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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…

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.

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.

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.

Why Sew Magazine loves the Jaguar DQS 377 sewing machine

“Suitable for a wide range of techniques, offering 100 built-in stitches”

The review of our lovely Jaguar DQS 377 in the July edition of Sew – the UK’s best-selling sewing magazine – is a particularly enthusiastic one. 

We love Sew Magazine and their wonderful website – particularly their Sewing patterns and How to sew sections.

The forthcoming July edition of the magazine has a snap review of the Jaguar DQS 377 sewing machine.

“Jaguar’s revolutionary and unique digital quick- threading system lets you skip the headache of threading – it guides the thread directly from the spool to the needle, then you thread it simply by pressing a lever!”

And their conclusion?

“Want it, need it, BUY IT!”

All-round strengths of the sewing machine

The DQS 377 review on the Sew website is more comprehensive and highlights the fact that it is “A great all-rounder”.

“The DQS 377 is suitable for a wide range of techniques, offering 100 built-in stitches that include appliqué, embroidery, patchwork and 13 one-step buttonholes.

“This computerised model also features a digital quick threading system, an extra-high presser foot lifter and a free arm to sew hard-to-reach areas.

“The automatic bobbin winding clutch and top loading jam-proof bobbin also make sewing much easier.”

See the complete range of Jaguar sewing machines »


Good news on price!

Even better is the fact that the Jaguar DQS 377 is available for a limited time at a special price of £399 at GUR – the Sewing Superstore in Birmingham »

Did you know that threading a sewing machine could be this quick and easy?

Jaguar sewing machine can really speed things up…

One of the most fiddly and – let’s face it – downright annoying parts of any sewing project is the fiddly bit that comes right at the start. Threading the sewing machine!

It hardly sets you in the right frame of mind for a nice relaxing and enjoyable session does it? Help is, as they say, at hand…

The Digital Threading System

Two Jaguar sewing machine models feature this wonderful capability, which is perhaps the thing that we most love about them.

They are:-

Of course we could bang on all day about how wonderful this system is, but it’s probably best if you just see it in action in the video below.

Don’t blink though – you might miss it!

The Jaguar Sewing range

Jaguar sewing machines »

Jaguar overlocker machines »

Jaguar sewing machine accessories »

Sew Style & Home love the Jaguar DQS 405 sewing machine!

“The DQS 405 is great for dressmaking, quilting, furnishings and more!”

A recent article on the Sew Style and Home website featured a Jaguar DQS 405 sewing machine review – and they seemed to be rather complimentary about one of our flagship products.

Sew Style & Home praised the DQS 405’s capabilities, saying

“The Jaguar DQS 405 is the perfect computerised sewing machine for beginners, experienced and professional textile crafters alike. It has a variety of different built-in stitches, allowing you to sew with ease, comfort and speed.”

Read the full review of the DQS 405 »

The Jaguar DQS 405 has a range of excellent features, including:-

  • Unique DQS – the digital quick-threading system which is the quickest way for you to thread your machine.
  • 500 different stitches – includes 13 styles of auto-step buttonholes and 3 lettering styles.
  • The drop and sew function – no need to raise the bobbin thread before sewing.
  • Buttonholes – 13 different one-step styles.
  • Memory functions – programmable, which can save your patterns and stitches.
  • Speed slider control – easy to use, full control over the speed of your machine.
  • Direct stitch selection – no need to search for a stitch anymore, simply input.
  • The up/down feature – enabling the needle to stop in the down position when quilting.

Check out the wonderful Jaguar DQS 405 sewing machine »

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This is a particularly engaging website for all those with sewing at heart. We particularly like the sewing patterns, how to sew and blog areas.

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