Sewing Elastic onto a Waistband

In this video I demonstrate how to sew on an elastic waistband as a request by another sewer who had issue performing this task. I demo how to pin the elastic; how to attach it using a zigzag stitch and finally on a overlocker.

There is no need to overlock the seams on knits as they do not fry. However, on wovens that fry you will need to finish the edges before sewing on the elastic.

Let me know if you have any questions.

The EverSewn Sparrow 20 My Initial Test Results

In this post we’ll do one test to see the sewing strength of the new EverSewn Sparrow 20 Sewing Machine.

These new machines are made in China. This model has a 0.7 amp motor, which is inline with what most domestic machines in this price range have.

I’ve always felt a fair test for any domestic machines build quality is the classic Levi’s jeans test. Yeah, I know less and less people are wearing these jeans now including myself (plus I have a stack of them in the top of my closest), but they are thick and dense on those flat felled inner leg seams and I need to justify keeping them around a bit longer. Who knows, they may just come back in style a few years down the road.

One of the first things I sewed on it was some knit elastic in which I needed to join the cut ends together. I always start with the widest zigzag on the forward first row; on the back row I reduce the width; on the final row going forward I reduce the width again.  I made it forward and backward, but when I started going forward on the last row it stalled feeding and created a threads nest by sewing in the same place over and over again. In this first video I demo the issue, along with some other test fabrics. This was my first test shooting with my iPad Pro too, so keep that in mind. I am gathering additional equipment to produce a much more professional looking and sounding video using it going forward.

Levi’s Jeans Hem Test

Next, I performed my classic Levi’s Jeans Hem test. See the results in this video:

The machine passed the test. It did grind and grunt a bit when sewing through the hammered down flag felled seam, but it made it through it. After that it was smooth sailing. I did notice that the stitches shortened on the serged side seam. If I was sewing this hem for public view I should have first hand basted each side seam to ensure it would not shift when sewing. Next, I would assist feeding the fabric when sewing the side seams. This will result in a much more even stitch length.

One of my problems with this machine is they did NOT provide the ability to adjust the pressure on the presser foot. In my world this is a must needed feature for any serious sewer OR any sewer that uses a wide range of fabrics. On my daily sewing a almost always adjust the pressure on the foot when I start a new project. My guess is given that is seems that everybody is a quilter in the domestic marketplace the manufacturers only test for this market. I just find it interesting that their entry machine ( the Sparrow 15) has this feature, but so far none of their other models do as the date of this post.

It would have been nice to see a thread cutter on this model too. They do offer it on the Sparrow Model 30 machine though.

Overall they seem to be a good value for the entry level sewer.

One last note: I emailed them a request for a demo machine to review. I need another machine like I need a hole in my head, but there seems to be a lot of interest in these new machines. I also received numerous emails asking if I would review it and do my jeans hem test. I never heard back from them, so I ended up having to buy the machine myself. I'll sell it at some point, but it would have been nice if they would have at least responded to my request. Since I don't generated any money off my videos or do any advertising on my blog I am funding everything myself. I guess that allows me to be honest in my reviews, but I would do that either way.

New Pattern Release! #1001 Skirt Pattern

I’ve decided to release a pattern I’ve used internally for making skirts for my clients. This pattern is quick and fairly simple to assemble. It can be completed in 30 minutes by an experienced sewer; it might take a hour for a newer sewer. However, after you’ve sewn a couple you will go from cutting out the pattern to wearing it in less than an hour.

The pattern is offered in both Ladies and a Misses sizes.

The #1001 Skirt Pattern includes an 1 inch fold over elastic waistband for comfort. A lengthen and shorten line for the great variation of heights. It is design to wear slightly above the knee due to the lack of a kick pleat.

With lighter fabrics I suggest adding enough length to do a double 2 inch hem. This will make the skirt hang better.

Here is a show and tell video where I show 4 version of the skirt I’ve produced for a client using this pattern:

Ladies Size
Size Waist Hip Length
8 32.0 42.0 22.5
10 32.25 43.0 23.0
12 33.50 44.25 23.5
14 34.75 45.50 23.60
16 35.50 46.50 23.75
18 37.0 47.5 24.0
Misses Size
Size Waist High Hip Low Hip Length
6 26 34 35.5 22
8 27 34.5 37 22.5
10 28 35.5 38 22.5
12 29.5 36.5 39.5 23.6
14 31 37 41 23.75
16 32.5 38 42.5 24
18 34 39 44 24.25
20 35.5 40 45.5 24.50
22 37 41 47 25

Included with the pattern is a link to a complete sew-along video. This video will guide you step-by-step through the process of printing out the PDF pattern; cutting and assembling the pages; then the step by step sewing procedures to complete your skirt.

To purchase a copy of the pattern visit the Pattern Store. You pattern will be available to download instantly after you’ve made the purchase.

If you have any questions you can contact me by clicking here.

Included with the pattern is a link to a complete sew-along video. This video will guide you step-by-step through the process of printing out the pdf pattern; cutting and assembling the pages; then the step by step sewing procedures to complete your skirt.


Sewing a Perfectly Straight Dart Line Every Time.

I’ve heard from many sewers at all levels that struggle with sewing a nice straight, even dart line. If you are one of those that dread sewing a simple straight dart then this technique should help you. After repeated success you may be able to remove your training wheels.