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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The Boneyard

The Boneyard I notice a lot of people seem to have concern regarding where their old machine goes when it has reached the end of the road. They don’t want it to rot away in a landfill somewhere, a sentiment we totally understand. I want to put your mind at ease and tell you about…

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The First Robots

When it comes to how modern society views and values technology, sewing machines are vastly underrated. Their impact cannot be understated: prior to the invention of the sewing machine, all clothing was sewn by hand. People used to toil hour after hour, inconsistent handstitch after inconsistent handstitch. These days, a basic sewing machine can sew…

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History of Janome

In Japanese, the word Janome (pronounced Ja-NO-me) means “eye of the snake.” The company earned the name in the 1920s when founder Yosaku Ose, a pioneer in Japanese sewing manufacturing, began to use a round metal bobbin system instead of the traditional oblong shuttle-type bobbin. The Japanese thought that the new round bobbin looked like…

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Baby Lock Lore

How did Baby Lock get its name? We all know Baby Lock as the maker of top-of-the-line sergers and embroidery machines. But the name itself– Baby Lock– such a strange name for sewing machine company, isn’t it? We’ve been asked countless times by our customers: “why is it called Baby Lock?” Well, there is a fantastic piece of lore…

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What type of Sewist are you?

We carry a wide variety of machines in our store, supplied by four of the top of the line companies: Bernina, Baby Lock, Juki, and Janome. An interesting question I have been thinking about lately: what makes someone a Bernina sewist? What about someone who tends to lean toward Baby Lock? What about Juki? What about…

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