So you don't have a sewing machine, but your favorite pair of jeans or shirt has a hem that is coming undone. You can use a liquid fabric glue, like Perky Bond, Stitch Witch or Steam A Seam, to quickly fix any hem.
Without Sewing Machine
This is an easy bag to make, and you don't even need a sewing machine to create it. Get a few yards of canvas, your favorite tribal or global fabrics, a decorative trim, an iron, a glue gun, a pair of scissors and Stitch Witchery.
This video shows you how to take a pair of leggings (PVC works best, but any tight fabric will do) and turn them into a pair of trendy triangle cutout leggings. You will also need some thin ribbon and a sharp pair of scissors.
This cute no sew pattern for a vest takes about an hour and a half to make. Choose a relatively heavy and durable fabric for this project, especially if you want to keep warm during the cold winter and fall season.
You can make a stylish and fun tutu without needing a sewing machine! All you need is several yards of tulle or a similar fabric. Perfect for ballet lessons, or wear it as a petticoat for your full, bouncy skirts.
Sewing by hand can actually go quite quickly if you don't have access to your sewing machine or if it's broken. Hand sewing can also be useful if you're working with especially delicate fabrics, attaching an applique or making a small repair.
Sewing is an expensive enough hobby without having to factor in repair costs, as well. You can save money (and have more cash to spend on fabric and notions!) by fixing your own machine at home. This video shows you how to clean and fix the bobbin case area, which can often ge ...more
If you have yourself a serger sewing machine, and you've already learned how to thread a Singer Finishing Touch serger sewing machine with differential feed, then you're eventually going to have to change the thread colors. This tutorial will show you how easy it is to rethrea ...more
This video represents a union between two spheres of crafting - sewing and cardmaking. You can create some decorative stitching on your handmade greeting cards by using your sewing machine. Here's how you can sew on paper without ruining the paper or cardstock.
Check out this DIY video tutorial from Curbly, the best place to share pictures of your home, find design ideas, and get expert home-improvement advice. A basket without a basket liner looks kinda naked, but sewing them can be a bit tricky, especially when you factor in those ...more
Check out this how-to video from wonderhowto.com to learn how to sew on bias tape all by machine but without the swearing! This bias tape sewing video was filmed all in one take--wow!
This is a great project to make a fun and feminine shirt. All you need is one piece of fabric cut in a circle, a few basic notions and a sewing machine. No pattern required, just make sure you have your measurements at hand!
Did you think sewing was complicated? Then don't even get us started on threading a sewing machine. Each sewing machine is slightly different in the way it's constructed, which makes threading a puzzle (read: pain in the butt). Check out this sewing and embroidery video to le ...more
Before you can mend or create garments with your sewing machine, you'll need to thread it. This video guide will walk you through each of the necessary steps, from winding a bobbin to threading the top of the machine itself. For more information, and to get started threading y ...more
Machine basting is a common technique used in many patterns for garment construction. It's easy, and can help your garment look more professional when finished. This video tutorial shows you how to machine baste a seam.
Save money by performing your own sewing machine maintenance! While there are differences between a Singer sewing machine, a Brother model or a Janome machine, there are many similarities. This video shows you how to maintain and clean the feed dog area on your sewing machine.
Many sewing machine repairs can be made at home, and most repairs can be completely avoided through routine sewing machine maintenance. This tutorial shows you how to carefully disassemble your machine to give it a round of maintenance. You will need a screwdriver - make sure ...more
Have a sewing machine and want to learn how to use it? If so, this ten-minute tutorial, which presents a general orientation to using an electric sewing machine, may be just what you need. For more information, and to get started using your own machine, watch this easy-to-foll ...more
Whether you have a Singer sewing machine, a Janome or a Brother, this video is good advice. If your sewing machine has been sitting in storage or has been unused for a long time, you'll need to do a little bit of maintenance before you start it up again.
Whether you use a Singer, Brother, Janome or other model of sewing machine, you'll still be able to use this tutorial. If you find that your stitches are too tight, too loose or bunching up on one side, the problem is likely with your thread tension. Here are a few ways to adj ...more
Quilt as you go is becoming one of the most popular quilting methods out there and this video will show you how to do the technique using only your sewing machine. This method allows you to create a quilt in no time flat. You'll need lots of fabric strips, squares or triangles ...more
The first part of this tutorial shows you the various parts of your sewing machine, which will be the same regardless of the model. Then, you're shown how to thread both the top and bobbin of the machine, and start stitching.
This video shows how to thread your bobbin on a side threading sewing machine. We start off by making sure that the needle is in the most upright position. The upper thread guide when moved to the most top of its travel, the needle is in the most upright position.Then you take ...more
Not sure what to do with your bobbin? Check out this video to learn some sewing tips
Ruth demonstrates how to wind a bobbin successfully every time you attempt. Place the spool of thread on the machine and wind the thread between the two disks on the spindle (found in all machines). It is better to wind the thread twice to avoid the thread come off the spindle ...more
In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to make a ballerina tutu. The materials required are: 4 yards of tulle, 3 yards of satin ribbon, scissors and a ruler. Cut the ribbon to waist size, with 40 more inches. Place knots on ribbon to mark the waist size. Cut the tulle into ...more
Thread cassettes on a sewing machine allow you to advance prepare desired threads. This how-to video provides a video guide for using a Brother sewing machine, how to read indicator lights, and how to set the machine up for sewing. Watch this video sewing tutorial and learn ho ...more
Sewing with a serger sewing machine can be quite difficult, if you're lucky enough to own one. Even threading the beastly sewing machine can be pretty tricky. But this two-part video tutorial should help you to properly thread one. This covers the threading of a Singer Differe ...more
Are you picking up sewing for the first time, or simply looking to brush up on your sewing machine skills? This video covers all the basics of how to sew with a sewing machine. It also covers what basic sewing supplies are needed, how to wind a bobbin, how to correctly place ...more
Using a sewing machine entails knowing how to the tension knob properly. This sewing how-to video demonstrates how to properly adjust the tension knob on a vintage Kenmore sewing machine. The tension knob is located near the front of the sewing machine. It has a dial numbered ...more
"Big Fancy Fruitbowl" is a threadpainting that needed some embellishment. Using the bar-tack on the sewing machine three decorative techniques are demonstrated. Part 1 of 2 - How to Embellish a thread painting on a sewing machine. Part 2 of 2 - How to Embellish a thread paint ...more
In this video, we learn how to thread a school sewing machine. First, apply the top thread to the bevin on the top of the sewing machine. You will thread this from the spool onto the side hook, then around the top and through the needle at the bottom. Next, thread the thread i ...more
Get a sewing machine for the holidays? Buying one for yourself? Like any machine, a sewing machine needs some basic maintenance to keep running properly. Make sure lint doesn't build up around the feed dogs, and oil the parts once a year to keep things running smoothly.
Want to learn how to use that sewing machine? This video will teach you the basics on how to use a sewing machine. This video is part of a series and shows the basics of sewing, reversing the machine, and the basic mechanisms of the sewing machine. She will also show you what ...more
The Brother LX-3125 is a basic compact, lightweight sewing machine great for home sewing projects. If you need some help threading this basic sewing machine, then this video will show you how it's done, and it will also show you how to wind the bobbin.
Crafts are easily completed once you learn how to quickly thread a sewing machine. You Will Need * A sewing machine * Thread * A needle * A bobbin Step 1 Put the presser foot into the upward position and place a spool of thread into the spool holder. Step 2 Insert the thread ...more
Using a sewing machine entails knowing how to fill a bobbin with thread properly. This sewing how to video will show you how to fill a bobbin on a vintage Kenmore sewing machine. Happy sewing!
If you already know how to sew a lapped zipper, than it's time to move onto the centered zipper, and that's exactly what you'll learn in this sewing tutorial. There's easy-to-follow directions for sewing lapped zippers using a basic sewing machine. If you don't have a sewing m ...more
Now that your bobbin is wound, get it inserted into the Singer sewing machine and it's ready to start sewing. Watch this video sewing tutorial and learn how to insert the bobbin into a Singer sewing machine.
This tutorial video from Threadbanger will show you how to use a Serger sewing machine. A Serger sewing machine is used to sew the adged of one or two pieces of cloth. After watching this video, your clothes should be looking better than ever. Get sewing!
When it comes to sewing, threading your needle is pretty easy and straightforward (well, unless you're slowly losing your vision). But threading your sewing machine is another skill alltogether. Before you start sewing that bunting or cute hat for your niece, you'll need to se ...more
This video shows us how to thread a sewing machine step by step. To thread a sewing machine: Place the presser foot in the upward position. Place a spool of thread on the spool holder. Traveling from the spool holder, across the top of the machine, look for a minimum of one th ...more
This video shows in great detail how to thread a sewing machine. If you learn to thread one sewing machine you can thread any machine. Learning to thread a machine is one of the most common problems.
This series shows how to make a miniature rug on the sewing machine with thread painting which mimics Russian needlepunch. Variegated threads give a lovely blended look similar to wool hooked rugs. The threads used are YLI cotton machine quilting threads. Part 1 of 2 - How to ...more
This video quilting tutorial explains how to choose the feet on the sewing machine to suit the purpose of the project at hand. Different quilts are going to require different sorts of seams, but the right rotation of feet will be able to multi-task effectively. Learn how to ch ...more
Even if you never took home ec, you can create simple projects by learning the basics of sewing machine use. You Will Need * A sewing machine * A sturdy table * Thread * Your machine’s instruction manual * A bobbin * Fabric * An adjustable chair or table (optional) Step 1: Pl ...more
In order to thread your sewing machine and wind a bobbin, you will need the following, a sewing machine an empty bobbin, thread, and a pedal control for your sewing machine. Choose a good quality thread. Place the thread in the holder on top of the machine. Place the cap on th ...more
In this sewing tutorial, you'll need a sewing machine to make a blind hem stitch. The sewing machine used is a Brother LX-1325 compact and lightweight model, but you can use a similar brand and model. To make a blind stitch, you'll need to fold the fabric the way you normally ...more
The machine used in this video demonstration is a 3343c, but the threading is exactly the same as on a vintage Singer and other modern models. Learn how to thread the needle on a mechanical Singer sewing machine by watching this video sewing tutorial.
This quick tutorial video will show you how to thread an industrial sewing machine. Follow these quick steps to thread an industrial sewing machine: Wind the bobbin thread and pace the bobbin in the bobbin case. Pull out 4" of thread and place the bobbin case in the hook. Now ...more
Use the right presser foot for the right job. If you are having trouble with easily changing presser feet, you need this video. You also need the slant shank adapter, as it makes changing presser feet even faster and easier than the screw on feet. Learn how to change the press ...more
Are your jeans to long? How about your khakis? Corduroys? No matter what kind of pants you have, if they're too long, you can easily shorten the length with a few snips, a few marks and a basic sewing machine. The Brother LX-3125 compact sewing machine is used in this video, b ...more
Sample different types of threads and sewing machine settings to learn the best combinations for varying sewing projects and effects.
Making a buttonhole is easy to sew using the buttonhole presser foot and the four step buttonhole function on a Singer sewing machine. This video sewing tutorial guides through the simple step by step process of making a professionally finished buttonhole. Watch and learn how.
Learn how to thread a Singer sewing machine. Most of the classic mechanical machines by Singer thread almost exactly the same way.
The ruffler foot on your sewing machine allows you to sew ruffles far more quickly and easily than having to do it by hand. This tutorial demonstrates how to set up your ruffler foot and then how to use it when sewing ruffles.
Gathering is a technique used in many sewing patterns for such areas as sleeves, ruffles, and waist bands. This video sewing tutorial teaches you the basics of gathering using a sewing machine.
You don't have to sew a bound buttonhole by hand, you can replicate this fashion technique using a sewing machine. Make sure you sew slowly and carefully to get the clean finished lines of a perfectly done bound button hole.
For all you whos resolution it was to start making your own clothes and DIY'in, this week were taking a look inside the mysteries of the sewing machine plus a look at our 2008 top DIY web picks.
You may or may not realize it, but there are certain seams that are used when making clothes. Each seam as their advantages for keeping things together, so it's important to know them when making your own clothes. In this handy tutorial, you'll find out how to make several se ...more