Easy Sewing Tip – Making Doll Arms, Legs

If you sew, at one time or another you must have come across a pattern for something like a doll arm with or leg or some other small object that you are supposed to cut out, sew, then turn for stuffing. At one point I made dolls using my own patterns. I designed a doll with fingers. After cutting out my fabric and going to the sewing machine, I found it virtually impossible to keep the fabric together to sew around those fingers. And pins didn’t work because the fingers were too small. I had to come up with a better solution and not lose the finger details that I wanted!

This is what I did. I put two pieces of fabric together with wrong sides together. Then I put my pattern piece (it was an bent arm with a hand and fingers all in one piece) on on the top piece of fabric and just drew around it lightly with a pencil (you can also use a disappearing ink pen but be careful if using it on white fabric). Then instead of cutting out the arm, I simply left the big pieces of fabric together uncut and took that to the sewing machine. Then I just stitched all along the pencil line leaving a space for turning and stuffing (back stitch on each side of the opening so it won’t rip when you turn it.

After stitching, I cut all around my arm leaving a 1/4 inch of fabric around the line of stitching. Then I turned the fabric and I had a perfectly stitched arm with nice finger details! It was so easy to sew and no pins necessary! Once you try this approach, you will use it all the time! It’s not just handy for small details but for big pieces too. It’s much easier to sew a round circle for a pillow or teddy bear head if you just draw the circle, stitch along the line you drew and cut it out after sewing!

And if you want your doll arms and legs to have some stretch even if you use woven fabric like cotton, just draw your patterns on the bias. Then after you turn it you will have some stretch. And to turn small details like fingers, use a small blunt object like the tip of a bobby pin (one that is coated) or take a toothpick and clip one end and file it smooth. You can also use these blunt objects to stuff small spaces like fingers too.

Sewing Machine Review: Singer Futura CE-100

Singer, the company which made itself a household name by creating durable and very efficient sewing machines created the Singer Futura CE-100. As the name suggests, the Singer Futura CE-100 sewing machine is the machine of the future. It is both a sewing machine and embroidery machine at the same time. It is combined with sewing and embroidery functions along with a state-of-the-art technology. The Singer Futura comes with one-step button holes in two styles; one is a drop-in bobbin with transparent slide plate while the other is a one-stitch selection. The drop feed may also be modified depending on the sewing or embroidery project you are working on.

The machine has more than 50 stitching functions and 22 built-in stitches with heirloom, decorative and utility included. It is also equipped with a one-step needle threading mechanism and a programmable needle positioning. The machine allows you to pivot easily on corners during creative curved patterns. It is also easy to control stitching when working with thick fabrics such as denims and leather. The wide variety of sewing and embroidery designs allows the user to expand their creativity and combine the different designs to create a new one. This way, you will not get bored using the same designs over and over again.

The Singer Futura helps you increase your creative side to produce unique and impressive designs. The machine is made compatible with your PC which allows you to download new patterns from the internet and apply these to your projects. This way, the user is not limited to just the design provided in the machine but can use and incorporate new and better designs to their work You may want to ask for help from someone knowledgeable about PCs before installing any software applications to avoid any problems.

It may be a bit difficult for a beginner to use the Singer Futura CE-100 especially if you are not comfortable in dealing with a lot of different controls but what is great about this beginner sewing machine is that you can get help easily by going online on the Internet anytime. This is one of the great technical supports Singer offered to its avid sewing machine users. The Singer Futura may seem to be an expensive machine, with Amazon selling it at $499.99 a piece but considering its functionality as a sewing machine and an embroidery machine as well, it is like getting two machines for the price of one.

Some Sewing Machine Buying Tips For Beginners

If you are shopping for a new sewing machine, it is important that you will know exactly what to look for. The market will have plenty of brands for you to select from, but not all of these options will be appropriate for you and your needs. It is essential though that you take note of some tips that will help you select the most appropriate choice for you.

Do your homework. Due diligence is necessary if you want to be sure that the unit you end up with is the most appropriate for your needs. It is always going to help that you have an idea what it is that you are looking for. Your choices will be plenty and will help you make the right choices when you know what to look for.

Your budget should be considered. Remember that these units are going to be available in different price ranges. It is always important that you know how much you are willing to spend. This is important so you know that you will only spend within your means without having to resort to buying the cheapest unit that you can find.

There are disposable units and cheaper ones that are appropriate for occasional use. But if you are hoping to get something that is meant to last for a very long time, then you will likely have to spend a higher amount. Most of the time, figures that are $2000 and higher can get you a sturdy and heavy-duty unit that will be appropriate for heavy-duty usage as well.

Quality is very important. Check the quality report of these units and find out what their warranty certificates reveal. This is important since you need to be sure that you have the right sewing machine for your sewing needs. Reviews and feedback from other buyers will be very helpful too. So, do consider them.