SOURCE: Sewing Machines Plus

October 11, 2007 00:07 ET

Sewing Machines Plus Offers Tips for Sewing Halloween Costumes

Local Sewing Machine Company Provides Helpful Tips for Creating Halloween Costumes

SAN MARCOS, CA--(Marketwire - October 11, 2007) - With Fall officially here, and Halloween just weeks away, crafters are beginning to sew their Halloween costumes. Sewing Machines Plus, the leading local provider of sewing machines and sewing supplies, has practical tips for creating the best Halloween costumes.

"After Christmas, Halloween is the largest sewing holiday," said Janet Flinn, Sewing Machines Plus consultant and embroidery software expert. "The best thing about this holiday is that making a Halloween costume doesn't require professional sewing skills. If you can stitch a straight line with your sewing machine, you can make a stellar Halloween costume that your child will be proud to wear."

Halloween costumes don't have to be intricately sewn as they are usually for short-term use and are only worn one or two times. Beginning sewers should look for simple sewing patterns which can multi-task (for example, a cape pattern can be used for a superhero or a witch costume).

Halloween costumes use many different fabric notions, so choose a sewing machine needle that is the appropriate type and size to help sew these fabrics. Most trims can easily be sewn onto Halloween costumes using the zigzag stitch on home sewing machines.

Sewing machine accessories such as a rolling foot, a walking foot, and a Teflon foot will help to sew on slick, rubbery, or piled fabrics. Use a sewing machine gathering foot for fast ruffles, a bias binder attachment or serger sewing machine to finish edges.

Trims, appliqués, and other embellishments should be exaggerated to make a strong impact; they can be applied using a sewing machine bulky overlock foot. Use reflective fabrics and tapes to make Halloween costumes safe for children to wear at night.

Details make the difference in a good Halloween costume. Glue guns can be a big help when making props and accessories such as fairy wings, royal crowns, and witch's hats. While some parts will need to be sewn; other parts can often be glued.

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About Sewing Machines Plus:

Sewing Machines Plus is a family owned company that has been involved in the sewing and vacuum business for over 40 years. They are proud to bring the best sewing products suited to each sewer's individual needs at the most competitive pricing. Their mission is to supply the most thorough sewing machine information so sewers can choose the products that are right for them. Sewing Machines Plus offers a satisfaction guarantee and treats every customer like family.