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.

Fun, easy Halloween sewing projects!

Whatever your age, Halloween is the biggest holiday of the year for anyone who loves to dress up! Finding the right costume or accessories can be difficult – and expensive – but fortunately your sewing skills are the answer. Here are some spooky Halloween sewing projects to enjoy from Empisal, makers of the Empisal 120A Dressmaker.

  • Trick or treat bags: Halloween wouldn’t be the same without candy, and a personalised trick or treat bag is the perfect addition to any outfit. You can design it to go with an outfit, or just let your creativity run wild!
  • Easy fleece hats: From monster and kitten themed hats to pumpkin and teddy bear hats, these are an easy way to add real character to a costume. There’s even an option for more skilled sewing crafters where you can design your own monster.
  • Wine holders: Halloween isn’t just for kids! If you’re heading to a spooky-themed party and want to create an extra special touch for your night out, then wine bottle holders are the way to go. These make a great gift for your host and will make use of your machine  appliqué skills!
  • Bat decorations: These are perfect for adding a spooky touch to your home, whether you’re staying in to greet trick or treaters or hosting a party. Hang them in a doorway or in an open window so that they flutter in the air.
  • Fabric pumpkins: Mix it up by adding colourful fabric pumpkins in with the real deal. These are great for using up fabric scraps, add a vibrant touch to your décor and look great next to carved pumpkins lit by candlelight. They also look great outside!

Get creative with your Empisal sewing machine! 

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 12-A Dressmaker, 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

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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.

Easy sewing projects: How to make a laundry bag

Sewing projects

Making a drawstring laundry bag is a great sewing project where you can learn new skills and end up with a useful, attractive result. Here’s a tutorial from Empisal, where you can learn how to make a laundry bag on your EMPISAL EES 50 or other sewing machine and develop your channel stitching skills.

Materials you need to sew a drawstring laundry bag 

1.9m fabric that is 115cm wide

10cm of grosgrain ribbon that is 4cm wide

Sewing thread to match the fabric and ribbon

With these measurements, the bag will be 48cm wide, 74cm tall and 11cm deep. Gingham or another robust fabric is a good choice, as it will stand up to heavy use while keeping its shape without wearing out.

Instructions 

Cut front and back panel at 50cm x 93 cm each.

Cut two side panels at 13cm x 93 cm each.

Cut bag base at 13cm x 50cm.

Cut two strips for drawstrings at 5cm x 175cm.

Step one: Fold drawstring strip in half on wrong side and iron flat. Open strip and fold 12mm towards the centre on each long edge and iron. Fold in half along length with borders inside and iron to make a 12mm wide path for the drawstring. Cut each end on the diagonal and topstitch along long end of the drawstring to close. Repeat for other drawstring.

Step two: Stitch the bag pieces together. Pin long edge of the front panel to the long edge of the side panel, leaving a 1cm seam allowance and marking a seam opening 60 – 65cm from the bottom edge (this is where the drawstring will be). Starting 1cm from the bottom edge with a 1cm seam allowance, stitch the panels together. Repeat with other side panel, remembering to leave the same opening for the drawstring. Stitch the base on with a 1cm seam allowance. Iron all seams open and press seams on the drawstring allowance.

Step three: To make the drawstring channel, turn 1cm to the wrong side around the top of the laundry bag, iron and pin, and then topstitch. The, fold 17cm of the top of the bag to the wrong side. Iron this at the fold at the top and tack into place along fold and hem. Stitch around the whole of the bag 10 cm from the upper folded edge and work another line of sewing 5 cm below this.

Step four: Insert the drawstring by attaching a large safety pin into the channel and threading it through. Repeat with the other drawstring going through the opposite half of the bag. Knot the ends of the drawstring.

Get the best value for your money with Empisal sewing machines and equipment

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.

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.

Try these unusual fabrics on your sewing machine for your next project

Every fabric has its own qualities and some are more challenging to use than others. We all have our favourites, but expanding our repertoire is also a great way to stretch our talents and take on more exciting and rewarding projects! Here are some unusual fabrics for you to try, courtesy of Empisal – South Africa’s sewing machine specialists:

  • Cotton voile: If you love quilting cottons and would like to bring their beautiful patterns and designs into your wardrobe, then cotton voile is the way to do it. It has the softness and drape that is needed for clothing, and it’s also lightweight – ideal for summer blouses, floaty tunic tops and dresses.
  • Silk knit: Create something truly luxurious with a lovely silk knit fabric. The material has a subtle shimmer and is often available in a wide range of colours and patterns, but be sure to use the correct needle and test your stitching beforehand to ensure that you get familiar with this fabric.
  • Cotton-silk blends: Get the best of both worlds with this fabric! It’s easy to sew with, comfortable to wear and (although often more difficult to find) comes in a huge range of patterns and colours ideal for dresses, shirts and skirts.
  • Rayon jersey: If you enjoy working with interlock twist yarn fabrics (ITY), then rayon and bamboo jersey are great alternatives to polyester products. Made with natural plant fibres, these fabrics are breathable, travel well and wash easily.
  • Wool double knit: With a more luxurious feel than rayon, poly or lycra ponte knits but a similar weight, this fabric is durable, easy to fit and washes well. Wool jersey fabrics offer similar great quality but a lighter weight, making it ideal for dresses and tops.

Sewing with new fabrics is a breeze when you have an Empisal sewing machine!

At Empisal, we’ve been providing high quality, affordable sewing machines, steam presses, sewing kits, 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 EES10, you’ll be able to take on new sewing 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.