The Manual Sewing Machine Cutter

One of my favorite features on my newer sewing machines, is the Auto Thread Cutting Feature.  This feature can spoil you in heartbeat once you get used to using it.  I love it for certain applications, but not all applications.  When I started to sew, this wasn’t an option on conventional home sewing machines.  I learned how to sew by holding my threads in the back of the machine as I started off each new seam.  I still, for the most part use this method, however using the auto cutter leaves a shorter tail in the back that can’t be held when starting to sew a new line of stitching.

There’s the alternative to using the auto cutter on the Singer 9960 that you may not even be aware of.  It’s the on board manual cutter.  Here’s a video of how to use this cutter and it’s the one that I use most often.

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Another Sew Along?

Last week while catching up on some of the blogs I read, someone posted about upcoming sew along’s for the New Year.  I already committed to the 2018 RTW Fast hosted by Goodbye Valentino, but I won’t be able to start that until February due to a large project I’m involved with.  So in the meantime, I found another sew along, or should I say, “another sew along found me” that sounded interesting.  It’s called The 52 Week Sewing Challenge. That’s a whole year of sew along challenges.  I thought this would be the perfect way to participate is something, but on a much smaller scale.  I probably won’t be able to create a project for all 52 weeks, but I still thought it sounded fun.  This sew along has a preset project for each week of the year.  My thought was that I could select those that I found interesting and jump in when I wanted.

Here’s the weekly schedule for the entire year:

52 week challenge sew along

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Sew Along Redemption!

Happy New Year!!

New Year, fresh start.  A few years ago, I signed up to participate in a RTW Fast Sew Along hosted by Sarah Gunn from Goodbye Valentino.  The point of the sew along was to sew your own wardrobe for an entire year and not purchase any ready to wear items.  I crashed and burned last time and made some RTW purchases which disqualified me from that RTW fast.  This year, she’s starting a NEW 2018 RTW fast and I’m back for redemption and to complete what I started back then.

This time I’ve decided to do things a little differently:

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Singer VS Brother Part 3: Mechanical Details Comparison!!

Welcome to Part 3:  Mechanical Details Comparison, in my ongoing series comparing the Singer Pro Finish Serger to the Brother 1034d Serger!  This is the final part to this series.  It’s been a great experience for me to be comparing the Singer Pro Finish Serger to the Brother 1034d Serger.  I’ve learned so much more about this NEW Brother Serger doing this series and still have so much more to learn.  In this segment I will be including my preference for each of the features of each machine I’ve selected.  So many of you have emailed me about which machine I like more.  I definitely have my preferences about each machine.  As I share my preferred features for each machine, I will also share a photo of why I prefer it over the other.  I didn’t find any deal breakers for either one and will be using both machines going forward.

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Singer VS Brother Part 2: Stitch Quality & Threading Comparison!!

Hi Everyone!  I hope you found the Singer VS Brother comparison spreadsheet from Part 1 of this series helpful. I’ve already received emails with great questions and many of the answers will be included in Parts 2 & 3 of my comparisons.  Thanks for following along and keeping me on point!!  In case you missed my first blog post, Part 1:  Technical Specifications Comparison, you can catch up HERE.

Welcome to Part 2:  Stitch Quality & Threading Comparison!!


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Singer VS Brother Part 1: Technical Specification Comparison!!

Welcome to Part 1 in my NEW comparison series on the Singer Pro Finish Serger and the Brother 1034d Serger!!

Well…..here we go!!  I know many of you have been waiting patiently for this comparison.  I know this because you’ve emailed and messaged me about it.  Thanks so much for all the “friendly reminders” and for giving me the time I needed to get it done.  I’m glad it’s finally ready to share. It’s as thorough as I could be, even though I’m pretty sure there will be follow up questions from you, which are always welcome!!

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