Learn how to take good care of your sewing tools and equipment. A collection of useful maintenance tips from this sewing tutorial will make your life easier. Keep your tools properly organized, cleaned, and maintained. It will save you time and money and make your sewing projects much more rewarding.
I often get a question from my readers – how to sew straight? In this guide, I will show you how to easily keep stitching lines straight. I will talk about topstitching mostly because keeping seam allowances equal is a different topic. Have you ever had problems with crooked stitching lines? I bet you had. Even intermediate sewists are struggling sometimes to do it and had to rip and redo stitching. But sewing in a straight line is much simpler than you think. And I want to help you to sew straight every time.
Here is the list of Amazon best sellers in sergers and coverstitch machines. I only consider machines that have good reviews. Machines with a large number of negative reviews will be skipped even if in the best selling list. Also, since the list is based on the volume of sales, do not expect to find high-end machines here; most are entry-level, some are older models.
I wasn’t a quilter until recently, I used to sew clothes for myself and kids and some home decor items (mostly curtains). So I wasn’t used to rotary cutters, although I had all the time many different kinds of sewing scissors and I thought that rotary cutters are only used by quilters.
Some time ago, before deciding to share my sewing experience with others, I started to sew leather. I heard from more experienced people that a rotary cutter is excellent for cutting leather and will transform you in a real leather cutting machine. So I tried it. And it was awful! I even film it so you can laugh now together with me – at the time I was so surprised at the way a rotary cutter works.
And I put together this article so you are not going to make the same mistakes I did.
Looking for the best sewing machine for advanced and intermediate sewists? Here is what I think — Janome Memory Craft 6600 p. I’ve had this machine for a little more than 5 years now, it is very solid, I have not had one single problem with it and I use it quite a bit every week.
The machine is a real workhorse with lots of bells and whistles. It does everything with the speed and precision critical to advanced sewing.
Let me show you why I love my Janome 6600.
In this YouTube sewing tutorial, I will show you how to use a very simple but very handy tool called a bias tape maker. Do you use this precision tool that folds fabric into perfect halves automatically?
Find out what every sewist should know about seam rippers, what is the best seam ripper, what is “magic eraser” seam ripper called seam-fix. In this YouTube video tutorial on how to use a seam ripper properly you will learn how to remove sewing stitches, how to use a seam ripper for different fabrics, how to unpick 4 thread overlock stitching with a seam ripper, how to remove a coverstitch hem, how to use a seam ripper for cutting buttonholes and how to cut clothing tags.
This is a video sewing tutorial on how to use a Rotary Even Foot. Learn how to sew with the Rotary Even foot and how to use its attachments – a blind hem attachment, a bias tape attachment, rolled hem attachments in 3 different sizes. Rotary Even Foot is a walking foot alternative. Very useful new sewing gadget.
In this video tutorial, I want to talk about fusible interfacing. I will show you how to fuse interfacing to the fabric, what types of fusible interfacing we can use for our sewing and quilting projects, how to choose proper interfacing for a project and what problems you may have while working with fusible interfacing. I am also answering these questions: Is fusible fleece the same as interfacing? Can you wash fusible interfacing? Can you sew through fusible interfacing? How do you remove fusible interfacing from fabric?