Friday, June 26, 2015

WTF Friday - apparently, I'm doing it wrong

I've been sewing a lot lately, which has included a few shopping trips for re-supply. There has been paying sewing work in the last little while too.

With that I went to buy some new thread at one of my favourite sewing shops in town. I've always liked buying my thread there because they carry a great selection of colours and shades of high quality, high volume thread. Strangely, I have no idea the brand name.

Anyway, I wandered into the store and one of the sales ladies quite helpfully offered assistance. I mentioned I was just in for a new colour of thread and went straight to the large spools.
"That's Serger thread" She told me.
Of course it is, I picked up 4 spools because it is for an overlock sewing project. However, it's never occurred to me before that there is a difference. I use large spools of thread for almost all of my sewing, in all of my sewing machines. Black and white especially make sense to have in large volume.

I only buy small amounts of thread for single projects. If I have a particular shade or print of fabric I will pick up a coordinating small spool of thread and then if I have seams to overlock I will use that thread at my needle(s) and a neutral for my loopers.

My next question was about heavier cotton threads that I want to experiment with in my standard sewing machine. She steered me away from them telling me they will mess with my tensions. I always thought I was supposed "mess" with my tensions to match my thread and fabric choices. I dunno, I guess I've been doing it wrong.

Do you sew? Can you think of a reason not to use your large spools of "serger" thread in your standard machine?

Friday, June 19, 2015

WTF Friday - my scissors, (GASP)

If you know anyone who sews, you have probably had a surprising response from them when you picked up a pair of scissors in their house.
"NOT THOSE SCISSORS! Those are my sewing scissors!"

If I were more organized I would most likely keep my sewing scissors in a drawer, but I am always working on a project here or there so my fancy scissors are always out. This means my friends are very careful to ask if they can use any scissors they find before they cut for crafting or opening packaging. I have definitely yelled at a few folk just before they've made a cut in something I didn't approve.

At the moment, my sewing scissors are not fancy at all. They are an old bargain pair, because my Fiskars have just fallen apart.

My WTF moment was my complete shock when my scissors fell apart. I was only cutting quilting cotton at the time. If I had been attempting to cut denim it would have been understandable. I should mention, these scissors have been in heavy use since 2013. I sew canvas and fleece and sometimes even fun fur. These scissors have worked hard, but to give up on quilting cotton, I'm not sure I respect them as much as I used to.

Fiskars have a great lifetime guarantee so if I'm patient, I will get a new pair. I may also upgrade and have my replacement Fiskars for back-up. There has been a lot of sewing going on at my house these days. I could use a treat.

Friday, June 5, 2015

WTF Friday - Another sewing machine to lust after

Recently, a friend asked me about darning denim, trying to save from sending his spendy designer jeans off to another part of the country for specialty services. I haven't had a chance to practice with my darning foot yet to see if my quilting machine is up to the challenge. However, thanks to RAWR denim I am currently lusting after a vintage machine, according to the internet I'm not the only one.

design and style, vintage baby

I did find this excellent tutorial about hand darning denim, it all seems so interesting I think I'm gonna try it. Currently when folks bring me blown out jeans, I sew a reinforcement patch in behind the tear. It tends to show a little, but since these are usually crotch seams I kinda hope no one is looking too close.

I already own 6 sewing machines while living in a one bedroom apartment, so I think I will just have to continue to lust after the vintage Singer and let other folks own it. I am gonna try my machine with some fancy threads though. I think a $15 investment in heavy cotton is coming up.