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{Sewing Tips and Tricks} Lesson 1 of 3

So, I've been talking a lot lately about offering a sewing tips and tricks series...well, here's Lesson 1.

Below you'll find 4 videos paired with images and information.  These videos, and information, are geared towards getting you started in the right direction of sewing successfully.

In this lesson, we’ll be reviewing:

Sewing Needles, Thread and Bobbins, Cutters & Rulers, and Push Pins

{  Sewing Needles } 

As mentioned, in the above video, choosing the right needles helps to avoid troubles with your machine, and sewing projects.

Review:  The needles on the left are a bargain, but not the best overall notion to have in your stock.  The life of them isn't as long as the name brand. They are o.k. to use, for occasional sewing, but for regular sewing, their life is short. 

{  Bobbins and Thread }

As mentioned, in the above video, choosing the right thread, and bobbins produces better sewing lines.

To see a more detailed description of Threads and the different types, click here

Review:  The thread on the left is a bargain thread, which usually have more fibers loose on the thread, which in turn, causes problems with your machine acting up (we'll visit more of that in Trouble Shooting - Lesson 3). 

To view more on Bobbins click here
#5 specifically confirms my opinion on plastic bobbins and metal. 

Review:  The bobbin on the left, the plastic one, is sometimes the culprit for bad sewing lines because of it's light-weight construction. Where as the metal, allows for proper distribution of weight inside the bobbin housing.

{  Cutters and Rulers }

As mentioned, in the above video, having a rotary cutter and ruler makes for a happy sewer.  I buy my rotary blades from Fabric.com because they have the best prices. 

Review:  The rotary cutter, the next best thing to slice bread, is a must sewing have!  The orange scissors, your grandma had a pair, 
shouldn't you. :)

Review:  The ruler is the next best thing, it allows for better cutting.  We'll review that more in Lesson 2.

{  Push Pins }

As mentioned, in the above video, having the right push pins helps you sew better stitches and fewer broken needles.

Review:  The Quilter Push Pins are great, but not for sewing at the machine.

Example: Notice how the ball of the larger needle pushes up the foot and makes the fabric taller, causing for crocked sewing lines. :(

Example: Notice how the smaller push pin doesn't raise the fabric and therefore allowing straight stitch lines, and fewer broken needles. :)

Well, there you have it, Lesson 1.

Lesson 2:  Sewing Straight Lines, tips for sewing buttons, and vinyl.
Lesson 3:  Troubleshooting..what's wrong with my machine?!

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  1. Yeah!!!!!!!! You Did An Awesome Job On The Videos!!!!!!

    1. Hi!! Thanks so much for stopping by, commenting, and watching. Means a lot. :)

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    1. HI Kara! Thanks for stopping by and commenting! Have a great Friday!

  3. TFS Hilani!! Stopping by from Whipperberry's linky party and your newest follower here, FB and Pinterest.

    Here is what I shared: http://craftybrooklynarmywife.blogspot.ca/2012/06/kids-roll-up-nap-blanket.html

    1. HI Alisha, thanks for stopping by and commenting! I sure will head over now. :)

  4. thanks so much for the tips!!!!!!!

  5. Well, I guess using the wrong stuff is why I get so irritated the few times I have tried to sew. I was using the plastic bobbins that came with the machine. I am sure I had the cheaper thread, too and it wouldn't stay threaded. If I ever sew again I will get the right stuff. Thanks for the tips.

    1. Hi Kim, thanks for stopping by and commenting. I surely hope these tips help you at your machine. Next time I post for the series, I'll be discussing how to sew straight lines. Then the final part will be trouble shooting. :) Have a great Sunday.

  6. You're the freakin cutest! <3 Also, woooohoooo for this series! It's greatly appreciated and much needed!


  7. I loved watching this video series - I'm so glad you are making it. It's helping to jump start me into using my machine!!

    Thanks so much for linking up at Romance on a dime!! I'm definitely pinning this.

    1. Hi Betsy, thanks for being a regular visitor here! :) I hope you find it helpful. The next lesson, in about a week or so, will give some great tips too. :)

  8. very useful resource.
    OK: I would like to invite you to participate in our linky party: http://www.finecraftguild.com/party/
    Would love to share this and see more of your work over time.

    1. Hi Rose, thanks for stopping by!! I just stopped over and linked this post up. Have a great day!

  9. Thank you!! I was wondering why my bobbin thread was always messing up. I had already decided to buy the metal kind. Thank you for confirming that! LOL

    1. Hi Stacy, thanks for stopping by. I'm glad I could confirm for you. ;) Have a great day!!

  10. I SO need this! I sew....but get SO frustrated I don't enjoy it! This series will help me to understand WHY things go wrong and HOW I can fix them....without the use of a sledgehammer! lol

    New Follower! Thanks!

    Lou Cinda :)

    1. Thanks Lou Cinda, look out for Lesson three, the final one, of this series, we'll talk about troubleshooting. It will be the 'jewel' if you will of the series. ;) Have a great Friday!

  11. Thanks so much for the great tips. I would love to learn to sew and this could help me in starting. Thanks for sharing at Showcase Your Talent Thursday!

    1. Thanks for stopping by! I'm glad you like it. Have a great week!

  12. Cute! Shared on our facebook page for creatives..Creative Clearinghouse. :)

    1. Hi Lori, thanks so much for that! And for visiting here! Have a great week!


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