Tag Archives: Affordable sewing machine

Dive into Summer and Sew a Cozzie

Sewing Swimwear

Sewing swimsuits, or cozzies as we call them, seems like a bit of a stretch for most sewists. But you know what else is terrifying? Trying on bathing suits with those plastic crotches, flappy curtains, and unflattering lighting! This summer, tackle the challenge face on and sew a swimming costume with the help of these […]

Do You Need an Overlocker?

Do You Need an Overlocker? People often ask about the difference between a sewing machine and an overlocker.  A sewing machine and an overlocker have similar functions but there are differences that make them highly complementary. About Overlockers Overlockers are also known as sergers. They specialise in knitting edges of cloth to give a neat […]

Southpaw Sewing

Southpaw Sewing

Southpaw Sewing If you are right-handed, you have probably never considered the difficulties of left-handed sewing. Every task involved in sewing projects favours right-handed people, so to mark International Left Handers Day on Friday 13th let’s consider our lefty sewists. Looking Back in Time Back in the 1600s, left-handed people were suspected of witchcraft and […]

Stitch Non-sweet Easter Treats

Easter sewing projects

If you celebrate Easter, it is on 4 April this year. In other words, there is still time for some non-sweet Easter sewing projects. Trying to limit the number of sugary treats you give your children (or yourself), does not prevent you from having a hippity-hoppity Easter. All you need is a little imagination and […]

Tips for sewing in small spaces

sewing tips

For most sewists, sewing is a spread-out affair. While having a massive sewing room is a dream come true, it doesn’t mean that sewing cannot be undertaken in a small space. All that is needed is some careful planning and a bit of discipline. Sewing storage Key to a streamlined sewing space is adequate storage. […]

How to customise the perfect zipper

sewing a zip

Whether you call them zips, zippers, or even fermeture éclairs, sewing a zip requires patience, concentration, and…. a zip of the right length! If you have ever experienced the frustration of not being able to continue with a sewing project because your zip is the wrong length, this post is for you. Learn how to […]

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying Your First Sewing Machine

sewing machine

Your first sewing machine purchase may feel as overwhelming as it is exciting. At the outset, it may feel like there are too many functions and features from which to choose, but these five questions will guide you to the model that best suits you and your sewing interests. 1. What is your budget?  Because […]

The history of the sewing machine

sewing machine history

Sewing machine history is anything but dull! From sewing by hand using needles made from bones or horns and animal sinew as thread over 20 000 years ago to the high-tech sewing machines of today, a lot happened. Read on to find out more. Industrial Revolution As far back as 1755, a British patent was […]

The Best Heavy-Duty Household Sewing Machines for Upholstery

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When working with upholstery, your most valuable piece of equipment will be your heavy-duty sewing machine. If you plan to become a professional upholsterer, you may need to invest in an industrial-strength machine. Having said that, you can get a lot done with a heavy-duty residential sewing machine, as long as you choose wisely, and […]

Must-have sewing machine accessories and gadgets

sewing machine equipment

Sewing is an art, and as the artists say, you are only as good as your tools. You are going to need some sewing gadgets to help you if you are hoping to create a masterpiece. Whether you are a novice at sewing or a pro looking to simplify your craft, we have got a […]