1000 Things to Do with a Sewing Machine!

Now, now, I know that sometimes you might feel like doing this (as do I!), but don’t throw out your baby… that is NOT one of the 1000 Things to Do!

Instead, here’s the start of my “1000 Things to Do with a Sewing Machine!” 

ARTICLES:  Colette Patterns Pants Fitting Cheat Sheet

BAGGING THE LINING:  sewing the jacket outer shell and the lining separately, then sewing the two together along certain edges, turning them inside out perfectly –  example, example, example

BIAS TAPE/BINDING:  narrow strips of fabric cut on the bias for piping, binding seams, finishing raw edges; double fold bias tape looks like single fold bias tape that has been folded and ironed in half along the centre line

BODICE, SELF LINED:  the bodice and lining are sewn together on certain edges, then tuned inside out – example

BOOKS:

BUTTON HOLES:  My good, bad and ugly – example

COLETTE PATTERNS PANTS FITTING CHEAT SHEET:  here

COLLARS:

COWL NECKLINE:  example

DISTRESSING JEANS:  using 220 (fine) sandpaper to distress cotton denim – example. example, example

DRESS FORM FITTING:  Some dress forms are just fine out of the box, but here is how I changed “Dolly” – example

ELASTIC CORD:  sewn in to fabric to gather it – example, example

GODET:  triangular pieces of fabric put in the bottom hem of a dress or skirt to make it flared – example

HEMS:

  • hemming polyester chiffon with Wonder Tape – example
  • hemming polyester lycra with single fold bias tape – example

INFINITY SCARF:  example

INVISIBLE ZIPPER:  example

JEANS – BUTTONS AND RIVETS:  example

MATCHING STRIPES:  example

MUSLIN:  PANT/TROUSER – example

PANT/TROUSER FITTING – example

PATTERN BLOCKS:

PLEATS:

POCKETS:

  • FAUX POCKETS with a side zipper – example
  • PATCH POCKETS –  example
  • SLASH POCKETS – example
  • WELT POCKETS – example
  • ZIPPER POCKETS – example, example, example

SEAM BINDING:  example, example, example

SEAMS:

  • FLAT FELLED SEAMS – a really strong seam finish, often on jeans and shirts – example
  • FRENCH SEAMS – good for sheer (polyester chiffon) silk fabrics; it’s sewn twice, once on the right side and once on the wrong side – example, example
  • POLYESTER LYCRA SEAMS – example
  • PRINCESS SEAMS – example

SERGER:  

SET IN SLEEVES – example

SEWING MACHINE FEET:

SEWING NEEDLES:

SLEEVE GUSSET ZIPPER:  example

SLOPERS:

STITCHES:

TRACING/MARKING PATTERNS:  example, example, example

UNDER CHEST ELASTIC BAND:  example

VINTAGE SEWING MACHINE RESOURCES:  Websites:  Ismacs.netSewalot.comOldSewingGear.comTreadleOn.net, and on Facebook:  Vintage Sewing MachinesVintage Singer Sewing MachinesVintage Sewing Machines (Non-Singer)

WAIST BANDS:

  • PANT/TROUSER – elastic waist band – example, example
  • SKIRT – elastic waist band, either all around or just in the back – example, example, example
  • YOGA PANT – elastic waist band – example 

WONDER TAPE:  example, exampleexample, example, example, example

ZIPPERS:

Have I missed anything?  Of course I have!  But as with any sewist, there is lots of room to grow.  So I will be updating this list periodically as I try more!

If you have questions, suggestions or would just like to leave me a comment, please do!  You know how I love to talk!

Happy Sewing!

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7 thoughts on “1000 Things to Do with a Sewing Machine!

  1. jvandervlugt says:

    Very good idea. I love the list and that it’s alphabetical. For me I’m an artist (watercolour pencils and pastel pencils) and what I’ve started doing is I have a little thumbnail of colour with the number from the pencils I’ve used to make for instance skin tones. I still need to get more organized. I’ve just taken over the dining room table spread everything out because I still want to be close to the family. Any suggestions for that? Or is that acceptable? 😊

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    • I don’t have art supplies to organize, but having a sample and a description sounds like a good idea to me! That would be the same as if a sewist had a big fabric stash packed away in storage, but had samples snipped off and mounted on cards with a description, length, width, fabric content, whatever you like. The only thing is to keep those important samples somewhere safe. The fabric sample cards can be kept in a binder with plastic photo pages with slots for the sample cards. Where do you keep your important colour samples? You draw on the dining room table… I think dining room tables are used more for everything, except dining!

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