Not sure what supplies you need to have at home when you’re putting together your first sewing kit? Want to get your own machine but don’t know which one to buy or what you really need? We’ve created a new page with our suggested supplies, products, and more. Click here!
Alas, the sewing machines we use in our studio have been discontinued by Janome/Kenmore. However, you can sometimes still find them on Ebay or Sears Outlet. We’ve also developed a list of some other good machines to consider. Go to the Supplies page and select “Sewing Machines, Sergers, and Accessories.”
Threading your machine correctly is essential to successful sewing! SewUSA provides a library of free threading diagrams for many major sewing machine brands.
Sewing Machine Instruction Manuals
Lost your instruction manual? This manual finder from www.sewitworks.com can help you find a copy of your manual for free or at a low cost directly from the manufacturer.
This guide from www.sewitworks.com can help you understand the differences between sewing machine needles and help you choose the right type of needle and thread for your project.
How to “Catch” Your Bobbin Thread
This video tutorial shows you how to “pick up” the bobbin thread when you’ve loaded a new bobbin in your machine. The machine shown here has a top-loading bobbin (similar to the ones I use in my studio), but the process is the same even if your machine does not look exactly like this. (Doubleclick to see full size view)
How to Sew a Throw Pillow Cover
A video tutorial from the Washington Post with step-by-step instructions on how to make a basic throw pillow cover.