These Clever Life Hacks Make Sewing Easier Than Ever Before

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Making your own stuff can be both fun and satisfying. It’s a great way to exercise your creative muscle, save money and get exactly what you want.

Whether you’ve been at the sewing game for years, or whether you have just purchased your first sewing machine, there is always room to improve your sewing skills. The hacks below will not only make sewing a whole lot easier, but they will also improve your skills in a short period.

  • Toe Separators For Bobbins

Do you have a hard time keeping your bobbins from tangling up? Use a toe separator to secure the bobbins and keep them organized. It will save you from having to dig to the bottom of your sewing stash to get the right bobbin for your project.

  • Use A Mug For Larger Spools Of Thread

Buying large spools of thread saves both time and money. However, they may be too big for your sewing machine. If this is the case, place the spool of thread in a mug and set it next to your sewing machine for easier handling.

  • Shine More Light

Many modern sewing machines come with lights. You can get a high-quality and affordable sewing machine from the team at Empisal. However, if your sewing machine doesn’t have a light or a lamp that provides adequate lighting, tape a reading light to the machine. Reading lights are easy to adjust and will provide adequate lighting for sewing.

  • Two Pencils For One Seam Allowance

You can easily create a seam allowance on your sewing patterns by holding two pencils together with a rubber band and using them to trace the edge of your pattern. Use three pencils if you want a wider seam allowance.

  • Sandpaper For Sharper Scissors

A sharp pair of scissors is a vital piece of sewing equipment. If your scissors are getting dull, cut a piece of tin foil or sandpaper using them. They will sharpen up right away.

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Sewing Projects: How To Sew A Laptop Case

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Whether you’re in desperate need of a case to make toting your laptop from place to place easier, or whether you want to surprise your significant other with a thoughtful gift, sewing a laptop case is one of those easy sewing projects everyone should try.

Wouldn’t it be easier to buy a laptop case? Yes, if you like the ugly, boring and expensive options currently available. Sewing projects give you the opportunity to be creative and make something that you actually love.

Here’s how you can make your own laptop case:

What You Need

  • About half a metre of your fabric of choice for the outside surface of the case (cotton is recommended),
  • About half a metre of lining for the inside of the case,
  • Sewing thread, and
  • Sewing equipment, which includes a sewing machine and flexible measuring tape.
  • Optional
    • Interlockers,
    • Steam press, and
    • Velcro or buttons.
  • Instructions

Measure your laptop’s height, length and width using a flexible measuring tape. Use these measurements to determine how to cut your fabric. This should be as follows:

    • The length of the fabric = the height of the computer + the length of the computer + 2,54 cm (1 inch).
    • The width of the fabric = the height of the computer + the width of the computer +  2,54 cm (1 inch).
    • Cut two pieces of outer fabric using the dimensions obtained above. Do the same for the inner lining fabric.
    • Place the two rectangular pieces of outer fabric together with the right sides facing each other. Place one piece of the lining fabric on the outer fabric with the right side facing up. This means the wrong sides of both fabrics will be facing each other. Turn the fabrics over and repeat with the second lining rectangle on the other side.
    • Sew the edges of the fabric together leaving a 1,27 cm (half inch) allowance from the edge. Leave the top raw (unsown).
    • Turn the case right side out to reveal the right side. Tuck the lining inside and sew the hem of the mouth of the case to join the lining and the outer fabric.
  • Finishing The Case

You may want to use an interlocker to neaten and strengthen the hems on the inside of the case. The team at Empisal manufactures affordable and high-quality interlockers that you may find handy for this and many other sewing projects.

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