National Sewing Machine Day! I think we can all attest to a love-hate relationship with our machines 😜 but no matter what it still needs to be cared for! Take these simple steps to clean and care for your machine and it will be running good as new.
Remove the thread, bobbin and needle.
Remove the face plate and bobbin case. Clean the bobbin case with a lint brush and soft cloth
Clean the remainder of the machine with a lint brush and cloth. Do not blow into the machine as this can create moisture.
Put the bobbin case and face plate back on the machine.
Add a new needle.
Following your user manual, oil the machine if necessary. Some machines do not require oil and are self lubricating.
Place a fabric scrap underneath the presser foot to soak up any excess oil.
There have been some videos floating around the web of quick ways to take in the waist of your jeans. We put these quick-fix tricks to the test for you!
Option 1 uses a thick thread (we used embroidery thread) to take the back waistband in. The result is very similar to that of a dart. We found this option left the back very bulky and was quite noticeable. Solutions to this would be to trim the fabric once you are happy with the way it looks, to reduce the bulk.
Option 2 requires you to open the inside of the waistband and insert an elastic to cinch the waistband. Be careful to only seam rip the inside of the waistband! Measure the elastic to approximately how much you want it to be taken in and stitch it down. This option did help with a gappy waistband and it did fit closer to the body.
National Textile Day is a day to celebrate an amazing innovation that has greatly impacted all of our lives.
According to the Business Dictionary textiles can be described as “a type of material composed of natural or synthetic fibres. Types of textiles include animal-based material such as wool or silk, plant-based material such as linen and cotton, and synthetic material such as polyester and rayon. Textiles are often associated with the production of clothing”. Can you imagine your life without textiles? We sure cannot!
Textiles: Natural Fibres
The world of textiles started with four main natural fibres; cotton, silk, wool, and linen. Cotton is the most used fibre in the world with 120.86 million bales of cotton produced in 2017. Cotton is grown on a plant related to hibiscus and briefly grows a flower until it is pollinated and replaced with cotton bolls. Once the cotton is harvested it is shipped to be spun, dyed, knitted and woven into fabrics.
Silk is a protein fibre created by silkworms during the process of sericulture. The silkworm begins the process of metamorphosis by secreting a double strand of fibre, known as a fibroin, around itself in a figure eight pattern. The result of sericulture is a beautiful silk fibre.
Wool is most commonly from sheep but can also come from goats, bison, and rabbits. One sheep can produce anywhere from 2 pounds to 30 pounds of wool annually. Different breeds of sheep produce different qualities and weights of wool.
Linen is produced from the inner cellulose fibres of a flax plant. The process of separating the fibres from the outer bark is tedious and labour intensive. Some countries still separate the flax fibres by hand!
These four natural fibres undergo quite amazing processes to be spun into usable textile products. What textiles are you wearing today?