When your sewing machine starts making loud noises, it’s time to pop open the bobbin cover, take out the bobbin and hook race and add a few spots of sewing machine oil to the outer rim of the hook race. You would not believe how this makes your machine purr like a kitten. Make sure you sew a scrap of fabric to remove any excess grease from the machine before returning to your sewing project. My oil came with my machine but you can buy some here.
Have you heard of Thread Heaven? I discovered this product recently and LOVE it. Often used for embroidery, it’s one step easier than beeswax, because you don’t need to iron the wax into your thread. It makes any thread super slippery and far less likely to knot when hand sewing. Just pinch a globule between thumb and forefinger and run your thread through it.
And the most important sewing grease of all? Elbow grease! Photo taken whilst wearing my home sewn flannel pyjamas, because everyone sews in their jim jams. Right?!
One last question, inspired by the above. Anyone out there who’s a fan of gingham? You might want to keep reading…