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Sep 3

Tips And Basics For Successful Sewing

Posted on Thursday, September 3, 2009 in Sewing Machines

  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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Sep 3

Sewing For Kids: Sewing Space

Posted on Thursday, September 3, 2009 in Sewing Machines

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.

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.

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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!


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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Sep 2

FAQ about Sewing Machines

Posted on Wednesday, September 2, 2009 in Sewing Machines

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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Aug 31

Embroidery Tips, Machine Embroidery Thread

Posted on Monday, August 31, 2009 in Sewing Machines

There are many different varieties of sewing threads. Embroidery thread is adventurous and creative.

There are important considerations you have to bear in mind before creating or ordering your own, custom embroidery designs.It is easy to get yourself a hi-tech embroidery machine complete with digitized programs, but the quality of your work will depend on your own artistic instincts and knowledge of specific embroidery techniques.
embroidery threadThe Thread: 
The two main types of embroidery threads are Polyester and Rayon. Though the best looking designs are stitched with Rayon, Polyester is much sturdier than the former. This is because Rayon is very thin in comparison to other thread types, which also makes it hard to adjust tension.

The color of the thread also has to complement the colors in the  embroidery fabric, along with the color of the  fabric. Remember that threads can also appear to be of different shades of color depending upon the angle from which they are viewed. So choose accordingly. For example, less contrast between the colors of the fabric and the design can hide small flaws.


Fill-stitches form different patterns and stitch directions, and cover large areas. Too many stitches will create small gaps and too few will show through the design. So decide what type of design will be most appropriate for your Fill Stitch. Keep in mind that fabric tends to absorb small stitches, so they should be avoided.

Underlay stitches, though often overlooked, plays an important part in the final embroidery quality and design. This is because they stabilize the material held in the embroidery frame. The method in which underlay stitches are sewn into the material also paves the way for the top stitches.

Backing Materials:

The amount of stability and support provided by backing materials often determines the quality of the finished product. Backing materials like Cutaways and Tearaways should be chosen according to the type of garment or fabric used. For example, cutaway backings are ideal for  knit fabric. Tearaways can be great for those who want work quickly done because they are the easiest to use.

The Topping:

Toppings prevent fibers from getting caught in between stitches on some rough textured fabrics such as Fleece. This is made possible by sti 1000 tching the embroidery through the topping, the fabric, and the backing material. Topping such as water-soluble films, when laid over stitches-observing fabric types prevent embroidery stitches from sinking into the fabric.


The most noticeable area of the garment should be chosen as the central location of the embroidery design. However, this may be modified according to the type of garment on which the embroidery is to be applied. For example, the primary location for Short Sleeve Shirts and Long Sleeve Shirts is the Left Chest, but secondary location for Short Sleeves is more appropriate on the Left Arm; while for Long Sleeves, Center Back location looks better. 

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Aug 30

Brother Sewing Machines; Brother CS-6000i

Posted on Sunday, August 30, 2009 in Sewing Machines

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

My sister bought a Brother CS-6000i a few months ago, and from what she tells me, it is the best sewing machine she has ever used. It uses a standard 7mm programmable stitch, has 41 utility stitches, and 34 built-in  decorative stitches . And that is just the beginning of the list.

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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Aug 30

Sewing Machine: Embroidery Patterns

Posted on Sunday, August 30, 2009 in Sewing Machines

 Embroidery machines are great for personal sewing and craft projects.

 patterns and tips for embroideryEmbroidery sewing machines offer both the services of embroidery and sewing in one appliance. Thus, these machines offer the best of both worlds, and are available at attractive prices.

Brief History about Embroidery

 The earliest embroidery was done by hand, following which the process became mechanized with the use of the mechanical  embroidery machine . A sewing machine with or without built-in stitches can be used to "manually" create  embroidery designs on fabric . These manual types of embroidery machines are used very little these days, and mostly for fiber art and quilting projects. This type of embroidery is used to embellish garments, though with decreasing frequency these days. Replacing it is the free machine embroidery process, often called "thread drawing or painting", which is favored by quilters and fabric artists to embellish or to create samples of textile art. Machine embroidery designs are great to use for anything.  However, it is the computerized embroidery sewing machines that have revolutionized the market. They can be used by inputting a pattern, however complicated or intricate it may be, into the machine and getting its exact replica on  fabric . These embroidery sewing machines contain a special software that reads digitized embroidery files. They are extremely popular among professionals, crafters, quilters, and seamstresses, owing to their precision and convenience. They are widely used even by those who enjoy embroidery as a hobby.

The best machines have facilities for both embroidery and sewing. Some of the high-end models come with an inbuilt large color touchscreen, a USB interface, design editing software on the machine, embroidery adviser software, and design file storage system. The embroidery sewing machine prices range from $400 up to the expensive ones costing $2000. Brands that sell this product are Brother, Singer, JAMAC Kenmore and Shark. Commercial embroidery machines are available in the range of 1, 2, 4, 6, 12, 15, and 18 head machines. Industrial embroidery machines can be purchased from between 12 to 56 head models.

There are also several kinds of embroidery softwares available. This variety includes softwares that can convert a photograph into an embroidery design. Some websites offer tools that allow a buyer to customize stock designs, thus eliminating the need to buy a digitizing software.thread and threading tips

While using a computerized sewing machine, one needs to follow these steps to create a design in thread.

  1. The first step is for one to buy or create a digitized embroidery design file. Plenty of design files are available for purchase, as well as those that can be downloaded. Ensure that the designs you buy or download are compatible with your machine. If you have a design in a different format than that which your machine uses, you could convert it using a conversion software. However, if you have your heart set on a specific unusual pattern, you may have to create it. Out of those that are available, you may want to incorporate some changes or combine one, two or even three designs, using an editing software. It will enable you to rotate, scale, move, stretch, distort, split, crop, or duplicate the pattern. Many softwares also enable one to add text and change colors.
  2. Once you have settled on the design you want to use, load the file into the embroidery sewing machine. Transferring can be done through cables, CDs, floppy disks, USB interfaces, or special cards that resemble flash and compact cards.
  3. The next step is to secure the fabric. This needs to be done to ensure neatness and prevent wrinkles in the material and other problems. Where small embroidery designs are being made, the material is hooped, and the hoop is attached to the machine. The machine automatically positions it under the needle. In large designs, one or more pieces of material (such as vinyl, nylon or open mesh), called "stabilizers" or "interfacing" are added under and/or on top of the fabric.
  4. The last and most enjoyable step is to start and watch the machine work its magic. Depending on your machine, you may be required to change threads or cut them.


While deciding which embroidery sewing machine to buy, consider models that are long-lasting and require minimum maintenance. Other qualities to take into consideration are versatility and easy switchover from embroidery to regular stitching functions.

By Marian K
Published: 7/2/2009

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Sewing thread

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