Stop what you’re doing! Today is a day of national celebration of the humble sewing machine – here’s how you can join in the fun…
Ah the sewing machine… it’s our trusty friend (or occasionally enemy when a needle snaps or bobbin thread runs out) and the ultimate ‘could-not-live-without’ piece of tech on our sewing tables. So given that today is a day of national celebration of this cleverest of machines, surely we’re allowed to drop everything and run to our sewing desks, pronto?
What are you waiting for?
Get the party started! How to celebrate
1 Spring clean your machine
Let’s face it, we give them a pretty thorough workout, but when was the last time you got your machine serviced? We always suggest taking your machine to a professional for a proper service regularly, but if you can’t for any reason we’ve put together a free guide to cleaning and maintaining your machine.
2 Up your skills with a free book!
Our sister TV channel Sewing Quarter are giving a free copy of ‘How to Use a Sewing Machine: A Beginner’s Manual’, worth £12.00, to all their new customers for today only. Just enter code FREEBOOK when you check out!
- What to look for when buying a sewing machine
- Skills Boost: machine sewing series
- Your guide to sewing machine threads
3. Try our 10 top tips
Try these ideas for getting more from your machine sewing in this 10 tips for machine sewing post from our archive.
4. Take a free video class
From Sew Ready: Machine Basics to Machines for Sewing Knit Fabrics and Machine Savy: Tips for Creative Sewing, video course pros Craftsy have got a handy selection of free resources to boost your skills.
5. Get to know your needles
If you haven’t already tried out different needles for different fabrics, prepare to be amazed! Adjusting your needle choice can revolutionise how easily fabric moves through your machine and the end results. If you’re not sure where to start, check out our guide to sewing machine needle types.