Sunday, May 12, 2013

Trip to the Repair Shop

Does your sewing machine hum? We get a lot of walk-ins and phone calls from customers that their machine has a humming noise. This is an easy fix!  We ask them to check that their bobbin winder is in the off position; often we accidentally push the bobbin winder to the on position when threading the machine. Using Can air is not your friend, try using a vacuum to suck the dust and lent out of your machine, when you use can air in the bobbin area it sends thread and dust thru out your machine. Thread and dust gets in the gear grease, and will cause it to get thick and will break off the teeth, this is an expense fix! Also if you have let your machine sit for a few years or someone as gives you a sewing machine, it best to have it serviced before you try to sew with it, the grease will get hard with non use and break the teeth off of the gears.  If you sew every week you should have your machine cleaned at leased once a year, if you are a twice a month sewer every 2 years to keep your sewing machine in running order.  So save yourself a trip to the repair shop always check your machine for TNT, thread, needle, tension and the bobbin winder.
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Sunday, February 10, 2013


Today their are specific elastic for garment use, nonroll for waste bands, transparent and chlorine resistant for swimsuit. When using  transparent elastic to stabilize stress areas in your garments, such as neckline and shoulder seams, elastic should be slightly narrower then the width of the seams.
For measuring distance father from your needle plate or stitching guide, try slipping a elastic band bracelet over the free arm of your sewing machine as a measuring guide, elastic doesn't leave sticky residue on the bed of your sewing machine.

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Sunday, January 6, 2013

Add Dimension to your Embroidery

You can add dimension to your embroidery, instead of using just one thread at a time, try using two Contrasting threads together, you will need to use a large eye needle like Superior Topstitch Titanium needle. Place both spools together on your thread stand and thread your machine once then go back and thread it again. Be sure to reduce the speed of your machine to a minimum, this technique is not for very dense or small embroidery designs. You may need to adjust the top tension, sew out a few stitches, and make your adjustments to achieve great results. You can archive a variegated thread look to your embroidery while being able to customize any color combination you need with out getting a striped look.