This video shows you how to make a reusable mask with filter pocket.
You can print PDF pattern from the link below.
This is one of our first prototype face masks so we will update improved version once it’s ready. This is finished with binding tape so some people might find it quite difficult.. If you have any question you can email us or DM on Instagram or facebook. All the best and stay safe!
This juki DU1181N is an ideal machine for stitching heavy materials such as denim and leather.
What is walking foot machine?
The walking foot sewing machine has a special mechanism for stitching fabrics/materials, unlike a normal sewing machine which only feeds with the bottom teeth, it feeds the material with both bottom teeth and walking foot. When the material is being stitched, the bottom teeth and foot will grab and release the fabric from both sides even when the needle is out of the fabric.
This method eliminates uneven fabric stitching and reduces puckering because all layers of the fabrics are fed consistently through the machine in one fluid motion.
This machine is absolutely a game changer if you make heavy garments such as denim pants or leather jacket. Also this model is relatively inexpensive so it’s perfect as your first walking foot sewing machine!
Are you using the right sewing thread for your clothing?
There are a few different threads to choose from depending on the item/material you are working on. At our studio, we are mainly using 6 different types of Japanese Fujix threads (King series).
King polyester (also called Tetron) – This superfine and sleek yet strong filament thread is designed as an alternative/immitation of silk thread. It’s suitable for high-end formal garments such as silk dress, tailored jacket, formal blouse and more.
King Spun – This is an alternative/immitation of cotton thread. It’s widely used among factories. Moon and Coats Cometa threads are one of these.
King Fit – This is the one we are mainly using. Basically Fit is a hybrid of Tetron and Spun. It’s still very fine and sleek but also easy to use just like Spun thread.
King Resilon F – If you see this, you won’t notice the difference but it’s self-expansible thread. We use this with Woollie (as bobbin thread) when we stitch lightly stretchy materials.
King Woollie – This is the same as Woolly nylon. A very stretchy thread.
Ace Crown Hyper – This is literally “Hyper” thread. It self-expands and sets with heat so you can eliminate/ease seam puckering by ironing it after stitching.
Apart from these different type of threads, we also need to use different weights of thread! e.g. No100 for blind stitch, No90 for our overlock machine, No60 for normal stitching and No 30 for top stitch… How to store tons of threads kind of reveals the character of each manufacturer. 🙂
We use apparel CAD for pattern cutting. For the type of work we do, this works best. And you never lose small pattern pieces unless you lose the data 🙂 When we make a garment, we need to literally read its patterns and there are lots of signs/marks.
Here are some
Darts, tucks and pleats – sometimes you might get confused which side you need to fold/press. There are two diagonal lines that indicate the direction. The higher lines side simply goes over the lower lines side.
Normal notch – as you may already know, this is a guide for matching fabrics when you sew. Triangle notch – this indicates where a zip ends. Double circle notch – this means “stop stitching” f.e. slit.
ワサマーク(Wasa-Mark) – it means “Cut on fold”. => It’s best to also highlight this part so you don’t cut the fabric by mistake.
Three diagonal lines for fused part.
And there are even more marks. If you are interested, please let me know!