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Friday, September 01, 2006

Review: Sewing Machine sites

Not one I made earlier.

Sewing machines come in all shapes sizes and specifications.Some can practically sing and dance whilst others like my babe above was once the fairest of them all , but no more.But she help me churn out great togs with a bit of TLC

Seriously how often do you visit the sewing machine official sites? Except for updates, search for manuals or when something has gone horribly wrong with the SM.
I am not endorsing any brands or websites but I have found over the last few years jewels hidden amongst the many adverts latest gizmos updates , even recalls.
The bag above is made( not by me) with a general middle of the road machine with no embroidery modules.The bag download as an example includes templates for pattern and clear instructions possible on most non specialist sewing machines.

Lets dig beyond the front page
Viking Husqvarna
Sewing Room:Great animated lessons for beginner , also refresher for veterans
Sewing Projects:Great projects for clothes , bags ( such as the one above) home dec items , toys .Alot of the projects although for VH can be used by other makes
Monthly Free Projects: Instructions and downloads for different projects themed with a free machine embroidery design.Great nifty ideas.Recently made a needle case for keeping hand sewing needles.
Accessories Catalogue and Search: lists them with pictures. Demo videos and help brochures to view and download
Other language sites apart from English also available

Bernina Global Site
Bernina USA
Need to register to download designs , free registration.Access to all areas including forums
Sewing Studio: Portal to other sites
Basic Training: Primer on sewing with threads, basic stitches ,essential sewing guide
Claire Shaeffer Feet Project: Great find , the series has twelve lessons so far.Using the speciality feet Claire Shaeffer has written projects for sewing clothes ( including Vogue patterns)mainly.Excellent set of topics with tips and ideas on using speciality feet.The series is worth downloading as the contents will be useful for machine other than Bernina.( i dont own a bernina but great for some of my speciality sewing machine feet)
Embroidery Downloads
Online Classes: Topics on sewing quilting embroidery. There is an excellent class on bindings and a great primer on Sergers/Overlockers and how to manage and troubleshoot tension problems.

Hope you will find info to help get more out the sewing machines.
More later.......