- Needle cases made of wool fabric or quilted with wool batting keep needles from rusting forever
- Wipe your scissor blades with a sheet of fabric softener to make them glide through the fabric easier.
- For the embroidery machine owners here is a great tip given by a customer (special thanks to Ginny):
1) Mark the center of your fabric.
2) Choose the appropriate hoop and turn the inside part of the hoop upside down. Place Wonder tape (a double sided tape) on the four edges of the underside of the inside hoop.
3) Match the center points of the hoop to the center lines of your fabric, lay the hoop on top of the fabric and press down on fabric firmly.
Now you have a beautifully placed piece of fabric to place in your hoop and no more rehooping have to be done just to get that centre point just right!
Why are my machine needles breaking?
There can be many reasons as to why machine needles break. The following may be able to help you figure out why:
1) Poor quality needles
Most often, when a machine needle breaks, it is because of a poor quality needle. It is good to make sure that you use good-quality, polished steel needles. If you are unsure whether or not your needles are good or poor quality, give us a call or send us an email and we can help you out!
2) Bent or broken needles
When you are pulling the fabric as you sew, it puts stress on the needle and bends it out of place. You should check your manual and make sure that it is inserted properly as well.
3) Incorrect type of needles
When you are working on heavier fabrics such as denim or leather, it is recommended that you use a heavy-gauge needle or the specific type of needle. For example, if you are sewing leather, you should use a leather needle. 4) Other reasons
- You may have hit a pin. When you are sewing your project, give yourself ample space to remove the pin. You should stop sewing when the needle is about half an inch away from the pin and then remove the pin before continuing.
- The presser foot may be loose. If your presser foot is loose it will cause the needle to hit the foot and bend. You can fix this by tightening the screw that will tighten the foot.
- The needle plate may also be loose as well. Once again, make sure it is on securely.
What can I cut from one fat quarter?
When rotary cutting:
In this day and age, we love to save time. So here's a time saver for you:1) Stacking
Stack your fabric right sides together as if you were sewing them and cut 4 layers at the same time.
2) Iron Pressing
Ironing fabric sides together before you cut can help to hold layers together.
3) Seams pressing
For quilting, remember to always press, not iron, your seams towards the darkest part of the block,then continue sewing the next seam.
How to help keep your scissors sharp:
Designate one or more pairs of scissors in your home for JUST FABRIC. This will keep the blades sharp! Set aside another pair for just paper or other crafts. Also keep a designated paper-only rotary cutter in addition to your FABRIC ONLY rotary cutter. It may be easier to remember by marking paper-only scissors and rotary cutter with a permanent marker "P" on the plastic part of the handle.
How long has it been since you cleaned and oiled your serger? Sergers, like cars, require routine maintenance to keep them running smoothly . Vacuum it out regularly and always use good quality light sewing machine oil, NOT WD30! Check your serger manual to see what parts should be oiled. Then Happy Sewing!
Cottons and polyesters threads are great for quilting. Nylon is not a good fiber for regular sewing because it has a lower melting point than polyester and, over time, nylon tends to discolor. Silk is gorgeous, but more expensive.
Fine threads will blend nicely for quilting because there's not much bulk to it and they are great for invisible quilting, stippling, and times when you want to focus on the fabric background . Heavier threads will show and are nice to use when you want to see bold quilting. Variegated threads are fantastic
There is an unfortunate and untrue myth that exists in the quilting world that polyester thread is so strong it will tear through your quilt fabric. Thread will not tear through a fabric solely due to its fiber content. If a thread ever tears through a fabric, it is because it won the strength contest, regardless if it is cotton or polyester. Some cotton thread is stronger and more wiry than some polyester. We use polyester in many of our quilts.
A lot of people try to save money and use serger thread. It is the cheapest on the market of spun polyester thread. When used on a serger, multiple strands of this thread are overlocked, resulting in a strong and secure stitch. However, if used as a single thread for quilting, it is weak and fluffy. It doesn't make sense to put two dollars worth of thread onto a $300 quilt. Inexpensive serger thread has a loose twist, is not very smooth, has a lot of lint, and is not intended for single-strand use.