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Why we just love sewing machine presser feet

They make sewing MUCH easier – and even more fun!

We’ve waxed lyrical about sewing machine presser feet on a number of occasions – and we think they’re the most underrated and overlooked addon in sewing land!

Described as “a life savior of the sewist” on the Sew Guide website, the good old presser foot is the subject of an interesting introduction to this Aladdin’s Cave of goodies.

“Presser feet add different functionalities to your sewing machine, so that it can accomplish much more than mere straight stitching.”

Presser Foot (A detailed 33 Sewing Machine Feet Guide) »

Some of our favourite Jaguar presser feet

As an example of how and when to use presser feet, we’ve popped together a short list of five which shows just how useful they can be. The final three, for example, will be of great interest if you’re into quilting.

  1. Buttonhole Foot: The Sliding Buttonhole Foot is a plastic foot suitable for most makes of machines. By placing your button on top of the foot the machine will sew a perfect buttonhole for you exactly the correct size!
  2. Twin Zipper Foot: No matter the zipper application – lapped, centered or exposed, this foot will not ride on top of the zipper coil. It’s so versatile because you can attach the foot either to the left or right side of the needle.
  3. 1/4 Inch Quilting Foot: Best for quilt and patchwork piecing with 1/4” or 1/8’’ seam allowance. Its back and small needle opening are designed to give the right pressure on fabrics.
  4. 1/4 Inch Quilting Piecing Foot.
  5. 1/4 Inch Quilting Piecing Foot With Guide.

See all Jaguar sewing machine feet »

And just in case you’d like a wonderful new Jaguar sewing machine to go with it…

Some wonderful quilting tips!

It’s “a really fun way to get creative”

We love quilting here at Jaguar Sewing Machine Central, so we’re always on the look out for some useful quilting tips, tricks and techniques to share with our colleagues and sewing groups.

(Get in touch if you’d like us to cover a specific topic in a forthcoming article by the way…)

Quilting is not just about enabling you get warmer in bed – it goes way beyond that. It gives you a great chance to express yourself, reinvigorate the interior decor of your bedroom, it’s fun and inexpensive.

What’s not to love?

Free quilt patterns? – yes please!

So imagine our excitement when we came across a brand new series of how-tos on the excellent Prima website.

 has put together a marvellous array of free quilt patterns, examples and even a tutorial video here and there.

The article even begins with a feature called how to make a patchwork quilt, which starts the ball rolling nicely if you’re new to this.

Quilt how-to’s include:-

  • Star-print quilt
  • Rose quilt with fabric squares
  • Vintage floral quilt
  • …and our favourite Layer cake coin quilt.

7 free and pretty quilt patterns »

 


Check out the wonderful Jaguar sewing machine range…

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The unique DQS (Digital Quick-threading System) has now been introduced to the UK. All current models come with a three year parts and labour guarantee and the 100% satisfaction guarantee.

JAGUAR OVERLOCKER MACHINES »

Exclusive to Jaguar overlocker sewing machines – the unique cutting system opens up 180 degrees giving easy access to the looper thread guides.

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Everything you’ll need for you Jaguar overlocker and sewing machines. The range includes foot control units, sewing feet, overlocker feet and overlocker spares.

Exactly why did the Jaguar DQS403SE sewing machine catch our eye?

Perfect for patchworking and quilting!

This time we’re spilling the beans on why we love the Jaguar DQS 403QSE sewing machine – and it’s giving us a problem.

There are so many features that we like, we couldn’t restrict the list to “our top 10 features”, because there are way more than that! Somehow “27 reasons we love it” just doesn’t sound as catchy. So we’ll go for the edited highlights kind of approach…

Thinking of patchworking and quilting? Then read on…

This wonderful machine contains all of the essential features that will allow you to use straight-line quilting or even free motion stippling to create incredible effects on your projects – producing excellent results with a high quality finish.

Who’s it suited for? After much deliberation, we came up with quite a fitting description:-

The easy access control buttons on the front of the Jaguar DQS 403QSE allow you to select your stitches and the arrows allow you to vary stitch length and stitch width – on the whole, a great sewing machine for crafts, dressmaking, soft furnishings and alterations around the home.

Edited highlights

  • Maximum sewing speed of 700 stitches-per-minute.
  • Needle bar automatically disengages when winding the bobbin, making bobbin winding safer.
  • The internal skeleton of the sewing machine has a rigid support that holds all the mechanisms in perfect alignment for perfect, skip-free sewing.
  • Easily change presser feet without the use of a screwdriver.
  • Push the conveniently located Automatic Reverse Button to sew in reverse and reinforce the stitch.
  • 60 built in stitches.
  • Fully automated 4 styles of one step buttonholes.
  • Start/stop button, machine can be used with or with out foot control.
  • Tie-off decorative stitches with just a push of a button; with 4 tiny tacking stitches the start and end of the pattern is reinforced, ensuring quality stitching and prevents unravelling.
  • The extra-high presser foot lifter offers more clearance, which is needed when placing multiple layers of bulky fabric under the presser foot.
  • This machine provides professional results and easy access to cuffs, collars, trouser bottoms and other difficult-to-reach areas.

There are many more features that you’ll want to have a go with.

Check out the DQS403SE sewing machine for yourself! »

Jaguar DQS 403QSE sewing machine

 


THE JAGUAR SEWING RANGE – FOR EVERYTHING FROM CRAFTS TO SOFT FURNISHINGS!

JAGUAR SEWING MACHINES »

The unique DQS (Digital Quick-threading System) has now been introduced to the UK. All current models come with a three year parts and labour guarantee and the 100% satisfaction guarantee.

JAGUAR OVERLOCKER MACHINES »

Exclusive to Jaguar overlocker sewing machines – the unique cutting system opens up 180 degrees giving easy access to the looper thread guides.

JAGUAR SEWING MACHINE ACCESSORIES »

Everything you’ll need for you Jaguar overlocker and sewing machines. The range includes foot control units, sewing feet, overlocker feet and overlocker spares.

Enjoying making your workout wear doesn’t force you to go to the gym!

Loving sewing is a great way to start exercising – or not…

New Year – lots of new resolutions. This is the time of year when many people are already conveniently forgetting those heartfelt intentions to get fit. Live well. Go to the gym. Cut down on the booze…

Many of us have actually taken out a new gym membership – and some may have actually started exercising there. And a few more than once or twice!

It’s not easy to get out of bed early to go for a morning session while the weather is dark, cold and dreary – or in the evenings, just when that latest amazing series is about to break on Netflix. And that sofa is just SO inviting…

Do something you definitely love – sewing!

This is a really great tip. We all love sewing. That’s why we’re here – and we suspect why you’re reading this. So why not start the process in a fun way that will work?

Sew your own workout and gym wear!

Those wonderful people at Sewing Daily are of the same opinion. Like us, they realise that you’re much likely to start exercising if you’re wearing something eye catching that you’ve produced yourself. So much so, they launched a recent interactive workshop about this, which is currently halfway through.

The most important aspect of this all is the sewing, they state.

“Even if you have no intention of wearing your me-made athletic wear anywhere but on the couch, it’s a great way to expand your sewing skills and work your way a little closer to a fully handmade wardrobe—two other great resolutions for the new year!”

The Fabric.com website has an excellent how-to called Tips for Sewing Athletic Wear.

This piece shows a markedly different approach – it’s written by an athlete who admitted that “the last thing on my mind is fiddling with what I’m wearing”.

But, they state, “It MUST be comfortable, supportive, and functional first and foremost. Bonus points are given for style and design.”

Keep in mind the zigzag stitch, says the tutorial.

“This is used on seams that need stretch so the threads won’t break when stretched. It can also be used along the hems as well”.

So there you have it. We’re all off to start sewing our own leisurewear. Thats’s the really fun part. Whether you actually get sweaty in it, is entirely up to you…


A New Year resolution you can keep – more sewing!

JAGUAR SEWING MACHINES »

The unique DQS (Digital Quick-threading System) has now been introduced to the UK. All current models come with a three year parts and labour guarantee and the 100% satisfaction guarantee.

JAGUAR SEWING MACHINE ACCESSORIES »

Everything you’ll need for you Jaguar overlocker and sewing machines. The range includes foot control units, sewing feet, overlocker feet and overlocker spares.

New sewing machine focus – the 10 reasons we love the Jaguar DQS403SE

Perfect for patchworking and quilting!

In this review we’re having a look at the brand new Jaguar DQS 403QSE sewing machine, which is fast becoming a favourite of many here. 

Although it’s described as an “entry level machine” it is in fact rather more sophisticated than that, but is still remarkably easy to use – and thread of course!

Our 10 favourite DQS403SE sewing machine features

There are so many, it’s been really hard to pick out only ten – let alone get them in an order of preference. But after a couple of weeks of enjoyable playing around, these are some of our favourite capabilities (in no particular order).

  1. Direct stitch selection – no need to search for a stitch anymore, simple input your stitch number and start sewing.
  2. Start / stop function – to allow you to sew without the foot control, this makes the sewing of long seams, free motion and buttons easy.
  3. 13 variable needle positions – 4 top stitching perfect for sewing zips.
  4. External drop feed – ideal for freehand embroidery and stippling helping you to create your own patchwork and quilting projects.
  5. Easy to use speed slider control – giving you full control over the speed of your machine.
  6. Needle up / down – touch a button to set your needle to automatically stop up or down in the fabric for pivoting, appliqué and more.
  7. Extra presser foot lift – allows easy sewing of thick fabrics.
  8. Top loading jam proof bobbin – including a see through view slide plate allowing you to see when bobbin needs to be changed.
  9. Slim free arm – for working on tubular items such as cuffs, trouser legs and more.
  10. Accessory storage space – lots of space in the free arm extension platform. Keep things tidy…

Entry level? We don’t think so….

Check out the Jaguar DQS403SE sewing machine for yourself! »

Jaguar DQS 403QSE sewing machine


THE JAGUAR SEWING RANGE – FOR EVERYTHING FROM CRAFTS TO SOFT FURNISHINGS!

JAGUAR SEWING MACHINES »

The unique DQS (Digital Quick-threading System) has now been introduced to the UK. All current models come with a three year parts and labour guarantee and the 100% satisfaction guarantee.

JAGUAR OVERLOCKER MACHINES »

Exclusive to Jaguar overlocker sewing machines – the unique cutting system opens up 180 degrees giving easy access to the looper thread guides.

JAGUAR SEWING MACHINE ACCESSORIES »

Everything you’ll need for you Jaguar overlocker and sewing machines. The range includes foot control units, sewing feet, overlocker feet and overlocker spares.

How to avoid the dreaded pristine hem when you take up a pair of jeans

Shorten the leg – but keep the original stressed hem

We love our favourite prestressed, prewashed jeans. It’s so hard to find a pair that fits well – and you want to ensure that everything is just so when you wear them.

BUT – there’s a common problem. What if, having just found your dream pair, you find that they’re they’re just that little bit too long? They’re perfect in every other way.

Of course, you can always break out your trusty sewing machine and shorten them…

The problem is, that while the rest of your new best clothes friend looks wonderfully faded and perfectly stressed, the hems are going to be razor sharp and new – spoiling the look!!!

Here’s a new sewing term you’ll want to familiarise yourself with

The good news is that help is at hand – in the surprising form of a recent article on the Popular Science website.

This wonderful how-to by Vanessa Nirode has introduced us to the soon-to-be legendary “Hollywood hem”, which cleverly shows you how to shorten the legs of your jeans – while using the original hem. Genius!

“Measure the amount you’ve pinned, from the new bottom of your jeans to the top of the original hem (the stitched edge where it meets the wrong side of the denim), then divide by two. For instance, if you’ve pinned 2 inches, you’ll end up with 1 inch. Easy.”

When you’ve completed your jeans project, enjoy the other wonderful tips in this amazing article, which includes

  • How to reattach a jacket patch pocket
  • Shortening a T shirt hem
  • Repair a coat lining
  • Sew a button on – properly!

It just shows – we should all pay more attention to science!

Five simple fixes to keep your clothing around longer »


The Jaguar sewing range – making all your sewing projects more enjoyable!

JAGUAR SEWING MACHINES »

The unique DQS (Digital Quick-threading System) has now been introduced to the UK. All current models come with a three year parts and labour guarantee and the 100% satisfaction guarantee.

JAGUAR OVERLOCKER MACHINES »

Exclusive to Jaguar overlocker sewing machines – the unique cutting system opens up 180 degrees giving easy access to the looper thread guides.

JAGUAR SEWING MACHINE ACCESSORIES »

Everything you’ll need for you Jaguar overlocker and sewing machines. The range includes foot control units, sewing feet, overlocker feet and overlocker spares.

New product focus – is this the ideal sewing machine for beginners?

“The best budget sewing machine in the UK?”

The Jaguar DQS401 sewing machine has just arrived for the first time in the UK – and it’s exciting news for potential first time sewist, or one of those who are looking to upgrade from a tired old mechanical unit.

Although it’s classed as an entry level machine, the Jaguar DQS401 packs some very exciting and innovative features into its unassuming framework. These include:-

  • A top loading jam proof bobbin
  • 13 variable needle positions
  • A direct stitch selection
  • An easy to use speed slider control
  • A start / stop function
  • Needle up / down

Jaguar DQS 401 sewing machine

Our backroom staff have been very impressed by this new arrival.

“This is the perfect computerised sewing machine for hassle free sewing.”

“The Jaguar contains all of the essential features needed by new sewists and experienced sewists who are looking for a good quality product at a keen price – in our opinion, this is the best budget sewing machine in the UK market.”

A significant improvement on older mechanical models

If you are tired of using the same stitches on your mechanical sewing machine or are not happy with the quality of your stitching or frustrated with your current selection of decorative stitches – the Jaguar DQS401 could well become your new best friend!

This entry-level computerised sewing machine is packed full of useful features – it includes: 40 stitches, a needle threader, different needle positions and a drop-in bobbin. Jaguar DQS401 has good and varied selection of stitches including stretch stitches, decorative stitches, satin stitches as well plus 4 fully automated buttonholes.

Check out the Jaguar DQS401 for yourself! »


The Jaguar sewing range – making all your sewing projects more enjoyable!

Jaguar sewing machines »

The unique DQS (Digital Quick-threading System) has now been introduced to the UK. All current models come with a three year parts and labour guarantee and the 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Jaguar overlocker machines »

Exclusive to Jaguar overlocker sewing machines – the unique cutting system opens up 180 degrees giving easy access to the looper thread guides.

Jaguar sewing machine accessories »

Everything you’ll need for you Jaguar overlocker and sewing machines. The range includes foot control units, sewing feet, overlocker feet and overlocker spares.

Winter coat DIY: how your sewing machine can keep you warm this winter

Do you think that sewing a coat is too tricky a project for you? Well maybe it’s time for a rethink…

It’s only just starting to get colder after what proved to be one of the warmest summers in recent years. But now it’s time to begin preparations for the onset of winter (don’t blame us – it’s not our fault LOL). And what better way to keep the cold at bay with a wonderful new winter coat – especially if it’s been lovingly crafted by your own fair hands!

We’ve put together a list of some great how-tos and tutorials that will help you to get started and that may well demonstrate that such a project isn’t quite as intimidating as you thought it might be.

Enjoy…


Winter coat: to sew or not to sew?

This shows that we don’t just throw these things together! It the perfect piece for those of you wondering whether you should attempt such a task, and making it clear that this will be no twenty minute project.

It comes from the Ageberry website. This is our first visit to this goody-laden blog, but it certainly won’t be our last!

Loads of tip, videos and links that will go a long way towards not only helping you to make your mind up, but learn a whole lot of terrific stuff along the way. Hours of sewing fun!

Don’t panic! “There are so many details in sewing a coat and it feels sometimes a little intimidating but once you start it is not as bad as you thought it is going to be.”


Tips for making winter coats

We’re assuming that if you’ve got this far, you want to know more. This is the perfect next step from Claire-Louise Hardie resides on the Thrifty Stitcher website.

A great overview to flag up some important considerations before you begin.

Top tip: “A great way to approach the sewing of bulky fabrics, is to use a walking foot.”


Top 10 tips for sewing coats

This comprehensive package of winter coat goodies hails from the wonderful Sew Daily website and was written by Lucinda Hamilton from Sew Wrong.

Some brilliant things to consider here in a piece that’s aimed at producing some very high end results. This is serious stuff!

Top tip: “Tailor tacks are your BFF…  it’s easy for traditional chalk marks used in garment sewing to rub off.”


How to sew a winter coat!

If you prefer a video tutorial, you may well like this YouTube offering from SimplyCloe.

It’s pretty high speed stuff, so you will need to rewind and pause a few times – and we really like the odd high speed coffee break. You may feel exhausted by the time you get to the end – the pace is relentless!

We like: the end result – it’s amazing!


The Jaguar sewing range – making all your sewing projects more enjoyable!

Jaguar sewing machines »

The unique DQS (Digital Quick-threading System) has now been introduced to the UK. All current models come with a three year parts and labour guarantee and the 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Jaguar overlocker machines »

Exclusive to Jaguar overlocker sewing machines – the unique cutting system opens up 180 degrees giving easy access to the looper thread guides.

Jaguar sewing machine accessories »

Everything you’ll need for you Jaguar overlocker and sewing machines. The range includes foot control units, sewing feet, overlocker feet and overlocker spares.

39 top sewing hacks, tips and how-tos

Goodies to make all sewists’ lives easier!

Forgive us if we look a little smug with this one: we’re rather proud of how much sewing usefulness with all these sewing hacks that we’ve managed to cram into one article!

The conversation here started off with a chance remark “what is that little knobbly bit on an unpicker for?”

It quickly developed into us seeking out a whole range of quick fix hacks, hints and tips from across the sewing globe.

And there really are some rippers here (as they say in Australia, the source of our first hack).

Have fun!


Life hack: What that little ball on your unpicker is really for!

We’re off down under for this excellent how-to. A big thank you to the Starts At Sixty lifestyle blog.

This beauty focuses on the small ball on one of the prongs on your unpicker (or seam ripper) – you may have wondered what it’s actually used for?

Enlightenment is at hand! “That’s to allow the unpicker to be slid along a garment in one swipe – no more fussing over individual stitches!”

There’s even an accompanying video that really help you get to grips with the whole concept.

Sobering thought: “We couldn’t help but feel silly when we saw this tutorial – it seems so obvious now!”


11 sewing hacks you need to know

This wonderful collection of goodies comes from Christine Haynes on the Bluprint blog.

Some are really simple, but can make such a difference! They include:-

  • “Add a seam allowance with a double pencil tracing tool
  • “Mark your seam allowance on your machine”
  • and the wonderfully simple “Leave notes with your fabric stash”.

We love: “Nobody wants their bobbins rolling around and unraveling all over the place. Keep them in place by storing in toe separators.”


15 sewing room hacks

Even more goodies for you here, courtesy of the wonderful Heather on her Heather Handmade blog.

A whole range of hot tips for you here – many of which will change the way you organise your sewing, from the really simple “Turn all your machines on with the button on a power strip”, to “Create a tiny ironing area next to your machine for quick pressing” and “Store hand needles in a bulletin board.”

There’s even an accompanying video that covers all the tips.

Top tip: “Use a glue stick to ‘pin'”. 


12 sewing hacks every seamstress should know!

Last and by no means least we have this collection of sensationalises from Kimberly Coffin on the Sweet Red Poppy website.

Some we’ve seen a few times before – but even the most experienced of us have been gobsmacked by some of these amazing how-tos.

Golf tees, pattern weights and perfect ruffles can all be found here.

Look out for: “…a quick and easy way to create beautiful ruffles without all the hassle!”


The Jaguar sewing range – making all your sewing projects more enjoyable!

Jaguar sewing machines »

The unique DQS (Digital Quick-threading System) has now been introduced to the UK. All current models come with a three year parts and labour guarantee and the 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Jaguar overlocker machines »

Exclusive to Jaguar overlocker sewing machines – the unique cutting system opens up 180 degrees giving easy access to the looper thread guides.

Jaguar sewing machine accessories »

Everything you’ll need for you Jaguar overlocker and sewing machines. The range includes foot control units, sewing feet, overlocker feet and overlocker spares.

Can you turn a sewing passion into a business?

Advice and examples of sewing entrepreneurship

Many of us have from time to time wondered if our sewing passion could lead us on the greater things – most notably being able to give up the day job, or at least earn a little extra from our number one pastime.

The simple fact is that hundreds of people have succeeded in realising this potentially exciting ambition. Temper this however, with the thought that in all probability many more have failed.

So we spent some time having a rummage about in an attempt to highlight some initial hints and tips that might just encourage you to do some research – and find out whether you can turn your passion into an income generator.

You’ll notice by the way that we never use the word “hobby” when it comes to describing sewing – it’s much too important for that!

Start small and work your way up

The excellent LoveSewing website really hits the nail on the head with an article “How to make money from sewing…”

“Even if you haven’t mastered all the more advanced techniques you can start by sewing up simple purses, bags, pin cushions or little soft toys. Spend some time creating unique designs.

“You can sell these little gifts and accessories at craft fairs or on a handmade marketplace like Folksy.com…” 

What makes a good “sew to sell” project?

An excellent question – well answered by the So Sew Easy website. Stephanie Woodson from from Swoodson Says has compiled a really good list of considerations, including

“Shipping – can be expensive on large, heavy or valuable items. Smaller items that can go in a padded envelope and be inexpensive to send may sell better.“

Enjoy what you’re doing!

SewMyPlace comes up with some nice ideas in the aptly titled “6 Ways to Make Money Sewing” – and there’s one piece of advice in particular that we think is really important. Make sure that you really enjoy the type of sewing that will be required.

Otherwise you may as well go back to the day job!

“After all, the whole point of making money sewing is being able to earn some cash while doing something you already love to do. So you should choose a sewing business that allows you to do the types of sewing projects you most enjoy.”

This article contains lots of relevant stuff, including the type of sewing service that you might light to consider providing.

Choose your speciality

All of which brings us very neatly to the Assemble & Earn website and their article “Introduction to Starting A Sewing Business From Home.”

“What you decide to sew will also depend on the the kind of equipment you are starting out with and whether you are working on your own or with someone else.”

They flag up suggestions like alteration and repair, custom sewing and designing.

The real life success stories

It’s all very well people banging on about “how to do so-and-so” or “top ten tips to become a millionaire in 20 minutes” (to be fair we haven’t found that one yet lol), but the best and most inspirational example are the people who’ve been there. Done it. Worn the T shirt – and in this case probably made the T shirt as well.

We’ve got two for you here – one bang up-to-date and one a couple years older that we also love.

Debbie Shore, “Derbyshire’s TV sewing superstar”, according to the Derby Telegraph. She has so much energy and get-up-and-go that she was always going to be a success – even being Zippy’s girlfriend on Rainbow!

The wonderful This is MONEY website features an inspirational report on Helen Dickson, who started Bustle & Sew who “…realised her passion could become a commercially viable business after her daughter left home and she finished a full-time job working for the local authority.”

The right tools for the job?

And we couldn’t finish without a subtle plug for our wonderful Jaguar sewing machines and overlockers, which, like the Jaguar 377 offers automatic threading.

The Jaguar 377 offers the perfect sewing partner for precision sewing, offering you the ability to use a variety of built in different stitches, enables you to create a variety of sewing projects with ease, making it ideal for beginners and more experienced textile crafters.

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