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How to fill a bobbin

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How to fill a bobbin

Winding or filling a bobbin is actually a very easy task, but be sure to do it before threading your machine and needle! This guide is designed to help you wind / fill a bobbin on your domestic machine. A full bobbin is required to begin sewing on a machine, and this must be done before attempting to thread the machine and needle. The bobbin provides the lower thread required for the machine to create a stitch. While some machines differ slightly, the overall process for winding your bobbin will be the same. You will need: A Sewing Machine An...

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How to clean your sewing machine

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How to clean your sewing machine

  Sometimes your sewing machine may get a little lethargic and act less cooperative than usual. Instead of breaking your bank to afford replacing your machine – first give it a little bit of TLC and see how giving it a good clean can make it run much more smoothly! This guide is designed to help you give your machine a lovely spring clean, something you need to do every once in a while, to maintain your machine in top condition or after sewing a particularly messy fabric. Some leading sewing machine companies recommend cleaning your machine with every 10...

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How to sew with interfacing

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How to sew with interfacing

Sometimes we might find ourselves working with a fabric that has a little too much drape, causing sagging or drooping, in a project that requires something a little more stable. Interfacing, a thin but structured material, may be added to your fabric to give it a more stable handle. If you’re new to sewing, you might not have ever encountered interfacing before, so it’s important you are aware of the different types and how they can be used to make your projects easier to sew. As well as on large panels of fabric, interfacing is popularly used to stiffen specific...

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How to calculate fabric stretch

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How to calculate fabric stretch

When starting sew stretch projects, or using stretch fabrics, you may begin to notice patterns calling for fabrics with a certain amount of stretch or a minimum stretch requirement on the envelope. In all cases it is important to assess the stretch of your fabric across the length and width. This guide has been designed to help you do this, so that your garments fit and hang on the body as they are supposed to! Assessing fabric stretch across the grain - width Fold your fabric square with the selvage, away from the cut edge (not parallel to the cut edge)....

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How to finish a seam with zig-zag stitch

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How to finish a seam with zig-zag stitch

It may seem tempting to invest in an overlocker to neatly and professionally finish your garments, but did you know you can achieve a similar finishing effect with your sewing machine? The next best way to finish your seams to prevent fraying, and neaten them, is to use a simple zig-zag stitch! This is a great beginners’ technique and eliminates the need to invest in another piece of expensive kit if you've just started sewing. This guide is designed to show you how to finish your seams for a professional finish, without using professional kit! You will need: Overlock/Overcasting foot...

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