Feet · Sewing machines

“Standard” low shank feet – the plot thickens

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

Clothes · Feet

A perfect buttonhole with manual control

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

Clothes · Feet · Jersey

The gathering foot, the ruffler and differential feed

Differential feed is when the upper and lower layers of the material are fed at different speeds, or as in overlockers when the front and rear of the feed dogs are moving at different speeds. The result is that the sewing gets stretched or gathered, either all of it or just one layer relative to…… Continue reading The gathering foot, the ruffler and differential feed

Bobbins · Feet · Needle plates · Needles · Skipped stitches

Skipped stitches and their remedies

It’s one of the most common problems in sewing: skipped stitches. But it can have many different causes and so may require different remedies. So let’s take a closer look! Needle and thread Special needles Thread tension The right needle plate The right foot The right foot pressure Mechanical issues Needle and thread Of course…… Continue reading Skipped stitches and their remedies

Clothes · Embroidery · Feet · Silk

Silk dupion, fancy stitches and fancy feet

Here’s a chance to use those fancy stitches on a grown-up garment! And try an array of fancy feet in the process. The challenges of silk dupion Stop to fraying with fancy stitches Getting even fancier with lurex shading Parallel stitching with a big clear foot Double thread stitch and twin needle sewing Stitch in…… Continue reading Silk dupion, fancy stitches and fancy feet