FFF1 Q-3 Basics of Machine Sewing

Carlos hard at work It is time to sew. The first project, a quilt square, teaches you the importance of sewing a strong  seam, ironing and keeping your work clean by trimming threads.

The image below is four quilt squares sewn together as a class project/donation to the Friends of Lane fundraiser 2015. 

Quilt 3We will use a Husqvarna sewing machine Emerald 116. 

Link to sewing machine parts vocabulary 

Screen Shot 2015-03-02 at 9.59.58 AM


 Emerald 116 Manual Please refer to this guide whenever using the machine. This has ALL the information you would ever need for this machine. 

Before you can begin- you need to know the parts of the sewing machine. Use the link to label Parts of the Emerald 116.

Winding and threading the bobbin – the bobbin must be properly wound and placed for machine to work properly. 2016 Sewing machine rules and parts

Screen Shot 2015-03-03 at 11.29.42 AM

Screen Shot 2015-03-03 at 11.29.56 AM

Screen Shot 2015-03-03 at 11.30.14 AM


 Once you have learned about the machines, you will get ready to sew. Check in your perfect 1/2″ backstitched seam. 

The first project is a log cabin design quilt square.  Log Cabin project instructions. 

Check out the Pinterest link

Wow! So many ways to use this simple pattern.

To see how this pattern is put together watch the Log cabin tutorial.

How to bind a quilt

Alternate tutorial on how to start the binding

Alternate tutorial for finish the binding

For Quilt block worksheet  look at quilt designs and draw out a 5″x 5″ quilt square that in some way reflects you or your family. Using only vertical, horizontal and diagonal lines create a design. Advanced students can use segments of circles if they are drawn with a ruler. Color it in with colored pencils. Check out the links below for inspiration.

UnknownQuilt barns

8fa13e642f86be526687ec2f9cba2729Quilt block designs

Quilt designs organized by name

History of quilting in America

P1010244Naming quilt blocks

A cute quiz on quilt names

Sylwia Szponder

 Once you have learned to make a small square, you can use what you have learned to create you own masterpiece, Like Sylwia made in 2014 for her bed. 



 Men’s necktie project


 When you have finished your quilt square, it is time to sew a men’s necktie. While using only a few pieces of fabric, it is important to remember to cut the fabric correctly- on the bias.



You will need 1 yard of fabric for the tie. For this project the tie fabric should be woven and have nap. Plaid cottons are preferred.  I will have some fabrics available for your ties, but feel free to select a fabric you would like to use. 

How to use fusible interfacing

I will provide the fusible interfacing. Please use a damp piece of muslin as a pressing cloth. Please pay attention to the right and wrong side of the interfacing. Do not iron the ‘glue’ side of the interfacing. 

 FT-schema8-LTracing using a tailor’s wheel and carbon paper. 

You-Tube Video- How to make a necktie- Step by step instructions

How to tie a necktie

This is a challenging project, but once you master the art of sewing a necktie, you will always be able to make a gift for that hard to shop for man.

Create a 3-D object




Try your hand at creating a three dimensional object using scraps of fabric you might otherwise throw away. Remember to factor in your seam allowance.

You can hand- sew or use a machine, but keep your object small. You may even decide to use it as a pin cushion. *** Tip of the day. Cut up scraps of fabric to use as filling for your object. 


05152012134827864428CREATE A STUFFED TOY

Find an old drawing you made when you were a child. Imagine how cute this would look as a stuffed toy. By now you have mastered straight seems and sewing in the bias. Now you will learn to work with knits. But first you will need to translate your drawing into a elepattern-450x557pattern.

Start by drawing out your pattern pieces on newsprint, Make sure to add a seam allowance to your design. 

You can recycle old t-shirts and sweatshirts for your fabric. You may need to use your embroidery skills to finish the piece off.

Please see the following link for creative toys.  

Turning child’s drawing into stuffed toy

Once you learn how to create toys, you will always be able to create something unique to make kids smile. 

Project proposals

 Now it is time for you to decide what direction you want to take. Did you enjoy quilting? Would you like to design and finish a bigger quilt? Did you enjoy working off a pattern with instructions? Did you like using your creativity to create a stuffed animal? If you choose to work from a pattern- you will need to trace it, so you can cut your pattern. 


Basic RGB

How to trace a pattern

3 thoughts on “FFF1 Q-3 Basics of Machine Sewing

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *