Needle Threaders (part 2)

In Part 1 of our needle threader examination we talked about how needle threaders work, as well as some tips and tricks to help you use your needle threader more successfully. Today we are going to talk about a super common problem we didn’t cover in Part 1: the tiny wire hook at the epicenter…

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Sewing Machine Bones

Ever wondered what the inside of a sewing machine looks like and how all the parts work together to produce a successful stitch? This edition of The Sewing Machine Newsletter was inspired by the “Knee Bone Connects to the Thigh Bone” children’s song and aims to offer a basic explanation of how a sewing machine works. It is by…

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The Concept of MAP

The Concept of MAP Have you ever been researching sewing machines online and noticed that all dealerships have the machines priced the same? Have you ever wondered why this is? It is because of something called MAP. MAP stands for Minimum Advertised Price.   Many sewing machine manufacturers and distributors (Brother, Baby Lock, Bernina, etc.) designate a MAP to each…

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Supply Chain Issues During the Pandemic

Supply Chain Difficulties I am sure you all have heard about the widespread supply chain issues currently affecting the nation. The Sewing Machine Shop is no exception. This email will serve as a public service announcement to explain exactly what is going on from our position. The three biggest issues we currently face are back…

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Advice on Buying a New Sewing Machine (Fact or Fiction)

Working at The Sewing Machine Shop everyday, I keep my ear to the ground. I hear a lot of things, and lately I have noticed a handful of different ideas about sewing machines floating in the ether. Different people professing that same ideas. Some of these ideas are factual, some are fiction. Today I want…

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Advice on Buying a New Serger (Fact or Fiction)

“I am too old to learn a new sewing machine.” Fiction. Sewing machines have changed a lot over the years on the peripherals, but their core essence has stayed the same. The stitch is still made between the upper thread and bobbin. it still remains the case that the motor drives the belt, the belt…

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Sewing Thick Fabric on a Sewing Machine: Tips and Tricks

Sewists tend to think ahead and plan for the future. Although it is still August, we have recently been fielding a lot of questions from people who are eager to begin sewing gifts for the holidays. Winter weather means coats and blankets, which tend toward sewing on thicker fabrics. To successfully sew on thicker fabrics,…

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A Meditation On Quilting

The other day I was online looking at photographs from the most recent Met Gala. For those unfamiliar, the Met Gala is an annual fundraising event for the Metropolitan Museum of Arts Costume Institute in New York City. It has become known as an occasion where celebrities wear ostentatious outfits created by well known fashion…

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