Archive for January, 2009

26
Jan

Brother 7057 Review

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You might be interested in this review of the Brother 7057. It was a good beginner’s model, fairly inexpensive, and could do some nice hems.

15
Jan

Some of the Best Sewing Machine Possible: A 1915 Singer in Action

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From ron989.

This sewing machine is almost 100 years old but look at it go! The stitching seems tight, I bet it it still has a good solid bobbin, and it runs well. Many people believe that Singer makes the best sewing machine possible, and it’s hard to argue they are quality built.

Ever since the first sewing machine was made in the 19th century the design has been improving but the fundamentals have stayed the same. Sure, you can get computer controlled models, and stronger actions, but at it’s heart the sewing machine is still the same. I find it interesting. If you were to compare the end result from this antique sewing machine to the result of the best sewing machine today, most people couldn’t tell the difference. That’s a testament to the strength of this craft, and also shows how when you’re buying new sewing machines you’re buying features to make the act of sewing easier on you!

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10
Jan

What’s the Best Sewing Machine to Sew Leather?

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Singer 20-U: One of the best sewing machine for leatherLeather can be interesting to work with - many patterns call for it, but if you’ve never used it before some problems can arise.

To determine the best sewing machine for this use, it depends on what kind of leather you’ll be using.

For thin or medium leather, the best sewing machine is probably what you have :) So long as you keep in mind the points below you should be okay. Modern machines are powerful for simple leather projects.

For thick or tough leather, things get a little more complicated. At this class of fabric it can be like sewing 4 or more layers of denim!

The best sewing machine will be one that can:

  • Take the heavy thread you’ll need. Many experts recommend against cotton thread, and prefer polyester thread.
  • Use the heaviest needle size possible. A 11, 14, or 16 would be good.
  • Make as wide a stitch as possible. 5 to 5-1/2 is a good idea. If your machine can’t go above 3-1/2, don’t use it - it might rip the leather.
  • Take a teflon or walker foot.

The most important consideration is using the best sewing machine needles for leather. Because leather will rip if the stitches are not wide enough apart you can get special needles. These are called knife edged needles made just for sewing leather, or a double needle.

For specific examples, many experts believe the best sewing machine for leather to be a Singer 20-U, Bernina 950, or an industrial class Pfaff or Brother. These are all good sewing machines for leather. If funds are tight, don’t overlook what you already have.

Happy Sewing - I’m sure it will turn out great!

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08
Jan

Sewing Machine Reviews Are Live

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We now have over 600 sewing machine reviews online now. Ranging from the newest sergers to older mechanical action Singers, there are just so many types of sewing machines!

Some of the best ones you might be interested in:
Babylock BL40 Creative PRO, the Europro 9106, Janome’s Jem Platinum 720 or Super Quilter DX, the Singer 301, or the Viking Huskylock 910.

There’s also the Brother XL 2600 or Brother SE-270D, and the Singer Ultralock 14SH654.

Some of these are classic machines, but all in all the reviews should give you a feel for what all is out there. I hope these will help you find the best sewing machine possible.

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07
Jan

Best Sewing Machine Review - The Brother 1034D Lay-In Thread Serger

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Best Sewing Machine Deal For SergersLooking for an affordable serger? The Brother 1034D is one of the best sewing machine bang for your buck!

If you’ve been interested in sergers before but haven’t bought one yet, you’ll see this competitive model is under priced. Some people get scared off thinking that 4 thread overlocking is more difficult, but surprisingly this machine can make it easier.

It can do 3 or 4 thread overlocking, or 3 thread at 3mm and 5mm widths, blind hemming, and flatlocking. The end result is that attractive hem edge on your fabric that regular sewing machines cannot do.

For day to day consideration changing the spools is easy to do - it uses a color coded and numbered system to prevent errors. Thread tensioning is easy to set and troubleshoot should something go amiss. It comes with a responsive foot pedal and  many users praise the machine’s smooth, fast action.

Some of the best sewing machine features can seem “hidden” off from use at first. Thankfully, experts praise the manual and included DVDs of instructional material. If you have never used a serger before I would recommend you go over them first.

Brother really understand their target buyer for this sewing machine. In fact, many people have been serging within a half hour of unpacking this machine despite having never tried before - that’s how precise the instructions are.

serger stitch typesA nice surprise is the 1034D also can use regular thread spools and needles. This means if you have an existing sewing machine you can just swap these between the two.

As far as fabric choice goes, whatever you’re working on now should work - upholstery, frills, edging, etc.

The bottom line: The Brother 1034D Lay-In Thread Serger is one of the best sewing machine deals around. You will get professional level results at mainstream prices, and have a blast doing it.

Order the Brother 1034D 3/4 Lay-In Thread Serger from Amazon

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04
Jan

Best Sewing Machine for Free-motion Quilting

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Free-motion quilting can be very taxing on your sewing machine. Sometimes the work is just too large to fit, or the sewing machine’s arm can’t quite make it through.

The Bernina Activa series has some good quilters in it, but they can be unwieldy at larger size work. Look at the Bernina Activa 145S or Bernina Activa 125. Bernina also makes the Artista 730E or 630 which have a stitch regulator for free motion use. They are complex machines, but will do the job.

The Singer 301 is also a good choice. It has lots of adjustments and a powerful action so it can sew through multiple layers at a time. It could be the

The Viking Sapphire 870Q has some good and bad. It was made for free motion quilting, but some people don’t like it for quality reasons. I’ve had mixed feelings about some of Viking’s machines, but some people swear by them. Try them out before buying.

There are a couple of other machines made just for quilting. Pfaff makes a Quilt Expression series that let you ratchet down the arm speed for free motion quilting.

All in all, the best sewing machine to do free-motion quilting would be a specific model built just for quilting. If you like the Bernina’s I would recommend them - many people have had great experiences with the brand, and the Activa series are very feature packed.

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