Our top three sewing machine recommendations

Posted by Better Living Through Sewing on 11/21/2013 to supply recommendations
We're often asked for sewing machine recommendations. Here's a list of our top three based upon quality, value and ease-of-use.  

Vintage pattern reproductions

Posted by Better Living Through Sewing on 11/18/2013 to vintage sewing
We're impressed by the growing number of independent designers and companies marketing reproduction vintage patterns online.  While it's possible to buy authentic vintage patterns, they are often made for one size only, which makes fitting a challenge if you fall in between sizes (or fall in love with a pattern that's not your size!)

Reproduction patterns are often multi-size, meaning they are created for a range of modern sizes, giving them more versatility.  Here are some of the best resources we found.

Sewing advice from 1949

Posted by Better Living Through Sewing on 11/15/2013 to humor
A Better Living Through Sewing student gave us this hilarious advice from a 1949 Singer sewing machine manual. My, how times have changed!  

How a sewing machine makes stitches

Posted by Better Living Through Sewing on 11/13/2013 to sewing tips
Have you ever wondered what's happening inside your sewing machine? This animation explains how stitches are formed.  

Sewing Straighter Seams

Posted by Better Living Through Sewing on 11/12/2013 to sewing tips
Our tips for sewing perfectly straight seams.