Sewing Projects: Inspirational Ideas for Your Next Quilt


Autumn has quietly crept up on us. And the chill in the air and longer nights call for snuggling up under a quilt with a cup of hot cocoa and your favourite series. Wait… Did I say “quilt”? Does the mere mention of the word leave you with a guilty pang about unfinished sewing projects! Well, it is time to stop blaming the sewing-project muse for abandoning us mid-project. With these inspirational ideas for your next quilt from Empisal, your creative juices will turn into overdrive!

  • “Scrappy” Quilt

If you have a lot of small fabric pieces left over from other sewing projects, a “scrappy” quilt can be just the project to use them. This can be the perfect project to emulate the falling autumn leaves outside.

  • Imitate Autumn

Another take on the “scrappy leaves” quilt idea, and just perfect to brighten up dreary days; why not reproduce autumn’s rich and bright colours. This is the perfect project to tackle for those meditative moods, as it will require several dozen copies of the same panel – repetitive, yet creative work.

  • Gratitude is Great

If you are up for a “quickie”, instead of a large quilt, why not make a table topper.) or a bed runner with a gratitude theme? Not only will it remind you of everything you have to be grateful for, but it’s also a novel way to decorate a table or finish off your bed. You can even hang it against a wall!

  • Down Memory Lane

Another great idea is to immortalise a late loved one with a remembrance quilt. You can use their favourite pieces of clothing as your material (better than keeping it in a musty suitcase or discarding of it). Why not become really creative by depicting a much-loved spot or theme in your design – your imagination can truly run free.

Empisal has been supplying top quality and affordable sewing machines to the market for more than 35 years. We have something for everyone – from sewing equipment to expert advice, support and even inspirational ideas for your next quilt.  For more information contact us today.

Cheap Isn’t Best When You’re Looking for an Affordable Sewing Machine

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Picking a sewing machine can be confusing! And, no doubt, you will need to do research before investing in sewing equipment. If you are just starting out, borrowing a sewing machine may be a great option. But, if that is not possible, your best bet may be to buy an affordable machine to start with.

  • Cheap Isn’t Best

You may be wondering how cheap is too cheap? If the sewing machine doesn’t at least offer a few basic features (such as a drop in bobbin and automatic needle threader), every sewing project may turn into hours of frustration and leave you overwhelmed, discouraged, and…well, ready to quit. Meaning the money you invested is wasted.

What to consider when Looking for an Affordable Sewing Machine

Here is what we recommend:

  • Buy The Best You Can For Your Budget

Remember, this an investment, so choose a machine made with quality parts – one that if it breaks, might not be worth repairing.

  • Buy From A Dealership

A dealership might not have the lowest prices; however, you will be gaining a resource – getting assistance, experience, advice and instructional classes.

  • Ask About the Warranty

What does it cover? What does it exclude?

  • Check Repair Policies

Ask about turnaround time, which can vary from days to weeks.

Ask who does the repairs. Remember, repairs made by unauthorized technicians can void the manufacturer’s warranty.

  • Room to Improve

Ask if they offer trade-ins and trade-ups. This may take the pressure off the initial purchase if you know you can get started on one and move up the line if you want.

  • Look For Sales

Sometimes, sewing machines are offered on promotions around Easter, Mother’s Day and Christmas.

Buying sewing equipment is an investment. So, don’t feel rushed or pressured. Gather as much information as you can to help you to choose an affordable sewing machine suitable for you. For more information, the best range and expert advice, contact us today.