Sewing Machine Basics
If you've noticed your stitches are a little, well, off, it's likely you went straight for the tension. But the truth is there could be a myriad of culprits behind your screwed-up stitches. You could be using an old needle, for starters, or you may even have the wrong one for the job. You could've set your machine's stitch length and width to the wrong setting. Or, like you thought, the machine's tension may need some tweaking.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
If you find yourself struggling to sew a straight line, you're definitely not alone. Sometimes sewing basics are the toughest to master. But you can get on the straight and narrow faster — or, if you're already a pro, pick up a new trick or two — with these tips from master sewer Christine Haynes.
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.
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.