Sewing Machine Basics
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Everyone knows about the universal presser foot that comes with a sewing machine. But that's not the only foot ready for fun — these options help you navigate through even the most complex sewing jobs, one gorgeous stitch at a time.
Maris Olsen
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Sure, you can make beautiful clothes and accessories by sewing straight seams. But if you want to tackle scooped necklines or round pillows and clutches, you need to be curvalicious. Here's what you need to know.
Andrea Brown
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Here's an everyday nightmare: You're sewing along, making great progress, when suddenly your fabric disappears into the abyss. The underbelly (or maybe the bobbin or throat plate) of your sewing machine ate your fabric!
Ashley Little
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You're in an excellent sewing groove, your machine humming along, when out of nowhere your thread begins tangling on your fabric. So. Very. Annoying.
Maris Olsen
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Whether you're here to re-learn sewing or want to try out a fun project for the very first time, you're gonna have to thread that machine! This tutorial is for a Janome 2030QDC, but other machines will be pretty similar. (Pro tip: don't hesitate to look up your specific machine's manual if you get stumped; they're generally easy to find online.) You can also see all these steps in action as part of our Machine Basics sewing class!
Sherri Sylvester
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Grab your favorite pair of jeans. Are they skinny jeans, high-waisted, baggy, boot-legged or flared? Whatever style you're rocking, here's a bet that it has one obvious feature, besides denim: topstitching.
Andrea Brown
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That feeling when you're hemming a skirt and your sewing machine skips: It's a definite "Argh!" moment. It's even worse when those skips happen on the super-visible topstitching.
Maris Olsen
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Sure, they might seem insignificant, but sewing machine needles can literally make or break your stitching. Sewing with damaged or worn down needles can result in all sorts of small tragedies — broken or shredded threads, skipped stitches, fabric puckering, uneven seams, or even permanently damaged fabrics. Don't do that to yourself.
Maris Olsen
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Are you stuck on the straight stitch? It's time to live a little! We'd like you to meet the zigzag stitch. It's found on every machine (even a really basic one), it's totally easy to use, and it's pretty darn clutch in a lot of tricky sewing situations. Now that's what we call a stitch fix!
Emily Thompson
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