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Winter Hobbies – heavy-duty sewing machine

Brother Industrial Sewing Machine

Brother Industrial Sewing Machine

Now that winter is definitely upon us, it’s time to put your vintage or heavy-duty sewing machine to good use.

Sewing is the perfect hobby for winter evenings and wet weekends. And if you are prepared enough, you can use your vintage or heavy-duty sewing machine to make home-made Christmas decorations and gifts at a fraction of the cost you would pay for ready-made products.

heavy-duty sewing machineWant a little black dress in time for all those Christmas parties? The little black dress is a staple in any woman’s wardrobe. You can pick the pattern that suits your figure, whether it’s for an A-line midi dress that skims the knees, a shift dress that works perfectly with a pair of boots, or something longer and more formal. The Fringe Association blog has rounded up some LBD patterns, from a slip dress to a gorgeous long version with a sexy slit to the thighs.

For decorating ideas, look no further than Sew News and this free template to create your own advent calendar. It’s a multi-dimensional wreath calendar, and you can decorate the wreath leaves with hand-embroidered numbers in little hoops that look like berries.

Or what about some beautiful advent calendar bunting? The Sewing Directory has this lovely tutorial pdf you can download to create a unique, home-made decoration. You can fill the bunting pockets with little treats that can be opened on the day, just like a traditional advent calendar.

Or why not try out linen placements for your Christmas table? The Sewing Directory’s ribbon and lace placements are suitable for beginners – why not try it out with your kids, for example – and they are great for experimenting with your machine’s buttonhole foot.

skirtSome people opt for a heavy-duty sewing machine from the start, the reasoning being that the machine will handle lighter AND heavier fabrics, so if you plan to do a lot of work with denim, for example, the heavy-duty sewing machine is your best bet. We really love these Allfreesewing’s ideas for what to do with old jeans, including this fantastic pattern that will transform a pair of worn-out jeans into a pretty skirt. Just the project for cold, dark nights!

As it is winter and cold, why not try out these scarves from Martha Stewart’s website? You take two pieces of fabric, one a wool material to keep you warm, pair it with cotton and voila! Simple and straightforward, and you can pick out the cottons that suit the individual person you are making the scarf for.

Have fun with your winter sewing projects!

Sewing4Everyone can offer you the perfect heavy-duty sewing machine. To see our selection, check out our shopDenim skirt image courtesy of imsewcheap.blogspot.com

Support Your Local Sewing Shop

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Singer 96k industrial sewing machine

Need some sewing supplies for your heavy-duty sewing machine? Can we encourage you to shop locally?

Globalisation means there are fewer sewing and haberdashery stores than there once were. Fifty or 60 years ago, it would have been commonplace for every town to have a shop that sold supplies for sewing machines, heavy-duty sewing machines and regular ones.

Most households would have had at least one person who knew how to sew, and clothes were mended and repaired or created from scratch. Local sewing and haberdashery shops catered to their needs – you could stock up on all kinds of fabric and materials, needles, thread, zippers, buttons, pins and more.

Sadly, many of these shops are long gone. It’s had to be an independent shop these days, as rents are so expensive, but those few sewing and haberdashery stores that survive are a delight.

There’s something about the smell of a haberdashery shop that is nostalgic. It’s a distinct aroma, the smell of cotton and large swathes of material waiting to be cut up to the customer’s requirement. (And there is also something special about watching someone cut that material, the skill they use to cut it so quickly and cleanly.)

The best shops are usually staffed by people who are sewing enthusiasts themselves and can give you plenty of advice and help with your own project. You’ll find patterns, unusual materials which will make your own project 100 percent unique, and beautiful buttons that can add zing to an existing coat or jacket.

Some local shops even offer sewing lessons – and if you’ve just bought your heavy-duty sewing machines and you are at a bit of a loss as to how to use it, we can’t recommend these lessons highly enough. Another bonus of lessons is that you will meet other sewing enthusiasts, and those friendships are likely to last beyond the classes. After all, you’ll probably want to meet up with your new friends to discuss ongoing projects or show off your stuff when it’s finished.

Because we specialise in the sale of the heavy-duty sewing machine (as well as refurbished sewing machines and second-hand models), the ethos of shopping at small, independent sewing and haberdashery shops sits well with us. You might have to travel a little bit out of your area to find one near you, but go on. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

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