Sewing Tips

  • If you test an embroidery design on Osnaburg fabric (loose weave muslin), you can use it later as an applique with frayed edges on a t-towel.
  • If your foot control has a retractable cord, hold it between your index finger and thumb when releasing it to keep it from twisting. This will cut down on wear n' tear so it'll last longer.
  • When doing applique in the embroidery hoop, use a piece of sticky tape to pat the edges of the fabric before it is satin stitched into place. This will remove the fuzzies.
  • Pfaff owners (7570, 7560, 7530): Do you know you can wind a bobbin while sewing or embroidering? Just don't turn the inner wheel on the hand wheel.
  • Keep the bed of your machine waxed. Fabric will glide more easily if you rub a bit of paste wax on your accessory tray and machine bed. Only use paste wax.
  • Always lift your presser foot when threading your machine. This locks the thread into the tension disks.
  • To keep your machine in tip-top shape, use Q-tips to clean off the lint. While regular cleaning is important, don't forget to keep your machine oiled and have it professionally cleaned once a year.
  • Use your Pfaff Endless Hoop for quilting borders on your quilts! It's easy and you don't need any stabilizer. Stop by the shop to see several samples of what you can do.
  • To remove water soluble stabilizer from your embroideries, wash (not full strength) with fabric softener or hair conditioner. Your fabric or lace will nice and soft!
  • Use a postage stamp bottle to remove any water-soluble stabilizer from your work.
  • If the outline of your embroidery design does not line up with the rest of the design, use MORE stabilizer.
  • Always store water-soluble stabilizers in an airtight container. Zip-lock bags work great.
  • Thread facts: Did you know that, on average, about 6.5 yards of thread and 2.5 yards of bobbin thread is used per 1,000 embroidery stitches? The main difference between polyester thread and rayon thread is that polyester can be bleached and still retain its color, whereas rayon cannot. If your thread is looping, it could be due to having too many stitches or that your material is tightly woven. To fix it, reduce the stitch count, or adjust the thread tension, or a combination of both. A fill stitch is area filled with multiple lines of walking stitches. A satin stitch is a series of zig zag stitches that form a letter, line or shape. A running/walking stitch is a single straight stitch that provides additional detail.
  • Heat and light can dry out threads and fade their color. If you hang your threads on a wall rack, cover the threads with a piece of fabric. Old or dry thread break more easily.
  • Use a needle with a larger eye if your thread keeps breaking.
  • When opening a new spool of thread, hold the spool by the ends and push towards the center. This will tighten the thread on the spool.
  • Use a small leftover piece of batting to clean up the threads on your cutting mat.
  • Keep a lint roller near your sewing to pick up all the little threads from seam ripping.

Our Sewing Classes

Satin Stitches provides a broad range of classes. Everything from how to use your new machine or software, to making those creative projects!

We offer classes during both days and evenings for your convenience. Many of our classes are provided free-of-charge to customers who purchase their machines and software at Satin Stitches.


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