Thursday, June 29, 2017

Learn to Sew: Sewing Machine Tips

When you are learning how to use a sewing machine it can seem a little daunting at first, but the good news is that it's not as hard as you may think. If you want to learn to sew, it is a very valuable skill to have and once you have it down it will be as basic as breathing.

Learn to Sew: Sewing Machine Tips image courtesy of Pixabay

Types of Sewing Machines

First off, there are many different types of sewing machines out there and they are not all universal. This means that you will need to refer to the sewing machine manual that comes with your machine to properly thread your specific machine and other such things.

Once you have your sewing machine threaded, it's a good idea to start with a small project to begin with. You can even practice on a scrap of fabric just so you get familiar with sewing on your machine.

Cotton is a good fabric to begin with because it will not stretch and be hard to work with. I recommended an easy pattern from the craft store because you will get to create a cool keepsake in the end.

Sewing Techniques for Beginners

There are many different sewing techniques you can try and most machines come with different stitch lengths and patterns to choose from, such as the straight stich, zigzag stitch, and so on.

There are also different sewing speeds and stitch lengths that you can choose from, and a lot of it is trial and error. It's helpful to practice on your scrap of fabric before working on your project to make sure your stitches look good.

It's good to get your sewing basics down like sewing straight, backwards, and getting comfortable with your machine, because then there really isn't anything that you can't sew. Start small and work your way to harder projects as your skills begin to increase.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Beat the Summer Heat with Sewing

Sewing clothes and making crafts is therapeutic for the soul. Are you not wanting to spend your summer days in the summer heat? Sewing is a great alternative for those who want quiet, calm and productive time inside. I am going to review some great easy sewing projects that will keep you busy while making treasure that your friends and family will adore!
Add lace to a tank top for a summer sewing project

Summer Sewing for Teacher Gifts

Do you live in a state that gets really cold in winter? Do you have children going to school? Then consider making a flannel thermos jacket for a teacher! When choosing patterns, simply find a bright and colorful flannel design. Then, measure the circumference of the thermos and cut accordingly. Sew the outside edges in, to create a rounded and finished looking edge. To attach the two ends around the thermos, use hook and loop tape or a button and loophole!

Summer Sewing for Women

To make something for yourself, simply find an inexpensive, blank cotton tank top and lace. Measure the lace around the shoulder straps, and cut so that the lace is slightly hanging off the shoulder. Play with colors on this one. Black and white is a classic combination. Blue and white will look nautical, and peach and white are perfect for summer! This fun and easy to make top will be your new favorite.

Summer Sewing Ideas for Men

Does your child love helping you in the kitchen? Then make your little one an apron! Start by choosing an animal. To make a cat apron, buy the colored fabric that you need. Measure your child, and how long you want it to be, and how far around it needs to go. It helps if you draw the design and then cut the fabric. The ears will go along the straps, the whiskers will be on the chest and the tie around the waist will be the tail!

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