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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 »

 


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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!

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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.

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.

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