I Bought the Brother Ls14s Sewing Machine (6 Month Review)

Here’s my review of the Brother Ls14s (Amazon link) after 6 months of testing. Note: it’s called different things around the world, like the L14s, Sm1400, Sm1704, Lx3817, Xm1010, RLX3817A, and Js1400. I think it’s best for beginners who need a cheap sewing machine for occasional use. It suits everyday projects and light/medium weight fabrics. … Read more

The Best Sewing Machines for Beginners *All Tested*

I compared 56 sewing machines and picked 7 of the best options to try. After extensive testing, I think the best sewing machine for beginners is the Brother innov-is A16. It’s easy to use, powerful, and has enough features that you can grow with it for years. Buy it from UK Amazon. If you’re from … Read more

How to Change a Sewing Machine Needle in 59 Seconds (Singer, Brother, Janome)

Here’s how Singer, Brother, and Janome manuals recommend changing a sewing machine needle. I reviewed at least 3 manuals from each brand, so I haven’t skipped important bits. If your machine is from another brand, this post will still apply. Most brands use the same process. Here’s how to change a sewing machine needle (in a nutshell): … Read more

How to Put a Bobbin in Any Sewing Machine – 4 Ways

This is a follow-up from my previous post, how to thread a bobbin. Here’s how to put a threaded bobbin in your sewing machine. This process can be broken down into 3 main stages: Insert the bobbin into your sewing machine. Thread the upper thread system and needle. Pull the bobbin thread up. There are … Read more

Exactly How Much a Sewing Machine Service & Repair Costs UK

I researched what 8 UK businesses charge for a sewing machine service or repair. Here’s the average cost for domestic machines: Type of sewing machine Average service/repair cost (excluding parts) Mechanical machines £50-70 Computerised machines £75-95 Long arm machines £85-105 Most businesses charge based on the type of machine, not brand, except Frank Nutt. Premium … Read more

Exact Sewing Machine Settings for Cotton: Tension, Length…

I checked online manuals to find the exact sewing machine settings for cotton fabric (the “woven”, non-stretch type). I’ll share the tension and stitch length settings you need for thin, medium, and thick cotton. Across the 3 major brands I checked, the standard tension you need is 4, and the standard stitch length is 2.5mm. … Read more