TUTORIAL: HOW TO THREAD THE BROTHER DOUBLE SIDED COVERSTITCH MACHINE CV3550

TUTORIAL: HOW TO THREAD THE BROTHER DOUBLE SIDED COVERSTITCH MACHINE CV3550

I was so excited to see this new double sided top coverstitch machine by Brother!  I can think of so many applications for these decorative stitches including sportswear, decorative stitching, chainstitch, hemming knits, and so much more.  I am going to start a set of tutorials with the top cover stitch machine by showing you an in-depth look at threading the machine, including the top cover thread.  At first it might look intimidating, but threading is quite simple.

Start by taking you machine out of the box and remove the packaging tape.  You will find a dust cover, manual (always keep that handy), a plug with pedal attachment, accessory box, and DVD.  If you have more than one machine in your sewing studio here is a tip: place all machine parts in a decorative box and keep each box next to the coordinating machine.

If your machine already has the top coverstitch threaders attached it will look like the photo below.  If not, the video will show you how to remove and reattach these parts. You will need 5 spools of serger thread to thread the entire machine (I am going to use different colors so you can see a little better).  When threading the coverstitch machine, start with the looper which is the spool on the far right side.  You will then move onto threading the needles. For this demonstration I am using all three needles.

To read the full blog about threading the coverstitch machine, head over to my post as a Brother Expert Consultant on the Brother Stitching Sewcial.

DIY RESTYLE PROJECT: TURTLENECK MAKE OVER

DIY RESTYLE PROJECT: TURTLENECK MAKE OVER

  I have a few turtlenecks that are made of beautiful fabrics, but I can’t stand the high, tight neckline. Time for another DIY recycle project to  makeover this sweater!  The look of see through fabric, embroidered, and embellished tulle are so trendy right now - why...

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UPCYCLE 👗 DESIGN A SKIRT WITH EMBROIDERY

UPCYCLE 👗 DESIGN A SKIRT WITH EMBROIDERY

Embroidery is such a hot trend this spring!  Whether you are sewing a skirt from scratch or recycling one from the back of your closet, adding a touch of embroidery can create an entirely fresh look.  Keep in mind this would look great on a dress too 😊   Supplies: I...

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Shirt Dress Sewalong: Sewing the Sleeve Placket

Shirt Dress Sewalong: Sewing the Sleeve Placket

It's Sew Easy TV's Shirt Dress Sewalong  Part 4: Sewing the Placket on the Sleeve There are many ways to sew the sleeve placket and depending on your pattern you might have a one piece or two piece placket.  If you have a two piece placket, you can change...

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Shirt Dress Sewalong: Attaching the Collar

Shirt Dress Sewalong: Attaching the Collar

It's Sew Easy TV's Shirt Dress Sewalong  Part 3 Attaching the Collar Sewing the collar and collar band can be intimidating, but it's easier than you might thing. The most important is the topstitching, this is what makes your shirt or shirtdress look...

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Shirt Dress Sewalong: Sewing the Front Placket

Shirt Dress Sewalong: Sewing the Front Placket

How to Sew the Front Placket It's Sew Easy TV's Shirt Dress Sewalong - Part 2  Tips for Attaching Interfacing Pressing fusible interfacing to the fabric is easy if you follow these tips: Use a press cloth underneath the garment to prevent the fusible from...

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Announcing the Shirt Dress Sewalong on It’s Sew Easy TV

Announcing the Shirt Dress Sewalong on It’s Sew Easy TV

It's Sew Easy TV's Shirt Dress Sewalong  Announcing the shirt dress sewalong!  This season of It’s Sew Easy I will be sewing a shirt dress from beginning to end and you can follow along each week watching each episode of It’s Sew Easy! To get started you will need to...

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DIY: REFASHION A SWEATER INTO A SWEATER JACKET

DIY: REFASHION A SWEATER INTO A SWEATER JACKET

I bought this sweater a few years back because the fabric is soft and fluffy, but I never wear it because the collar is too tight!  I leave it in the drawer and pet it every once in a while 🙂  Even when I would attempt wear the sweater on a cold, wintry...

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Learn to Sew Custom Removable Shoulder Pads

Learn to Sew Custom Removable Shoulder Pads

Ask Angela …: There are countless women like me who must have the same question to ask, so I’ll make an attempt to speak for the group. After reaching those golden years, we start to wonder why our clothes — especially shirts and blouses — seem to have lost all sense of shape. We might just as well be wearing ponchos because our collective shoulders have gradually disappeared over the years. How about a hint on making conservative shoulder pads . . . not like the 80’s kind and not just for jackets/coats and blazers. I would like something that can be used with casual or dress shirts and blouses, so it should not be too bulky.
Sure hope you can address this problem — I’ve seen you on It’s Sew Easy many times and feel that if anybody can solve this issue, it is Angela.
Sincerely,
Sarah
P.S. My next project will be creating a bra with suspenders to keep it in place. Any ideas?

Sarah from Ohio

This was a great question from Sarah, and although I’m not going to talk about making your own shoulder pads, I am going to give you a few tips that have worked for other clients of mine in the past.

All of us have different body shapes, meaning I might not need the same thickness of shoulder pad as you or maybe I don’t need extra padding at all.  With that being said, there are just as many sizes and styles of shoulder pads.

Do you remember the shoulder pads of the 80s – they were very, very, VERY LARGE! In fact, I’m pretty sure the shoulders of the jackets extended at least 2 inches past the actual edge of any female’s shoulder.  I always laugh at some of the old photos where I am wearing enormously huge shoulder pads – my head looks SO small! 🙂

Take a look at these two shoulder pads. Both are considered a raglan shoulder pad, meaning that part of the shoulder pad will be directly on your shoulder and a small part of the shoulder pad will extend past your shoulder to fill in the sleeve cap.  These are typically used for jackets, but the smaller one will work in tops as well.

This shoulder pad is very thin and a perfect option for blouses and tops.  It gives that soft edge to your shoulder and evens out your profile, without standing out that you are wearing shoulder pads..

It can get rather expensive to add shoulder pads to every top that you own, not to mention shoulder pads turn out disastrously after being washed.  So why not design your own removable shoulder pads!

You will need:

1” wide Hook & Loop tape; which comes in a variety of colors including beige, black, foliage green, olive drab, and white

Shoulder pad options I would consider:

Hand Sewing Needle and Thread

CHOOSING A SHOULDER PAD

Shoulder pads are listed by thickness and length.  The thickness is the height of the shoulder pad, so if you are looking for the bare minimal to even out the shoulder area – start with the ¼” thick shoulder pad.  For unlined jackets and sweaters consider using the raglan shoulder pads (which is what I will be using here). For knit tops and blouses, choose a flatter shoulder pad that won’t extend into the sleeve cap but the straight edge will line up with the edge of your shoulder.

PREPARE HOOK AND LOOP TAPE

Take a close look at the hook and loop tape.  There is a softer side (which will be attached to your garments) usually referred to as the loop side.  Then, there is the hook side that is (more…)

Video Tutorial on How to Clean a Dirty Iron!

Video Tutorial on How to Clean a Dirty Iron!

Welcome to Ask Angela where your questions get answered in detail! This weeks question is from  Glenda and you can watch the video above (click here if you don’t see the video).   You will find a tutorial on how to clean a dirty iron face and even a  preview of my favorite steam iron.

Leave me a comment below with your experience cleaning irons and if you have a favorite iron you must share with the rest of us!  Feel free to submit a question for an upcoming episode.

Cheers,

Angela Wolf

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DIY RESTYLE PROJECT: TURTLENECK MAKE OVER

  I have a few turtlenecks that are made of beautiful fabrics, but I can’t stand the high, tight neckline. Time for another DIY recycle project to  makeover this sweater!  The look of see through fabric, embroidered, and embellished tulle are so trendy right now - why...

TUTORIAL: HOW TO THREAD THE BROTHER DOUBLE SIDED COVERSTITCH MACHINE CV3550

I was so excited to see this new double sided top coverstitch machine by Brother!  I can think of so many applications for these decorative stitches including sportswear, decorative stitching, chainstitch, hemming knits, and so much more.  I am going to...

UPCYCLE 👗 DESIGN A SKIRT WITH EMBROIDERY

Embroidery is such a hot trend this spring!  Whether you are sewing a skirt from scratch or recycling one from the back of your closet, adding a touch of embroidery can create an entirely fresh look.  Keep in mind this would look great on a dress too 😊   Supplies: I...

DIY Tutorial: How to Design Felt Embroidered Heart Decorations

I am always looking for cute decorations for Valentine’s day, maybe it’s just that I love the color red 😊  Custom embroidered felt hearts is a fun way to share the love.  This is a quick tutorial using My Design Center on the Brother sewing machine.  Photo 1 Supplies:...

Shirt Dress Sewalong: Sewing the Sleeve Placket

It's Sew Easy TV's Shirt Dress Sewalong  Part 4: Sewing the Placket on the Sleeve There are many ways to sew the sleeve placket and depending on your pattern you might have a one piece or two piece placket.  If you have a two piece placket, you can change...

Shirt Dress Sewalong: Attaching the Collar

It's Sew Easy TV's Shirt Dress Sewalong  Part 3 Attaching the Collar Sewing the collar and collar band can be intimidating, but it's easier than you might thing. The most important is the topstitching, this is what makes your shirt or shirtdress look...

Shirt Dress Sewalong: Sewing the Front Placket

How to Sew the Front Placket It's Sew Easy TV's Shirt Dress Sewalong - Part 2  Tips for Attaching Interfacing Pressing fusible interfacing to the fabric is easy if you follow these tips: Use a press cloth underneath the garment to prevent the fusible from...

Announcing the Shirt Dress Sewalong on It’s Sew Easy TV

It's Sew Easy TV's Shirt Dress Sewalong  Announcing the shirt dress sewalong!  This season of It’s Sew Easy I will be sewing a shirt dress from beginning to end and you can follow along each week watching each episode of It’s Sew Easy! To get started you will need to...

DIY: REFASHION A SWEATER INTO A SWEATER JACKET

I bought this sweater a few years back because the fabric is soft and fluffy, but I never wear it because the collar is too tight!  I leave it in the drawer and pet it every once in a while 🙂  Even when I would attempt wear the sweater on a cold, wintry...

DIY PROJECT: EMBROIDERY & APPLIQUE HAT & MITTENS

Customizing pieces of your winter wardrobe has never been easier. This project will show you how to use embroidery and appliqué to embellish a knitted hat and mittens.  Great gift idea! Supplies Hat & Mittens , 10” x 4” Gold or Silver Lame Fabric, Brother...

DIY Design & Sew a Custom Bowl Cover

Do-it-Yourself Custom Bowl Cover This is such a fun easy DIY  project to dress up a bowl, I could definitely see using different fabrics for each season!  To get started, choose a bowl that you want to cover.  The bowl can be glass, metal, plastic, you...

DIY Halloween Embroidered Trick or Treat Bag

Looking for an easy DIY project for Halloween?  Check out this Trick-or-Tread embroidered felt bag. This is a fast and easy project and the kids will love it 🙂 Supplies Inside of bag:  cut 1 cotton fabric 27” by 14” and cut a 9” circle Outside...

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