Stitching a nice straight seam is important, but sometimes you want to break out of the box. For you, there is the liberation of decorative stitches. Imagine it; you just push the foot control and out come swirls, leaves or diamonds in a row. I love to break them out for cool accents on pillow fronts and linens, but they also have their practical uses, like hiding seams or mistakes.
Even the hyper-sensitive princess in Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale, The Princess and the Pea, would be comfortable on today's extra-thick thick pillow top mattresses. Mattress technology has come a long way in the last 20 years and "standard" sizes don't mean as much as they did. If you're planning a bed linen project, the best advice is to measure your mattress to be certain your finished project will actually fit your bed.
A blind hem is exactly what it sounds like: a hem with stitches you barely notice. It's perfect for window coverings or anywhere you want a clean finished edge. When I first started sewing, attaining a perfect blind hem was like finding the Holy Grail. And then a funny thing happened, I practiced it a few times, and realized it was really easy. It's sort of like learning to use chopsticks – at first it seems so awkward and difficult and then, suddenly, it's second nature. Try a blind hem and you'll never drop a wad of sticky rice in your lap again.
So you’re ready to start sewing, and you're feeling pretty darn proud of yourself. Until you pull out your machine and notice a bunch of funny looking symbols printed along the top. Secret hieroglyphic messages from a lost race of master seamstresses? Unfortunately not. These are pictures of the stitches included on the machine. We’ll help you figure out what each of them means, and more importantly, when you should use them.
I'm always eager to get started with my sewing project, so test stitching feels like a roadblock to me. With experience, I've learned that ripping out a bad seam is an even greater roadblock to finishing my project. Now I test about 80% of the time. It's the 80-20 rule, right. Here's how I decide...