TIPS & TRICKS

It's important to use the right needle for the fabric your using,

with the right thread.
 
Your sewing machine needle
should be changed after 8 hours of sewing.

Hit a pin while sewing ~ your needle should be changed. If in doubt CHANGE the needle!

Did you know that all Bobbins are NOT the same!  Make sure you always use the original sized bobbins that came with your sewing machine.  When purchasing newer ones, make sure you buy the correct ones!  It makes a world of difference in your machines performance, tension and overall sewing.
 

The sewing machine manual for your sewing machine is not the same as the manual for your friends sewing machine... unless they happen to own the same make and model sewing machine as you. All sewing machines may be similar but to use everything your sewing machine is capable of doing, you will need the manual for your sewing machine.

Any one who is familiar with machine embroidery stabilizers knows about stabilizers but rarely think about incorporating stabilizers over into their normal sewing process. If you haven't dabbled in machine embroidery, stabilizers are a whole new world.

I think every one has a stabilizer in their house... one that works fine for a trim or fabric that wants to get dragged under the throat plate. Plain and simple gift wrap type of tissue paper works wonders. Even used gift tissue works. If it is very wrinkled. carefully iron the tissue. Some times you may need multiple layers but you can sew through the tissue and it will tear away when you are done sewing. If some of the tissue paper does remain, just like a tissue left in a pocket disintegrates in the washing machine, so will the tissue stabilizer.

There are products called "temporary spray adhesives", usually found with machine embroidery or quilting supplies, which will assist holding the fabric in place on the stabilizer. This is a spray glue that will work for a limited period of time to hold your fabric in place.

Many people have fancy decorative stitches built in to their sewing machine that they never use. Usually because they are not pleased with the end result of stitching those decorative stitches. Many times the decorative stitches seem all scrunched up. Stabilizers can play a role in improving the quality of decorative stitches that seem to be giving you difficulty. Placing a stabilizer under the fabric helps hold the fabric smoothly while you are sewing.

Many fine or thin fabrics seem to pucker as you sew. So then you start playing with the tension on your sewing machine... until you are ready to toss the whole project. Don't hesitate to place tissue paper under the fabric, or between layers of the fabric. The stitching will sew as if there is a firm fabric and your stitch quality will improve in the process. I find this especially helpful when I am sewing sheer curtains.

Stabilizers can help you achieve joining two different weight fabrics. For example, if you were going to appliqué a snowman that is going to be a fuzzy fury fabric on a tee shirt weight fabric. If you place stabilizer under the fabrics you help the fabrics to stay evenly stabilized.