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| Posted by April Henry

Christian, the Sewing Machine Guy

Many of you met our son, Christian, when we were on our Singer Featherweight Maintenance Workshop Tour in the summer of 2016.  He charmed the sweet, lovely ladies and enjoyed being their personal Featherweight technician for each class.   Yesterday, while flipping through some old photos I found these pictures and I couldn't help but chuckle (as well as have a moment of heart swelling for that sweet little boy).  I remember how excited he was to "sew" using this child's Singer Sewhandy Model 20.  He was about 5-years-old and he wanted to make his Lone Ranger and Johnny West...

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| Posted by April Henry

My quilt from Great-Grandma Ruth

When I was a little girl, about 5-years-old, I took a trip with my parents to visit my Great-Grandma Ruth, who lived in a lovely little house on Queen Anne Hill in Seattle. It was a small craftsman style home, but very "English" in her style and nature. The front porch had a portable swing that I would enjoy sitting on - probably singing and swinging, fascinated that it was a "bench" and not a tire or schoolyard swing. She collected salt & pepper shakers, spoons as well as bells of all kinds. Great-Grandma Ruth was also an avid quilter...

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| Posted by Carmon Henry

The Giant Schmetz Needle Tutorial

Using a giant needle as an example in the video far below, you will learn the various parts of a needle, as well as the importance of having a smoothly finished eye. One of our favorite needles to recommend is a Microtex Schmetz.  They're sharp and they pierce exactly at the point of fabric entry, allowing you to be as accurate as possible with your piecing.  While the Universal needle is great for everyday sewing, the stitch is less than perfect on a high-thread-count, fine cotton.  It is neither sharp nor ball point and has a tendency to pierce the...

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| Posted by April Henry

How to Make a Buttonhole and Eyelet Hole (perfect for the Mini Dresden Spool Pin Plate Pattern)

Isn't it darling?!!  We are so excited to make this free pattern available to you! Click here to order the FREEDresden Spool Pin Plate PDF pattern Follow the link above to order and download the free Mini Dresden Spool Pin Plate Pattern.  Then come back here for the complete video tutorials (part 1 and part 2), using the Singer Buttonholer Attachment.  You will learn how to make an eyelet hole - perfect for making this darling Mini Dresden Spool Pin Plate.  (Same tutorial would apply if you only have the really small 5/16" buttonhole template.)  If you're familiar at all...

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| Posted by Carmon Henry

How Thread Affects Maintenance, Tension & Bobbin Tension

Hello everyone, Carmon here. There has been a lot of discussion about thread brands the last couple of days on our Singer Featherweight 221 & 222K Sewing Machines Facebook group so I thought I would weigh in. As a teacher of Featherweight Maintenance Classes and Workshops, and the owner of the The Featherweight Shop, it is a general assumption that I should be able to get your machine sewing properly, regardless of what thread you choose to use. This is a fair assumption. I was on the phone today with Dave and Sharon McCallum, who are dear friends of mine....

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| Posted by Carmon Henry

Chain, Chain - Snip, Snip

I am teaching my daughter to chain stitch piece, and she was fascinated that you could just “keep going” after stitching each small section without having to stop. So, when my close friend came over last week to do our weekly sewing and quilting day I caught her using her Thread Snips after chain stitch piecing several of the pieces for our Quilt-Along (the type of quilt along where your friend calls you up and says “let’s sew this quilt together”). There is something so satisfactory when you get to the end of the pile of pieces and they’re all...

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| Posted by April Henry

Best Sewing Machine for Young Child

A fellow Stitchery Friend of ours shared this picture of her granddaughter who had received her first Featherweight for Christmas.  If that isn’t the best smile of excitement over her new sewing machine, I don’t know what is!  I am certain this little girl will remember this day for the rest of her life…. and will hopefully have the special experience of passing her love of sewing (and Featherweights) to her granddaughter, too, someday.     That’s one of the things that makes these Featherweight Sewing Machines so ideal.  They are a great all-around portable sewing machine that will sew...

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| Posted by April Henry

Happy Valentine's Day "Cards"

  Last year my daughter and I worked together in making these little Valentine's cards for her class*. We are homeschooling now but the idea still lingers as we think of family and friends for this year.   The end product was a melding of two patterns. One was from Sew! Mama! Sew! and Moda Bakeshop. SweetPea would pick out the fabric and buttons to accommodate each person on her list depending on the relationship and then she and I came up with some generic phrases for her to copy using a fabric ink pen. I would finish with hand...

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| Posted by April Henry

Bias Cutting Tutorial

    This bias cutting technique has actually been around for quite some time. It wouldn't surprise me if it was something Mary Brooks Picken discovered all on her own when she assisted with the writing and publication of the old Singer Sewing Book. It's a simple trick, really, and makes use of small pieces for fabric conservation! Sometimes I have a little piece of fabric leftover from a project, but not enough to cut long strips for bias trim - and it would be tedious to sew several small strips together. Other times I want to conserve every last...

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| Posted by April Henry

How to Sew Flat Felled Seams

This tutorial was featured on the Oliver + S blog. A flat-felled seam is accomplished by sewing two lines of stitching at the seam while simultaneously enclosing the raw edges of the fabric. This seam finish not only prevents unraveling or fraying, but makes the seam very strong. It also gives the finished garment a clean finish on this inside. A flat-felled seam is commonly found on denim jeans and men's dress shirts as well as on reversible garments. I've even seen this feature instructed in vintage patterns for boy's and men's pajamas. It adds one more touch of professionalism...

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