Sewing project: Easy beach cover-up

Summer is in full swing, and that means long, hot days relaxing at the beach or around the pool with friends, family or just a good book! A swimsuit cover-up is a great accessory for this season, not only does it add fashionable flair, it also protects you from the sun and gives you something light and easy to wear when walking around. Here are some quick and easy sewing projects that the team at Empisal, manufacturers of the EMPISAL EES 50 were inspired by.

  • The kimono: This is an open front design that drapes over your shoulders and back. It’s very fashionable at the moment and lends itself to bright patterns and interesting trim, like mini pom-poms or lace.
  • The romper: This is a more technical project, but this shorts-and-top ensemble looks and feels great! It’s a cover-up that can be worn in in any casual setting, and – even better – it’s not going to blow up in the wind.
  • The beach towel poncho: A great cover-up for kids, this is an easy project for new or old beach towels. It provides kids with an easy way to dry off, and some sun protection.
  • The trapeze tank: If dresses are more your style, this relaxed-fitting summer cover-up is perfect for you. With wider straps and a light, breezy material, this dress is easy to throw on over any swimming costume.
  • The boho: Bring out your inner bohemian with a festival-style beach cover-up. It’s easy to make, but looks impressively complex when complete, with loose, open sleeves and a gathered neckline.
  • The tunic: Want an everyday beach cover-up that offers good sun protection? This tunic dress with ¾ sleeves is easy to make and lends itself to bright colours and patterns in light, draping materials.

Get your wardrobe ready for summer with Empisal’s affordable sewing machines 

At Empisal, we’ve been providing high quality, affordable sewing machines, over lockers, steam presses and ironing equipment to South Africa and Sub Saharan Africa for over 35 years.

Whether you’re learning to sew or a professional, Empisal has the right sewing machine for you. With the EMPISAL EES 50, you’ll be able to take on new projects with ease and get the most out of your sewing skills.

For more information on our sewing machines and products, please contact us today.

Sewing projects: Tips for sewing fitted, quality leggings

Sewing Projects

Leggings are a wonderful addition to any wardrobe, no matter your age or body type! Wear them around the house or out on the town whatever the season – and the best thing is that you can get creative with colours and patterns. Here are some tips on how to sew leggings from Empisal, makers of the EMPISAL EES 50 SEWING MACHINE

  • Material: Leggings need to be made of a stretchy material that quickly recovers and keeps its shape. You can choose the material thickness that suits you, but look for something with 5-10% lycra/spandex. This will make them easy to get on and off, keep their shape through the day, and make them easy to move in.
  • Athletic wear: If you want to sew leggings for the gym, running or another sport, you need a material with negative ease like pure lycra or spandex – that is, it must stretch to fit onto your body. This means that stitching has to be very strong and able to stretch with the material, preferably in the same proportion. The stitch you will need is called flatlocking or flatseaming, for maximum strength.
  • Over lockers: This piece of sewing equipment is a great addition if you love to make leggings. They will make it easy to sew the right seams for leggings, giving you the flattest, strongest result. They are great for sewing any knit fabrics!
  • Topstitch your waistband: This is a great way of preventing the elastic from twisting or bunching inside the waistline. When doing this, you will need to stretch the fabric while you topstitch because the fabric will need to stretch and rebound with the elastic, otherwise you will end up with broken threads.

 Speak to the specialists at Empisal for affordable sewing equipment and tips!

At Empisal, we’ve been providing high quality, affordable sewing machines, over lockers, steam presses and ironing equipment to South Africa and Sub Saharan Africa for over 35 years.

Whether you’re learning to sew or a professional, Empisal has the right sewing machine for you. With the EMPISAL EES 50 SEWING MACHINE you’ll be able to take on new projects with ease and get the most out of your sewing skills.

For more information on our sewing machines and products, please contact us today.

Get the right sewing machine when you want to learn to sew

Learn to sew

Sewing is a great skill that lets you explore your creativity and make anything from quilts to high fashion clothes, but choosing your first sewing machine can be quite daunting. At Empisal, we recommend the EMPISAL EES 50 SEWING MACHINE for its quality and value for money – and here are some of our best tips to help you make the right decision.

  • Affordability: Sewing machines range drastically in cost depending on brand, whether it’s new or used, and the capabilities of the machine. The best rule of thumb is always to buy the best you can afford for the value it offers. Very cheap machines aren’t built to last and are difficult to use, which could end up putting you off the craft entirely!
  • Features: This depends on what kind of projects you’re interested in completing on your machine. Essential stitches are a straight stitch and a zigzag stitch, but machines can easily offer up to 100 stitch variations! Good additional stitches to have include buttonhole, stretch/knit, blind hem and utility stitches.
  • Additional features and accessories: Many more affordable machines offer additional value in terms of useful features like needle threaders, lighting, adjustable speed control, free arms, automatic thread cutters and needle position adjustment. While these are not essential features, many of them make sewing more comfortable and easy.
  • The right foot: The feet of the sewing machine are different for different projects. For example, you’ll need a walking foot for quilting, and a zipper and buttonhole foot for making clothes.

Sewing machines for beginners from Empisal.

At Empisal, we’ve been providing high quality, affordable sewing machines,  overlockers, steam presses and ironing equipment to South Africa and Sub Saharan Africa for over 35 years.

Whether you’re learning to sew or a professional, Empisal has the right sewing machine for you. With the EES 50 SEWING MACHINE, you’ll be able to take on new projects with ease and get the most out of your sewing skills.

For more information on our sewing machines and products, please contact us today.

Everything you need to know about sewing machine needles

sewing machines

Whether you’re using your grandmother’s vintage sewing machine or a brand new sewing machine like the  EES 50 SEWING MACHINE, the most important thing you need to know is where to get the best quality needles and how to keep them in great shape. Here’s some info from Empisal, the leaders in affordable, high quality sewing equipment.

What are the best needles for my sewing machine? 

While there are a lot of different needles on the market, specialists always recommend Schmetz. They’ve been in the business since 1851 and have built a reputation in the sewing and textiles industry for guaranteeing the best results.

They offer a wide range of needles to take on any project, from jeans needles for denim, embroidery needles, quilting needles and needles for sewing leather to quick threading and double-eye needles.

How to choose the right needle for your project 

With such a wide range of needles, you might not know where to start when looking for new sewing equipment. The easiest rule to follow is to choose a needle size according to the thickness of the thread you want to use, and match it with a needle type according to the type of material you’re working with (knits, linen, denim, leather, etc.) and what you want to do with it (stitch a pattern together, embroider, etc.).

Why needles should be replaced regularly 

Sewing machine needles work hard to produce precise, neat results, and will become worn or damaged over time. This can result in broken or shredded stitches, puckering of the fabric, damage to the fabric, skipped or uneven stitches, and even popping sounds from your sewing machine. If you’re noticing these issues, replacing your needle is the quickest and easiest way of getting the quality of your stitching back.

Find the best sewing machines and sewing equipment in South Africa! 

At Empisal, we’ve been providing high quality, affordable sewing machines, steam presses,  overlockers and ironing equipment to South Africa and Sub Saharan Africa for over 35 years.

Whether you’re learning to sew or a professional, Empisal has the right sewing machine for you. With the EES 50 SEWING MACHINE, you’ll be able to take on new projects with ease and get the most out of your sewing skills.

For more information on our sewing machines and products, please contact us today.

Finding an affordable sewing machine – Second-hand vs. brand new

Affordable sewing machine

A sewing machine like the EMPISAL EES 50 is a great investment that allows you to create your own clothing, home décor, gifts and much more in an affordable and creative way. When buying a sewing machine, you not only have a wide range of choice between brands, but also between new and used machines. So, what’s the best option?

Sewing machines are delicate and require regular maintenance from professionals who are trained and experienced in dealing with these machines. If you are buying a used machine, it’s best to look for one that is under warrantee, or insist that it is looked over by a trained specialist before you purchase it. New machines, of course, should be in perfect condition, but this will make them more expensive. What really makes the difference, however, is that you are buying the right machine for what you want to do with it.

How to buy the right sewing machine

  • Budget: High-end machines will have a big price tag, so be sure to know just how much you want to spend. You may be able to find a good quality used machine that offers more for your money at a dedicated retailer, or a high quality local brand like Empisal where you can buy new.
  • Stitches: How many stitches you need depends on what you want to do with your machine – and the more stitch types, the more expensive the machine will be. Although the greater stitch range is a real asset, these features should not be a deal breaker if you are unlikely to ever use them.
  • Attachments: Your sewing machine should come with a range of attachments to help you complete certain projects. If you want to make clothing, you’ll need a buttonhole foot and stitch setting, a zipper foot and a blind hem foot. For quilting, you’ll need a walking foot.
  • Motor: The stronger the motor, the more heavy duty work the machine can handle. This is important for people who want to use their machine very regularly and on heavy materials like denim and upholstery. Lighter motors are more practical for people who aren’t interested in heavy duty work and will be using more lightweight materials.
  • Brand: As with all things, brand can dictate a certain level of cost. If you are on a budget, it’s best to look for a brand that offers great quality and has a good reputation. Local brands like Empisal will also be more affordable, and parts, servicing and repairs should be easier to find.

Make buying a new sewing machine affordable, with the high quality Empisal range

At Empisal, we’ve been providing high quality, affordable sewing machines, over lockers and ironing equipment to South Africa and Sub Saharan Africa for over 35 years.

Whether you’re learning to sew or a professional, Empisal has the right sewing machine for you. With the EMPISAL EES 50, you’ll be able to take on new projects with ease and get the most out of your sewing skills.

For more information on our sewing machines and products, please contact us today.

Where to find the best fabrics in South Africa for your sewing machine

Finding the perfect fabric is pivotal to the success of any sewing project, but finding a great store with the range you need can be challenging. Here’s advice from Empisal, manufacturers of the affordable EES50 on some of the best fabric stores in South Africa:

  • The Fabric Warehouse: Located in Centurion, this fabric company specialises in fabrics for clothing (including bridal fabrics), upholstery, curtains and blinds.
  • Biggie Best: You can now buy Biggie Best fabrics online and have them delivered through the post office to you in a matter of days. With a huge range of colours and patterns, all made to a high standard of quality, these fabrics are ideal for upholstery and home projects, including curtains, cushions and chair covers.
  • Skinny la Minx: Located in Cape Town itself, these unique and artisanal fabrics are available in store and online. International designs with an African chic touch, these fabrics are perfect for bags, cushions, upholstery and other home projects.
  • Waste Centre Fabrics: Visiting this warehouse in Durban is anything but a waste! With a huge range of dress, curtaining, bedding and upholstery fabrics as well as hessian, fleece, felt and more, this is the best place to go for some inspirational shopping.
  • Benjamin Woollens: Looking for something a little different? This is the fabric store for you. Rich and luxurious cashmeres, wool suiting, boiled wool, brocades, silks, Egyptian cotton and linens, this Johannesburg store has a beautiful range of high-end, high quality fabrics for special projects.

Invest in an affordable, reliable Empisal sewing machine for your next project

At Empisal, we’ve been providing high quality, affordable sewing machines, sewing kits, over lockers  and ironing equipment to South Africa and Sub Saharan Africa for over 35 years.

Whether you’re learning to sew or a professional, Empisal has the right sewing machine for you. With the EES50, you’ll be able to take on new projects with ease and get the most out of your sewing skills.

For more information on our sewing machines and products, please contact us today.

5 quick and easy Christmas sewing projects

The festive season is on the horizon, so if you’re planning on making your own Christmas gifts for friends and family, now’s the time to look for fun, simple sewing projects! Here are some great gift ideas from Empisal, manufacturers of the affordable EES10:

  1. Christmas stockings: Individual Christmas stockings are useful as well as great at adding some festive décor to your loved one’s homes. You can make them from a wide range of materials, including knits and quilted materials in any pattern that catches your fancy. Add embroidered names or messages for an additional personal touch!
  2. Festive tote bags: Useful for Christmas shopping, for holding gifts and carrying everything you need for your holiday engagements, tote bags are simple to make and look great! You can go with a Christmas theme to tie in to the holidays or make them up in your loved one’s favourite colours.
  3. Throw blankets: These are the perfect gift – they can be made to suit any taste and are always a welcome addition to any home! Pick colours and patterns your friends and family will love and back it with a warm, fleecy lining. Alternatively, back it with a waterproof lining to make a summer picnic blanket.
  4. Christmas tree skirt: Ideal for anyone who loves Christmas trees, these skirts hide the metal or plastic feet of artificial Christmas trees while adding some festive flair. You can make it plain or a patchwork of differently patterned materials – ideal for using up those fabric scraps.
  5. Christmas placemats: For many families, much of their Christmas celebration involves sitting around a table that is groaning with delicious food in the company of friends and family. Handmade Christmas placemats are a great gift that adds festive decoration and is practical too!

Find the best sewing machines in South Africa!

At Empisal, we’ve been providing high quality, affordable sewing machines, sewing kits, over lockers and ironing equipment to South Africa and Sub Saharan Africa for over 35 years.

Whether you’re learning to sew or a professional, Empisal has the right sewing machine for you. With the EES10, you’ll be able to take on new projects with ease and get the most out of your sewing skills.

For more information on our sewing machines and products, please contact us today.