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Here’s to a new year! Many happy returns to all. I hope this year will be better than the last. As a family, we had a pretty horrendous 2021 with many difficulties and tribulations. However, we have overcome them and are looking forward to 2022 being better!

With that said, I know there are many of you out there who are finding the financial pinch harder than expected as a result of the Pandemic. Some of you may have even lost jobs. I sympathise!

I have put together some sewing and crafting freebies for your January, so enjoy them guilt-free! Use them to craft a new home business and sell online or just self indulge in creativity and update yourself or your home for the coming year.

The projects in this post are all external links and can be found on other bloggers’ sites. Please click on the heading or description below the images to be redirected to the various sites where you can view and download their designs.

A Rose Tinted World

I am starting off with a fantastic post from A Rose Tinted World – Jo has collated 23 projects using very few fabrics, to make easy goodies that can be sold for extra cash.

23 Great sewing projects from A Rose Tinted World – Click here

Apple Green Cottage

Apple Green Cottage is jam-packed with free sewing patterns for a variety of projects. Take a look…

There are over 100 free sewing patterns to be found at Apple Green Cottage! – Click here

Tiny Terrier

Sarah from Tiny Terrier has put together 20 adorable sewing projects for your best friend…if you love dogs, this one is just for you!

Click here to see these adorable pet projects!

Threads Monthly

Probably one of my favorite sites for freebie patterns is Threads Monthly – they have over 100+ free patterns for instant download. I love them so much I have a Pinterest Board just with their posts and patterns, so I invite you to follow the board for easy access to their freebies!

There are actually 100+ free sewing patterns to download – click here

On The Cutting Floor

On The Cutting Floor is another blog with some lovely patterns. They do charge for their sewing patterns, but also do roundups of freebies too. Although not all round ups belong to On The Cutting Floor, they have listed other sites where you can find the freebies they are showcasing…the one I’m featuring today is the 15+ Free Jumpsuit Patterns. Love to wear them or hate to wear them, a jumpsuit is a great seller nevertheless! Again, you can follow my On The Cutting Floor Pinterest Board for more sewing patterns!

On The Cutting Floor – Click here to view these free patterns!

Mums Make Lists

Mums Make Lists have collated over 50 gorgeously adorable free baby sewing patterns – this is a niche that certainly makes money so if you’re a mummy and want to make and sell, there are lots of cutie patterns to choose from…or if you just want to make for your baby, then that’s a super saver! Babies clothing is so expensive so make your own and save pennies right from the start of this new year!!

Mums Make Lists have collated a stonker of cute patterns – click here to view!

See Kate Sew

See Kate Sew thought of the Pandemic and came up with 8 Free Masks to Sew. There are a range of types and sizes in her post, which is great because we don’t always find mask patterns for the kiddos!

Make for yourself and family or to sell!! – Click here

Sewing Support

Sewing Support is another one of my all time favorite sites for freebie patterns! Please follow my Sewing Support Pinterest board for access to thousands of fabulous free patterns showcased regularly. This post I’m featuring today is for 50+ Fat quarter sewing projects to make. This means they use very little fabric and you can reduce the fabric left-over stash and make way for new fabrics for the new year!!

50+ projects using small amounts of fabric! Fabulous – click here!

Sew Can She

Sew Can She has found 35 Fast and Easy Tote Bag Sewing Patterns and written about them here. Browse her list for some super ideas for stitching up new bags for this new year ahead! And…do follow my Sew Can She Pinterest Board for updates on new patterns and tutorials added to her site! You will thank her (and me!) for it!! 🙂

Sew Can She has other fab projects too – click here to view this one!

On The Cutting Floor

On The Cutting Floor (again) – I couldn’t resist this post with 20+ free pin cushion patterns. What a fun way to change your sewing room space with easy peasy accessories like pin cushions, oh and you can make and sell these too!! (Follow my One The Cutting Floor Pinterest Board here if you have done so already!)

Browse these cuties by clicking here

I hope you enjoyed this round up of super fabulous round ups! Hopefully you will find some awesome projects to make for yourself or to sell online or at craft fairs. Either way, the pattern collection above is amazing, even if just collecting them for future use!

Happy Sewing!

Jacqui

 

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Black Friday Deals on Sewing, Embroidery and Crafts

Black Friday Deals on Sewing, Embroidery & Craft Goodies!

Below are all my fave suppliers of sewing, embroidery and craft supplies from around the web. Many have fantastic sales not to be missed! Some sales are only for one day and others stretch for an entire week!! Yay!! (If any of the links send you to an error page, then try disconnecting your VPN, if you have one. Sometimes a VPN will prevent access to some sites, through no fault of their own!)

Check them out now and grab yourself some bargains!!!!!!

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Creative Fabrica

$1 -> $19 All Access promo – Customers can get our All Access subscription for $1 for the first month. After the first month, they pay $19/month (not $29). Customers with an active All Access subscription cannot purchase this deal.

Get more info right here!

90% off on 1 million+ products on the site, including fonts, graphics, and machine embroidery designs.

Get more info right here!

Etsy

Get up to 60% off sitewide for a whole WEEK!!

Check out Etsy now for your next bargain!

Fabric.com

Fabric.com is the place to go for ANYONE who wants fabric at up to 40% off! This includes people who sew, quilt, knit, crochet, and more!

Get up to 30% off deals in their Black Friday event!!

Thermo Web

Therm O Web creates innovative adhesive products for crafters of all kinds. From paper crafters to sewers, card makers to quilters and more . Our paper crafts products include: Deco Foil, StampnStencil, Glitz Glitter Gel, Zots, iCraft Adhesives, Runners, Foam Squares, and much more.

Our sewing and quilting products are best known under our HeatnBond line. These include our HeatnBond lite, Fusible Fleece, StitchnSew, SpraynBond along with many more.

Get 30% off all orders for the entire week plus no shipping costs!!

Accu Quilt

AccuQuilt is a leader in catering to the growing quilter population which is now at 22 million! They manufacture a unique line of quilting products that help customers make truly magical creations.

Get major discounts on hundreds of products and packs. Buy one, get 50% off Dies, get up to $640 off Die bundles, Save ÂŁ150 on Cutters, and so much more!

See their discounts here!

Knit Picks

Knit Picks is on a mission to inspire our customers to create beautiful things with our yarns, needles, hooks, tools, patterns, and books. We go right to the source and work directly with trusted mills and manufacturers around the world. Our hands-on approach from start to finish gives us the freedom to make the yarns and tools our customers want without ever sacrificing quality.

Get 30% off products for one day only!

Darn Good Yarn

Darn Good Yarn is a creative lifestyle company that was founded by Nicole Snow in 2008. What started with a single ball of handmade silk yarn and a desire to be the most creative version of herself and help others do the same has grown into a global creative community.

Darn Good Yarn offers handmade yarn, crafting supplies, kits and monthly subscription boxes as well as clothing and accessories such as sari and cotton wrap skirts. Whether you decide to buy yarn and turn it into your own creation, or if you decide to buy a ready-to-wear item. Darn Good Yarn sells more than just yarn because we believe in products with a story. Woman owned, thoughtfully sourced products.

Their biggest sale ever is on now! 60% off site wide

Annie’s Craft Store

Annie’s, founded in 1975 is a leader in the craft market, known for its catalogs, books, kits and magazines. The Annie’s catalog has original designs, quality product offerings and is a favorite source for needlecraft inspiration and supplies. We provide a fun shopping experience which makes Annie’s an ideal place to shop. Our products include crochet patterns, knitting patterns, quilt patterns, card and paper crafts, beading and jewelry kits and supplies, plastic canvas, cross-stitch, yarn & thread, fabric, craft supplies and much more.

Get 35% off all downloads or free shipping with black Friday deals!

Connecting Threads

Connecting Threads is a long-established, well-loved online quilt shop specializing in exclusive fabric, quilt kits, patterns, and thread. We are passionate about offering premium-quality quilting fabric and supplies at an affordable price. From our in-house textile designers to our stylist and photographers, we are all working with one goal in mind – to provide our customers with beautiful, high-quality products at a great price.

Get 25% off nearly everything!!

Sulky of America

For over 27 years Sulky USA has been insistent about maintaining the very highest quality in all our products. We have all anyone needs from embroidery, quilting and decorative thread, stabilizers, books and much more.

Save up to 60% off!!

Create for Less

The idea of CreateForLess first began with the discovery that craft professionals, designers, teachers, scout leaders, camps, and other craft enthusiasts were having difficulty finding the prices and quantities of craft supplies that they needed. The founders saw the solution in the internet as a way to build a virtual craft supply warehouse that every craft consumer could have access to.

CreateForLess is your one-stop shop for all things crafty. We’ve got what you need for all your craft projects – whether it’s craft supplies or craft inspiration.

SUPER sale on right now with some items up to 70% off!

Craft-e-Corner

Our crafting bundles have grown tremendous popularity over the past 10 years. We are an authorized Cricut retailer and specialize in creating Cricut branded bundles. We also have items for every craft and art project, and for all ages.

Get up to 85% off their SUPER sale!

Fat Quarter Shop

You can always count on Fat Quarter Shop having the newest quilting fabric collections, precuts, patterns, notions, and more from the most popular fabric companies and fabric designers. From quilting fabrics and patterns by the biggest names in quilting to exclusive quilt kits and clubs, we are adding new items every day. Fat Quarter Shop focuses on providing high quality products at low prices while offering the best customer service provided by quilters, for quilters.

Save 20% sitewide!

The Confident Stitch

The Confident Stitch is an e-commerce website, and a brick-and-mortar shop in Missoula, Montana, filled with the high-quality fabrics and supplies home sewers and hand-makers are looking for. Our mission is to create a welcoming place that uplifts and empowers women, both in-person and online. We carry: Quilting Cotton, Canvas, Linen, Voile, Rayon, Wool, Sewing Tools, Thread, Notions & Patterns.

I’m not sure if they have a Black Friday sale as such, but do have other sales on.

Click here to take a look!

Craft Stash

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CraftStash is an online retail site devoted to providing the best craft supplies around. As well as providing customers with all the top craft brands, we also have exclusive designs created by our in-house designers. CraftStash is part of a wider group, Practical Publishing, which specialises in the creation of magazines aimed at the Craft Market – Papercraft Essentials, Simply Cards & Papercraft, Die-Cutting Essentials and Creative Stamping for the papercraft market, plus magazines aimed at soft craft as well.

With almost 10,000 craft products in stock (with new products being added every week), we provide everything you need to get creative. Click on the image above to find out more about the products on sale at Craft Stash!

Pineapple Fabrics

Click on the following links to get more info on the separate deals they are offering this weekend!

Black Friday/Cyber Monday SALE – PINE5 for 5% off sitewide!

Black Friday/Cyber Monday SALE – PINE25 $25 off your order of $225 or more

Black Friday/Cyber Monday SALE – PINE10 for $10 off your order of $100 or more

Black Friday/Cyber Monday SALE – PATTERN20 for 20% off digital patterns!

Arteza Art Supplies

Here at Arteza, providing affordable yet quality arts and crafts supplies is our forté. From painting and drawing to quilting and claying, anyone from any economic background or skill level can afford to delve into their creativity with our high grade products. Click on the image above to go straight to their site to view their deals!

BeeBeeCraft

Beebeecraft.com is a large supplier which provides high quality jewelry making supplies. From glass beads, European beads, gemstone beads etc. to jewelry findings like jump rings, clasps, bead caps, bails etc., the sewing & fabric, DIY Craft etc. to accessories, Beebeecraft.com aims to feed all your need to craft. Click on the image above to be directed to their site.

We Craft Box

We Craft Box delivers a stress-free creative experience to your families doorstep every month! With 2-3 prepared crafts, unique theme and story, easy-to-follow photo directions and all the materials needed that can be shared between 2 children we are empowering busy families to easily unplug form the screen and connect through creativity! Give the gift of creativity – after all, with we craft box, it’s the gift that helps families craft connect and created together.

Black Friday and Cyber Sale!

Get a FREE holiday box that ships right away with a 3 month subscription or longer, while stocks last!

Madam Sew

MadamSew is an online space where we source only the finest of stitching supplies. We have a simplified yet spectacular array of sewing products, accompanied with the most handy and informational guides.

Buy one get one on sale sitewide!

Amazon

Last but not least, Amazon has many great Black Friday deals on right now in the Arts, Crafts & Sewing department. .

Shop Amazon Black Friday Deals NOW

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FREE Christmas Star Sewing Project

A free tutorial and pattern

Christmas Star decoration tutorial and pattern

Make this fab Christmas Star for your Christmas tree or make several and add them to a length of Christmas ribbon and make Christmas bunting!

Download the FREE tutorial and pattern here.

Use up your scrap fabrics or buy some festive fat quarters in traditional colours and prints or add glitter and gold shiny fabrics for some sparkle!

This project is from The Sewing Directory – http://www.thesewingdirectory.co.uk and is part of the So Sew Simple series of projects for beginners written by Helen Rhiannon and sponsored by Hantex.

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Ultimate Sewing Machine Guide

Your Go-To Guide for Buying, Setting Up, Using, Cleaning and Maintaining a Sewing Machine

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Get to know your sewing machine!

Choosing a sewing machine can feel like an overwhelming experience. Deciding which one is right for you, where to buy it, how to set it up on your own and keep it running smoothly are all things to consider.

Hopefully, this guide will have all the information you need to solve any sewing machine woes you may have.

You will learn what to consider before you begin looking for a new sewing machine, tips on how to set it up, how to use it, including threading, winding a bobbin, selecting a stitch and adjusting the tension.

You will also learn how to care for your machine, and how to trouble shoot basic sewing machine issues. And trust me, even with the best sewing machines on the market, there will always come a time when it misbehaves, and you will need to know how to figure out what’s wrong with it.

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Buying Your Sewing Machine

Buying a sewing machine can be intimidating, whether it’s your first or looking to upgrade. There are hundreds of models under numerous brands that all have something different to offer. Here are some things to consider when buying your first, or next machine.

What is your Skill Level?

Understanding your skill level is important when buying a sewing machine. IF you are a beginner who is buying their first machine, select a beginner type model.

Brother CS7000i Sewing and Quilting Machine, 70 Built in stitches, 2 inch display, wide table, 10 feet included, available from Amazon (paid link)
Beginner Model: Brother CS7000i Sewing and Quilting Machine, 70 Built in stitches, 2 inch display, wide table, 10 feet included, available from Amazon (paid link)

More advanced machines come with many extra features that may be intimidating when first starting out. Many sewing machine company sites have their sewing machines categorized as beginner, intermediate and advanced, which can help you narrow down your search.

How often will you use your machine?

Knowing how often you think you will use your machine is important when choosing one, especially if you are a beginner. If you plan to use it a lot and you buy a very basic machine, you may outgrow it pretty quickly and be back in the market for a new one before you know it.

What do you like to make?

This is something many people don’t think about when buying a new machine. Do you just want to make small project, clothes, quilt or do embroidery? While you could buy a separate machine for all those tasks, you could just buy one machine that will allow you to do some aspect of all of them.

Tilly and the Buttons Make It Simple, Easy Speedy Projects you can sew up in an afternoon, from Amazon (paid link)
Tilly and the Buttons Make It Simple, Easy Speedy Projects you can sew up in an afternoon, from Amazon (paid link)

What are you willing to spend?

Sewing machine costs range from $100 to the cost of a small car! Knowing how much you are willing to spend on a machine is something to determine before you start looking. As a beginner, cheaper isn’t always the best option especially if you plan to use it often. And there is truth in the saying “you get what to pay for”.

Having an amount predetermined will help keep you from being overwhelmed by expensive machines and also help you see that you may be able to get a machine with several extra features and still stay within your budget.

 Computerized vs Mechanical

These days it is common to find a sewing machine that has a USB port, touch screen and even WiFi. While these are great features to have, some people prefer to push buttons or turn dials.

Most machine companies offer machines in both categories and will even have them sorted on their site. Knowing which type you prefer can help narrow your search when buying a sewing machine. If you are unsure which type you like, fine your nearest local dealer and try them out!

Janome 3160QDC Computerized Sewing Machine with hard cover, extension table, quilt kit, seam foot with guide, available from Amazon (paid link)
Janome 3160QDC Computerized Sewing Machine with hard cover, extension table, quilt kit, seam foot with guide, available from Amazon (paid link)

Where to buy your machine

While you may be able to find a good deal at a local big store, it may not be the best place to purchase it. Buying a sewing machine from a dealer will not only get you the machine, but also advice and assistance. A dealer can give you sewing machine buying tips to help you narrow down the selection. Dealers can also show you how to use a machine and allow you try them out before buying them.

Some dealers even offer small classes on how to use the machine and are available after your purchase to answer any questions you may have. Dealers sometimes even offer trade-in programs, so you can feel confident that if you outgrow your machine you can go back and get a new one. Even if you buy from a dealer you can still begin your machine search online and then find the nearest local dealer.

However, with Covid restrictions sweeping the world, you may not be able to get to a local dealer at all, and may have to rely on online searches entirely. YouTube offers tons of tutorials on buying sewing machines, and you can watch loads of reviews on different types of machines without leaving your home!

With that said, once you have found a positive review and you like the machine featured, you can then source it online, even on Amazon, and get it delivered right to your door! Lessons and troubleshooting videos for all sorts of machines are available on YouTube too, so you won’t be without help once it arrives!

Setting up your Machine

Once you’ve purchased your new machine, it’s arrived and it’s time to set it up. All machines will be a little different but there are some basic parts that can be found on all machines.

Power cord and foot control

Sewing machine power chord and presser foot
Sewing machine power cord and foot control

One of the first things you will need to do is locate and plug in your power cord and foot control. On some machines these two cord are joined into one on the machine side, and on others, they may be two separate cords. The area to plug in these cords are typically located on the back or right side of the machine. Watch this video.

Threading the Machine

Needle thread paths can vary by machine and brand. Many machines will have the thread path clearly marked on the machine with numbers or arrows to show you how to thread it. If not, then look for it in the Sewing Machine Manual that came with the machine. Watch this video.

Example of a thread path on a sewing machine
Example of a thread path on a sewing machine

It is crucial that you thread your machine correctly otherwise your stitch quality will be poor, with skipped stitches, bunching up or even worse, breaking some of the mechanisms around the bobbin area.

An example of skipped stitches
An example of skipped stitches

An example of bunching up
An example of bunching up

Thread paths may seem complicated but each area your thread passes through serves an important part in making your machine sew. In general your thread will pass from the spool at the top, through a guide, a lever, tension disk or knob, then the needle. Using a good quality sewing thread is also important to save you from broken stitches and snapped threads.

Gutermann Thread Notebook, available from Amazon (paid link)
Gutermann Thread Notebook, available from Amazon (paid link)

Winding and Loading the Bobbin

When you purchase a new machine it will generally come with a pre-wound bobbin already in place. Depending on how much you sew you may quickly run out of bobbin thread so it’s very important for you to know how to wind and replace the bobbin.

On more advanced machines, the bobbin can be wound from the needle thread with the machine completely threaded. However, on most machines, there is a separate path for winding a bobbin. This is another path that should be clearly marked on your machine with either arrows or numbers. Generally, this path can be as simple as passing the thread from the spool around a tension disk and then to the bobbin. Do not wind the bobbin by hand!

Once you have wound the bobbin, you will need to insert it into the machine. Bobbins are either top loading and can be dropped straight into the machine, or front loading and may need to be inserted into a bobbin case before being placed in the machine. Check your User Manual and learn how to do this correctly.

Top and front loading bobbins
Top and front loading bobbins

Turning the machine ON

Once you have the machine plugged in, needle threaded and a bobbin in place, you can start SEWING!

Typically, when you first turn a machine on it will automatically be set for a standard stitch length of around 2.5mm. This is considered a construction stitch and is a good stitch to begin practising with. Once you feel comfortable sewing with a straight stitch, play around with the other stitch option you have. Be sure to consult your Manual as to what presser foot needs to be in place for any decorative stitches you want to try. Watch this video: How to Sew Straight

Changing Settings

Changing settings on a machine varies greatly by machine. Some machines have knobs or button to push in order to change a setting, while others have touch screens. Your machine User Manual will come in handy when it comes to knowing what setting can be changed on your machine and what they do.

Stitch Selection

Straight stitches
Straight stitches

Changing the stitch type or stitch length will probably be one of the first settings you change on your machine as you experiment with it. Most machines offer both a straight and zig zag stitch. You will also have the option to change both the stitch length and width. Longer stitches are generally used for topstitching while shorter lengths can be used with zig zag to create a satin stitch or button hole.

Tension

Example of a tension dial
Example of a tension dial

Both the needle and bobbin thread have tension on them at all times that can be adjusted. In general, when you purchase a new machine the tension will be set to accurate levels for regular stitching on medium weight fabric.

The knob or dial to adjust the needle thread tension can typically be found on the front of the machine while the screw to adjust the bobbin thread tension will typically be found on the bobbin case, whether it is removable for a front loading bobbin or built in for a top loading bobbin.

When the tension is evenly balanced the needle thread should only be seen on the right side of the fabric and the bobbin thread only seen on the wrong side. If the bobbin thread shows on the right side, the needle tension is too tight and /or the bobbin tension is too loose.

If the needle thread shows on the wrong side the opposite is the case. In general it is easier to adjust the needle tension, so that should be tried first when attempting to balance the tension of the machine.

Always test your tension before you start a project, on a test piece of fabric that you will sewing with in that project. Also, when testing or balancing the tension, it is easier if you use contrasting thread colours in the bobbin and needle thread. This way will make it easier to see which thread is causing the issue.

Cleaning your Machine.

With every project you sew, your machine gets a little dirtier. This can simply be dust or bits of fabric and thread that may get caught in the machine. It is important to clean your machine on a regular basis to keep it running smoothly.

Remove dust and lint

The exterior of the machine can be cleaned and dusted with a soft cloth. The interior of the machine can be cleaned in several areas and you may want to consult your Manual before you do so. A lint brush, small vacuum or canned air can be used to remove lint and dust from your machine. If using canned air, ensure the angle pushes the air and dust OUT of the machine. Watch this video: How to clean a sewing machine.

Falcon Dust compressed gas cleaner, available from Amazon (paid link)
Falcon Dust compressed gas cleaner, available from Amazon (paid link)

Oil

It is also important to oil components of your machine from time to time. You want to use an oil specifically made for sewing machines (like Singer All Purpose Machine Oil), not just any household oil. Some machines come with an oil pen or small bottle of oil. Again, consult your Manual for tips on how to oil your machine. Watch this video: How to oil and clean a sewing machine ( front loading bobbin) and How to oil and clean a sewing machine (top loading bobbin)

After you have oiled your machine, you should run some scrap fabric through your machine to absorb any excess oil left behind, so it doesn’t stain your new fabric.

Basic Trouble Shooting

Whether you are just learning to sew or you’ve been doing it for years, it can be frustrating when your machine doesn’t work properly. Here are some tips on how to troubleshoot some basic sewing problems.

Machine not sewing

If the machine is simple not sewing, this can be caused by several things. First, ensure that the machine is threaded correctly. Some machines will not sew if this is done incorrectly. Check that the presser foot is lowered completely. When stitching on thicker fabric it can be easy to overlook this step.

Poor Stitch Quality

bent or broken needle
Bent or broken needle

Skipped stitches or other stitch problems can be caused by improper threading of the machine. Re check the needle thread path and ensure it is threaded correctly. Also check that the bobbin thread is correctly coming from the throat plate of the machine. If these are still correct and the machine is still stitching poorly, check the needle. The needle could have been bent after hitting a pin. Trust me, this is a common issue and has happened to me many times. It’s as simple as changing a needle.

Thread breakage

Thread breakage can be caused either by the needle or thread. First, ensure you are using a good quality thread that’s not old or brittle. Next, ensure you are using the right needle for the thread you are using. If you are using a needle that doesn’t have a large enough eye for the thread to go through, the thread can shred or bunch up behind the needle.

Breaking Needles

Needles need to be changed on a regular basis. A dull needle won’t be able to pierce the fabric and could break, or damage the fabric. Also ensure you are using the correct needle for the type of fabric you are sewing.

Smooth Sewing

Learning how to use and properly care for your sewing machine will keep it running smoothly for years to come. Whether its a new machine or an upgrade, it’s always a good idea to know how to set up the machine. Once it is set up, it is a good idea to get to grips with changing settings, cleaning and maintaining it and troubleshooting basic issues. Not only will this keep your sewing smoothly through each project, but it will keep the sewing process enjoyable and will make you want to keep sewing and learning more and more.

Sewing Machine Problems and how to solve them, available from Amazon (paid link)
Sewing Machine Problems and how to solve them. A trouble shooting guide, (Kindle edition) available from Amazon (paid link)

You can also read a related post for newbies: Sewing for Beginners

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How to Make a Cushion Cover with Piping

Part 3 of the series by Dixi at the Treasurie.

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