Tips On How To Sew Adaptive Clothing For Seniors


When learning how to sew for seniors, it is worthwhile to focus on learning how to create adaptive clothing so that the wearer can obtain the maximum level of comfort and make the most of their wardrobe. Here are some helpful tips on how to sew adaptive clothing for seniors, courtesy of the sewing experts at Empisal.

Choose The Right Materials 

Adaptive clothing should be soft, pliable and easy to put on and take off. Soft denim is a great choice, as is cotton and other soft fabrics.

Place Zippers Strategically 

Especially when sewing pants for disabled seniors, it is important to consider zip placement. Instead of simply placing a traditional zipper in the front or opting for buttons, why not consider sewing a zipper that provides a frontal opening from the entire waist to both knees for easy changing.

Get Creative

Not only should adaptive clothing be comfortable, but it should also be convenient to wear. Get creative in order to achieve this goal. For instance, place magnetic closures on shirts, as opposed to buttons. Velcro closures for trousers can also make a massive difference when it comes to ease of wear.

Use A Quality Sewing Machine 

Sewing adaptive clothing is not always easy, so you will want to streamline the process as much as possible to avoid making the job more challenging than it needs to be. A quality sewing machine can help with this and may work in your favour to attend sewing classes if you are feeling a bit lost.

Here at Empisal, we can provide you with affordable sewing machine models, overlockers and sewing equipment ideal for making your own adaptive clothing for a loved one. For more information about our range, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Sewing Machine Tutorial: Making A Wine Holder

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Show up to the next dinner party or event in style, sporting a beautiful bottle of bubbly or mouth-watering wine in a hand-made wine holder bag. Create your own in a flash by following our simple, step-by-step sewing machine tutorial below.

  • Sewing Equipment And Materials That You’ll Need 

  • 1 fat quarter main fabric
  • 25,4 cm (10″) square contrast fabric
  • 0,23 metre (1/4 yard) lining
  • fusible fleece
  • 50,8 cm (20″) ribbon; 1,9 cm (3/4″) to 2,54 cm (1″) wide
  • 50,8 cm (20″) of contrast binding
  • Appliqués of your choice
  • Basic sewing tools
  • Getting Started 

Once you have your sewing machine, sewing equipment and tools at the ready, you can begin your wine holder project by cutting the material.

  • From your main fabric, you will need to cut two rectangles of different sizes:
  1. The first rectangle should be 19 cm x 20 cm;
  2. With the second one measuring 19 cm x 39 cm.
  • The square contrast fabric should be 19 cm x 22 cm.
  • The lining and fusible fleece should both be cut into rectangles measuring 19 cm x 79 cm.
  • Sewing Machine Instructions 

Now the exciting work begins!

  • Using your sewing machine, you’ll want to stitch the right sides of the smaller piece of the main fabric together with the contrast fabric. Press a seam allowance (0,6 cm) towards the contrast.
  • On the opposite side of the contrast fabric, join the larger rectangle of the main fabric with the right sides together. Press the seam allowance towards the contrast. The end result is a unit measuring 19 cm x 79 cm.
  • Place the unit with the right side facing down and fuse the fleece into place. Apply the lining on top and finish off with topstitching/quilting.
  • Follow the instructions on the package and fuse the applique designs in place. Use a pressing cloth to protect your iron.
  • Fold the ribbon in half and baste it in place approximately 11 cm below the top edge on the long rectangle.
  • Match the right sides together, fold in half lengthways and sew with a 1,3 cm seam allowance.

There you have it! Remember, for all affordable sewing machine models, overlockers and sewing equipment, look no further than Empisal. Contact us today!