SCHMETZ Specialty Packs

By | 01/19/2022

Sewing with Knits #1853C Knit & Stretch #1857 Fleece ——————————– Home Dec #1855C Upholstery & Home Decor #4505C Vinyl ——————————– Costume & General Sewing #1850C 9 Needle Pack #1851 10 Needle Pack ——————————– Crafting #1854 Felt & Craft ——————————– Quilting #1856C Piecing & Quilting  

Legacy Sewing Companies

By | 01/12/2022

(Originally published in SCHMETZ Inspired to SEW #94, October 2021. Written by Rita Farro.) There are many famous trios: The Three Musketeers; Peter, Paul, and Mary; the Three Stooges; Destiny’s Child. And if you’re a fan of Creole cooking, you are familiar with that culinary holy trinity:  onions, bell peppers, and celery. But no place in history or… Read More »

Do You Have Any Secrets for Using a Twin Needle? Can I Use It On My Serger? Can I Use It On an Industrial Machine?

By | 01/05/2022

Double or Twin Needles are not suitable for sergers or industrial machines! Please use them only in home sewing machines. When using a Twin Needle, always use the zigzag needle plate with the elongated aperture. When using decorative stitches, the stitch width must NOT exceed the aperture because, otherwise, the needles will touch the needle plate and break.… Read More »

Sewing Machine Needles Don’t Last Forever!!!

By | 12/29/2021

    The needle is not a permanent machine part. Needles get dull from use. Needles are meant to be changed.   Clues to Changing the Needle – Shredding or broken threads – – Skipped stitches – – Puckered or damaged fabrics – – Wiggly squiggly seams – – Popping, clicking or clunking sound –    

Susanne M. Jones – Fly Me to the Moon

By | 12/22/2021

(Originally published in SCHMETZ Inspired to SEW #45, September, 2017. Written by Rita Farro.) SCHMETZ Inspired to SEW is always seeking insight into that moment of inspiration . . . when a woman (or a man) is compelled to create using needle and thread. Everybody takes a different path — and sewing means different things to different people.… Read More »

Determine Needle Size with Rhonda’s 80/40 Rule

By | 12/15/2021

  The most popular thread used for all types of sewing, quilting, and crafting is a 40 weight thread. When using a 40 weight thread, use a size 80/12 needle. If using a thread finer than a 40 weight, such as a 50 weight, use a smaller needle size such as 70/10. Micro threads use needle size 65/9… Read More »

Evolution of Learning

By | 12/08/2021

(Originally published in SCHMETZ Inspired to SEW #93, September, 2021. Written by Rita Farro.) The heartbeat and lifeblood of the sewing business has always been classes. When the COVID pandemic hit, sewing machine dealers, fabric stores, and quilt shops across the country were forced to close their doors. Whether or not a business survived COVID was often a… Read More »

SCHMETZ NonStick Needles

By | 12/01/2021

Features: Non-stick coating of NIT (Nickel-Phosphor-PTFE). Extra-large eye. Distinctive scarf with special eye prevents skipped stitches. Slightly rounded point provides trouble-free sewing. Strong conical blade reinforcement easily handles thick fabrics. Applications: • Multi Media Quilts • Machine Appliqué & Embroidery • • Hook and Loop Tape • Vinyl • Oil Cloth • Available Sizes: 70/10, 80/12, 90/14, 100/16… Read More »

Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA)

By | 11/24/2021

(Originally published in SCHMETZ Inspired to SEW #92, August 2021. Written by Rita Farro.)     Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. (SAQA) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the art quilt: a creative visual work that is layered and stitched or that references this form of stitched layered structure. In their first 30 years, SAQA… Read More »

My Needle Eye Has a Slit in It!

By | 11/17/2021

This blog was originally posted on June 23, 2021. Considering the number of emails we have received since then from customers complaining about defective needles with slits in them, we felt it was prudent to rerun the blog. Please be aware that the Universal Needles and Quick Threading Needles are two different needles.   Quick Threading Needle –… Read More »