Sunday, August 30, 2015

Bags, bags, bags and more bags!

Great job everyone on finishing up your project drawstring bags!  Now you have something to hold all those projects we will be working on during the year!  I hope you got a chance to show them off to your friends and family!  We spent a lot of time in the lab this week and I think everyone is very comfortable with their machine, that's great!  So comfortable, in fact, that we even had a new super hero show up!  Meet Fashion Girl!  Great job taking all of your newly learned skills and creating something new!


Thinking about getting a sewing machine all your own?  Here are a couple of things to look for when purchasing a new machine for a novice seamstress.

  • make sure it is a regular adult size sewing machine.  You will not want a child's learn to sew type of machine, anything in the $50 and below range is considered a child's learn to sew. 
  • Plan to spend about $75-$125.  A machine in that price range will easily last you 5-7 years and do everything you will most likely need to do.
  • Your machine should be able to do buttonholes and come with a zipper foot.  As long as you are looking an adult sewing machine those two are taken care of!
  • Make sure it uses universal bobbins.  Otherwise they can be quite expensive!  As long as you stay with a Brother or a Singer you will be able to purchase any extra supplies needed for your machine at Walmart, Joannes, or Hobby Lobby for a reasonable price.  Any other names and you may have to purchase items for the specialty sewing stores.
  • In this price range your bobbin will either be top loading or bottom loading,  you may have to spend a couple dollars more to get the top loading like we have in class.
  • If you like to shop at garage sales or Goodwill, you can usually find some nice sewing machines for a great price. One drawback is that they don't always have the owners manuals to go with them.  No problem, that's what Google is for!  They may also need a cleaning.  No problem again!  Bring it in to class and I'll show you how to clean it yourself!
  • Below I've attached some links to sewing machines on Amazon.com.  All of these machines would be a great place for you to start!  If you have any questions, let me know!
http://www.amazon.com/Brother-Everyday-stitches-including-Buttonhole/dp/B000EOX28E/ref=sr_1_3?s=arts-crafts&ie=UTF8&qid=1440971740&sr=1-3&keywords=sewing+machine

For $2 more, this one will seem similar to the machines we use in class.  http://www.amazon.com/Brother-XL2600I-Affordable-25-Stitch-Free-Arm/dp/B000F7DPEQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=arts-crafts&ie=UTF8&qid=1440971740&sr=1-1&keywords=sewing+machine

Bobbin is a little different than the ones we have in class, but still a great beginning machine!  http://www.amazon.com/2259-Tradition-Free-Arm-19-Stitch-Machine/dp/B0051HJ6JS/ref=sr_1_11?s=arts-crafts&ie=UTF8&qid=1440971740&sr=1-11&keywords=sewing+machine
Thanks for a great week! I hope you're enjoying learning to sew as much as I'm enjoying teaching you!
Mrs. Leighty

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