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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Sewing Gadgets

Hi, just thought I would talk a little about some of my sewing gadgets, sewing machine, and serger. If you have any sewing gadgets that you like, have a question, or would just like to say something leave comments.

Bernette 56 by Bernina
This is my sister's machine but she lets me use it. It's really good and it's got a reasonable price.
Here are some of its functions:
  • 23 Total stitch patterns
  • 4-Step buttonhole
  • 16 Sewing stitches
  • 4 Decorative stitches
  • 2 Quilting stitches
  • Maximum stitch width is 5mm
  • Janome MyLock 634D
This is a fantastic serger it usually sells for around $600-700. My parents found this one for $175 at a pawn shop, so they jumped at the buy, and I'm glad they did!
It has:
  • A maximum speed of 1,300 spm (stitches per minute)
  • Ez changed rolled hem
  • Adjustable foot pressure (adjusting screw)
  • Snap-on presser foot
  • Differential feed adjustment with a ratio of 0.5 to 2.25
  • Cutting width adjustment
  • Alined spool pin spool stand
  • Cutting width from 3.1 - 7.3mm
  • Waste chip box
  • Foot controller
My favorite feature is definitely that it trims the fabric to be perfectly straight as you serge it. (unless your doing a rolled hem)

Pintastic Automatic Pin Dispenser by June Tailor
This I just got today and it's pretty cool.

All you have to do to load the pins is lift the lid, turn it so the hole in the barrel is facing up then either use the paper funnel or just dump the pins in a few at a time by hand. Then set back right side up and turn on the switch, which makes the barrel to turn causing the pins to catch in notches along the inside of the barrel then line up in the feeding slide.

Then once the slide is filled up you can either turn it off or keep it on so it will continue to  fill it up as you take the pins out. To take the pins out you just push down the lever, release it, and take your pin.
I suggest using pins with bigger heads because even though it will line them up they kind of end up more piled up and are not as easy to grab out.

Seam Allowance Guide by Hollie
 My sister bought this for me after I saw it in Threads Magazine. It works amazingly you just stick it to the blade of your scissors with the magnetic side, move the little rubber ring to your desired seam allowance and cut. It's the only seam allowance guide on the market and it's works really well. They arrived around 5 days after ordering them, and the package comes with one green guide and one yellow guide. The yellow guide is for slanted edge scissors, I have only used the green one because my Ginghers don't have much of a slant. These are really good and I highly recommend them.

Anyway these are things I like to use in my sewing room and I'd like to see what everybody else has, comments are welcome!!