Brother Sewing Machines Earn ‘Best Buy’ From Consumers Digest

| February 19, 2010

Brother International Corporation recently earned two “Best Buy” awards in the sewing machine category from Consumers Digest magazine.  Their limited edition Project Runway model, available only at WalMart for under $140, was rated a “Best Buy” in the economy category of computerized sewing machines.  Brother also received the “Best Buy” rating in the premium category of embroidery and […]

Enter to Win a Janome Sewing or Embroidery Machine

| February 18, 2010

To celebrate their brand new series of do it yourself videos, DIY Dish and Janome have teamed up for a great giveaway.  All you have to do to enter is sign up for their free newsletter or post a comment on this DIY Dish page and you could win one of two terrific prizes – […]

How to Make a Scroll Saw from a Sewing Machine

| January 14, 2010

Lots of people are re-using and re-purposing items these days, and when I saw this sewing machine that had been turned into a scroll saw I just had to share it with our readers.  Older sewing machines are typically very well made, however lots of them tend to get thrown out by people who just […]

Extreme Sewing to Win a Janome Sewing Machine

| December 15, 2009

The U-handbag blog is hosting an exciting Extreme Sewing Holiday Giveaway with some terrific prizes!  All you have to do to enter is submit a picture of yourself doing some extreme sewing, which simply means grab your sewing machine and take it somewhere that you normally wouldn’t sew, like this hilarious lady who is sewing […]

How To Bring Bobbin Thread Up

| October 29, 2009

How do you bring the bobbin thread up from the bobbin area after changing a bobbin?  Did you know there is an actual “correct” procedure for bringing the bobbin thread up from the bobbin? The correct way of bringing the bobbin thread up after changing the bobbin is as follows: A.  While holding the top […]

How Close is Your Nearest Fabric Shop?

| October 19, 2009

Our town used to have five fabric shops, and now we only have Joann’s and a sewing/craft/pharmacy/snacks (jack of all trades) store that has been around forever (actually is just now celebrating their 50th anniversary). Many of our readers don’t have the option of even one fabric store in their town, and we’ve been told […]

How To Keep Your Sewing Machine “Humming”

| September 28, 2009

We all know what a “humming” sewing machine is — one that starts up each and every time we sit down to do some sewing.  In other words, it is a sewing machine that stays IN our sewing room and OUT of the repair shop! Our best selling book “Sewing Machine Repair For The Home […]

The Sewing Machine Project Makes A Difference

| August 27, 2009

In early 2005 Margaret Jankowski read an article about a woman who had lost her sewing machine in the devastating tsunami that had recently hit Southeast Asia.  The woman had saved for years to buy that sewing machine and had also lost her sole means of earning an income when she lost her machine.  Margaret […]

Elias Howe – Inventor of the Lock-Stitch Sewing Machine

| April 28, 2009

Elias Howe grew up in poverty in Spencer, Massachusetts on his parents’ farm.  Born in 1819, he was sickly as a child and had difficulty performing chores around the farm, but he did them anyway. He later got rich from his invention and patent of the lock-stitch sewing machine, considered one of the great breakthroughs […]

The Best Sewing Machines As Rated By Consumer Reports

| February 6, 2009

The March issue of Consumer Reports says that while no sewing machine does it all, they have identified seven standout sewing machines.  Consumer Reports says that “sewing machines” is one of the most frequently searched terms on its website as the hobby grows in response to such primetime television shows as “Trading Spaces” and “Project Runway”.  […]