from her new online shop and they have arrived today. Just love the Figgy Pudding Christmas.

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    Fabric patterns. Download hundreds of free Adobe Photoshop fabric Patterns. You can Load them in Photoshop Very easily. Big Collection of Free Photoshop Pattern. Floral Photoshop Patterns.

    Sewing on the Bias – Sewing Blog | BurdaStyle.com

    but if you’re making a dress like Shari that has a bias cut skirt, you might want to read up on some tips on sewing with bias fabrics (or vintage tips here) first to avoid using the seam ripper!

    Sewing Patterns – 3 Easy Tips Just For Beginners 

    In her website, you will learn and find more designer patterns like Grand Revival, Melly & Me, Australian designer fabric, stylish fabrics, sewing kits and many more free sewing patterns. 

    Tips On Sewing A Hem


    2009 - 09.01

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     Sewing hems is pretty simple once you got the hang of it.

    Do you know how to sew a hem? Sewing hems is pretty simple, and the following instructions will teach you how to sew a neat, almost invisible, hem every time. After, you learn the basics of  hemming you will know how to hem a pair of jeans.

    To start with, iron flat that area of the fabric you need to hem. Now we need to turn up and pin the hem. The easiest way to do this is on a flat surface, such as a table. Your   fabric  should have the wrong side facing you. I know most patterns allow for 5/8" for a hem, but I allow a little more to ensure the hem is not too bulky. Start with a small section of the fabric and turn over about 1/2cm or ". Now fold over again another 1cm or ". Pin this in place. Because I am right handed, I now move to the left about 6cm or 2" and do the same again (if you’re left handed, move to the right). Continue in this way until you have pinned the entire hem. Now check and make sure that the hem is straight, with no bulky sections or gathers. If there are, just rework that section of the fabric until it is more even. Unpin, redo your folding and re-pin. At this point, you can turn the fabric back to the right side and iron it, but this isn’t necessary unless your fabric is particularly slippery (like satin or jersey).

    Next, we need to get together our sewing kit.

     The most critical thing to ensure that your hem is almost invisible is to choose the right thread for your fabric. If your fabric is very light, filmy, or delicate (such as chiffon, satin, jersey, cheesecloth, etc) then choose a very light nylon thread.

    If your fabric is a medium weight (such as cotton, linen, polyester, etc) then use a regular nylon thread.

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    And if your fabric is thick, heavy or bulky (such as denim, canvas, polar fleece, etc) then consider using a heavier cotton thread.

    Once you have decided on the best type of thread to use, you must choose the right colour. If you can get a perfect shade match, well and good. If not, go for one slightly lighter than your fabric rather than darker, as this is less likely to show.

    Your needle has to match the fabric and thread. So for light filmy fabrics use a very fine needle, a regular sized needle for ordinary fabrics, and a larger more robust needle for heavier fabrics.

    To see whether you have the right needle, run it through your material once without any thread in it. If the hole you create with the needle closes up or disappears by itself, you’ve got the right needle. If you can see the hole afterwards, try a smaller needle.

    Now – to sew!                        

    Thread your needle, and leave the short end of thread about 20cm long or 8". (Note: I never sew with the thread doubled unless I am sewing on a button). Tie a knot in the long end of t 1000 he thread.

    I find it easiest to  sew with the fabric   on my lap (or the part to be sewn on my lap).

    The fabric should be wrong side up, with the pinned hem closest to you. Pick a starting point (a side seam is usually good), and insert the needle through the body of the fabric, as close to the top of the hem as you can, and without piercing through to the right side of the fabric (that’s why I usually start on a side seam). Now pierce the needle through the top of the hem by placing the tip of the needle slightly underneath the top of the hem and bringing it up through the outer part of the hem. You can see an image here.

    Now place the needle about 1cm or " to the left (or to the right for left handers) **, as close to the top of the hem as possible, and insert through several fibres of the fabric (try not to go all the way through to the other side of the fabric). Again, place the tip of the needle under the top of the hem and insert through and out to the outer part of the hem. Repeat this until you are back where you started.

    ** How far apart you do the stitches depends on several factors such as how robust the hem needs to be (the more wear and tear, the closer the stitches need to be), the weight of the fabric (generally lighter fabrics can have stitches farther apart than heavier fabrics) and whereabouts on the garment the hem is (if fingers or toes are likely to get caught in the hem when putting it on, the stitches should be closer together).

    To finish off the hem, sew 2 stitches one on top of the other, tie a knot in your thread, and you’re done. Iron your hem (and admire)!

    By: Diane Ellis

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    How To Sew a Hem Video

    Video: How To Sew a Hem. Sure, you can always use iron-on hem tape to shorten those pants, but maybe it’s time to join the 35 million Americans who can sew—yes, with a needle and thread—a hem. 

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    How to Hem Jeans in Three Steps

    Measure the length of the cuff; ignoring the hem; divide that measurement in half, and re-pin using the new measurement as the length of the new cuff. Sew the new cuff in place as close to the original hem as possible. 

    How to Sew a Hem

    Di Ellis asked: Do you know how to sew a hem? It’s pretty simple, and the following instructions will teach you how to sew a neat, almost invisible, hem every time. To start with, iron flat that area of the fabric you need to hem. 

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    I love to wear linen blouses but I do not like the wrinkles and pleats of the back hem. I wear a long blouse so it creases a lot at the back hem due to sitting. I wondered if there was a cure to prevent any more bunching up the hem. 

    Tips And Basics For Embroidery


    2009 - 09.01

     

    Embroidery is like a picture that lightens up the room!embroidery thread

    There are new, modern and exciting things to be done and you can think of an imaginative way of embroidery. If you can imagine it, you can embroider it! For many years, ladies have been getting together to hand-embroider any number of items, from quilts to clothes to sheets to curtains and more.  This could be done with and embroidery stitches . Many people have come up with an imaginative way of embroidery.

    And this is the amazing thing about embroidery – you can get as imaginative and creative as you want. No one can tell you that your way to embroidery is wrong.You can use a traditional way or an imaginative way of embroidery.

    However, hand embroidery is pretty hard unless your really talented and don’t need to use a machine. Make sure you have a embroidery kit to a fall embroidery pattern. Imagine being able to create the detail and decal that you want by being able to embroider it right onto whatever item you want. Also, keep in mind that even if you are not very good at hand-embroidery, you can also try an embroidery machine or the embroidery setting on your sewing machine. No one says that an imaginative way of embroidery has to be done by hand anymore! Get as creative as you want with an embroidery machine!

    Whatever you want to have embroidered, you can embroider yourself and you can use whatever imaginative way of embroidery you want! With a little practice, your hand embroidery skills can dramatically improve. Otherwise, you can use an embroidery machine to get the results you’re looking for!

    By: Mel C

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     Hand Sewing Tips

    According to www.wikipedia.com the running stitch or straight stitch is the basic stitch in hand-sewing and embroidery, on which all other forms of sewing are based. The stitch is worked by passing the needle in and out of the fabric.

    Embroidery tips and reviews

    Here are some helpful tips. Do you want to adorn your living room or bedroom by displaying pillows embroidered with eye-catching designs?

    A Few Basics and Tips

    A Few Basic Tips On Your Cross Stitch Kits. By: James Smith. More and more people love to do cross stitching these days. It perhaps started out with a visit to their local shopping centre, and they were in the hobby department. They saw an embroidery image which they truly liked and thought how great it would be to complete one of these pictoral designs. 

    Make It and Love It: Sewing Tips

    In the instructions, I explain that you sew a long piece of fabric together lengthwise with right sides together. Then I tell you to turn it right side out.