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    Sewing Machine Repair Ideas and Tips

    2010 - 01.07

    Some great ideas on repairing your sewing machines, saves you from buying a new one!  repair sewing machines

    Stitching Machine repair is not necessarily on the minds of folks when they’re looking to purchase a sewing machine to be used at home. Typically they aren’t brooding about what occurs when this machine breaks, it is easy to mend, where do I get spare parts, what parts break most often , at such like. Another thing most of the people don’t understand, that if you plan on hiring somebody to come and fix your cherished stitching gear when it breaks, plan on paying lots of money as there aren’t many’Sewing Machine Repair’ specialists so the few that are                                                               round, will charge a hefty price. 

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    All of the reasons above are sound reason to learn some fast basics about repairing your stitching machine. These are some idea’s to get you moving :

    *Repair Manual: when you’re purchasing your machine, confirm it comes with a fix manual and then make sure you keep it put away somewhere you will be capable of finding it when things start to break. If your stitching gear did not come with a manual, make sure you ask the sales associate what some of the best repair manuals are and purchase one at that time. Doing both these things will save everyone a bunch of time and head ache’s in the long term.

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    *Internet Tips: If you neglected to do either of the steps above and you end up with a broken machine, you are lucky because now days the web contains a huge amount of information and you may be capable of finding what you want on the internet. Start by searching for the maker’s website to work out if there is any free information there and then move to other sewing forums and website for some tricks and  tips .

    *Upgrade : if you’re using a device for stitching that’s's more than twenty years of age and sewing patterns and fabricit breaks, it make actually be time for an upgrade as it will not be work the cash and time to fix. Machines for  sewing  today have made many advancements, including the simplicity of repair and you would be better off with a revised model. Try to sell your old machine and put the money you get for upgraded gear.

    Outline Stitching Machine Repair doesn’t have to be a headache. There are a few steps which are discussed above that one can to do try and lessen the time, energy, and cash it takes when your sewing machine quits on you right in the middle of a massive project.

    Baby Lock Sewing Machine

    If you are considering purchasing a baby lock sewing machine, but you are not completely sure which baby lock sewing machine will best fit your needs.

    Singer Sewing Machines

    Singer – Sewing Machine Parts – Find information on replacement parts for your Singer sewing machine or Singer industrial sewing machine here. Part charts, instruction manuals and service manuals available for download.

    Can Anyone Recommend A Supplier For Sewing Machine Repair Parts?

    I have a old Singer Stylist 500 series (532) sewing machine that has finally given up the ghost. I am looking for two replacement parts. 1. Rotating hook drive.  

    Keeping your Sewing Machine clean

    Today on Diane Gaudynski’s blog, she posted some information about keeping your sewing machine clean.

    Question About Sewing Machine Repair?

    can i fix this myself (i can’t say i’m super familiar with the inner workings of the machine itself)? do i need to take it into a shop?

    Secrets To Sewing Machine Maintenance

    The manufacturer will recommend a certain oil to use on your machine and that is the one you should use. When in doubt, refer back to the sewing machine manual. 

    How To Sew A Blind Hem Stitch

    2009 - 10.28

    ♥ A blind stitch is a terrific stitch to learn for hemming just about anything! ♥
    blind stitch hemWhen you don’t want stitching to show through on the face of your fabric. A blind hem stitch consists of 3 straight stitches in a row and then one zig-zag stitch. The idea is to have the straight stitch on the folded material of the hem and the zig-zag just catch a few threads of the main panel of fabric. When you turn your piece right sound out, you will barely see small tacking that is holding your bottom hem in place.

    You can use this technique for hemming lined drapes, curtains, roman shades  side hems for draperies and for hemming clothing.

    The one thing I want to say about this stitch is practice before you use this technique on your projects. The thicker your material… the trickier this stitch is… so practice… and worse case scenario you hand stitch the hem or straight stitch it.

    You will need a blind hem presser foot, also known as blind stitch foot for your sewing machine AND a blind hem stitch on your machine.

    1. Lay your fabric with the folded hem facing up with the outer folded edge of the hem pointing toward your sewing machine.

    2. Fold the pinned bottom hem under the fabric.

    3. Leave " of the folded hem peaking out from under the fabric. So… you will have your fabric panel laying right side down, with the folded hem folded under the panel… leaving only 1/4" showing from under the panel.

    4. Slide the fabric under your presser foot with the folded edge of the fabric panel against the flat vertical bar of the presser foot… the " piece of the hem that is peeking out from under the panel is under the needle

    Learn How To Sew A Blind Hem Stitch In The Video Below!

    5. The needle should stitch the straight stitch in the " of the hem and swing to the left to catch the folded edge of the fabric on the zig-zag. If this is done correctly you will only see tiny vertical stitches across your hem on the front of your shade.

    Practice this stitch on similar fabric  and thickness to make sure your zig-zag is not too wide… this will cause a larger vertical stitch on the front of your shade… which you don’t want.

    Mastering this stitch will take your projects to the next level. It’s the next best thing to an industrial hemmer. Most of us can’t afford a hemmer, but you can very similar effects with the blind hem stitch.

    So, practice, practice, practice… and use if it for all hems including your side hems.

    Happy sewing!


    Jennifer Thoden

    Video: How to Sew a Blind Hem Stitch | Picking Up Threads

    Watch and learn how to sew a blind hem stitch step by step. A blind hem stitch is the perfect stitch to use when hemming your draperies and dress pants.  

    Blind Hem

    Position the fabric, folded so that the majority of the blind hem stitch is sewn on the facing side, and only a tiny bit of fabric is stitched that can show through to the front. 

    How To Sew A Blind Hem Stitch | how to sew

    DraperyIdeas asked: www.SimpleSewingProjects.com ~ Watch and learn how to sew a blind hem stitch step by step. A blind hem stitch is the perfect stitch to use.  

    Creations – Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre: Blind Hem 

    Now I wanted to top stitch it all down with a nice blind hem stitch like described in Vikki Pignatelli’s book Quilting by Improvisation. fef It sounded easy enough when I read how to do it. 

    Brother XL2600I 25-Stitch Free-Arm Sewing Machine with Multiple 

    This sewing machine also has a built in one-step automatic buttonholer with a stitch balance control for perfect buttonholes every time. The stitches include built-in stretch, blind hem and decorative stitches as well as basic stitches.

    Brother XL2610 Free Arm Sewing Machine with 25 Built In Stitches 

    Now I’m interested in stretch garmets and I chose this machine because of the variety of stretch stitches. I have already used the Stretch Blind Hem stitch to shorten some of my stretchy slacks, and it sews perfectly. 

    Brother LS2125I 10-Stitch Free-Arm Sewing Machine with Automatic 4

    The LS2125i features an easy to use automatic 4-step buttonholer. The built-in stitches include straight, zig-zag, elatic and blind hem stitches. The stitch length and width adjustments are auto-set for you. 

    Buy Blind Hem Sewing Machine, With Hand Sewing Machine Reviews

    Brother XL2610 Free-Arm Sewing Machine with 25 Built-In Stitches and 59 Stitch Functions Janome MC9700 Sewing Machine Dressmaker Sewing Machine 6102 Fas Blind Hem Foot Tacsew Blst2 Portable Blind Hem Stitch Sewing Machine 

    Design Your Halloween Decorations

    2009 - 10.09

    Why spend money when you make your own decorations this Halloween!

    We’re all cutting back our spending to just the necessities, but that doesn’t mean your house has to be boring and uninviting this Halloween, with these cheap and simple to make home decorations.

    Below I give you instructions for making a Halloween tablecloth and trick or treat bags with pumpkin face cut outs and the word “BOO”, but use your imagination – the templates can be used on all sorts of things, like cushion covers, curtains, placemats, napkins – the list is endless!

    Fabric & Notions

    Basic Instructions:

    For the tablecloth, first you need to measure the length and width of your table. If you have a table that extends, extend it first before measuring. You then need to add on an allowance for draping over the side.

    Now this is a purely personal preference. Some people like tablecloths that drape almost to the floor, other like theirs much shorter. My general rule of thumb is to add on the amount of the drop to your chair seat.

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    You measure that by placing the top of your measuring tape level with the top of your table, and then measure down until you hit the seat of the chair. For me, it’s 10′ (or 27cm).

    Now don’t forget, you need to add that on for each side, plus a seam allowance. Although a normal seam allowance is 5/8″, I usually allow for a larger seam for a tablecloth as we are going to machine stitch it. I always allow “.

    So, if your table is 5ft by 4ft then you’ll need:

    Length: 60′ PLUS 21′ (drop at each end) PLUS 1′ (2 seam allowances) – 82′

    Width: 48′ PLUS 21′ (drop at each end) PLUS 1′ (2 seam allowances) – 70′

    Or, in metric

    Length: 160cm PLUS 54cm (drop at each end) PLUS 4cm (2 seam allowances) – 218cm

    Width: 122cm PLUS 54cm (drop at each end) PLUS 4cm (2 seam allowances) – 180cm

    For each trick or treat bag, you will need 2 pieces of fabric 10″ by 12″ (or 26cm by 31cm). So if you have 3 children, you’ll need 30″ by 24″ (or 78cm by 62cm).

    You’ll also need some drawstring for the trick or treat bags – say 30″ (or 76cm) per bag.

    As it’s Halloween, try to find a nice bright orange fabric for the tablecloth and bags and black for the cut outs! Or you could go gothic, and buy black (but make sure your cut outs are then in bright orange or white).

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    The Cut Outs

    For the cut outs, the amount of fabric depends on how many you want to place on your tablecloth. Each pumpkin cut out measures 7″ by 7″ (17cm by 19cm) – so if you want to put 8 pumpkins on your tablecloth, you’ll need 28″ by 15″ (or 68cm by 38cm). The BOO cut outs measure 2″ by 5″ (13cm by 5cm) so if you want to put 16 BOOs on your tablecloth you’ll need 22″ by 8″ (or 54cm by 20cm). And I’d recommend one pumpkin and one BOO for each side of the bag. Or you could just buy a yard of fabric and cut out as many as you can!

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    To Make Up

    Mark out your tablecloth using tailors chalk or pins, and cut out. Mark out the rectangles for your trick or treat bags and cut out.

    Now pin a ” hem around the entire border of your tablecloth and sew.

    Place the two pieces of bag with right sides together, and pin the two side seams and the bottom. Sew around in one continuous line. Now turn over half an inch on the top and sew. (Note: if you plan to machine stitch the Halloween cut outs on, then do these before doing the side seams). We now need to turn over the sewn top hem another inch – make sure to leave enough room for the drawstring to be threaded through. Sew in place, but remember to leave a small opening to thread through the drawstring. Thread through and knot each end to secure.

    Now pin and cut out the number of  halloween cut outs that you need.

    These can be attached a number of ways – with iron on hemming tape, craft glue suitable for fabrics, hand stitching, or machine stitching.

    So that’s it – two very simple, but cheap, Halloween decorations to brighten up your home.

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    By: Diane Ellis

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    Boo! Apron – I Dream Fabric

    Jeannine Morris – Friend/Teacher/Seamstress extraordinaire! made this adorable apronwhich her granddaughter Olivia call’s “Halloween Boo”. We love it too Olivia. The halloween fabrics are ooh so adorable and you will see many more posts.

    Spoonflower blog: Ghostly Paisley Spooks the Competition

    Last week’s round of Halloween fabrics offered some pretty intense competition, but artist Cate Anevski’s Ghostly Paisley design walked away with the win.

    More Halloween Fabric listed on Ebay!!

    We found more Halloween themed fabric in our stash and want to share it with you! Some we are listing was used in our Halloween quilt shown in our Halloween Quilt Inspiration Blog Post – click here to view!

    Halloween Costumes: Lessons Learned

    But then of course she went to a Halloween party and got green “witch’s brew” all over the side of the cape. And she thought the weight of it was too heavy for regular wear anyway. Lesson learned — no fancy fabrics.

    Low Cost Green Halloween Costume Ideas

    You can make a cheap and easy recycling-themed costume by buying (or finding) a length of fabric long enough to create a reusable shopping bag big enough to wear.

    A little bit of Kaos: Halloween Fabrics

    Halloween is right around the corner, so in a moment of weakness I ordered some fabric from Spiceberry Cottage via etsy, some Moda Spooktacular fabric. Quick delivery, good condition and I am in love with the purple Moda bat fabric.

    Story For Halloween: Making Your Own Costumes With Halloween Fabric

    When you think of Halloween fabric, the first colors that come to mind are orange and black. Certainly the traditional standbys, but there is so much more can do for you, with Halloween than with these fef two colors. 

    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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    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. 

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    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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