It’s time for another product review! I have recently learned about Pact and have ordered my first clothing items from them. So in this post I thought I”d review Pact apparel in general, what I purchased, and the process.
I wanted to try Pact because they use 100% organic cotton and are fair trade factory certified. My husband and I have been making the switch to strictly purchasing things that are made with natural fibers and supporting companies that share in similar goals.
Read on and learn about my experience and observations!
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Pact has a great variety! It has clothing for not only women, but men and children, as well. Their style tends to be a bit more simple, classic, and minimalist, which is the type of clothes I prefer. I like to keep it simple. Pact also has tops, bottoms, and undergarments available. Considering all this, there is really something for everyone.
Pact also has linens, although I haven’t checked them out yet. I am excited to in the future when/if the need arises!
While I could probably find some better deals on cheaper clothes somewhere else, quality matters, and that is why I shop at Pact. They have a great quality product and their prices are not outrageous. I recently purchased a 2-pack of leggings for $40, which is decent (then again, it helped they were on sale!)
Pact also frequently has promo codes available in addition to sales.
When I was checking out with my first purchase, there was an Eco shipping option available. It was so neat to see this, and of course I selected it. My order arrived within two weeks and it came in a 100% recyclable paper package. This was great, but the products inside the bag were still wrapped in plastic.
I ordered leggings and they are so comfy! They have been great for both lounging around the house and for walking. The leggings are a bit long for me…but I am short so that was to be expected.
I would definitely recommend checking out Pact because they make a comfortable and affordable product in a sustainable way. You can click this link to check out their awesome selection. I hope you enjoyed my Pact apparel review and please let me know if you have gotten anything from this great company and what you thought of it!
So this post has come about in an unusual way. My husband was proof reading a post for me (thanks, honey!) and he came across some sewing terms that he didn’t know. Consequently, he said I should explain them, but I was worried about the flow of the post. So instead, I am writing this one that will have a guide of basic beginner sewing terms.
I have been sewing as long as I can remember. My first experiences with sewing were taught by my mother. As a beginner, I didn’t get too technical, just a basic stop and go on the foot pedal and hold the fabric straight. I learned more in middle and high school in multiple Family & Consumer Sciences classes that I took. But the majority of my advanced sewing skills came from my experiences in college, where I landed a job as a seamstress in the costume shop for the theater department.
But enough about me…below is the Beginners Guide to Sewing Terminology and what you need know to start out sewing
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Types of Needles
There are many types of needles and sometimes it is hard to know which needle to use for which situation. First let’s break it down into two categories: hand sewing needles and sewing machine needles.
Sewing Machine Needles
Sewing machine needles come in two main types. The first type is the regular needles and is used in most situations. They are numbered – the higher the number the stronger the needle. For cotton fabric a 10-12 size is ideal. For delicate fabric it is better to move closer to an 8, and thick fabric like denim requires a 16-18. (Here is a variety pack) The second type of sewing machine needle is the ball point needle. They use similar sizing guidelines, with the major difference for a ball point needle being that it has a rounded tip. These are used for knit fabrics. The ball point is designed to loop around the fibers instead of piercing the fibers like a traditional needle.
There are many options for hand needles – sharps, yarn, embroidery, tapestry, quilting, the list goes on. The internet has some excellent guides and most craft stores have descriptions to help you pick out the right needle. There are 4 variables in picking a hand needle: the sharpness of the needle point, the size of the eye, the length of the needle, and the diameter of the needle. For many projects a middle sized sharp needle will be okay. If the project is using special fabric or technique it is best to get a needle suitable for the project. In terms of size, hand needles are opposite of machine needles – the larger the number the smaller the needle. Here is a pack that a good variety.
There are two types of composition styles – knit and woven. The kind of fabric used for each has a right side and a wrong side.
Right side – the side the print is on
Wrong side – the side the print is not on
Right sides together – placing the side of the fabric that has the print together, so when you stitch it and turn it back right side out the printed side is on the outside
Seam allowance – the distance from the edge of the fabric to the line of stitching
Grain – the horizontal direction of the fabric
Cross grain – the vertical direction of the fabric
Bias – the diagonal direction of the fabric.
It is important to know the grain of the fabric when sewing due to the sturdiness and elasticity of the fabric. When pulling on the grain or cross grain, the fabric may stretch one way or another. This shouldn’t happen when pulling on the bias. Depending on the result that is needed, patterns will call for different pieces to be cut in certain directions.
Shears – scissors used to cut larger amounts of fabric
Thread Snips – smaller scissors used for clipping threads and for intricate cuts
Pinking Shears – scissors with a saw-tooth blade instead of a straight one, used for finishing edges
Chalk – sewing chalk is used to trace out a pattern on a fabric to know where to cut or sew, and should dissolve with water
Rotary Cutter – has a long handle with a circular blade. It’s used to cut fabric with the assistance of a ruler and cutting mat. The blade is retractable for safety.
Clear Ruler – a measuring device that has lines on a ruler for accurate measurements. It’s clear in order to see the fabric underneath. They come in different sizes and shapes, but you can’t go wrong with a basic rectangle. There are specialty rulers for quilting and apparel.
Cutting mat – used with the rotary cutter and ruler to protect your counter when cutting fabric. It has measurement lines to help with accurate cutting.
Measuring tape – a circular measuring tape allows you to take accurate measurements on long curved surfaces
Thimble – a tool placed on your thumb while sewing to assist in pushing the needle through tough fabric as to protect your fingers from being needle pricks
Sewing Machine Parts
Most sewing machines have similar parts that have similar functions. That being said, every sewing machine is different. So when you’re first learning to sew on a new machine it is best to consult the owner’s manual. Here are some basic terms that every sewing machine should have:
Foot pedal – think of it as similar to a gas pedal in a car in the sense that it makes the sewing machine go. It’s usually placed on the floor and connected to the sewing machine via an electrical cord.
Presser foot – this holds the fabric down when sewing. These can be interchangeable based on the project; for example, a zipper foot or button hole foot.
Feed Dog – two toothed metal feeds that move under the presser foot to move the fabric along while sewing
Spool Pin – located on the top of the machine, this holds a spool of thread so the thread can come off the spool when sewing
Bobbin – a small metal or plastic spool that thread is wound on and placed in the bottom of the sewing machine to create the bottom row of stitches when sewing (see manual on how to install)
Reverse/back stitch – bottom that reversed the direction of the feed dog to create a locking stitch or back stitch in a row of stitching
Thread cutter – sharp cutter near the presser foot designed to cut threads after taking fabric out of the sewing machine
Balance Wheel-used to advance or retract the sewing needle.
I hope this beginners guide to sewing terminology serves a a useful tool to help with sewing projects in your future. Have any questions or comments, let me know below.
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