Top five things that can help you get going with sewing

Getting a great start is always a trouble! What’s most difficult is that people don’t know how to take the initiative. There are certain things that may help you.

1. Learn Your Machine:

If you want to get the best from your machine, it is necessary that you must know how to load a design and how to get it running. When you have the first machine, the things you must know:
• How to attach the embroidery unit
• How to attach the foot and how to make use of it
• Know all the extra controls like tensions or droppings (many new machines have this function automated)
• Knowledge of selecting and loading the design is important
• Fitting the hoop perfectly
• Threading the machine; know how to thread the bobbin and needle
• Kinds of bobbins that can be used
• Changing of the needle

If you are novice using simple machine like Brother HC1850 also helps which is easy to use. Here is the video about it.

2. Using A Quality Thread:

Embroidery threads are available in diverse qualities: rayon, polyester, cotton and metallic; there are some sub-classes also. There thickness and weight vary. Quality tells how long the thread will last and how aged it can be. A quality of the thread is a necessity because it will prevent breaking and shredding. There are many threads offered at the market at the very low price; don’t go for them because all your working on the design will go in vain.

3. Use Proper Needle:

The size of the embroidery needle matters a lot. The right needle means a perfect design. Smaller needle produces accuracy in the stitch. The size 70 to 80 in the embroidery needle is considered ideal. Brands also matter. Doesn’t only change the needle when it breaks, but try to change it often.

4. Learn How To Hoop

Place the fabric between the rings of the hoop. Hoop is the important part of the stabilizing process. Proper hooping means having neutral tension; it is not loose or stretched. Give essential time to hoop as it only strengthens your embroidery.

5. Stitches Influence Fabric

Length, angle and density of the stitches influence fabric. Fabric created with threads and stitches impact that weaving. So not only select the design and just make it but take a wise decision. Select the design only if it can be made on the fabric. Consider all factors in mind.


The best way to learn any machine is to use it. If you want to learn machine embroidery then you should avail any chance that is offered to learn about it. Take the classes arrange by the dealers. Many websites also conduct online seminars that you can attend even without leaving your home. If you are going for embroidery as a habit then you can surely use these methods but if you are adopting it as a business then you must hire a coach or attend the professional classes arranged in different institutions.


How is it to use Washable Fabric Markers?

People ask questions about the use of the Fabric markers. Some people say that they are good to use while some say that wash-away pens could leave their stains on the clothes. The results are contradicting, so it is a question that whether you should leave using these pens or continue using them!

Our suggestion to you is to test them. You will see many posts that may suggest you to not to use them but don’t get the false alarm. Some people are fond of them and you may have unnecessary fear. One thing that turned out wrong for others may not necessarily be bad for you. Here is the good started point.


According to our experiments and research, using water marking points can be a good option because they don’t create permanent marks when you go for the right company. They can easily be washed away and create temporary marks.

Before using these pens, there are important things that person must keep in mind:

1. Check the fiber of the thread as well as of the embroidery fabric

2. Make sure that you will wash the fabric wholly after completing its stitching.

There are many people who don’t use these pens because they don’t wish to wash the fabric after the completion of the project. Whether you are doing embroidery with the help of the machine like Brother SE400 or using the hand embroidery, it is up to you if you want to wash the fabric or not. Submerging the fabric in water for an hour or two before going for embroidery is always a good thing because fabric tends to shrink in the first wash and this may affect the final shape of your embroidery.

For the water soluble marking pen, washable is the big term. It means that at submerging the markings in the water will remove the stain from the fabric entirely. Using the room temperature water is enough to do the job but using the mild soap can be a helping hand here. Rinse the fabric completely so no soap remains in the fabric.

Methods that can fail to get the ink removed from the fabric entirely are:

• Fabric under water
• Dabbing cloth with water
• Quick rinsing
• Using spray bottle to rinse the fabric

It is necessary that ink gets remove properly because it can come back when the cloth dries and air or light can make it reactivate. This reactivation may take weeks or months.

There are some threads and fabrics that must only be dried clean – in this case, never use the washable ink. When removing the ink, it is important that it get removed entirely, even leaving a single spot today can become a trouble in the future.

Go for the thinnest pen possible that has fine point so the embroidery covers the markings. Don’t go for the less luxurious products but select those which provide finest pens. Use the small area of the fabric and check whether the ink is easily removable before applying to the larger area.

How to Make a Sewing Kit Gift?

sewing giftThere are many people around who when see you sewing also wish that they can do the same. You can boost their confidence in this art by presenting them with the correct tools. They can add the bigger and expensive items later but you can create the basic sewing kit for them. Here are the things that you can add in the list:

1. Scissors
Buy two scissors for the kit. One for fabric and one for paper – mark these scissors and place a note that tells which scissor is for what. Ask them to restrict the use of fabric scissor for fabric only so the scissors remain sharp for long. Tell them about the scissor sharpener also. At start, their scissors may work fine but tell them that they don’t need to change the scissor again. They can just sharpen it when they want.

2. Seam Ripper
In the sewing kit, it is the must to have product even when you are sewing for the first time. When you are going to mend, a seam ripper is helpful on finishing the job for the broken stitches.

3. Measuring Tools
Measuring tools are the helping hands in the sewing and they allow you to measure very accurately. Using the right tool means the perfect end result. The measuring tools that can be added in the kit are: Sewing tape measures, sewing gauges, and rotary tapes.

4. Sewing Needles
Other than the sewing machine needles, normal hand sewing needles are also very important in any kit. Add different sized needles because their diversity is always helpful with different kind of fabric.

5. Thread
There are many kinds of threads available in the market but gong for the wrong one can bring lots of frustration to you. These little spools must be selected by seeing their quality. You can get the best quality fabric in the basic color (Here is the guide for trip to fabric store). Go for tan, white, black and gray at the first, then the person will add more thread to their collection after they start to sew. In most sewing projects, these four colors can be enough for the beginners.

6. Help them with some sewing methods:
Make the sewing kit more helpful by adding the sewing project for them. Print out some sewing projects and prepare the fabric along with the items that are needed. Make a separate plastic bag for various project and print out the tutorials too so they can know how to make them. This thing will increase their interest in sewing.

7. Pressing Cloth
It is one important sewing part that provides with the perfect results. Add it in the sewing tools so the learner can improve their sewing.

8. A Sewing Machine!
If the person who wants to learn is really close to you, you can send them a sewing machine like Brother 1034d serger also. It is completely optional because sewing machine is a big investment and it may put your budget. If you have an old sewing machine, you can offer them to start with it too.

Machine Embroidery Basics: Know About Underlay


You can produce better embroidery when you understand underlay. How it functions and what are its attributes will help you to know whether one design can fit with the target fabric or not.

What is Underlay: It is the material that acts as the skeleton for any embroidery design. It supports the design like bones support your body. It is the foundation of the design and keeps it stable. It is important for better embroidery. It smoothes the base and removes unwanted ripples. It is also called as underlayer or understitching.

Why To Use An Underlay:

under stitch

There are two basic reasons to use underlay:

• Provides stability to the fabric
• Support the top stitching

In simple words, it is basting the fabric to the stabilizer. In the sewing process, fabric shifts a lot. Using the underlay is helpful in reducing this shift. The machine thread tensions also cause distortion that can be reduced with the use of underlay. Even when your fabric is very unstable, you can make it stable with the use of it.

The crisp of the top stitching remains because of the underlay. It provides the fine edges and prevents the stitches to sink in the fabric.

Underlay Removal:

If you want your design to be the same, don’t remove the underlay. Removing it will only make it stand free and your design may disintegrate. It is said that removing of underlay lowers the thickness of design and stitch count. If you are sewing on the non-fabric items then underlay is not so important. In these items, using it could only produce harm to your final project. How to add the underlay also matters. First learn how to use it because if it isn’t rightly placed, it may affect the design quality.

When Underlay is needed?

In designs like redwork and quilting, underlay is not required. Running stitches are not known to cause fabric distortion. When you use underlay in these designs, you cannot hide it.

When to use more Underlay:

Corduroy or terry cloth like fabrics that are lofty required more underlay. No matter which embroidery machine you are using. When you are using the original design or making your own, adding underlay to your fabric will only make it better and improve your embroidery. For some fabrics, you may need to alter the settings of your embroidery machine. It is a necessary thing which when added only produces better results.


Use of underlay in the embroidery is quite evident. This is the need when you want to produce the better end result but it is also important that you must know when to use it and when not. Sometimes, using the underlay could also produce harm to your design and many times, its sole purpose is to support the top stitching and maintain the design. Optimization of underlay is the time consuming process so it is up to you to decide whether this design or fabric is worthy of your extra time.

Have the Most Beneficial and Perfect Trip to the Fabric Store

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When you visit the fabric store for the first time, you are unsure where and how to start. All the fabrics look very alike and you become uncertain which one to select for your project. Here given are the tips that will make your fabric store trip highly beneficial. You will learn how to buy the fabric in this article.

Some stores are restricted for fabric only, while some sell other crafts also along with the fabric and display it on one corner.

How They Organize It:

Solid fabric is usually organized by color. A bolt of fabric is 42″ long. When you go for a yard of fabric, in actual you are buying the fabric that has the size of 36×42″.

Look For The Blend:

The blend is also used to categorize the fabric. It is the percentage of the cotton that is present in the cloth. Some fabric are 100% cotton while others could be 65%, 35% etc.
Usually polyester is mixed with the cloth. Higher percentage of fabric means higher price tag. Fabric bolts have the labels that contain washing instructions. Writing them down will be convenient for you to know how to wash the fabric or iron it. Blended fabric works great with Brother Pe770 as it has the ability to do deal with many kinds of fabric.

Check For The Quality: quality

The difference in the quality can also be seen between the two fabrics. Mostly, the 100% cotton fabric is weaved tightly whereas poly-cotton blends are less stiff. Fabric color is hard to distinguish when it is on the shelf with other fabric bolts. When you want a perfect match, remove the bolt from the shelf and take it to the store window. Light matters a lot and natural light is the best to show true colors.

Special Sizes

Fabric stores sell special cut fabric which can be useful when you are in need of the smaller or larger size fabric than of the normally sold bolts.

There are Fabric Quarters – also known as fat quarters – which are 18×22″ pieces of fabric. They are perfect when you have a small project or when you want to use diverse kinds of small fabric in your clothing. Another fabric size is Fabric Eighths – also called fat eights. They have the size of 9×22″. There are many other sizes too that are made for smaller or larger home decor projects. There are bolts that have the size of 36×54″. They are usually used to make curtains.

Buying The Fabric:

When you are sure you have selected the right kind of fabric bolt, take it to the cutting counter. The sales person there will cut the fabric according to the yardage you need. They will cut it for you accurately but before cutting make sure that size is correct; secondly, the piece you are about to get is flawless. There should not be any printing mistakes, holes or ribs. Looking for dirt and stain is also important so you don’t need to wash the fabric before sewing.