A bobbin is a very important part of a sewing machine on which the lower thread is wound. Threading a bobbin or winding a bobbin is a quick and easy job when you know what you are doing. Follow the directions in this tutorial if you want to know how to fill a bobbin, how to insert a bobbin in a sewing machine, how to get the bobbin thread up through machine, how to wind a bobbin by hand (and why to do that), etc. Everything you want to know about sewing machine bobbins.
Cutting fabric straight is really important and can’t be stressed enough. A bad initial cut can result in twisted seams, or seams of different length on two pieces that are supposed to match, or a deformed/uneven hem after the garment was finished. It is surprising, but indeed a wrong initial cut can actually cause all these issues.
It seems to be a simple task, cutting fabric straight, but in reality, there is more to it than is obvious at a first glance. Below are some helpful tips on how to cut material straight.
There are many different ways to sew a curved hem. It depends
on the fabric you use for the project (for example, for chiffon it will not be the same as for denim)
on the type of the curved edge ( if it is a full curve like a circle skirt, or just a slight curve)
on the types of sewing machines and their accessories you have ( do you have a serger? a coverstitch machine? a blind stitch foot? etc.)
on the design you have in mind ( do you want a narrow hem? a standard hem? a decorated hem?)
and on your sewing experience also (if you are a beginner sewist you probably shouldn’t use all those specific presser feet available now)
But no matter what fabric or design you use you have to finish the hem beautifully. A well finished hem is a very important sewing operation and adds a professional touch to any garment.
Choose one of the techniques below that best suits you.
I’m at Joann Fabric looking at the new pattern catalogs – Vogue, McCalls, Simplicity. So many interesting new patterns! I love them all, really. But I know not all of them will be suitable for my body type, which is far from a model’s. I am petite (so I guess one third of these patterns go right out the window), my top is one size smaller than my bottom (so I need both sizes included in the envelope, which doesn’t always happen), and I really need dresses that hide a belly bulge (how did that happen to me? I didn’t have a tummy when I was younger!).
So, the question is: how to choose a pattern that will fit your body? And not only fit, but also hide your flaws. Do you have the same problems?
I’m sure there are lots of shoe lovers among people who love to sew, right? In this article I want to show you how I transformed my sandals with free standing lace embroidery. I love using my embroidery machine and always look for ways (sometimes unexpected) to add some embroidery to my projects.
In the first part of my tutorial about sewing leather on a home sewing machine, I was showing you what tools you can use to sew leather and how to use them.
In this part (which is the second one) I am going to show you some leather stitching techniques, how to prepare and use patterns for sewing leather with a home sewing machine and what closures to use for leather garments.
I like to use my embroidery machine because with it I can always turn something ordinary into extraordinary and create one of a kind garment. But not only that – embroidery to me is pretty therapeutic and more than creating beautiful things.
I think there are billions of embroidery designs available now and they are all amazing but I like the most free standing lace designs. In this tutorial, I want to show you how to make a lace hat with an embroidery machine.
Hats are always popular and fashionable and you can’t have too many hats, right? You may be surprised by how a hat can transform your look.
French seams are widely used to sew delicate fabrics. I always used French seams for my silk chiffon and organza garments. They give very nice and neat finish. Actually, I like them on any lightweight and mediumweight silk. And recently I used French seams to sew 100% silk pillowcases.
You can find many good online tutorials how to sew French seams. But it seems to me that something is missing in those tutorials. So today I am going to add some tips on how to sew professionally looking French seams.
This term “flat felled seam” sounds to me a little bit too professional but the technique itself is pretty simple and can be widely used in home sewing.
Flat felled seams can be usually found on denim because they are very strong and durable. But they can be used on silk fabric also. I like to use them even on chiffon and organza (together with French seams). Maybe I am the only one but anyway, to me flat felled seams look awesome. I used them recently while sewing my silk fitted sheet. So I can assure you that they are really as suitable for delicate silk fabric as they are suitable for denim.
Sewing is often a slow process. It is so easy to let your imagination wander when you are choosing a design for your new dress, or fabric and a pattern to use in your next project. It takes a lot of time also to prepare the pattern, to cut the fabric, to sew all seams and press them. And usually we can’t sew all day long.
So I am always looking for ways to be more efficient and sew faster. I don’t want to stay with one project for a few weeks, I noticed actually that the less time it takes from an idea to the result the more I am enjoying the process and I am also more satisfied with my garment.
Over the years I discovered many ways to sew faster and to get professional results. I am going to share them with you in this list.