Video: Sewing machine fundamentals everyone needs to know

July 15, 2018 6 Comments

Video: Sewing machine fundamentals everyone needs to know

July 15, 2018 6 Comments

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Often knowing the basics is what will make or break a sewing project. But when we are in a hurry, or perhaps want to save a few $$ it’s easy to forget those best practices. And while sewing on a regular machine is pretty straightforward, skipping a few seemingly unimportant things can really impact the result in a bad way. So I did this video with five tips that I really think is important to remember when you are sitting down to sew.

What are your sewing machine fundamentals that you noticed makes a huge difference?

Products and tools mentioned in the video

Quilting guide bar

I think the English name is a bit misleading, as this is an inexpensive, and often included, multi-purpose tool that can be used for all kinds of dressmaking, especially hemming. The Swedish name means edge ruler which I think is more fitting. Example of a quilting guide bar  (Amazon affiliate link)

Edgestitch foot/stitch in the ditch foot

If your machine lacks one,  get one ASAP! It is simply life changing. Here is a generic edgestitch foot (affiliate link) that works on several brands.

Good quality needles

I use the Schmetz/Euro-Notions universal needles for my sewing machine, but I’ve heard that Organ’s needles are really good too (affiliate links).

Get the best thread

As I show in the video, using cheap, bad thread can be a disaster. So opt for a reputable brand. I like Gütermann thread, but I would love to hear if you have any other thread brands to recommend!

Johanna Lundström

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  • Summerflies July 16, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    Some good tips. I never use that cheap thread as it nests up in the bobbin and breaks of course. I like Gutterman thread the best but I also like Rasant thread too. The simple basics like needles, thread and cleaning the machine make such a difference to any quality machine and the resultant stitching.

    • Johanna July 17, 2018 at 11:03 am

      Rasant is a brand I have not heard of before! Is it an Aussie brand? And you are so right, the simple basics are often the ones that makes the biggest difference

  • COREY July 16, 2018 at 4:44 pm

    It is nice to remind folks about the basics.
    1. presser feet – the feet i use the most, zigzag foot both regular and clear, straight stitch foot and plate, adjustable zipper foot (not just for zippers), edge stitch foot for top stitching especially important when i make my jeans
    2. needles – been using bernina needles in my bernina sewing machine (350pe and artista 180)
    3. thread – mainly gutterman, i have a commerical account with HA Kidd so I am able to get supplies from them at wholesale pricing vs retail

    • Johanna July 17, 2018 at 11:05 am

      That adjustable zipper foot sounds intriguing, I need to investigate that one 🙂 I have not seen Bernina needles sold here in Sweden, but maybe I have been looking in the wrong places. Good to know!

  • Accordion3 August 1, 2018 at 3:19 am

    I like the Rasant thread too, it is similar quality to Gutermann or Mettler. I don’t think it is Australian. I also use Schmetz needles moslty. Klasse are also good, but my sewing machine does not appreciate them. I’m experimenting with Organ needles too.

    I like good lighting! My 23 year old Pfaff is a powerhouse machine but the older filament bulbs just don’t cut it for my eyes. I have a desk study lamp shining above my hands and a new LED bulb in the machine.

    Finally, I’ve been using a small strip of electrical tape as a hem guide. I will having a go with quilting guide instead. .

    • Johanna August 1, 2018 at 12:50 pm

      I second the lightning, I finally invested in proper light this year(with a magnifying glass from Prym) and it has made sewing so much easier. Great idea about the electric tape, I use it too for many functions, as it easy to see and remove

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