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Sewing Machine Transformer

Sewing Machine Transformer

When moving to London became a sure deal, I thought I might have to buy a new sewing machine for a couple of reasons. My US sewing machine plug wouldn’t fit a UK outlet. And the voltage in a UK outlet is about twice that of a US outlet, meaning my sewing machine would fry if I tried to use it.

After looking around I realized buying a sewing machine would cost more than I could get out of it for the couple of years I will be in London.  So this is what I came up with. Still cost some dough, but far less than buying a new sewing machine I can only use for a couple of years.

I bought a Step-Up & Step-Down Voltage Converter (transformer) from East West International. I plug the sewing machine directly into the transformer.

The transformer plug doesn't match UK outlets so I have to plug it into a UK adapter. Then the UK adapter plugs into the outlet. Overall, I spent about $120. The converter can also be used for other household items like curling irons, glue guns, printer, etc.

Do you have any experiences adapting your sewing machine to another country?

Head Circumference Chart

Head Circumference Chart

Below is a head circumference chart to use in reference with making a headband.  The left side of the table is a baby's age in months.  The right side of the table is the average head circumference in centimeters for the adjacent age.  You want the headband to be a little snug.  So measure your headband to be a little smaller than the head circumference.

How to Singe Fabric

How to Singe Fabric

Singeing fabric is melting the edges of material with heat. The point of singeing is to protect the fabric from unraveling and create a cleaner look and feel. I prefer to use a candle as my heat source because it is simple and easy.

Light a candle and cut your fabric.  Bring the fabric just close enough to the flame to melt the edge but not catch fire. Rotate your fabric until all the edges are singed. That's it!

Some fabrics curl more than others. Just experiment a little with different fabrics to see what you like working with the most. I always look in the discount bins at fabric stores for great deals on small amounts of fabric for testing.

I've got perfect projects here and here for you to get started on with singeing.