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December 2017

Sewing Resolutions 2018

heavy-duty sewing machineDid Santa give you a heavy-duty sewing machine for Christmas or a used one? As January is just about upon us, it’s only right that we make some suggestions for sewing resolutions for 2018.

Here are ours.

Take on a challenge. If you mainly use your heavy-duty sewing machine for quilting, why not try something different in 2018? It’s a lot easier to learn how to sew these days, as there are so many tutorials on YouTube, sewing blogs and instructions in magazines.

Try different materials. Again, a heavy-duty sewing machine allows you to try out sewing projects using different fabrics. If you’d like to alter jeans, for example, this machine makes the job a breeze. You can straighten the legs, hem them or even turn an old pair into a pencil skirt.

When it comes to clothing, most of us tend to choose the same colours and patterns. Experiment this year with other colours to add variety to your wardrobe.

Make yourself an evening gown. This resolution might be the same as the challenge (though it doesn’t need to be if you choose a simple pattern). Every woman should own a home-made evening gown. Vintage styles such as patterns for the 1930s and 40s dresses are beautiful and almost universally flattering, thanks to all the drapery that goes on.

Learn a new technique. From staystitching to prevent distortion to curves, to clipping corners and curves, seam finishes and fussy cutting, professional techniques will make your sewing exemplary. There is an excellent guide to these methods here.

Make yourself accountable. Perhaps you’d like to start up your own blog or video channel on YouTube. While it is gratifying to gain lots of likes and followers (and really popular bloggers and vloggers can turn this into a business), a bonus is that it makes you accountable.

If you do embark on that big project and blog about it, it will be easier to keep up if you think people are charting your progress. A Pinterest and Instagram can do the same thing. You could take pictures or small film clips of your project as you do it.

Sew from your stash and/or recycle. If you got lots of odds and ends of material lying about, or you have old curtains, why not give them a new lease of life? Keen sewers often have a lot of fabric to hand, but it almost always doesn’t all get used up.

We hope that the list inspires you and you can put your heavy-duty sewing machine to good use. Happy New Year from all of us at Sewing4Everyone!

All I Want for Christmas is a vintage sewing machine…

vintage sewing machineHere are some great reasons why a vintage sewing machine is a terrific Christmas present.

It’s sustainable. Our collection of used, vintage and heavy-duty sewing machines are all lovingly refurbished to the highest standards. Used and recycled products use far fewer resources than anything brand new.

It’s a piece of history. Your pre-loved sewing machine comes with years of sewing in it, and perhaps fascinating history. Take the Singer 29K, for example. The pre-1970s Singer sewing machines were built to last. They were easy to use and straightforward, and this model is still used in leather workshops and by cobblers all over the world. It can be used to stitch leather, canvas, blankets and even rubber.

They are useful. The vintage sewing machine is the gift that keeps on giving. You’ve heard the saying give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime? The same applies to a sewing machine! Give a person a pair of trousers, and you clothe them for a while; give them a sewing machine, and they dress themselves and their family members forever!

It could open up a whole new world. Join a sewing club, discover online forums, begin your membership of the WI, a vintage sewing machine can lead you to new friends.

It offers all sorts of possibilities. Love clothes? Making your own can be easier than you think and nowadays there are lots of ways to learn, from going to classes, to following online tutorials on YouTube, reading blogs, and subscribing to magazines. As well as making clothes, you can also teach yourself how to do your own alterations. Hemming trousers and skirts, or taking in clothes is a useful skill.

Or, if clothes aren’t your thing, if you can make your own curtains or alter shop-bought ones, you’ll never be short of a job. What about cushion covers, throws, quilts? The soft furnishing possibilities for your home are endless.

It’s a talking point. Most vintage sewing machines, especially the pre-1970s versions, are beautiful. Give it pride of place in your home, and all your guests will ask about it as soon as they come in.

It could be your hustle. A new trend is for people to find something to do on the side that makes them extra money. Buy a vintage sewing machine, and your hustle could be making clothes or doing alterations for others.

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