Jul 9

Want to learn more about our sewing machines?

Hobbysew Sewing Machines - Janome, Bernina, Brother, Husqvarna, Handi Quilter

Here at Hobbysew, we love what we do and one of those things are Sewing Machines. We’ve created a page for each brand where you can learn more about the brand itself and about the differences between specific machines such as overlockers, embroidery machines, computerised, and mechanical machines. Hopefully this will help you decide which one suits your needs more.

Click on the links below for to see more:

• Janome

• Bernina

• Brother

• Husqvarna

• Handi Quilter

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Apr 23

Machine Needles

Posted in Hints & Tips

It is very important to use the correct machine needles when making a quilt so you avoid damaging your fabrics.

The correct needle will assist in producing the best quality stitching, which will enhance your quilt.

The general rules for needle selection are:

For patchwork piecing, (ie sewing your blocks together) using woven fabrics, cotton, polyester and blends, a sharp pointed needle is recommended.  Hobbysew recommends a Klasse’ Sharps needle.  The size of the needle is dependent on the thread used.

For quilting, (ie sewing through two layers of fabric with batting/wadding in between), use a quilting needle.  Hobbysew recommends the Klasse’ Quilting needle.

For embroidery, either straight satin stitch or patterns; or hoop embroidery (manual or computer controlled), always use an embroidery needle. They are specially designed to eliminate excessive holes in the fabric and to ensure better stitch tension for embroidery work.  Hobbysew recommends Klasse’ Embroidery needles.

Choosing the correct TYPE of machine needle

If your project or thread is specialised, choose your needle based on that rather than fabric type eg embroidery, quilting, twin needle work.

If your project is general sewing or overlocking, base your needle choice on the characteristics of the fabric eg stretch, denim or leather.

60/8 Very fine synthetics and cottons
70/10 Net, chiffon, nylon sheers
75/11 Voile, chiffon, organza
80/12 Cotton lawn, taffeta, silks, tricots
90/14 Poplin, chintz, gingham, synthetic velvets
100/16 Cord, denim, gabardine, heavy suiting

For more information visit www.klasse.com or check the colour coded range of Klasse needles at your nearest store.

Choosing the correct SIZE machine needle

The size of the needle must match with the thickness of the thread being used. The lower the number, the finer the needle.  However, the finer the thread, the higher the number.

When sewing, the thread lies in the needle groove.  If the needle is too fine for the thread, the thread will not sit in the groove properly, causing faulty stitching.

Needle Problems –

The needle must be in perfect condition.  Stitching problems occur from using a needle that is blunt, bent or the tip has been damaged.  Problems that can occur include noisy or jamming machine, skipped stitches, seams that pucker, upper thread breaking or the tension is unbalanced.

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Feb 26


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How’s this for a cute recycling idea from igreenspot


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Nov 27

Sew Easy Template Plastic

Pieced blocks for quilting must be sewn together exactly and for this reason templates must be accurate.  Sew Easy have a range of ready made templates in different shapes and sizes.  However, if you prefer to make your own, Sew Easy Template Plastic is preferable to using other materials such as cardboard, which tends to wear on the edges and become less accurate with use.  Sew Easy template plastic comes either gridded or plain and is easy to cut.  You can  mark measurements and direction with either pen or pencil to ensure correct positioning for cutting.  Sew Easy template plastic is also non-slip, and will not easily move out of position on your fabric. Sew Easy plain template plastic is also brilliant for making applique shapes.

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Jun 27

Hints & Tips: Sew Easy Quilters Tape

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The perfect companion for achieving crisp and accurate stitching on your quilt top.  The narrow Sew Easy Quilters Tape is adhered to your quilt top, close to the line of stitching, as a guide to make sure lines of stitching are evenly spaced and straight.  The tape is then easily removed after stitching is complete and because it has only a very light adhesive, it leaves no residue on your fabric.

Of course it has lots of other useful applications.  It’s brilliant for marking up hems and holding fabric in place whilst sewing, such as appliques,  and ironing, such as pleats.  Great to use when trying on altered clothes – pins fall out and scratch – this is when Sew Easy Quilters Tape is the best tool to use.

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Jun 13

Hints & Tips: How to choose the right colours

It’s sometimes tricky to get just the right colours to match fabric you love so it will make up into a coordinated quilt design.  What you need to use is the Sew Easy Colour Wheel as a guide for choosing the correct colours and tones that match and complement each other.  It comes with really easy-to-use instructions and can be used for lots of situations where colour and tonal choice is important – even furnishings and paint colours!

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Jun 13


Have you ever looked at one quilt block or a small swatch of fabric in your stash and wondered how it would look overall if made up into a quilt top.  Well this is when a Block Viewer comes in very handy.  Just position the Viewer over the fabric and, like a tiny kaleidoscope,  it will multiply the design many times so you can see how it would look, either by itself or combined with other fabrics or blocks.  So small and light, the Sew Easy Block Viewer is invaluable when choosing multiple fabrics to see how they will work together in a large format.

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