August 2014 Newsletter

technology in the sewing, quilting and embroidery industry

 


Benefits of emerging technology in the sewing, quilting and embroidery industry


Famore Cutlery 

Great-Grandma would never have envisioned sewing with anything other than a treadle sewing machine or by hand. Quilting and embroidery back in the day were strictly accomplished by hand. Quilting bees, with multiple women seated around large quilting frames working on hand-stitching single quilts, were the norm. 

Contemporary seamstresses, quilters, and embroiderers, however, enjoy the benefits of emerging software and technology that have begun to revolutionize these respective industry specialties. While some individuals may still choose the old-fashioned methods for select projects to achieve a certain "look" or outcome, many enjoy the increased options and level of productivity modern and emerging methods offer.
 



 
 

How to select the best Fabric Scissors?

A good pair of fabric shears is a life time investment and can bring the owners joy for years to come. A bad pair of bland pair of scissors can truly turn your sewing experience in to one of frustration and misery. This is why it is always necessary to spend some extra and get the best pair of tailor scissors you can get your hands on. Here is how to choose the best pair of scissors :

  • View buying scissors as an investment, since with proper care they can last you a lifetime. If you can afford to spend much, look for discount deals online, you are sure to find the perfect pair.
  • A good pair of fabric shears is to be bought from a fabric store and not your local drugstore or office supply place. Ask the proprietor of the fabric store for advice; he might know the best brand since he works with them year in and year out.
  • Ask friends and family who share your passion for sewing or quilting, they can offer good advice since they are already involved in sewing. Also check out online forums for answers.
  • When buying a pair of scissor your heart is set on, always make sure to hold it in your hand and try cutting fabric with them. Make sure they feel comfortable in your hand and are equally balanced.
  • Never buy scissors without first knowing what you will be using them for. There are different scissors for different things like pattern cutting and so on. Try not to use a scissor specified for one particular jib for something else.
  • Always protect your sewing scissors. Things like paper, plastic or anything other than fabric should not be cut with fabric scissors. Keep them secure in your sewing kit so few hands get to use them.
  • Before settling down for a sewing session, always make sure that your sewing scissors are well sharpened. If not, make sure to get them sharpened, a lot of vendors who sell cutlery also provide the service of sharpening the blades of scissors and knifes for their customers. So get in touch with the company you got your scissors from or get them sharpened locally.
  • Another thing that most people seem to over look is hat if you are left handed then get scissors which are specifically made for left-handed individuals. This could save you a lot of frustration and damage to the scissors in future.

So if you are interested in investing in the best pair of tailor scissors ever, look no further than Famore Cutlery. Famore Cutlery is a company that takes pride in producing some of the world best Famore scissors, made with premium quality Japanese steel. Famore Fabric Scissors come in all sizes and shapes; they produce custom scissors for each phase of sewing and quilting and offer scissor sharpening services to their customers as well.

Quilting and its History

quiltingMaking quilts is an age old tradition and while its origins are yet to be determined, the practice can easily be traced back to ancient Egyptians (c. 34000 B.C.E). the word “Quilt” is borrowed from the Latin word culcita, meaning "stuffed sack." In the mid and late 11th century, crusaders coming from the Middle East brought quilts to Europe, and by the Middle Ages, quilted garments were what knights wore beneath their armor. Today, the earliest surviving bed quilt from 1360 is the "Tristan quilt," made in Sicily c.

For ages, quilts have provided exceptional insulation from extreme elements. They have been know to be very useful to early colonists who did not have easy access to new cloth and spinning fabric was too labor intensive. In this scenario, salvaging fabrics and making quilts out of them was the best way of surviving the elements. In Fact, during this time and even now, quilting became so popular that it became a communal activity. Entire villages would come together for "quilting bees," and have many people working on a single quilt. Later on quilting became an important part of daily life also, since young women were gauged for their efficacy as good wives based on the number of quilt they had created as part of their trousseau.

So what is quilting? Quilting is the stitching together of three or more layers of cloth in sort of a sandwich formation. The front and back covers are sewed together in a decorative design. Quilting can either be done by hand or machine.

handquiltWhen Quilting by hand, it is usually done on a quilting 'hoop' or frame with special needles, called 'betweens'. One hand is used for stitching, while the other is kept underneath to feel for the needle. Since it is a highly tedious and long process, handmade quilts are far more expensive and prized possessions. Handmade quits are unique since the stitches are made to be straight and uniform, something which is hard to achieve by human hand.

 

machinequiltingMachine quilting on the other had is not all that difficult, but not as easy either. It is done on a regular sewing machine, with a 'walking foot' to ensure that all the layers are sewed smoothly and perfectly by the machine. Machine made quilts are sewed with thread matched with the fabric, if that is not possible the invisible monofilament thread is used in its place.

But whatever method is used for quilting, the basic design is visible as a 'shadow line'. However, each method creates its own unique shadow line. Handmade quilts have a dotted line. While machine quilting, being faster and more precise yields straighter, finer lines which are a bit harsher. Hand quilting gives softer and more dimensional results than machine quilting.

So if quilting has caught your fancy, then get your quilting accessories form the best, Famore Cutlery and get going. Famore Cutlery is known the world over for its high-end, quality sewing and quilting accessories and tools, so trust the best and get all your tools and accessories for Famore.

Types of Fabric Scissors

sewingimagesIt doesn’t matter whether you craft or sew; you must have an idea about the scissors or tool you need to complete your project. Because you know that having the right scissors for each task is essential. Most of us have no idea about the kind of scissors and shears used for cutting and sewing fabric. While there are lots of scissors available in the market, each one is made for a specific purpose; All-purpose scissors simply can't do all the cutting and snipping jobs you need to do for your scrapbook, embroidery project or quilt. Below is a quick introduction of different types of Fabric Scissors, you must know, if you are passionate about sewing. It helps you in selecting right scissors for specific job.

Pinking shears

For fabrics cutting, pinking shears are the ideal fabric scissor. The way they cut seams into zigzag pattern with their serrated blades help prevents the fabric from fraying. This type of scissors is mostly used by professionals, but even if you are starting out in this field, it will help you in the long run.

Dressmaker shears

The second most important pair of scissor you need to have in your sewing and cutting kit is the dressmaker’s shears. This scissor has long blades and angled handles, which help in keeping the fabric, stay flat on the table while you are cutting it. These scissors can also be used for cutting patterns and designs on fabric.

Embroidery Scissors

And last but not the least important in your sewing and cutting kit is the embroidery scissors, which are highly useful in cutting small edges of fabric. Mostly this type of scissor is small, sharp and pointed. A lot of manufacturers make them with clips so you can attach them with anything and not lose them. This scissor is made for cutting jobs which require precision, like ripping out seams.

While an amateur might say that a scissor is a scissor, but if you are passionate about sewing and cutting you need to respect your tools. Never use your fabric scissors for cutting anything except fabric.

And always buy your scissors from a trusted and reliable manufacturer like Famore Cutlery. Made from the finest quality stainless steel, Famore scissors will last you a lifetime. Check out their vast variety of scissors and shears of all sizes and designs. This is not all, once you have become a Famore customer, they will do anything to keep you satisfied. This is why the company not only sells scissors and shears, they take care of them as well by offering services like scissor reconditioning and scissor serration. So consider buying your favorite pair of scissors from Famore and enjoy a lifetime of great service and satisfaction.

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