Sewing for Charity Causes

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There comes a time in our lives when we begin to sew too much and end up with numerous amount of fabric leftovers. It seems to use up a lot of spaces and we just have no idea of what we can do with these fabrics. Every day that passes along seems to bring you more left overs of the fabrics. Which is when sewing for charity causes comes in handy. There are several of those people who have no proper clothing’s to wear, and several other kids in the orphanage who doesn’t even have a blanket to cover themselves with during cold nights.

You can use your left over fabrics to sew something useful for these innocent souls that could use a hand too. You will be surprised on how happy these kids, or even adults would be when you handover at least a handkerchief for them. They are not the type of people who expect for luxury clothing’s, so know that even the smallest thing that you provide, is the biggest and best thing in their eyes and hearts.

Sew Some Soft-Toys For Youngsters

There are several little kids who are in the orphanage, and has no one to look after them, or at least to show them some love and affection. As we all know, soft toys is one of the favorite thing of every little children. Your left over fabrics can be stitched into some cute soft-toys which would make these kids really happy, and indeed feel like they have a friend of their own who would accompany them as they grow. A soft-toy can bring such a change into a youngster’s life, so don’t hesitate to give something for these innocent little souls.

Blankets, Napkins And Quilts

You can also stitch some blankets, or napkins and quilts for those new born babies who are left in the orphanage too. These babies have nothing for themselves, nor do they have a mind of their own to speak what they need or want. However as an adult, you know of what is most important for these babies. So make use of your left over fabrics to help kids, and babies as well as adults all around you, who are left to shiver all night, or those kids who cry all night due to fear. One little thing that you do, can brighten their lives, and change their nights forever.

Finding Time For Sewing

Finding Time For Sewing

It is impossible that a people don’t have any extra pieces of clothes tucked in their cupboards. If they don’t have any fabric that needs to assume the shape of a wearable dress, then they must have something to upgrade. Like updating a dress by stitching some extra buttons on it or slightly uplifting a hem by cutting the unwanted part, or other similar tasks. All of such must to do things must be done in order to clear the mess from shelves and shift it to wardrobe in the form of ready to wear dresses.

What people find hard is to take out time from busy schedule and perform these tasks. So, here very first thing is time management. It is highly recommended to assign one hour session for stitching in daily to do list. If it is not possible, then one can reduce the time; bring it down to 30 minutes or even to 15 minutes. Yes, a 15 minutes session on daily basis is enough to start sewing. After you have decided to take out time, just look for managing it.

How To Manage The Dedicated Sewing Task

Don’t think that in your first sitting you would end up with a perfectly stitched shirt piece of skirt. Always start with small things.

Here are the very basic things that one can do in the very first sewing session.

  1. Put buttons on shirts where needed and tie them to meet the requirements.
  2. Trim down extra clothes on hem, pin them up or alter to the latest design for reuse.
  3. Clean up the machine wipe off dust and even oil its part if it is an old model.
  4. Check for the needles if they need change, usually, eroded, old and bent out needles don’t remain perfect for reuse.

How To Start Sewing?

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Apart from managing the time, starting to sew fabric is indeed a difficult task, especially those who don’t know how to do it find it tough to have some motivation. Well, the best way is to unthread the bobbin and starting to sew the tissue paper. It is seen that sewing a paper or tissue paper just to get on machine is enough to start the practice. Other things can be designing your shirt on a paper, placing it on fabric and then checking for grains. If it fits in the best way then one can cut fabric and start with stitching process.

Another way to learn is to start stitching a test buttonhole or a zip and then moving with the next process. It is also recommended to note down the standard measurements in one session, so that one doesn’t need to take them for every stitch. One only needs to consider two things for increasing motivation for sewing; dedicating a time session and then managing it through small and divided task.

Making Your Own Clothes To Save Money With Free Patterns

Making Your Own ClothesBuying a readily used cloth must wasting your money if actually can make it by your own. It will be a self-fortune for those who are able to sew because they can make their own dressed according to their wishes. That’s why you are strongly recommended to learn to sew so that you can save money. At least, you can repair a broken cloth and you do not need to spend your money to fix it. If it is possible, you can actually build your store to sell your clothing products.  That must be really profitable.

Certainly, if you want to start learning how to sew, you still need some budgets to buy a sewing machine and other necessities like sewing patterns. The sewing pattern is all you need to start your project and you can buy it from some stores. However, buying sewing pattern is just an option because you can actually get it for free. This is how you can save money when you use free patterns that you can get from anywhere. Here are some tips on how to find the free one.

Searching For Patterns On the Internet

search cloth patternsEverything is available on the internet and you can get it for free. Now, if you are connected to the internet, then you must use your computer to search for free patterns. Somehow, you must choose the best patterns for the best result. You can use Google Search Engine to find your favorite patterns. You can just search for it by typing some keywords such as sewing patterns for toy, skirt, dress, and shirt.  Or you can just type free sewing pattern on the search engine and there will be a lot of choices that can make you impressed.

Some of the websites provide free patterns and paid patterns and you can choose the free ones. You can also find some patterns from some sewing manufacturers because sometimes they provide some free patterns for their customers. So far, you can find some free patterns from other sources and choose your favorite ones. You are recommended to visit that provides so many sewing projects and you can learn from them. There are a lot of inspirations that you can learn from the project and pick of their free patterns.

Asking Free Patterns From Friends

One of your friends may be able to sew well and they have some patterns that are ready to use. Why don’t you ask them? Perhaps, you have a kind friend who can share with you about sewing techniques or at least they may share their patterns with you. Most of the people have some patterns but they do not use all of them.

There are some reasons why your friends do not use some certain of patterns. They probably do not like it. So, it can be your best chance to ask for their patterns so that you use them.  You should not worry if you get a bad pattern because it can be your first try to create a simple project to learn to sew.

Creating A Pattern By Your Creativity

If you do not have money to buy a certain dress, then you can create your own dress using your own patterns. This is one common reason why most of the people prefer to create their own patterns rather than buy one. Besides, when you make your own patterns, then you can use your creativity and you also can make a pattern according to your wishes. You only need a special garment as the template in making a pattern. You can also use any kinds of the garment if you do not have a special garment for your pattern.

It is all about your creativity and you need to write down everything in order to create a perfect pattern. You must have a measuring tape, pattern paper, and any related ideas that support your creation. Somehow, you need time to create your own patterns and sometimes you fail. Making your own pattern is just an option, but you cannot make one by your own. You can find it on the internet or you can ask for your friend.

Well, those are three ways to get free patterns to support your sewing learning. If you just want to learn to sew, then you can choose any free patterns that you like. It is your right to buy some patterns, but if you do not enough money to buy one, then you can get the free one.

The Internet is the best source to find everything for free including free patterns. If any, you can also ask for your friends just in case they have unused patterns. The last way is to create one by your own way. You can make your own pattern if you can. However, you need to be patient because making a personal pattern is not easy if you do not know all about patterns.

Sewing Machines: A High-Tech Gift for Mother’s Day

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Are you thinking of something high-tech for Mother’s Day? Well, there’s no need to go and search further because you can consider sewing machines as a gift for your awesome mother.

Today, laptops and computers are not the only ones that are equipped with advanced technology. Sewing machines are also engineered with the most advanced systems that are guaranteed to level up one’s sewing experience.

Thanks to the modern advancement sewing machine technology, your mom can easily customize a pair of jeans, T-shirts, and other garments that you use. Sewing machine is now a high-tech wonder and the best thing about it is that you don’t need special knowledge on technology to put this to work. If you have not seen sewing machines since high school, you will be amazed how far they have come.

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Embroiderers and sewers take to their computers to hook up to the internet and get the newest embroidery patterns or make their own heirloom stitches with the use of templates from inside the machines. You can also make portraits of your friends with optional software. You can even customize gifts with names, unique designs, messages, and faces.

The latest technology in the world of sewing machines does away with the tedium when associated with stitching. Most of the machines today feature automatic threading, craft perfect buttonholes, and cut threads. Several sewing machines even allow you to design your very own stitch.

quick and easy sewing gift for mothersSome sewing machines can sew up to a thousand stitches every minute, which is very far from what people have experienced before when sewing using the traditional sewers. If your mother is still using an old model of sewing machine and it takes a few hours for her to finish what she’s doing, save her time by giving her the most advanced and high-tech sewing machine available in the market. With this, she can finish a project easily and without the need to spend several sitting in front of the sewing machine.

Aside from helping your mother save her precious time, the wow factor of advanced sewing machines allows you to customize your work. This will also give her a chance to experiment on different stitches and give unique gifts to your loved ones without the need to take an engineering degree.

There are other amazing things about high-tech sewing machines. If you think that giving her a gadget is so classic, why not choose a sewing machine that’s equipped with the best features and technology advancements?  Maybe it’s time to change your gift ideas for your mom on Mother’s day. Find a sewing machine now and see the difference!

As of now, there are several models of sewing machines you will find in today’s market. Depending on your budget and your mom’s sewing needs, choose the one that would benefit her the most. You may also bring your mom at a store when you are shopping around. But, if you like this as a surprise, ask for assistance from the sewing machine experts.

Sewing Machine Stitch Types

Sewing machines were invented to make the human life easier. They are used to stitch fabrics and other material together using thread. They were invented to replace manpower and to provide high quality stitches. In this article we will explore some of the most famous stitches that are made by a sewing machine.

Chain Stitch

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This is a sewing technique where a group of looped stitches are joined together to form a chain. This technique is also used in embroidery. It is one of the earliest stitching techniques invented and is based on traditional stitching that was used by the ancient Chinese in their silk work. This kind of stitching was easy to unravel from the fabric so it was soon replaced with more secure types of stitching. But this kind of stitching is still used in the manufacturing of bags and other products that are produced in bulk.


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This is probably the most common type of stitching and is often called single needle stitching. The lock-stitch is made from an upper and lower thread that lock together in a hole of the fabric they are stitching together. Most home sewing machines use this type of stitching because it is secure.



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This kind of stitches is used for hemming or seaming and is made when the thread sews over the edge of one or two pieces of cloth. Unlike the lock-stitch that uses thread fed by a bobbin, this kind of stitches uses loopers that are fed by different thread cones. Overlock stitching is usually very fast and is extremely versatile. It was first invented in the 19th century and is still used for decoration or reinforcement of fabric.

Cover Stitch

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This involves making stitches with more than one needle and a looper underneath. It allows for the neat look of a single line plus the stretch of a chain stitch when 1 needle is used. When three needles are used, you will have 3 parallel lines.



Zigzag Stitch

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This is a variant to the lock-stitch and is used when the ordinary lock stitch is not enough. It is used to stitch stretchy fabrics or to secure buttonholes or when you are trying to join two pieces of fabric side by side. It is usually a back and forth kind of stitching that will be more secure than the other traditional kinds.

These kinds of stitching are all available by different sewing machines and make the sewing process so much easier.

Getting Ready To Do Sewing by Hand

sewing kit photoSewing kit? Well, some of the people may think that it is a simple thing that they can buy at a cheap price. Perhaps, it is true for those who need some basic sewing kits, but when we talk about advanced sewing kit, it must be a bit expensive. For the basic sewing kit, there will be only needles, some thread spools with limited colors, and a small cutter or scissor. All of the tailors must have these basic items for sewing.

Somehow, when you want to be an advanced tailor and you have learned a lot about sewing, then you need an advanced sewing kit too. Every tool will be really important for a masterful tailor and all of the items will be ready to use. Here, you can do everything with the complete tools you have and it will make you feel easy either when sewing by hand or by machine.

Why Is A Hand Sewing Kit Important?

hand sewing photoThough you already have your own sewing machine at home, sometimes you still need a hand sewing because not all of the sewing activity can be done using a machine. There will be a moment where you need to use your hand. Besides, a hand sewing kit is also simpler and easy to carry anywhere you want. Everything was started on the hand and a machine is only a tool that helps you to your sewing activity.

Some Kinds of Basic Hand Sewing Kit

There are some basic hand sewing items that you need to have at home and you can use these items to make some cool dresses. Here are some items that should in your hand sewing kit anyway:

  • Fabric Marking Pen which is really useful to mark fabric correctly and it can also be used to measure the fabric.

  • Button, Zippers, Snaps and the like must be available in your hand sewing kit.

  • Hand-Sewing Needle with various sizes and lengths for certain purposes.

  • Sewing Scissor or cutter to cut clothes during sewing.

  • Measuring Tape which is useful for measuring clothes.

  • Magnetic Pin Holder which is really important to keep the straight pins for a better aid.

  • Seam Ripper which is useful to get rid of a seam easily.

  • The thread which must be certainly available in your kit as the main item for sewing.

  • Thimble which can protect your hand and finger from the needle during the sewing.

  • Sewing Container which is important to put all of the items in one place.

Those are some basic hand sewing kit that you may need to have, but you may add extra items to complete your kit according to your wishes.

How To Get All Of Those Sewing Items?

Well, you actually can buy the item one by one and put them in your own box. However, for the simplest solution, you also can buy an available hand sewing kit in the market so you do not need to buy one by one anymore. Once you buy this sewing kit, then you can start to learn about the best way to sew at home or learn from the expert.

Sergers, Overlock Machines And Sewing Machines

Serger And Overlock Machines


Is it true that you are thinking about purchasing a serger surprisingly? Notwithstanding your sewing ability level, a serger can build your sewing profitability essentially. This is particularly valid in the event that you like sewing with sew and polar wool textures, as sergers handle these wonderfully.

The most concerning issues with adding a serger to your sewing room are space and budgetary contemplation. Do you have extra table space and work space for the serger? Since a serger does not supplant a sewing machine, and the two should be utilized as a part of couple for most undertakings, there must be room accessible for both machines. Most sergers consume up less room than a sewing machine, however capacity for the cones of string will be marginally bigger.

Sergers come in all value ranges, so looking for a quality serger that fits your financial plan is vital. Similarly as with sewing machines, finding a quality serger at a dealership that gives its clients classes and additional help is absolutely critical. My most loved brand is Baby Lock, yet they can be exceptionally costly. I have likewise utilized Berrninas and realize that they serge easily. Looking to discover the serger that fits your financial plan and needs is time well spent.

Does having various strings concern you? When you see how a serger functions, these turn out to be less testing. Most fundamental sergers have three (3) or four (4) strings. Two (2) of these are needle strings, however for most applications just a single (1) needle is vital. The other two (2) strings go in the loopers, which wrap the strings around the edge of the texture. The looper strings are held set up by the needle string. This additionally implies to fix any serged crease, in the event that you tear out the needle strings, similarly as you would in a standard crease, the looper strings will simply fall away.

Most sergers have strain dials that can be acclimated to adjust the strings in the join, and for most applications, the pressures will continue as before. Along these lines, once you get your serger strung and the pressures set, you can serge and practice a lot before expecting to roll out any improvements.

You may have heard that it is hard to string a serger. While this can be valid, serger makers have made considerable progress in making this simpler, setting shaded dabs and bolts to take after on the machines and additionally supportive shading coded graphs. The highest point of the line Baby Locks utilize an uncommon threading framework that even wipes out this disappointment by and large.

Maybe you are restless about the blade that cuts the texture. Bends and corners require exceptional taking care of strategies as a result of the blade, however so much serging is straight seaming, that the blade is not as undermining as it might appear at first. Furthermore, any bends or corners that are not serged effortlessly can be sewn on the sewing machine until your serger capability grants you to handle more strategies.

Sergers require less string hues, which is an incredible favorable position, particularly since you purchase four (4) spools of each shading. In the event that you purchase an arrangement of white, dark, and either ecru or dim string cones, you will have enough for any venture.

Sergers are awesome for completing creases, and this is the fundamental reason huge numbers of us get them. Serge the finish of texture yardage and it won’t ravel when pre-washed. Sergers additionally line substantially speedier than ordinary machines, shortening the time it takes to finish a venture, and in our bustling lives, time is a profitable product. Sews and stretchy textures sew up rapidly and effectively, without puckers. Creases are precise and slick. Crease recompenses are steady and can be either enhancing or covered up. One of the delights of utilizing a serger is that heavier strings and a few yarns can experience the loopers for enriching serging. Serger systems for legacy sewing significantly diminish the time required and the completed item is slick both all around.

When you make sense of the space needs in your sewing room and any cost concerns you may have, a serger is an instrument you can utilize and develop with for any sorts of sewing and tasks from mold sewing, to home stylistic theme, to knitting. A fundamental serger can keep going for quite a long time, and you will discover an ever increasing number of utilization for it on the off chance that you continue looking. Locate a decent educator, make inquiries, hone with basic activities in the first place, and before too long, your serger will be as critical a device in your sewing room as your sewing machine.

Serger Basics

A serger, otherwise called an overlock machine is an unpredictable machine that you can use in an assortment of your sewing ventures. You can utilize it to edge texture, stitch an apparel material and furthermore complete a crease.

Difference Between Serger And Sewing Machine

sewing machineThe vast majority don’t have the foggiest idea about the contrasts amongst sergers and sewing machines yet the two are altogether different. Notwithstanding the overlock machine sewing the texture speedier than a sewing machine, it likewise cuts the texture as it join. This spares you time and wipes out the edge that is frequently left by the machines. An overlock machine has 3-4 strings that are utilized as a part of making a bolted line. A sewing machine has just a single string. When you are utilizing the unit you just utilize the left half of the needles yet with the sewing machines you can turn your texture and sew any of the sides.

As indicated by reports, sergers are anything but difficult to utilize, speedier and can take every necessary step that a sewing machine can’t. While this is the situation, there are occasions where one unit is superior to the next. For instance, it’s suggested that you utilize the overlock machine when you are sewing pants yet utilize the sewing machine while top stitching.

Purchasing Sergers Quick Guide

There are many sorts of sergers in the market and this can confound to a normal purchaser. To assist here are a portion of the tips to consider when making the buy:

Focus on the extras: notwithstanding the essential components, the unit that you are hoping to purchase ought to likewise accompany embellishments that make it simple for you to utilize it. A portion of the extra frill that you ought to pay special mind to are:

  1. Tweezers: They make it simple for you to get a handle on a little string and twist it through the machine
  2. Cushion and trim catcher: They permit you to slide the unit under the pad in this way keeping it from marking your table. The embellishments additionally prevent the machine from escaping place. A decent trim catcher ought to have the capacity to contain the texture dropping and furthermore effectively disengage for cleaning.
  3. Tangle: If you have utilized the unit you realize that it can here and there get excessively uproarious. To calm it you ought to utilize a tangle. You ought to put the tangle under the machine in this manner stifling the commotions. The tangle has additionally been found to keep the unit from moving. While a portion of the extras may appear to be superfluous at the season of getting, you may require them later. It’s constantly prescribed that you have something and not require it than to need something and you don’t have it.
  4. Purchase from a respectable brand: There are many brands in the market that you can purchase from. The most trustworthy ones are: Brother, Janome, and Juki. Each brand has its one of kind components. You ought to purchase from a brand with the elements that you are searching for.


Regardless of whether you have a business or searching for a unit for individual utilize, a serger is an awesome unit to have. When making the buy, purchase the most noteworthy quality unit that you can bear.

Facts To Know When Buying A New Sewing Machine

buying a new sewing machineDo you want to buy a new sewing machine and don’t know how to choose the best? Well, whether you wish for an upgrade or it’s your first time to buy a sewing machine, there are several options can you choose from.

For some sewists, buying a sewing machine can be a bit overwhelming for the reason that inexpensive machines have tons of features that you might not understand. Aside from that, you have to consider the features that you won’t need, yet might be useful as your sewing progresses. With the different prices, brands, stitches, and features, it can be hard to determine where to begin.

Since there are numerous variables involved in buying a sewing machine, here are the things you should know and must be taken for consideration:


budgetWhen it comes to your budget in buying a new sewing machine, the best advice is choosing quality over the cost. But, of course, this would depend on your budget that determines the available features for you. If you have small budget, search for a great deal on the quality used machine. Look for some dealers who take trade-ins. These have done thorough maintenance on the machine and typically provide you small warranty plus a class on running the machine. If you like a sewing machine that comes with heavy-duty motor or high-end features, it might a great route to take.

There are also some options that will help you save money. Some sewing machine manufacturers are making decent sewing machines that do not cost a fortune. But, you have to remember that these sewing machines are often made from plastic and once they’re broken, you might not find a replacement part. So, make sure to weigh things wisely.

Types of Stitches

Once you are done setting your budget, you may proceed to deciding on some features that you would want to have on your sewing machine and one of these is the types and number of stitches that the machine is capable of. But, you should not be seduced with the number of the stitches. Instead, choose the sewing machine that comes with the stitches that you usually use.

When it comes to sewing, you basically need 2 stitches in order for you to sew well and these include the zigzag stitch and the straight stitch. Almost all sewing projects may be accomplished with any of these stitches. Aside from that, there are other stitch features or stitches that can make sewing much nicer.

Buttonhole stitch is another kind of zigzag stitch that’s automated. Any sewing machine with a zigzag stitch must have this feature. Even cheaply priced machines have this kind of automated buttonhole option. You should try this feature before buying a new sewing machine.

Knit or stretch stitch is also a type of stitch that is perfect for sewing with your knits. One of these looks like a lightning symbol and the other one is basically a triple stretch stitch. Both will let the knits stretch once they’re stitched. While the zigzag stitch will sew stretch fabrics well, some special knit stitches can do a great job.

Utility stitches are often found in new sewing machines. These are best for securing seams, but these can also be good for decorative stitches. Blind Hem stitch, on contrary, creates invisible hems on pants and skirts.

If you have seen all the stitches you’re using on a sewing machine, the choice is yours which model or brand is ideal for you.

Other Special Features

With the advancement of today’s technology, some machines come with great features that will absolutely make sewing more fun. Even the lower priced machines will have these in one form or another.

Free Arm

It’s a removable piece from the sewing deck and enables you to slip something narrow under the needle. Most manufacturers have this as a removable storage box on the machine’s front part.

Knee Lifter

It’s often available on high-end sewing machines. This feature will allow you to lift presser foot while you are holding fabric in your hands. It’s best for sharp and curve corners.


Lighting features on sewing machines have been improved significantly. This feature is best for those who want to see what they’re sewing clearly.

Needle Position Adjustment

Usually, it’s available on high-end sewing machines, but this feature is also found on the budget-friendly ones. The feature enables you to move the needle to the right or left. It’s perfect for setting in the zippers or top stitching.

Automatic Thread Cutter

Numerous machines have some kind of automatic cutter for threads. All you need to do is pushing a button and this cuts the thread, getting rid of the little thread bits around the sewing area. Make sure to test this feature on several machines. Some are good compared to others.

Adjustable Speed Control

This feature enables the users to adjust how slow or fast to sew. It is great when piecing complicated fabrics.

Computerized or Mechanical

Sewing is all about having a needle go up and down. How well the sewing machine does that may depend upon what is inside the machine and whether it is a computerized or mechanical sewing machine.

Mechanical sewing machines tend to be easy to operate and are not as heavy because they do not have a computer. They need a lot less maintenance. Once kept oiled and clean, these sewing machines will serve you well for many years. A well-maintained mechanical sewing machine can last a lifetime, which makes it a great choice for those who are on a budget.

Computerized sewing machines, once maintained properly, will sew beautiful straight stitch each time. All high-end sewing machines are computerized in many ways. This allows you to select stitch, length, programmable stitch sequences, and buttonholes easily. Computerized sewing machines also come with a touch screen monitor, which is one of their best advantages. Since computerized machines are higher priced, they tend to have motors that are high powered and ideal for some heavy duty sewing projects.

There are also sewing machines that are a hybrid of the computerized and mechanical sewing machines. Typically, these come with various features and known for sewing fabrics beautifully.

Keeping those things in mind won’t only help you buy a new sewing machine, but also you’ll be able to choose the best and right for your sewing needs.

15 Sewing Tips to Save Time and Money

sewing tipsFor sewing aficionados, the activity is not just about doing something they love. In fact, many people claim that sewing is one of those rare times when they can actually unleash their imagination, creativity and originality. But, despite being practical as you can be the one to make your own dresses, bags and others, sewing also tends to be pricey if you will think about all those accessories and fabric you need to buy.

If you don’t want your favorite past time to be the reason of going broke, here are some useful tips that will help you get the best value out of your passion.

1. Clean Your Machine Regularly

Regular cleaning of your machine will reduce the chances of requiring servicing or repair. There is no need to clean it whenever you change the bobbin. However, if you notice some fluff, make sure you give your machine a quick clean. Practicing this habit will help you save yourself from expensive repairs.

2. Make the Most Out of Sewing Machine Service

In general, there are no definite rules as to when and how often you should service your sewing machine. It will depend on the amount of sewing activities you do. in standard service, experts will open up the machine to get rid of dust, thread, fluff and other debris that found their way inside your machine.

3. Change the Type of Needle Used

There are different kinds of needles that vary in terms of type of point and thickness. These are carefully designed to render the best results when you sew specific types of fabric and this is something you have to take advantage of. Avoid using any needle you have or you risk getting an unprofessional finish. Make sure that you use the most suitable needle for the job you have in mind.

4. Replace That Needle

Blunt needles will harm not only your sewing but even your fabric and your machine. Another good habit can get into is changing the needle each time you start with a new project. You can purchase needles in bulk when you use a certain type of fabric for majority of your projects to save time and money of having to run to the store every now and then.

5. Read the Pattern Instructions Completely

You might assume that you know exactly what you will do by merely taking a glance at the pattern and reading a few sections. But, it is always a great idea to read the instructions completely so you will know the right order.

6. Keep Your Scissors Sharp

Cut fabric using your scissors. It might be good to have a pair of special fabric scissors. You can keep its sharpness by cutting it through tin foil regularly. Use a sharpening stone if they feel a bit blunt. Take the pair apart with the screwdriver then sharpen the blade one by one.

7. Go Fabric Shopping During End of Season and Sales

Buying the fabric you need during sales will help you save a lot of money, especially when you purchase in bulk. You may sign up for emailing and mailing lists with fabric stores including Spotlight that will notify you of the special discounts or sales periods. Through this, you may stay prepared as well as be ready to make fabric purchases at times when it is most cost-effective. Just like any retailer, a lot of fabric stores will have end of the season sale periods where the clearance racks may be a treasure trove of quality and cheap fabric. Take advantage of the stores offloading seasonal fabric as prices must be reduced to make way for the new stock.

8. Pre-Wash Fabric

Fabrics shrink and while the excitement of starting sewing with your beautiful new stash is a bit overwhelming you should be strong if you’re making anything where this will have to be washed. New dress of cushion cover, both of these will be a disappointment once they shrink after first wash.

9. Organize Craft Stash

One of the frustrating parts of sewing with unorganized craft stash is the time wasted trying to search for that zip, interfacing, wading or hunting out your zipper foot for thirty minutes. Take a week or day to organize all your sewing supplies into the tins, tubs, drawers and whatever storage you have available. Organized craft storage system or craft space will save you money and time because you will not pop out to the craft shop to purchase new fabric and supplies.

10. Always Make Comparison When it Comes to Pricing in Brick and Mortar Stores and Online Stores

compare pricesFabric like any commodity will differ in price from one place to another. You can use the internet to do a quick price comparison between stores to make sure that you are not overpaying for the similar or same kind of fabric. It also does not hurt to ask if the shop will match the price if you’ve seen the fabric that’s cheaper in somewhere else.

Depending on the kind of fabric and how much you need for the job, it might be worth checking out the options for online fabric stores. With several overheads than the traditional brick and mortar stores, big savings could be had with a low delivery cost.

11. Combine Small Pieces of Fabric

Today, a fashionable trend is creating clothes with various patterns sewn together. Take advantage of the scraps of fabric to make something unique and original.

12. Check the Remnant Bins in the Fabric Stores

For particular smaller projects, remnants bins in the fabric stores must be checked regularly to score the bargain.

13. Iron Everything

The main difference of well-ironed seam could make to the finish and construction of your sewing project can never be underestimated. If ironing is like a faff, this may be due to the reason that you have not got your ironing and sewing area set up properly. You may try utilizing a table top ironing board if the space is at the premium.

14. Check Out the Community Sewing for Options

Expensive sewing sessions can stand in your way of learning skills and increase your experience. A good way to get around it is checking if the nearest community operates sewing classes at a reasonable cost.

15. Make Time for Yourself

Sewing under pressure isn’t fun. If you have not got time to finish this, don’t rush because this could just lead you to mistakes.

History Of The Sewing Machine

Even the most capable persons today will surely have a hard time repairing on a small tear on their shirt or sewing on a lost button. But, years ago, housewives are responsible for sewing clothes. As a man’s shirt alone requires 14 hours to be completed, sewing is no doubt an activity that required considerable effort and time for the females in a household. When the sewing machine was invented, it paved way for social and economical movement which gave freedom from the usually time consuming activity of creating clothes for every member of the family.

Early historians tend to argue hours after hours about who really invented the sewing machine which is many ways considered as among the most important machines that were ever made. Let’s take a quick look at the timeline of sewing machine’s interesting history.


The story of the sewing machine started in London in 1755 when Charles Weisenthal, a German immigrant, took out the patent for the needle meant for mechanical sewing. No machine was mentioned to accompany the needle.


Thomas Saint, an Englishman cabinet maker, created what was generally considered as the world’s first ever real sewing machine. The machine which earned a patent has an awl made a hole in the leather allowing the needle to pass through. Saint’s critics claimed that there is a chance that Saint merely patented the idea and it was likely that there was no machine built at all. It was not a secret that during an attempt in the 1880s to come up with a machine using Saint’s drawings, it failed to work with no considerable modification.


Balthasar Krems, a German inventor, created a machine meant for sewing caps. There were no exact dates as the models did not earn any patent.


Josef MaderspergerJosef Madersperger, a tailor from Austria, developed a series of machines in the early years of 19th century and earned a patent in year 1814.





John Adams DogeThe first actual claim to fame from America took place in 1818 when John Adams Doge, a Vermont churchman, together with his partner John Knowles came with a device which, despite creating a reasonable stitch, could merely sew an extremely short length of material before it requires a laborious set up all over again.





1830: Barthelemy Thimonnier Sewing Machine Breakthrough

Barthelemy Thimonnier is probably among the more reasonable claimants of being the sewing machine’s inventor. The French government granted him a patent in 1830. Thimonnier used barbed needle for the machine built completely out of wood. Claims state that the machine was originally designed for doing embroider but it held the potential of being a sewing machine.

Not like the ones who went before him, Thimonnier succeeded in convincing the authorities about the usefulness of the invention. He eventually received the contract for building a batch of the machines to be used for sewing the French army’s uniforms. In less than a decade after his patent was granted, Thimonnier had 80 machines in a factory. However, trouble arose with the Parisian tailors who feared that if the machines will become a success, these will soon dominate hand sewing and put craftsmen tailors out of work.

One night, a group of tailors went to the factory and destroyed all the machines. Thimonnier managed to run for his life. He started all over again with a new partner and came up with extensively improved machine and planned to go to full scale production. But once again, the tailors attacked him. As France was then on the brink of revolution, Thimonnier was not able to get any help from the army or police, leaving him with no choice but to flee to England carrying with him the single machine he salvaged from the attack.

Thimonnier was definitely the first person to produce a practical sewing machine. He was also the first man to put these machines up for sale on commercial basis and was the one who ran the very first garment factory. But despite all these achievements, he died in 1857 in a poor house.


Walter Hunt created the first machine which didn’t imitate hand sewing. This made lock stitch with the use of two thread spools and came with the eye-pointed needle used up to this day. However, it was also unsuccessful, producing only straight short seams.


John Greenhough created a working machine wherein the needled passed totally through the cloth. While there was a model made which showed hopes of increasing the capital for the manufacture, no takers took the risk.


It was probably in early 1844 when the essentials of the contemporary sewing machine finally came together when John Fisher, an Englishman, came up with the machine which, despite being made for lace production, was essentially a sewing machine that really worked. Possibly as a result of misfiling at the patent office, the invention was ignored during the lengthy legal arguments between Howe and Singer about the sewing machine’s origins.

1844: Elias Howe’s Sewing Machine Invention

Elias HoweEven with the rise of minor inventions during the 1840s, many Americans claim that the first sewing machine was made by Elias Howe from Massachusetts. Howe completed the first prototype by 1844, a short time right after Fisher.

It earned a patent after a year and Howe tried to earn the interest of tailoring trade for his invention. He went as much as arranging a competition wherein he set his machine against America’s best hand sewers. As expected, the machine won but then, the world was not yet prepared for the idea of mechanized sewing and even after months of demonstrations, Howe failed to make a single sale.

Facing a mountain of debt, Howe sent Amasa, his brother, to England with the machine, hoping that that side of the Atlantic will have more interest. Amasa managed to find just one backer, William Thomas, a corset maker. He eventually purchased the rights to the machine’s invention and arrange for Howe to travel to London to develop it further.

Howe and Thomas did not have a good working relationship, with one accusing the other about failing to honor the agreements. Soon after, the almost penniless Howe went back to America. Upon arriving, he learned that his sewing machine finally caught on, with dozens of manufacturers, with Singer included, had their hands full in manufacturing the machines, and all of them breached Howe’s patents.

It was followed by tons of law suits which were only settled when big companies Grover & Baker and Wheeler & Wilson came together, pooled the patents and fought as one in order to protect the monopoly.

As for Singer, he failed to invent notable advances for the sewing machine but he pioneered the hire-purchase system as well as the aggressive sales strategies. Howe and Singer both became multi-millionaires.

While it remains unclear as to who really invented the sewing machine, there is no denying that without the effort and work of the long-dead pioneers, there is no way that mechanized sewing will become possible.