Sewing Projects: 6 Tips for Designing a Quilt

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Are you quilting for a sewing project or just ready to dip your toe into the world of quilting? Designing a quilt can be intimidating! But, that’s where we come in with our guide of easy sewing projects. Grab your sewing equipment and let’s help you to design beautiful quilts with our handy tips and tricks.

6 Tips for Designing a Quilt:

Quick Cutting: 

Quick-cutting and piecing strips are recommended for making many sewing projects. Templates are completely eliminated; instead, a rotary cutter, plastic ruler and mat are used to cut fabric pieces.

Choose An Easy Pattern: 

Use an easy pattern as an opportunity to highlight a minimalist aesthetic. Busy patterns might look overwhelming.

Prewash Your Fabric: 

By washing the fabric ahead of time, you’re minimizing your risk of smudging the colours when you wash the finished product. Follow the washing instructions for the material you’ve chosen. Unique materials such as satin or silk might require different washing techniques.

Backstitch: 

Wear-and-tear is inevitable for quilts. Backstitches are simple, and they ensure that your stitching can survive the rigours of daily handling. 

Buy Extra Fabric: 

This is ideal for when you make a mistake with your measurement and you cut something too small. This will save you time and costs on going out and getting more fabric or using fabric that does not match your original fabric.

Use A New Needle: 

Needles need to be sharp throughout sewing. So, remember to purchase plenty before you start your sewing project. You need to change out your needle frequently, especially after each project. 

We have something for everyone at Empisal, whether you are looking to buy a first sewing machine for your first quilt project or whether you need more sewing equipment to add to your business equipment, you can expect to find a range of reliable and precision sewing machines, overlockers and ironing equipment which simply won’t let you down. For more information, contact us today!

Learn to Sew: How to Reinforce a Buttonhole

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Are you trying to learn to sew a buttonhole? Whether it’s for the perfect pair of jeans or for your sewing company, we have a useful, quick and easy guide for you.

Tools Needed to Reinforce Your Buttonhole:

    • Sewing equipment,
    • An affordable sewing machine,
    • A good pair of scissors, and last but not least (!)
    • Your creativity.

How to Sew a Buttonhole:

  1. Calculate the length: 

Working out the correct length for a buttonhole is crucial, as it must be large enough to allow the button to pass through easily, but not so large that it won’t hold the item securely fastened. Sew a buttonhole with a very narrow zigzag stitch. Place your button at the top of the T and redraw the top line if necessary.

  1.  Now draw a line at the bottom of the button.
  2. Use a ruler to join these lines together, forming a narrow, skinny box, about 2 mm in width and long enough for your button to pass through, and sew a box around this line. 
  3. Sew a zigzag line down the left side of the box and repeat on the right side, using a very short stitch.
  4. Use a wider stitch length and the shortest setting your machine will allow, sew a few zigzag stitches across the top and the bottom of the zigzag lines.
  5. Insert your button into the buttonhole foot and use the markings down the side to help you sew a buttonhole that is the correct length.
  6. Put a button in the end of the foot and it automatically adjusts itself to sew the correct length. 
  7. Sew the button in place, either by hand or using your button foot
  8. Viola – you’re done!

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