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Fabric Glossary

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Fabric Glossary

A Acetate - Known for its slick texture and glorious shine, acetate combines the breathability of cotton with the feel of silk. It is a chemical fibre textile, comprising of spun filaments of cellulose derived from wood pulp. Acrylic - acrylic is a man-made fibre that has a soft, wool-like texture. Its uneven finish resists shrinkage and is crease-resistant. Alencon Lace - originating in Alencon (France), alencon lace is often referred to as “the queen of lace”. It features intricate cutting and needlework. Alpaca - alpaca wool is a natural fibre taken from the wool of alpacas. It rivals cashmere...

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How to choose a sewing machine needle

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How to choose a sewing machine needle

When you first begin to sew, it makes sense to sew all of your projects with the needles provided with your machine. However, as you begin to get more confident and branch out to different fabrics, it is important to consider what type of needle you use. This is because the wrong type of needle can lead to breakages, poor stitch quality and can even damage you or your machine! This guide is designed to help you see the variety of sewing machine needles available and their uses. You'll be pleased to know that nearly all sewing machine needles are...

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How to change a sewing machine needle

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How to change a sewing machine needle

Changing your needle may seem a little daunting - but really is an essential skill you need to learn when sewing. This is because a blunt or broken needle can not only damage your fabric, but also your machine. A blunt needle may also cause your thread to tangle or your machine to drop stitches - so if you are experiencing these problems, it may be a good idea to change your needle! This guide is designed to make the process as simple as possible, and help you resolve any issues that may lead to a blunt or broken needle....

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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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