Saturday, October 15, 2011

What's In Our Studio? An Intro to Sewing Machines

      SWFDS is home to many varieties of sewing machines so you will always have the tools needed to complete your sewing projects! In this blog post, we'll be introducing you to all our machines, what type they are, what kind of projects to use them for, and what they look like!

Domestic:  (3 Brother, 3 Janome in studio)
These are great for the beginner sewer and are very easy to use. Domestic machines are also the most portable out of any sewing machine. They can be used to sew any project and almost all models will offer different types of stitches like zigzag, buttonhole, and other designs. We have 6 machines in total in studio, with 3 different models so come in to learn how to use each one!

Our two Janome models and the Brother

Stitches from the Brother machine, similar functions on the Janomes

Industrial: (Juki, Mason in studio)
Industrial sewing machines are very similar to domestic ones, except that they are larger, much faster, and more powerful. Recommended for intermediate and advanced sewers as the machines do run very fast. They are actually used in the fashion industry to produce and manufacture clothing. They can be used to sew any project and are great for thicker fabrics like leather or sewing through many layers. There is a Juki and a Mason in studio and we love using these for tougher projects.

Mason and Juki

Serger: (Janome)
Also known as overlock, these machines work to finish off a raw edge and prevent further shredding of fabric. They are very easy to use and a personal favourite to work with! The serger also features a cutting blade that snips off excess fabric then serges the edge. When serging two pieces of fabric at the same time, it sews them together as well. This makes it possible to sew an entire project with just the serger! (The sweater from our DIY tutorial here was made entirely with a serger!)

Janome Serger

Stiches made from a serger! Closes any raw edge

Coverstitch: (Janome)
The newest addition to our studio! It works best on knit fabrics like t-shirts and tank tops. It closes off a raw edge similarly to the serger but those stitches will only show on the bad side of the fabric while the clean stitches stay on the good side. However, the machine must sew continuously on fabric, so be prepared with scrap fabric to end with before sewing another project.

Janome Coverstitch
Various stitches
Stitches made from a coverstitch! Back and front sides.

Hope you enjoyed this short post introducing the machines we have in studio!
Drop by and visit us at 10 - 319 W Pender to learn how to use one of these!

FashionDIY Artist signing out~

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