Lining often rips along the seams much before the outer fabric starts showing any wear. There are two reasons for that: the lining is cut incorrectly, and the seams are too weak. This post is not about the cut, so I’ll just say that lining for any garment must have its own pattern. It is…… Continue reading Strong flat seams for lining
Do you like shoes that pinch your toes? Probably not, but you wear them anyway because they are from Prada. 😉 It’s the same with “standard” sewing machine feet – they are not all that standard, and some don’t fit, but you want to use them anyway because they are oh so handy otherwise… Look…… Continue reading “Standard” low shank feet – the plot thickens
The difference is similar to that between a house cat and a Siberian tiger: both are felines and both purr, but one will have you for lunch. Here is a great blog post comparing the two and demystifying advertising terms like semi-industrial often seen on eBay. It's a great post; however, I would like to… Continue reading Sewing machines: domestic versus industrial
Short answer: I cannot afford new machines of quality that I require, and I cannot afford to waste money on machines within my budget. The quality requirement This is first of all solid mechanical construction with all hardened steel parts. Cast alluminium may also be used on parts that are not load bearing, such as…… Continue reading Why I don’t keep post-1975 machines
There are many contraptions out there that help you make lovely buttonholes automatically. Many machines also have beautiful buttonholes programmed into them. And yet sometimes a manual buttonhole is called for, either because your machine hasn’t got one programmed, or you don’t like it for some reason, or you can’t use the special foot on…… Continue reading A perfect buttonhole with manual control
I suppose it depends on how old you are. Is 1970s “vintage”? Certainly not, that’s just last year, I remember it vividly… Oops! What about 1960s? I was only around for a part of it, but things from early 1960s were of course everywhere still, so I remember them vividly too. So no, not vintage,…… Continue reading What is “vintage”?