Sewing Machine Guides and Help

This page aims to group together useful resources and guides which I hope will be of use to those with an interest in sewing and sewing machines.

A Comprehensive Guide to Overlockers

A Comprehensive Guide to Overlockers

By Alexandra F
There usually comes a point in a sewer's life when they decide they want to buy an overlocker. Perhaps it's because they are fed up with fraying seams, or maybe it's because they use a lot of stretch knits. Either way it can be a tricky decision, because overlockers look pretty menacing and have a reputation...Read More
A Guide to the Best Embroidery Machines

A Guide to the Best Embroidery Machines

By Alexandra F
Embroidery can be a great way to give your projects an additional creative touch. Whether it's adding a bit of flair to your favourite jacket, or customising anything from pillows to hand towels,┬áthe options for expressing your creativity are endless! Unfortunately figuring out which machine to buy ...Read More
Everything You Need to Know About Sewing Machine Needles

Everything You Need to Know About Sewing Machine Needles

By Alexandra F
Choosing the right sewing machine needle is an often overlooked part of any new sewing project. This is not how it should be! When you think about it, the needle is not only the part of your sewing machine doing the most work, but it is also the most vulnerable. By understanding how to pick the...Read More
The 4 Best Sewing Machines for Leather

The 4 Best Sewing Machines for Leather

By Alexandra F
Leather is a fascinating and versatile material which every sewist should know how to handle. Whether you are making a leather bag, a purse, a jacket or a belt, or even working on a larger upholstery piece, using leather will add a real touch of class to your project. And best of all it is always in...Read More
The 5 Best Sewing Machines for Beginners

The 5 Best Sewing Machines for Beginners

By Alexandra F
With so many different sewing machine models out there and so many different features, buying a sewing machine which suits your needs can often be a daunting task. I hope that this page will help guide you through the process. This guide is for beginner sewing machines, which will normally be priced...Read More
The 5 Best Sewing Machines for Kids

The 5 Best Sewing Machines for Kids

By Alexandra F
I first learned to sew aged 11 on my gran's old Singer treadle sewing machine. I have such fond memories of those times, which are cloaked in a sort of magical aura whenever I think back to them. I remember being fascinated that a whole world of creativity had opened up before me, and spent many hours...Read More
The 5 Best Sewing Machines for Quilting

The 5 Best Sewing Machines for Quilting

By Alexandra F
Quilting is the process of sewing three layers of fabric together to form a thicker padded material, which is generally nice and warm. The three layers of a quilt are the top layer, the wadding (also called batting) and the backing. Quilting is a very creative process. There are so many different...Read More
The Best Heavy Duty Household Sewing Machines for Upholstery

The Best Heavy Duty Household Sewing Machines for Upholstery

By Alexandra F
Are you thinking about giving some upholstery projects a go? Whether it's a new set of curtains, freshening up a worn piece of furniture, or restoring something which was destined for landfill, upholstery projects can be a lot of fun. And not only that, they can save you a lot of money too! But most...Read More
Which is the Best Sewing Machine Brand?

Which is the Best Sewing Machine Brand?

By Alexandra F
So, you want to know which sewing machine brand is the best? This is a question I am often asked, and one which can spark fierce debate amongst sewing machine enthusiasts. It is a very subjective question, and so when it comes to deciding which brand is best, in reality you have to consider that each...Read More