You Tube and Brother sewing machines have made it easier for you if you have ever wanted to learn to sew. Just view a few videos and you can learn how to deconstruct a garment you own and use it for a pattern for a new garment. You can learn how to go to places like Thrift stores and completely re-fashion items that you find there. You can learn how to adjust your machines to handle different fabrics too and do different kinds of sewing techniques.
You are no longer slave to what the Big Box stores decide to put out for people in your size. Large ladies sometimes have difficulty finding things that will both fit them and look attractive. When you can sew, you can become your own fashion designer.
When I retired from working in a hospital I made the decision to purchase something I had wanted for many years: An all around machine that could be used for regular sewing, quilting, and embroidery. Finally, I had something that was more than useful. It was just plain fun. Because of this I have no problem recommending this machine to you and using my affiliate link.
The machine I chose, the Brother LB6800PRW is a good fit for me because besides being fun it is also easy to use. It has an automatic needle threading system that actually works. With my eyes, I absolutely love this! The drop in bobbin is super simple too. The large LCD screen has on board tutorials so you don’t have to get the manual out for every single task you do. I love having both though because sometimes you need more detailed instruction for things that you don’t do very often. This machine comes with a rolling case but it is not always available. The same machine without the case (SE400) is almost always available as it is very popular. It is a combination sewing and embroidery machine.
My first project with my new machine was making some Mug Rugs for Christmas gifts. These are neat little quilted pads just large enough for a cup of coffee and a snack. They can be really cute as well as useful.
Since then I have used the machine for making Satin pillowcases, nightgowns, repairs, refashioning garments, etc, etc, etc. I love having the ability to personalize items with monograms or unique designs.
This is also a skill that once learned can also enable you to earn some extra money from home. You can either sew for other people or make items which you can then sell online or through craft fairs.
I worked for a while in manufacturing and had the opportunity to fall in love with Overlock machines. Overlocks are also called Sergers. The Sergers in manufacturing were not adjustable as today’s machines are so you only had one type of stitch. That would be the stitch that the mechanics set it up to do.
Today’s sergers have the ability to change the settings in order to do things like make a rolled hem, a flatlock stitch, a simple overcast stitch, one needle or two needle stitching and much more. There are quite a few things that you can do with them. I went a little more in detail about the different uses of a serger here on the page about my Brother 1034D. These two machines together give me greater creativity and lots of sewing fun.
At the moment, I am wanting to re-cover my sofa and loveseat.The frames are still in very good shape and they are very comfortable for sitting or even sleeping. The fabric, though is showing lots of wear and tear from years of use.
Since I know nothing about re-holstery, I will be making slip covers instead. Before beginning, I will be reviewing youtube videos and making decisions how to proceed.