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Mechanical vs Computerized Sewing Machine: an easy guide

I have been sewing for nearly fifty years and the question I often get asked is ” should I buy a mechanical sewing machine or an electronic or computerized model?

So let’s take a look at a mechanical vs computerized sewing machine, the main differences between them and what to keep in mind when choosing a sewing machines.

Considerations when looking at sewing machines

  • Your budget is often the first thing to keep in mind. Budget constraintsMechanical machines are normally cheaper than computerized machines, but with fewer features and options.
  • I suggest that you take a good look at the type of sewing that you do and also how often you do sewing. This should give you an indication as to the type, and also the features, that you want in a machine.
  • One of the biggest decisions you’ll make, is between a computerized and a mechanical sewing machine, because it directly affects the features and the price of the machine. Make sure you are not paying for features that you don’t need and / or won’t use.

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Fast fashion and slow fashion – which is best?

You have most probably heard about “fast fashion and slow fashion” and wonder what it actually means. Here we will look at what is fast fashion and the problem with fast fashion and also the difference between fast fashion and slow fashion. At the end we will also make suggestions about sustainable slow fashion brands.

What is Fast Fashion?

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How to choose the Best Beginners Sewing Machine

Sewing is not only a useful hobby, but it is fun and can also provide your with income. It’s relaxing and creative while also being sustainable. Choosing your first sewing machine can be daunting, so I will endeavour to take you through the initial questions and options you may find useful, and to look at the best beginners sewing machine available for you today.Sewing project

Creating something that is original and YOU, is possible if your have a sewing machine. Should you see a dress or garment that you really like, but don’t quite fancy the fabric or colour – make it yourself. It becomes that easy! Continue reading “How to choose the Best Beginners Sewing Machine”

Singer C240 Sewing machine – why I love it

The Singer C240 Sewing machine is a computerized machine which is compact, but with a modern interpretation of a classic sewing machine, perfect for today’s seamstresses.

I learnt to sew more than 50 years ago and the very first sewing machine that I used was a Singer hand sewing machine that belonged to my grandmother. It was a heavy black machine with the Singer logo in gold writing and a big handle on the right-hand side that you turned to make the needle move. My first project was to make clothes for my dollies.

When I got my own first sewing machine, the natural choice for me was Singer and I opted for the first electronic machine that Singer produced at the time. That machine lasted me more than 25 years and it did a huge amount of sewing over that time without ever letting me down. Continue reading “Singer C240 Sewing machine – why I love it”

Cloth Diaper Review – the better choice for your baby’s skin

If you are reading this, you most probably have a baby in the home or are preparing for the arrival of your new little bundle. With the call for a greener planet there has been a big revival in the use of reusable cloth diapers. With so many options available, it might be daunting and difficult to choose which one is best for you. As with many decisions in life, your budget normally plays a big part so here I’ll be looking at the most economical options and the costs associated with them.

Why use reusable cloth diapers? Save money and leave a far smaller footprint on the planet by not putting disposable nappies into landfill sites, (you might need as many as 10 reusable covers and 24 diapers, depending on the type, or you might need less) whereas you’ll be using thousands of disposables during the approximate 2 and a half years that you baby will be using nappies. Whichever type you choose, you will need a waterproof diaper cover and inserts. Continue reading “Cloth Diaper Review – the better choice for your baby’s skin”