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The Advantages of Creating Your Own Clothes

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Have you jumped on the sewing bandwagon, or are you the happy new owner of a refurbished sewing machine, and keen to start to start your sewing journey?

There are lots of reasons why making your own clothes offer advantages…

Ethically sound. Sure, pre-made clothing is cheap, but cheap clothing has its own price. While clothing has decreased in price, the human and environmental costs have soared. People making cheap fashions often work in horrible conditions and for poverty wages, while the environment is affected because cheap clothing uses more resources and toxic chemicals.

Personalised. Even if you use patterns, the materials you choose for your outfit will be different. You’ll be wearing something no-one else has. The seams, buttons, zips and stitching will be uniquely yours. If you have an eye for great material, you’ll create eye-catching outfits people will envy.

Old school, vintage sewing machines. There is something hugely satisfying about the old-fashioned nature of making your own clothes. Double that effect by running up garments on a refurbished sewing machine.

old scissors various threads and sewing tools on wooden table

It’s a terrific hobby. Creating your own clothes can take up as much or as little time as you can afford. You might embark on this hobby and discover you LOVE it. Sewing something takes in many different elements. First, you must plan it either creating your own sewing pattern or buying one. Then, there are the materials to be chosen and bought. You’ll learn to lay out and cut, tack and sew, using different stitches to suit.

Find new friends. You’ll discover that lots of people share your hobby, and they all love getting together to swap skills and learn from each other. From craft fairs to weekly meet-ups, sewing events are now widespread. Want to find a group near you? Check out the sewing directory.

It’s something to do with your kids. As we mentioned above, sewing involves lots of different skills. Simple projects for kids, though, could include taking up trousers and skirts or making pillow cases or cushion covers. Remember, sewing isn’t gender specific. Little boys will enjoy it just as much as little girls. And it doesn’t need to be an expensive hobby. Buy one of our refurbished machines, and you’ll be getting a great piece of kit for minimal expense.

Satisfaction. We reckon this is a number one reason why so many people love making their own clothes. A home-made skirt, pair of trousers or dress feels much more precious than anything you can buy.

Sewing4Everyone specialises in used and vintage sewing machines (including the refurbished sewing machine option) for home and commercial use – quality equipment at cost-effective prices. Check out our range and start your own home-made clothes sewing journey today.

A brief history of the Singer 222k sewing machine

For serious dressmaker, the Singer 222k sewing machine is a must have item.

An iconic machine in the sewing industry, the Singer 222k continues to be immensely sought after by sewing machine collectors today.

In this post, we’ve taken a look back at the 222k’s origins, history, and some of the reasons why it continues to attract such attention.

The Singer Featherweight series is a collection of lockstitch sewing machines that were created by the Singer Manufacturing Company throughout the early to mid 20th century.

Estimates suggest that Singer sold as many as 3.5 million Featherweights during the range’s halcyon years, when they were produced between 1933 and 1968.

One of the most popular Singer Featherweights was the 221 model; a machine that still commands attention today. But the model that followed the Singer 221 sewing machine is much less common… And a lot more sought after.

That was, of course, the 222k. Introduced around 1953, the 222k is a free arm version of the 221.

It is also able to lower its feed dogs, meaning that it is suitable for darning and embroidery.

A removable bed plate allows users to easily sew around sleeve cuffs or trouser hems, which is another reason for the 222k’s popularity.

The first free arm machine made by Singer, the portable 222k remains as popular as ever, with many quilters using the machine today.

The Singer 222k sewing machine was only ever made in one factory; the Singer Manufacturing Company’s plant in Kilbowie, Scotland.

From the first in 1953, around 100,000 of these machines rolled off the production line until the last in 1961.

It’s said that supervisors at the U.S. Singer factories refused to make the 222k model, citing the cost of manufacture and arguing that it would not be profitable. And that means the singer 222k sewing machine is extremely rare in the States. It was never sold in the USA, instead being reserved for a UK audience, with some machines finding their way to Canada.

Singer 222k Sewing Machine

As with any collectible, the relative rarity of the Singer 222k is what gives it the edge over some of the more readily available Singer Featherweight models.

In particular, the late 50s and early 60s models are hot property. These were branded with a red ‘S’ badge, which replaced the standard Singer logo.

The machines with the red ‘S’ are much more scarce, and these can fetch as much as an extra 25% in price if in good condition, compared to those with the standard badge.

As a result of their rich history and rarity, Singer 222k sewing machines can command prices well into the thousands, making them a real collector’s item.

Feel free to visit our shop to see our collectable Singer sewing machines….

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Singer Sewing Machine Company

Since the early 1850s the name singer has gone hand in hand with sewing and sewing machines. Singer is the spirit and at the heart if practical design and creative innovation and it is that which has characterised the company that it is today and will continue to be as Singer develop new products for the world of sewing.

Singer has celebrated many ‘firsts’ in sewing, such as the world’s first ‘zig-zag’ machine, the first electronic machines and the world’s most advanced home sewing and embroidery machines. Through the years Singer has stayed dedicated to helping people express themselves through the craft of sewing.

Singer celebrated the 160th anniversary of Isaac Singer’s patent on the first practical sewing machine in 2011 and this anniversary seemed to mark an official beginning of Singer and its leadership within the industry, a celebration of a great accomplishment. Over the years since they began Singer have retained their leadership in the industry and have continued their commitment to quality, reliability, innovation and service as the years have gone on.

Singer sewing machines are helping people of all ages and all walks of life unleash their creativity by creating unique garments, home furnishings and other items while enjoying the satisfaction that the sewer has made the product themselves.

First Class Reputation!

Singer work hard to create sewing machines and products that make sewing easy. The Singer sewing machine range offers a sewing machine for every kind of user, from those that are new to sewing to those that are advanced in home sewing and embroidery machines. Whatever you sew, whether it is soft furnishings, clothing, embroidery or quilting Singer will have a sewing machine to suit your needs.

Singer have over 100 years experience of trading in domestic and industrial machines and the current Managing Director at Singer if the fourth generation in the same company. The company, Singer take pride in offering an old fashioned, white-glove service; a service that a sewer can only expect from a company that has gone from strength to strength over a century.

Singer is possibly the most famous name in sewing and it has gone through many changes over the years. The Singer brand has stood the test of time and is still going strong. If you’re looking for a high quality original Singer sewing machine with a great value price tag then why not have a look at the range of Singer sewing machines we have available?

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