Top 10 Tips for Sewing with Leather

Have you ever wanted to sew on leather, but are just too afraid of the expense and trouble to give it a try? I have to admit, I shied away from it for years because leather is expensive and I just knew I would ruin it, never finish my project and wind up wasting money. Then came my handbag phase and I had to give leather a try. I confess I learned a lot the hard way, but I kept my leather work small at first, so my lessons weren’t at great expense. I still only use leather for trims Read More

Sewing Apps Teach Skills, Help Organize and Save Time

The right sewing app for your iPad or smartphone can make life so much easier for the home sewist. Imagine sitting comfortably at your sewing machine with all the fabric, findings and tools you need to complete a project. Now, imagine it is your first time trying a certain technique or making a particular item and you’re easily following the step-by-step tutorial you found on an iPad sewing app. It’s hard to believe so much is available now, especially if you grew up sewing without access to all of the wonderful resources that are now right at our fingertips. Beginners Read More

What You Should Know About Embroidery Machine Software

Embroidery machine software extends the capabilities of computerized embroidery machines. The right software allows for more flexibility when digitizing, enlarging, rotating or editing your design in other ways. We’ve talked about embroidery machines that will allow you to customize stitches by combining, elongating or shortening them. Embroidery machine software opens up a whole new world of possibilities. Before buying any software, make sure it is compatible with your computer. You also need to make sure your work can be transferred to your embroidery machine. Some design companies will not allow their designs to be edited or customized in any way. Read More

10 Time Saving Sewing Tips

I love sewing and like most of you, I don’t have the time I really want to spend at my machine. Life gets busy, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make beautiful clothes, gifts and household items in what little spare time we have, though it does make it a bit more of a challenge. Here are some tips I’ve learned through the years that might help shave off some of the time it takes for you to complete a project.. A few were passed down from my paternal grandmother who was a professional seamstress and a few came from Read More

Basic Sewing Machine Settings

While reading sewing machine reviews I noticed many first-time buyers or new sewists get frustrated when a machine doesn’t do exactly what they want it to do out of the box. That is probably because as simple as a sewing machine looks, there are important and sensitive settings that need to be right for a machine to sew properly on different fabrics and materials. Understanding these basic settings is important before you’ve built that nest of thread under your fabric! We will start with basic settings and will visit some of these in more detailed posts and link them here Read More

The Most Important Qualities of a Heavy Duty Sewing Machine

The last time I bought a sewing machine I’d hoped it would be all I would need. I was sewing clothes and toys for my daughters and didn’t think I would ever need a heavy duty sewing machine. Fast forward a few years and my daughters wanted stuffed animals, sleeping bags, pocketbooks and other fun items that caused a lot of broken needles and more than a few cross words shouted at my machine. Long time readers here probably know my story about getting my first Singer that was as old as I was at the time. It was already Read More

Avoid Making these Top Five Mistakes when Buying A Sewing Machine Online

Do you remember the first time you purchased something online? I do and I remember feeling a bit wary about the whole process. Would I get my item? Was my financial information secure? What if my item arrived damaged? Isn’t it just easier to drive to a brick and mortar store and buy it there? Actually, most items can be purchased less expensively online and with a few precautions taken, you can assure a smooth, safe transaction. Know Your Seller I have had very few bad online buying experiences and have made a lot of purchases from people I will Read More

Kenmore Sewing Machines no longer sold at Sears

When I was a little girl there were two brands of sewing machine most commonly found in my friends’ homes – Singer and Kenmore. Both brands were known for their reliability and affordability. Over the years, Kenmore maintained its reputation for delivering a great quality sewing machine at some of the most affordable prices on the market. In 2011 rumors began flying that Sears would no longer carry Kenmore sewing machines. Loyal customers rushed to buy the remaining models and members of sewing chat boards fielded questions from those who were worried they wouldn’t be able to find accessories for Read More

Free Motion Quilting & Embroidery

I remember the first time I tried free motion quilting, sometimes called stippling. I have never been a true quilter. I don’t have the patience to carefully cut out all those little squares. Plus, I like to finish my projects a lot quicker. (Maybe that’s why I chose the alterations/embroidery business.) I still wanted to learn how to do the free motion stitching. I had the bright idea of having my children write their names (they were in grade school) and I would use my newly learned free motion skills to “embroider” by free motion, along the little letters my Read More

Threads, Threads, Threads…

Sewing and embroidery threads might not seem like a topic to get excited about, but if you love sewing as much as I do you will understand why I get giddy over the variety of colors and fibers. I probably own more thread than I will ever use. It may sound odd, but it was my inheritance from my grandmother. If you are new to sewing you might think the most important thing about picking out sewing thread is to match the color to your fabric. While that is important, for a professional finish, it is just as important to Read More

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