June 27, 2014

okay…so… i am sara, a mother of 3 girls, wife, sister, friend and small business owner. i was one of three children to parents who let you create be it with dirt ( wee gardener), food or crafts. long list of craft skills: knitting, crocheting, early patchwork, sewing,...

June 15, 2014

fabric nap, no its not having a sleep, it is the way the fabric has been made, the direction is was knitted or woven. some fabrics have a definite nap like velvet which brush one way its smooth and brushed the other way its like bed hair! some not obvious at all. until...

June 7, 2014

start with a machine that can sew straight stitch, do a bit of zigzag, set up to do buttonholes, has the ability to do a running stitch ( like a wavy line in straight stitch) and has the capacity to use a twin needle (it will have a second thread spool). straight will...

June 7, 2014

we know we have to keep an eye on the oil in out car to maintain it. same goes with your sewing machine, check out that manual and find out what you need to do for yours to keep it ticking over. start a routine of doing the maintenance at the start or finish of your se...

June 7, 2014

needles, sharp or ballpoint that is the question. sharps are for woven fabric. for my Bernina I use 70 for silky slippery thin fabrics and 80 for medium weight and a 90 for heavy duty overalls (patching the old boys zippers every week) or jeans when hemming. I know the...

June 7, 2014

we let children play with new toys, let them discover the joys they bring. you should treat your sewing machine the same way. get scraps of fabric and see what it can do. use different stitches, at different widths and lengths, on one layer of fabric,  or two or three,...

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