Sewing Machine Secrets

Sewing Machine Secrets is an indispensable resource for sewers of all levels, showing you how to choose, use, and maintain your sewing machine, master essential sewing techniques, and learn handy tips along the way.
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You’ll love this if:

  • You want to better understand your sewing machine
  • You’re looking for a resource that will help fix sewing machine issues
  • You want to improve your sewing skills

Get the most out of your sewing machine and learn tips and tricks from an expert!

Sewing Machine Secrets is an indispensable resource for sewers of all levels, showing you how to choose, use, and maintain your sewing machine, master essential sewing techniques, and learn handy tips along the way.

The book is divided into two sections. Section one provides an overview of each type of sewing machine, instructions on how to use it, and detailing its advantages and limitations, necessary accessories and optional accessories, parts, and maintenance.

Section two uses a more technique-based approach, identifying the most versatile and commonly used presser feet and providing step-by-step techniques for all the results you can achieve using them.

Sewing Machine Secrets will teach you the tried and tested tricks you need to get the most out of your machine.

Table of Contents
How to use this book
Glossary of Terms

Section 1: Choosing Machines and Accessories
TYPES OF MACHINES
Sewing Machines
Embroidery Machines
Serger/Overlock Machines
Coverstitch Machines

SEWING MACHINE BUYER'S GUIDE
Anatomy of a Sewing Machine
Construction and Metal Parts
Motor Power and Speed
Included Accessories and Fee
Essential and Optional Features

MECHANICAL VS. COMPUTERIZED SEWING MACHINES
Mechanical Machines
Computerized Machines

NEEDLES
Types and Sizes
How to Change a Needle
Needle Types: Universal
Microtex
Denim
Ballpoint
Stretch
Leather
Embroidery
Metallic
Twin
Triple
Topstitch

THREADS
Types of Thread: All-Purpose
Specialty Threads
Upholstery
Embroidery
Metallic
Quilting

ATTACHMENTS
Needle Plates
Adjustable Seam Guides
Extension Table
Knee Lift
Darning Plate
Embroidery Hoops
Dust Covers
Hard Cases

SEWING MACHINE MAINTENANCE
Replacement Parts: Lightbulb
Replacement Parts: Feed Dog
Replacement Parts: Belts
Replacement Parts: Bobbins
Replacement Parts: Bobbin Cases
Cleaning a Machine Tutorial
Oiling a Machine Tutorial

Section 2: Feet and How to Use Them
BASIC FEET: STRAIGHT 60
Zigzag
Straight Seams and Curved Seams Tutorial
Pivot Turns
Topstitching Tutorial
Edgestitching Tutorial
Topstitched Hems Tutorial
Faced Hems Tutorial
Bound Hems Tutorial

ZIPPER FEET 88
Centered Zipper Tutorial
Invisible Zipper Tutorial
Exposed Zipper Tutorial

BUTTON AND BUTTONHOLE FEET
Types of Feet
Manual Four-Step Buttonhole
Automatic Buttonhole Tutorial
Fancy Buttonholes Tutorials
Stitching on Buttons by Machine Tutorial
Cutting Open A Buttonhole

HEMMING
Types of Hem Feet
Blind Hem Tutorial
Rolled Hem Tutorial
Topstitching and Edge stitching Tutorial
Coverstitch Hem Tutorial

RUFFLES AND GATHERS
Types of Feet
Gathering Fabric Tutorial
Pleating Fabric Tutorial
Shirring Fabric Tutorial
Ruffled and Pleated
Trims Tutorial

SEAM FINISHES
Types of Feet
Overedge/Overcast
Felling
Side Cutter
Stitch in the Ditch
Overcast Seam Tutorial
Flat Felled Seam Tutorial
Serged Seam Tutorial
French Seam Tutorial
Bound Seam Tutorial

EMBROIDERY AND QUILTING
Types of Feet
Sating Stitch Foot
Applique Foot
Open-Toe Foot
Patchwork Foot
Free-Motion Embroidery Foot
Flower Attachment
Circle Attachment
Applique Tutorial
Decorative Stitches Tutorial
Monograms Tutorial
Free-Motion Embroidery Tutorial
Patchwork and Piecing Tutorial
Flowers Tutorial
Circles Tutorial

TRICKY FABRICS
Teflon Foot
Roller Foot
Knit Foot
Walking/Even Foot
Sewing Leather and Vinyl Tutorial
Sewing Knits Tutorial
Sewing Velvet Tutorial
Quilting Lofty Fabrics
Sewing Plaids and Stripes
Sewing Slippery Fabrics

TRIMS AND EMBELLISHMENTS
Cording Foot
Pintuck Foot
Piping Foot
Welting Foot
Sequin/Ribbon Foot
Pearl/Beading Foot
Binding Foot
Fringe Foot
Cording and Couching Tutorial
Pintucks Tutorial
Piping and Welting Tutorial
Ribbons, Tapes, and Sequin Trims Tutorial
Pearls and Beaded Trims Tutorial
Lace Trims
Bias Tape
Bias Binding 2
Fringe and Tailor Tacks Tutorial

Index
Acknowledgments

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About the Author
Nicole Vasbinder owns and operates the California-based sewing studio StitchCraft and was one of the founding teachers at Stitch Lounge in San Francisco. She continues to teach at Stonemountain and Daughter Fabrics in Berkeley. She has designed and operated the independent accessory line Queen Puff Puff since 2003, and her designs have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Adorn, JoAnn, Venus Zine, and Craft.

SKU: 12SW05-EP8339-GROUPED

Author/Speaker/Editor: Nicole Vasbinder

Format: Paperback

ISBN 13: 9781596686038

Number Of Pages: 176