Chain stitch hooks · Clothes · Janome · Wooly knits

Woolly knits – knit, crochet, sew

The weather suddenly turned cold which prompted me to finally sew together two knitted dresses. Officially, they need to be washed before wear to smooth out the yarn, but I need them tomorrow and the day after, so no time for washing... So much for leaving things till the last moment! 😜 The blue dress… Continue reading Woolly knits – knit, crochet, sew

Dense weaves · Nanotex

It’s not the thickness, it’s the density

...that makes a fabric appear "heavy duty" to your sewing machine. Let's not count how many decades it took me to figure that one out! 😳 But first: what do I mean by "heavy duty"? Something that requires significant punching power to get through. Like saddle leather, sail canvas, military felted wool, but also many… Continue reading It’s not the thickness, it’s the density

Chain stitch hooks · Jersey · Straight stitch · Transverse shuttle · Vibrating shuttle

That elusive flexible stitch

Flexible stitch is necessary for sewing jersey so that it would stretch with the material. However, regular straight stitch of a lockstitch machine is usually not flexible. So what to do? Popular solutions include using elastic thread, sewing with narrow zig-zag instead of straight stitch or sewing with an overlocker. But what if you really… Continue reading That elusive flexible stitch