Getting To Know/Threading Your Sewing Machine! Sew Fun

I ended up having to split this post into two because I didn’t realise how much there was to learn here or how involved it actually was >_< Once you’ve been sewing for a little while all of this becomes second nature so you won’t even think about threading a machine, it will just kind of happen. So when you see how complicated it looks don’t be discouraged, I promise it gets a little easier every time and soon you won’t even need to look at the instructions!

So threading a sewing machine can be kind of scary for beginners but it really shouldn’t be! First let’s get to know about sewing machines a little bit.

Keep in mind that during this guide I will be using a Singer, your machine may be different to mine. Most sewing machines thread roughly the same way but it’s always best to see if you can find a manual specific to your make and model. I will be giving tips which are specific to my Singer and also fairly general so please take this as a guide rather than concrete instructions and use your imagination to apply it to your own situation. Also keep in mind that I’m only going to be explaining the basics for the moment. There will be other functions that the machine has that I will ignore for the moment because they aren’t needed for what we’re going to do as beginners. I will cover them in the advanced classes later.

A note on safety first:

BE CAREFUL. It REALLY hurts if you accidentally sew your finger. Seriously. Keep your fingers away from the needle when your foot is on the pedal. It seems obvious but I have seen a lot of injuries because people weren’t paying attention. If you have animals make sure they are in another room. I had a friend once who caught her finger in a machine because her cat jumped on the petal.

If you are threading your machine, turn it off at the switch or at the very least take your foot off the pedal. I cannot stress this enough. It also can’t hurt to have someone who already knows what they are doing around a sewing machine to help you if possible. You can’t be too careful!

So let’s look at our machine!

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Fables In Fashion Watercolour Speed Painting

I started this series last year but it kind of fizzled as I didn’t have as much time to paint or the right supplies. I really love the idea though so I have decided to start it again with my awesome collaborator Fables in Fashion!

Check out her channel here: http://youtube.com/fablesinfashion
Check out her partner’s channel here: http://youtube.com/surfacedstudio .
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A blog and Youtube channel about a girl and her quest to make everything sparkle. New craft, hair and beauty tutorials every week!

Violet LeBeaux spends most of her time trying to think of ways to make life prettier, posting said ways on her blog and drinking very strong tea. She writes about big hair cute things, girly fashion, beauty finds, sometimes Hime Gyaru fashion (姫ギャル) and crafty tutorials.

She lives with her adorable boyfriend Jimmy, fluffy puppy Miss Lottie and Bergamot Bunny in Melbourne, Australia.

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Music: Garageband unless otherwise credited

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Violet- Hi everyone!
Hope you guys are having a good night. we’re doing something a little bit different tonight.
I started this last year where I’m doing a series of speed paintings of people that really inspire me as a way of saying thank you so much for all of your inspiration and just generally being awesome!
I got a little bit side tracked when I started this last year so I wanted to start it again.
So we’re kicking it off with Celina from Fables in Fashion! Celina is a fantastic partner in crime for shooting videos, holding lighting and….
James- Hurry up, my arms are getting tired!
Violet- Shut up James backdrops don’t talk.
James- You’re a jerk! Backdrops have feelings!
Violet: Anyway I did a quick speed painting of Celina from Fables In Fashion, from one of her recent videos.
Make sure you check out her channel, it’s Fables In Fashion and it’s fantastic. Hope you guys enjoy the video and we’ll be doing more of these soon. Hair tutorial coming next week bye!
Let’s watch their reactions.
Celina- Hey Violet
Tobias- Hello
Celina- This is so awkward, lets just watch the video. Ok I’m playing it now.
Celina- I look like I have cat eyes.
Tobias- Floaty cape
Celina- Oh like a super hero
Celina- Nah
Celina- I feel like she’s making me look a lot more elegant than I look in real life. Haha
Tobias- She’s just going off some of the fashionable photos we took
Celina- I wish i could draw
Tobias- Oh no youtube just froze
Celina- Oh there it goes again
Tobias- That’s a bit better
Tobias- Purple for you
Celina- That’s really cool, I wouldn’t be able to pick out all of these undertones and stuff, I would just be like: it’s all black
Tobias- Shading’s cool of the cape and the floating.
Celina- It is cool.
Celina- I have eyes
Tobias- Eye balls but no iris yet
Celina- That’s me!
Celina- That’s photo me and that’s drawing me
Tobias- I don’t know, I think she’s adding colour just very very gently
Celina- Oh yeah it’s really subtle
Tobias- Skin tones
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What Are Your Tools Of The Trade? – Sew Fun!

Firstly thank you to Karina for suggesting the adorable name, I love it! I’ll draw a pretty graphic for next week.

I think it’s going to be best to take this in bite size chunks so we don’t get too far ahead and everyone has a chance to ask questions before we move on. Also keep in mind that I am telling you about the way *I* sew. Every seamstress has different techniques and favorite ways to do things, these are just mine!

Ok so you want to learn how to sew? Awesome! Before you jump in and drop a couple of grand at your local sewing supply it’s important to know what you might need, what it’s going to cost and what you can actually do with it. There’s no point spending a heap of money on a fancy shmancy computerised embroidery machine when you just want to make basic skirts or repair damaged clothes.

Sewing Machine!

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How To Make A Simple Tshirt Necklace/Scarf

Before we get deep into the sewing for next week’s tutorials I thought I would show you guys a very quick no-sew project!

This is another super old idea which has been around the internet like crazy and I never thought I would actually make one until I recently realised I have very few big chunky necklaces.

And so my version of the traditional tshirt scarf/necklace turned out like this:

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Retro Beach Friendly Hairstyle Video Tutorial

It’s been a while since I was able to put together a video tutorial but I finally got to do a new hair tutorial! I totally love this style because once it’s in place it’s not going anywhere no matter how windy it is!

It was fun filming on the beach too!

Hope you guys enjoyed it ^_^

Transcript:
Finally a new video! I’ve made a lot of changes in my life recently and videos will return to being a weekly thing as of now. I’ll be starting a new beginners sewing series on the blog next week as well as an art series here. Hope you enjoy the video 🙂

Also I’m still trying to get in contact with the winner of my last competition so please check your inbox/channel walls to see if it was you! .
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A blog and Youtube channel about a girl and her quest to make everything sparkle. New craft, hair and beauty tutorials every week!

Violet LeBeaux spends most of her time trying to think of ways to make life prettier, posting said ways on her blog and drinking very strong tea. She writes about big hair cute things, girly fashion, beauty finds, sometimes Hime Gyaru fashion (姫ギャル) and crafty tutorials.

She lives with her adorable boyfriend Jimmy, fluffy puppy Miss Lottie and Bergamot Bunny in Melbourne, Australia.

Email: [email protected]
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Mail: PO BOX 372, Collins St West, VIC 8007, Australia

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Music: Garageband unless otherwise credited

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How To Do A Retro Beach Hairstyle

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Hello and welcome to another hair tutorial.
This one is a little bit special because we’re at the ocean!
We are at Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast.
For cute beach looks it’s best to have your hair up as it can get pretty windy!
This hairdo is kind of vintage and has lots and lots of rolls so let’s get started!
This view is a pretty good change right?
Pin your friend and take a small section of hair from the top of your head.
Brush your hair straight upwards and using a teasing comb, tease the backside of it.
The teasing is important otherwise the rolls will separate when you try to put them up.
So with this section of hair, roll it backwards until it forms a loop.
Tuck the ends inside and then pin it to your scalp.
You should have something along these lines.
Now for the hairspray!
This style requires a LOT of hairspray. I have a little mini one that I take with me on travels.
It’s pretty tiny but it packs a punch!
Grab a section of hair next to the first roll.
Pull it outwards and tease the back of it again.
Twist it about half way down.
Then fold it backwards so it forms a loop.
This time, just leave the ends hanging down and then pin it in place.
So now you have one middle loop and one side loop.
Repeat on the other side in the other direction.
Pull it up, tease, twist and fold into a loop.
Pin it in place and add hairspray.
You can never have too much hairspray especially at the beach!
Grab the rest of the hair on the side making sure you don’t have tails of the other loops that you already made.
Tease it.
Twist it.
And form another loop beneath the other ones till you have something like this.
Pin it in place.
Once this style is done, it’s not going anywhere no matter how windy it is!
Or if it decides to rain on your holiday like it always seems to on ours.
Repeat on the other side.
Tease, twist, loop and pin underneath the other loops.
From the back you’ve got this!
Speaking of, let’s do the back.
Grab a section at the top including the tails of the other two loops as well.
Or you could just leave it like this fo a different cute look.
Pull it upwards, tease and roll it forwards to form a loop.
Make sure you poke the tails of this one in.
Roll it so it’s just behind the first loop that you did and pin it in place.
Now separate the remaining hair into two sections.
And roll upwards.
Pin those bad boys in place.
You can do more loops here if you’d like but I was in a hurry so this was as far as I got.
The back doesn’t look great but my mirror was a shiny table surface so this was as good as it got!
Now pick a fringe!
You can tease it and pin for a quiff.
Roll it.
Or sweep it off to one side.
Or just curl it like I did.
The next thing you need is a scarf. Isn’t this nautical one cute?
Now tie it loosely around the rolls.
You don’t want to tie it too tightly or it will squish your rolls and come off at the beach.
A cute tropical flower to match my swimsuit and we’re done!
Except for hairspray… you can always use more hairspray.
Taadaa! Now that’s a hairstyle that’s not going anywhere no matter how windy it is!
We went down to the beach to see the rockpools at low tide, it was really cool!
It looks so cute and sunny here but it was actually storming and rainy for most of this.
You can see here, when I actually had a mirror I fixed the back of my hair right up.
And I added a couple more rolls.
Hope you guys enjoyed my holiday tutorial, thanks so much for watching and I’ll see you guys next week. Bye!

Sewing 101- What do you want to learn??

Ever since I did my first sewing tutorial on this blog I’ve had comments, emails and requests asking for a beginners guide to sewing. Well after some proper thought planning out it starts today!

Mondays will now be Sewing 101 days… though Sewing 101 is such a lame name for a series so if you have any other suggestions please leave them in the comments! I’m so bad at coming up with names for things!!

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Today being the first day I wanted to give the option for you guys to see what I have planned and tell me what you actually want to learn. Is there a particular thing you want to make as your first project? Do you have a burning question about bobbins? Do you want to learn how to ruffle so you can sew your own Lolita skirts? Let me know in the comments so I can tailor things as we go!

Currently the post schedule looks like this:

  • What do you want to learn?
  • Getting to know your sewing machine/tools of the trade you need.
  • Sewing a dress start to finish, showing you the process (then we go into detail of each step later)
  • How to thread your sewing machine.
  • Basic stitches and concepts you need to understand
  • Voting on a first project (I’ll put up 3 and the one with the most votes will be our first project)
  • First project start to finish.
  • Ruffles, darts and pin tucks oh my!
  • How to draft a basic dress pattern.
  • Basic shapes=basic clothes.
  • More sewing projects to try… in fact I guess this continues until we all get bored of sewing and want to try something else!

So what do you guys suggest? Do you prefer things in video format or photos? I personally think this will suit photos more as it can be harder to watch videos while you’re actually *doing* stuff. Let me know your suggestions and let’s get sewing together!

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