Quick and Easy Machine Wrapped cords - A Simple Sewing Machine Project! | Carrie R | Skillshare

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Quick and Easy Machine Wrapped cords - A Simple Sewing Machine Project!

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Lessons in This Class

6 Lessons (14m)
    • 1. Machine Wrapped Cords - Class Introduction

    • 2. Machine Cords 1 - Class Supplies

    • 3. Machine Cords 2 - Machine setup & Sewing your first cord

    • 4. Machine Cords 3 - Talking Machine Feet & Sewing your Cord 2

    • 5. Machine Cords 4 - Further Techniques & Experimentation

    • 6. Machine Cords - Final Thoughts & Class Project.

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About This Class

Welcome to my Skillshare class.

In this class we will be making our own machine thread wrapped cords.

We will be using a standard home sewing machine.

Any basic home sewing machine with a zigzag stitch is suitable for this project.

The completed cords can be used in any number of craft or sewing projects.

This project is suitable for all levels including beginners.

Basic supplies needed;

  • Sewing machine in good working order with a zigzag stitch.
  • Machine sewing threads in varying colours (polyester or machine embroidery thread).
  • Wool / Yarn or string.
  • Small Scissors.
  • Piece of scrap fabric or felt.

Once you have learnt to make these cords, they are great to use in your home craft projects. Here are a few ideas;

  • Sewn on as an edging to a piece of fabric.
  • Couched or sewn down onto a piece of fabric as decoration.
  • Used in varying thicknesses as handles on bags etc.
  • As cord tie closures for decorative notebooks etc.

Please join me for this Skillshare class. Its a great way to use up odd coloured reels of machine thread you have lying around and make something useful in the process!

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Carrie R


I've had a love of Art, Craft and have been sewing and making things since I was a girl.

I've always sewn and made things at home and have attended many sewing and textile courses in my spare time over the years.

I originally studied Art, Typographic and Print Design at College when I left school. I have a love of lettering and calligraphy.

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1. Machine Wrapped Cords - Class Introduction: Hi, everyone. Welcome to my school share class In this class, we're gonna be making our own machine wrapped courts. I'll be showing you how to do it on two different machines. A computerized machine, andan older mechanical machine. We could be looking different techniques. We're going to be looking at how to set up our machine. What settings to use on the machine stitch, length and width. My house get the court's going through your machine nicely. We're also gonna be taking a look what supplies we need for this class. Different, Kartik. Eons and courts sewing machine threat, machine embroidery threat. We'll also be looking at what to do without cords once we've made them, incorporating them into a project selling them down onto fabric. I'm looking forward to working with you. So please him Roll Now, I'd love to see any projects that you upload at the end of the class. Thank you for watching 2. Machine Cords 1 - Class Supplies: So what surprised do you need for this class? Here, put some examples out for you to look at have no through your cup of. See what you've got lying around at home. Don't go out and buy some expressions. See what you've got already that you can practice with on the left. I've got a cotton yarn in white. And then I got a standard from colored double knitting your on the writer A couple of fun examples is a fluffy a wall and a thicker wool. I've got a piece left over from Scarf Project by, mate. You're going to need some machine threat for this project. Having it through sewn box. See what college you've got already. Pick out a few different ones. We favorite colors. I got Hissene standard polyester thread in red, good to in threat. Some comes threat. And on the right, I've got three different rules of machine embroidery Threat. These Rivera gated threats to the color changes along the mates of threat. It's not vital that you have the embroidery thread. It just makes your cord come up with a shiny er surface. I've also got a nice shot. Paris's is I will make sure that I keep my sewing scissors separate from all the other sisters in the house. So that makes, um, stay nice and sharp. Now guys talk about so machines. Here's one of my machines. I picked her up locally from one of the online selling sites, and she only cost me 10 UK pounds. She's pretty old. She's well used, but she runs perfectly. You got a very, very basic range of stitches. But she has a good straight stitch on a good zigzag state, which is what we need for this project. His love of machine. This is a computerized brother machine. She has loaded stitchers, lots of different features. I was also great for making machine records on even machine worked. Fine. Gather all the supplies together. Threat up your sewing machine thread that you have chosen. I'll meet you back at the next few dear 3. Machine Cords 2 - Machine setup & Sewing your first cord: welcome back and let's get started. I cut myself a length of yarn, the length I would like my finish called. I've cut two strands you can choose to do to all three strands of yarn together, and I've not had them at one end on starting one machine ready, I'm using standard six EC foot are set the stitch wits to fall the widest setting on the stitch length to about two. Place the court under the foot of your machine, not at the back gently turned the hound towards you to check that the steps, which they set wide enough so it clears either side of your young holding the court back with one hand, on the other hand, twisting called at the front stop machine machine away along to the end. You can stop if you need to rate, twist the court and then carry on. You have been speed film up 4. Machine Cords 3 - Talking Machine Feet & Sewing your Cord 2: Yeah, I set up my computerized machine from my table. Stitches. You can see I've selected the zigzag stitch, which is stitched number five. I've set my wits to a minimum five. My sticks length to 1.6. My machine has a speed control, so I've set this to the false to setting. I threatened my machine at the top with a nice machine embroidery thread. This is a variegated thread, which means that as the threat runs through the machine, the color changes so you can see three colors. There's a dark red gold on an orange. I've also wound my pot, been in the same threat. Now let's talk about a couple of the machine fate. Foot on the right is the standard foot that came with my machine. I used this for most stitching, and it's also come because those exact foot the foot on the left. It's called a satin stage foot. Here you can see the underneath a satin stitch foot. You can see that the middle of the foot underneath it's slightly indented. If we use this for it will help our cord go underneath the machine. Easier now Let's run through it in hints and tips. I've got my called under my machine ready to so you can see this About an inch also sticking out the back. I'm twisting the court with one hand and with the other hand, I'm holding the court at the back of the foot. Start off slowly and machine away. The machine should feed the court through the machine. Right, So you can goes faster with slows You want to. If for any reason you can feel that the cord isn't feeding through the machine very well, You could try one of two things. One apply gentle pressure pulling slightly at the back. Secondly, you could make your stitch length longer. 5. Machine Cords 4 - Further Techniques & Experimentation: hopefully find. Now you've had some success with the basic technique, so now it's time to experiment here. I'm running through two strands of in a critic young using the same stick settings we used earlier here. I folded the cold. I've just done in half Amman now twisting it together to make one large record. Yes, this is gonna be a factor called to fit under the foot of the machine. You may need to create a slight tension by pulling slightly from behind the foot to help it feed through the machine nicely. Here, I've taken the court, I run through the machine. Once earlier, I'm going to put it through the machine again. You could use the same stitch settings, or you could draw a shortening the steps length, which will cover the court more. With your threat, you could change the color of your top threat the color of your bottom threat. You can experiment on your own to see what it fix you can get here. I'm running the call through 1/3 time. I shortened my stitch length down to about No, went five, and you can see that the white cord is now nearly completely covered by the red thread. Here I have two strands of the critic young. This time I'm gonna run them through the machine but not twist them. So I'm gonna make sure I lay them under the foot and make sure that both strands the arm are together and then run them through the machine. The result in court will be a nice, flat chord here. I'm going to make myself a little hanging loop. I'm gonna take a section of the flak called that I've just made loop it round. So there's a loop at the top and put it under the machine. So the loop extends out the back about an inch. Sure, so cooled is under the foot with the two pieces of flat core together simply. Six. Act down, Stop hit reverse and six, I'm back up again. Stop again and then zigzag the end of the short piece of cord. You can go up and down a few times to make sure it's good and strong. Take out off the machine and then cut off the excess cool that you don't need. Here, you can hopefully see that we've made a nice little hanging lips. He's a pretty strong You could use these say to attach to kitchen towns here. I'm gonna take a piece of the court I just made and stitch this down onto a piece of black felt I'm using black felt so that you can see what I'm doing easily with the green yawn. Crofton, this is cool. Couching a threat onto a fabric. I sent my seeks exits, blood enough to cover the court. Just machine down with his exact stitch. You could use a stitch length of 1.5 to have a play around. Try different stitch lengths, uneven different stitch with and see what effects you can get. Yeah, I'm going to speak to film up and show you they're not all sewing has to be in a straight line. We can run the court under machine onto our fabric, turning the fabrics. We go create nice loops patterns you're defending. Really clever. Perhaps you could try and write your name. Gonna go around here in a circle and then go back to where we started. 6. Machine Cords - Final Thoughts & Class Project.: here are Some of the courts are made earlier. This 1st 1 I've run through the machine about three times. You can see the court is nearly completely covered by the machine threat in the middle of Got the critically on that I've run through twice and at the back is the white court. Let's run through twice, but I've left it so that you can still see some of the underneath court showing through. I started off with a fluffy on. I run it through the machine carefully so that I've left some of the fluffy sections sharing at the sides. This was particularly nice, and I've used a metallic thread, gold and silver, so it really starts to catch the light. Have a look through your craft books. Couple it. See what young's you have that you could try out on your machine. Yeah, I was working in the textile project, playing around with some different machine stitches. What do you use one upon machine called to finish off the edge of the fabric? Simply say, exacting the cold onto the edge of the fabric. These are just a few examples of what you could do. Thank you. so much watching my class. I've really enjoyed working with you. If you have enjoyed the class, please think about tackling the project. Try making several different machine courts yourself. Try different yawns, different threats. Try out different stitch lengths. See how you could incorporate the mental project. Please upload your photos. I'm really looking forward to seeing them. Thank you for watching. Impressed. Look out for my next school share class.