May this letter bring a smile to your week
|May your stitches be many, your seams be straight, and your laughter - ENDLESS!
We are still here! Ontario is still currently in the grey zone, so we continue to serve you as best we can during our reduced availability.
Curbside pickup - place an order on our website, or call or email in your order. When your order is finished, we will notify you it is ready to ship, or to be picked up.
Shipping - YES! We can ship you your order.
*Current promotional offer - valid until MAY 31* Any orders over $150, we ship for FREE.
*please note, $150 is before tax, and after discounts.*
Machine Repairs - We are still repairing machines. Please contact us to arrange a time to drop off your machine for an assessment. At that time we can advise of current turnaround time.
If you have any questions regarding shopping or assistance with your machine, please reach out to us and we will reply as promptly as possible!
"I wanted to try a free project from the Great British Sewing Bee, the Drapey Knit dress. You can find the link to the free pattern here: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/531987774710667485/
I rushed home to pre-wash my fabric, print my pattern pieces, tape them together, and cut out a paper pattern. Then I excitedly cut out the fabric, transferred the markings, and steeled myself for the difficult task of sewing with a knit fabric. With my breath held, I wound a bobbin. It acted exactly as you would expect the thread to act. I had a lovely, evenly wound bobbin. Bobbin inserted and machine threaded, I tested my stitch on a scrap of fabric. Straight stitch – no problem. But I wanted a bit more stretch (bread making is another of my hobbies, and I NEED a stretchy dress). Next, I tested a narrow and short zigzag. Perfect! I had my construction stitch.
After a couple of hours of head-scratching, pinning fabrics carefully in place, and sewing them together, I had a nearly finished dress! Topstitching and understitching required that I switch to straight stitch – I still had great results. Now I wanted a professional finish for the sleeves and hem. Should I dare? Yes, I went for my stretch double needle. To create a second source of thread from only 1 spool, I wound a bit of thread on another bobbin and set it up on my vertical spool pin. A cup of tea for fortification and I threaded the machine for twin needle sewing. To avoid disappointment, I ran a few tests. A little longer stitch length looked even better on my tests. The bobbin thread zig-zagged nicely on the back to catch both bobbin threads, and I had a beautiful line of double stitching on the top. Heaven!
I tried the dress on and it IS comfortable. The bottom hem is designed to come close to the body, and the thread holds up to the strain put on the hem during walking and sitting. Thank you for the great recommendation.
The great news is that I also picked up a spool in black. I can’t wait to use it on leggings, undergarments, tank tops, and a t-shirt pattern cut and ready to sew. With this thread, I feel even more confident sewing with knit fabrics. Thanks for the tip! I hope others will give it a try.
We are so excited to share this new column with you! Many of us right now are making an extra effort to support small business, so we have made this column specifically to feature local small businesses that we have had the pleasure to connect with.
We hope that you enjoy seeing their amazing creativity, and help spread the love and support around!
Ready TO RIDE?! - With J.E.T Stitching
Our First feature goes out to J.E.T Stitching. They use the Brother 6 needle embroidery machine to run their custom embroidery business. J.E.T. Stitching offers a variety of different items like hats and clothing, and home dec items such as pillows towels and more, in a homey, country classy Canadian vibe.
Check out their latest product for equestrians - Helmet hair don't care! Snap-back ball cap, and embroidered Fly Bonnet.
L and R are on the back of the ears on the fly bonnet, which is amazing for kids just learning left and right, or for the dyslexic rider! Keeps you "on course" at shows so you never mix up a turn again!
To see more amazing work by J.E.T. Stitching, see their Instagram and Facebook @j.e.t.stitching, or contact directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Ask the Expert!|
This time on Ask The Expert, we have a question for Jaret our technical Expert. Jenny Asked:
"I hope you can help! I have recently tried using metallic thread, and it just keeps snapping! No matter what I do, it doesn't work. I have tried changing the needle, sewing slowly, changing the tension, and I'm ready to give up. Surely there is a way to make it work, what should I do?"
"Hello Jenny, youre not alone! working with metallic thread is a little tricky. The first thing to check is to be sure that you have the thread on the right type of spool pin.
The reason this is, is because metalic thread is not like regular thread that is round. Metallic thread tends to be more flat, like a tiny ribbon. Regardless, it is indeed made of metal fibres wrapped around a fibre core (Cotton or Silk or whatever the manufacaturer has chosen to use).
If your spool of thread is on a spool pin that is causing the thread to twist as it is is coming off the spool, it will cause snapping and all sorts of ugly things because of the friction. Think of aluminum foil being twisted rapidly like wringing out a towel.
So how do you know which spool pin you need? The thread needs to come off the spool at a 90 degree angle to the spool. Generally, if the regular spool pin on your machine is horizontal, you will want to use a vertical spool pin. This means if you usually use the horizontal spool pin, switch to the auxilliary vertical spool pin and you should be good to go.
Most machines with vertical spool pins will be fine, with the exception of the few with an telexcopic spool stand. In this case, you would just skip threading the guide at the top of the telescopic spool stand.
Once you know this, the next thing to do is make sure you have a metallic needle. The eye of the needle is elongated to accomodate the shape of the thread, which helps prevent shredding and breaking.
Lastly, reducing your sewing speed to half will greatly improve stitch quality, and eliminate the friction causing thread breakage.
If you still have any questions about the above, dont hesitate to let us know!"
Do you have a questions for one of our experts? Send them to email@example.com
There are no stupid questions, we are all here on a learning journey together!
|Name That Tool?|
Is there really a magic everything tool to take away your sewing sorrows? Almost, and the name is Wonder Tape! This is a wash away double sided tape, for all your sewing needs.
Until we have an opportunity to see you again! Stay healthy, stay safe!
Sew On and Sew Forth!
Jaret and The Seam Team
That Sewing Place
10-16610 Bayview Avenue
Newmarket, ON L3X 1X3