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Tips for sewing in small spaces

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

How to Choose the Right Sewing Machine Needle

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Hands up if you have been roaring through a project only to have your sewing machine needle snap? Oh, the fury! The frustration! And, admit it, often the guilt. Guilt that you sewed over a pin or ignored that the needle was blunt. Perhaps you were not using the correct sewing machine needle for the […]

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 […]

A Quick Introduction to Empisal Embroidery Machine 350

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The Empisal Embroidery Machine 350 is the perfect choice for individual use or if you want to start a small embroidery business. Let your creativity flow by customising articles of clothing with embroidered designs. So much classier than printed personalisation, embroidery does not wash off or peel at the edges. Main Features of the Empisal […]

Must-have sewing machine accessories and gadgets

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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 […]

How to prevent your sewing machine from “eating up your materials”

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When you are learning a new skill, a mistake or two is inevitable. Sewing for beginners can be disheartening as your imagination and taste greatly outpace your actual skills. Not to worry, even the most skilled seamstress can fall victim to the dreaded skipped stitch or broken needle, or what is possibly the most annoying […]