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Home-Made Halloween

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Hooray – Halloween is coming up, which means lots of opportunities for using your refurbished sewing machine to create home-made costumes and gifts.

We know that Halloween is big business these days, and the shops are full of ready-made costumes, but there is nothing as charming as a home-made outfit. We’ve pulled together some great ideas for creating spooky outfits, gifts, decorations and more.

All you need is a refurbished sewing machine, plenty of enthusiasm and a desire to get creative.

refurbished sewing machineThis thoroughly creepy Pennywise costume on the Coolest Homemade Costumes website made by Kimberley is based on a pattern for a tank top and shorts, while the ruffle neck was made from a frilly skirt for a toddler. Isn’t it great? (And super-scary!)

By the way, if you have ever wondered why people find clowns scary, reasons include not knowing who is behind the mask, and because they have often been associated with danger and fear. It doesn’t help when so many horror films keep using them too!

Sewing.org has some wonderful, free patterns for Halloween. Projects include these fun lampshade covers – great if you are planning to have people around for a party. Or check out their instructions for how to sew a cape. The good thing about a cape is that it can be used on many other occasions. World Book Day, for example. Or your child might like his or her cloak so much, it gets worn daily!

refurbished sewing machineEver wanted to make your own witch’s hat – in a personalised size too? Delia Creates offers this detailed tutorial for the DIY hat that will fit any head size. You will need to do a few calculations, but other than that it is relatively straightforward.

Another easy idea is these Halloween cushions, pictured above. Once you have the hang of these, you can make up a whole batch of them as gifts, or you can keep them for 31st October year after year. Christina on the Lincoln Street blog made hers from flannel, although a stiffer fabric would also work. Once the cutting out is done, you can knock these up in no time on your refurbished sewing machine.

Elsewhere in the craft space, Readers Digest has some terrific ideas for home-made, cheap Halloween decorations, and if you love cooking, BBC Good Food’s Halloween baking recipes include spiderweb cupcakes, ghost cakes, toffee apples, Devil’s food cake and a pumpkin cider cake.

Happy Home-made Halloween!

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October – Pants Month

refurbished sewing machineNeed a new project for your refurbished sewing machine? October is Pants Month so why not run up a pair?

Yes, we know. The American term for trousers can be a little confusing. We’re not advocating that you make yourself lots of knickers (unless you want to), but instead try your hand at trousers. After all, winter is just around the corner, and you’ll want to keep your legs warm.

One of the big bonuses of using your refurbished sewing machine to sew your own trousers is that you get to make ones that are perfectly tailored to you. The drawbacks of the ready-made are that they are often too long or too short. Most of us, after all, aren’t a standardised height.

Here are some tips for making sure you create the perfect pair of pants (trousers)!

Make sure you measure accurately.

You should measure yourself while wearing what you plan to wear under the trousers as this could affect the measurements if you plan to wear thick tights or Spanx. Measure at your waist and the fullest part of the hips. The tape should be snug, but not too tight. You want those trousers to be comfortable.

Choose the right pattern size.

Not all of us are a standard size 14. Maybe we’re a 15, rather than a 16 though. It depends on the style of trousers which size you go for. If the pattern is for very fitted trousers, then choose the larger size, but most trousers allow room enough for you to pick the smaller size.

Choose your favourite trouser style.

If you’re going to get good use out of your tailor-made trousers, then choose the style that you wear most often. Whether that’s straight leg, wide leg, harem style, cropped or slim style, you want something you know suits your shape and style.

Plan adjustments.

The great thing about sewing your own is personalising a pattern so you can make the perfect fit for you. Commons adjustments for trousers include adding or subtracting the length, altering the depth of the crotch, and adding or subtracting the width of the upper inner leg to suit the size of your thighs. If you know how to do all of these (or can learn), your trousers will be the perfect fit.

As velvet was a huge feature of the Autumn/Winter runways this year, why not make yourself some luxe velvet trousers to keep abreast of the fashion pack?

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National Sewing Month – September

refurbished sewing machineIf you’ve just bought one of our refurbished sewing machines, why not join in with National Sewing Month?

The celebration of all things needle and thread is an American initiative promoted by the Sewing & Craft Alliance in partnership with the American Sewing Guild. It began in 1982 when the then President Ronald Reagan declared September as the sewing month “in recognition of the importance of home sewing to our nation”.

The organisers say it presents the perfect opportunity to indulge a passion for sewing or introduce yourself to the craft if you’re a newbie – or the recent purchaser of one of our refurbished sewing machines! Free sewing projects and guidelines for sewing, craft and applique and embroidery articles are available on the Sewing & Craft Alliance website (www.sewing.org)

Sewing, the organisers reckon, is creative, therapeutic and calming, and its effects can be celebrated all year.

Ways to get involved include:

  • Teaching a member of your family or a friend to sew
  • Volunteering your time at a voluntary organisation to teach sewing
  • Sew more often – find a new project, start making your own clothes or do some repairs that you have been putting off
  • Sign up for some sewing classes
  • Create your own sewing group or circle – it’s much easier to learn (and fun to do) if you have company.

You can’t accuse sewing of not moving with the time, as free projects for September include a sew your own Kindle cover and a 1 in a Minion quilt.

Themes for past years have included Go Green, Sew Green, which encouraged people to use organically-grown fabrics and to re-use, re-make and restyle. Here at Sewing4Everyone, we definitely encourage reusing and refurbished sewing machines, so fabric scraps used for contrasting pockets or applique work well here, as does snipping buttons from old jackets to use on a new suit.

Sewing isn’t just fun, though. It can be a terrific way to save money. Hemming skirts and trousers, replacing buttons or zips, and repairing rips and tears are a better way to budget than buying new items (and then adding to landfill). And it’s always wonderful to create or recreate something through sewing. The results can be dramatic, and that can be with just a few hours spent on your refurbished sewing machine.

We hope you find some way to celebrate National Sewing Month!

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