Learn to sew: How to pick your first project

If you’re in awe of what creative, crafty people achieve on their sewing machines and have always wanted to be able to do the same, now’s the time to take a deep breath and dive in. And don’t worry – it’s not as intimidating as you think! Here are some tips for picking your first sewing project, from the team at Empisal.

  • Take your time: There’s no rush, so sit back, relax and do your research before you pick a project. The internet is a wonderful resource for sewing projects for beginners as well as experienced people, so there’s a lot to look through. What’s more, many of these projects are free, with video and photo tutorials to guide you each step of the way.
  • Know what inspires you: Anyone who sews will tell you that their best projects are the ones that they approached with passion and excitement – even if they weren’t technically challenging. Think about what you love and start to plan your project search from there – do you love switching up your home décor? Do you want to be able to shower your kids or grandkids with handmade gifts? Do you want to make your own clothes?
  • Have the right tools for the job: First of all, you’ll need a sewing machine that is affordable, easy to use and can take on the kind of jobs you want to do. The best option is to speak to sewing machine manufacturers and do some research on the Internet to make sure you’re getting the right information – there’s no point in spending a huge amount on the most advanced machine out there if you’re never going to use all those functions! At Empisal, we recommend the EMPISAL EES50 due to its great functionality, quality and price. After that, you’re going to need some other tools, including fabric scissors, needles, thread, fabric marker, seam ripper, measuring tape, and pins.
  • Get to know your fabrics and thread: There are so many types of fabric and thread out there, and each is suited for a different job. While you can do some of this type of research online, the best idea is to visit your local fabric shops and speak to them about what you want to make. They’ll know exactly what material will work for you and be able to guide you to the best choices.

Start sewing up a storm with Empisal, the sewing machine professionals! (H2)

At Empisal, we’ve been providing high quality, affordable sewing machines, overlockers, steam presses and ironing equipment to South Africa and Sub Saharan Africa for over 35 years.

Whether you’re learning to sew or a professional, Empisal has the right sewing machine for you. With the EMPISAL EES50, you’ll be able to take on new projects with ease and get the most out of your sewing skills.

For more information on our sewing machines and products, please contact us today.

Decorate your home with these festive sewing projects

If you love decorating your home for Christmas celebrations, then these easy festive sewing projects from Empisal, manufacturers of the EMPISAL EES50 are just for you!

  • Christmas bunting: Easy to make, hang up and re-use every year, bunting adds warmth and colour to any area of your home. Hang it above an entrance, over your fireplace or above your windows for an instant splash of Christmas spirit. This is also a great way to use up scrap material in Christmas colours.
  • Quilted ornaments: If you’d like to try your hand at quilting but don’t want to commit to a huge project, these easy tree ornaments are the perfect way to practise your skills – and get a bright, pretty result! Ideal for trees, these can also be hung on bunting, off wreaths and scattered across a table top.
  • Christmas stocking: These make a quick and easy sewing project that your kids can then customise with felt, glitter, sequins and other accessories. They also make a great gift for the grandkids! After the kids have gone to bed, fill them with little treasures and treats, and hang them up to be discovered in the morning.
  • Christmas placemats: Make your table truly unique with your own Christmas placemats. Start trawling the fabric shops now for colours and patterns that fit with your theme – you can even choose two colours for a reversible option or make every placemat unique.
  • Advent calendar: This is a great idea for families where kids just can’t wait for Christmas! You can count down the last 24 days before Christmas together, with an individual treat to open each new day. Some ideas for filling your advent calendar include sweets, hair accessories, novelty stationery, key rings, stickers, stamps and bouncy balls. Other fun ideas include holiday treats like a visit to Father Christmas, a late bedtime pass or going into the city to see the Christmas lights.

Express your creativity with Empisal, SA’s sewing machine specialists (H2)

At Empisal, we’ve been providing high quality, affordable sewing machines, sewing kits, overlockers, steam presses and ironing equipment to South Africa and Sub Saharan Africa for over 35 years.

Whether you’re learning to sew or a professional, Empisal has the right sewing machine for you. With the EMPISAL EES50, you’ll be able to take on new projects with ease and get the most out of your sewing skills.

For more information on our sewing machines and products, please contact us today.