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Finding The Perfect Tension

Finding The Perfect Tension

Tension Whether you are sewing, quilting, or embroidering one of the most important things to consider is your machine's tension. Every sewing machine will have an upper and lower tension. While the machine comes from the factory with its tensions set at standard you may need to change them depending on what type of thread, fabric, or stitch you are using. Upper Tension Most upper tension units are simply two disks pushing together to createtension as the thread travels through the machine. So when should you change your upper tension? When your upper thread tension is too low: If your...
by Justin Alexander on September 22, 2021
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A Beginner's Guide to Quilt Dimensions and Block Size

A Beginner's Guide to Quilt Dimensions and Block Size

Quilt Blocks Reference Chart "This chart is a helpful guide to reference when planning a quilt and you will be using your own design and blocks. The numbers in the chart represent listed averages and include a pillow tuck and long drop on the sides and bottom. If you do not want a pillow tuck on your quilt, subtract ten to twelve inches from the length." - Superior Threads     Twin Size Quilt (Mattress size 39" x 75") Block Size Block Across & Down Total Size No Border 12" 63 (7x9) 84" x 108" 15" 42 (6x7) 90" x...
by Nicholas Myers on July 28, 2021
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A Beginner's Guide to Sewing Machine Tension

A Beginner's Guide to Sewing Machine Tension

SEWING MACHINE TENSION How does tension affect the outcome of a stitch? "Sewing machines are factory preset to have the top and bottom thread form even stitches when sewing with a 50 or 60 wt. thread. If the top and bottom threads are identical in fiber and weight, adjustments may not be necessary. However, if we use cotton thread on top and polyester thread underneath, or metallic thread on top and polyester thread underneath, or a heavy thread on top and a fine thread underneath, it is necessary to adjust the tension settings. It is perfectly OK to use different...
by Nicholas Myers on July 21, 2021
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A Beginner's Guide to Sewing Machine Needles

A Beginner's Guide to Sewing Machine Needles

   NEEDLE BASICS "Domestic sewing machines today basically use the one needle system (705/130H, HAX1, 15X1) but they are available in a large variety of sizes and point styles. Selecting the right needle and thread for the fabric you plan to sew is one of the most fundamental steps to achieving a successful stitching result.Machine Needles come in sizes ranging from sizes Metric Size 60 to 120 (Imperial Sizes 8 to 20). This size essentially represents the thickness of the needle. The lower the number, the finer the needle. Thread, however, is the opposite, the finer the thread, the higher...
by Nicholas Myers on July 14, 2021
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A Beginner's Guide to Vacuums

A Beginner's Guide to Vacuums

Vacuums are a crucial part of any home. They help keep your floors and furniture clean, and they can also be used to clean up messes in other areas of the house. Plus, vacuums are just plain fun to use! But there are so many different types of vacuums out there that it can be hard to make a decision about which one is right for you. To help you out, we've compiled a guide that can make choosing the right vacuum super easy!     Vacuum Regularly Vacuum at least once a week. This will help to remove dust and...
by Nicholas Myers on June 30, 2021
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A Beginner's Guide to Quilting

A Beginner's Guide to Quilting

Quilting is a form of needlework and textile art in which two or more layers of fabric are stitched together, typically with threads that form a pattern or picture. The word quilt derives from the Latin cudere, meaning "to beat" or "to hammer". What is Quilting? Quilting is a textile art form that involves sewing together layers of fabric to create a three-dimensional object. The word quilt is derived from the Latin "culla" meaning "a cushion". Quilting can be done by hand or machine. To see a list of all of the wonderful quilting machines we carry, click here.   How...
by Nicholas Myers on June 28, 2021
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