COLORS 🌈- COLOR WHEEL- A VITAL TOOL

Colors are the first thing we mostly notice in fashion, things and mostly all visuals. The way color attracts plays an important role in our choices. When well presented , colors have that ability to gain you more or less patronage or compliments. 

  
If you ever found a website attractive, a billboard, advert, store outlet, social media page, picture etc, the color presentation has a big part playing in it. Consciously or subconsciously, we all have preferred colors. And this color has a dominant role in your choices and wardrobe. Sometimes you don’t know you’re a fan of a particular color until you search your wardrobe and discover it’s the dominating pick. 

The way you set your colors has a way it attracts your clients, in fashion your knowledge in this subject has no hiding place in your works. Everyone in the fashion industry needs a good knowledge of colors -the secret to some designers selling more than others. 

Each season has colors. You need to know that as well. Colors set moods, your clients occasion should match the color they are wearing. That’s why we have some colors known with particular occasions. Colors Speak. If you’re going for an event, – social , formal or informal, the color you appear in has a way of connecting you to people you meet. 

Colors’ influence on moods can’t be hidden. Certain colors make some people confident, happy, classy and elegant. And some make others gloomy, feel unattractive etc. if you have clients, learn to ask for their favorite colors, remember , what’s good for someone is not what the other likes. When you select the right scheme or presentation , you convey the perfect message with your colors. 

Know it well and it becomes your Master-Tool. 

  We have different color combinations. They’re called – Color Harmony or Color Chords. these presentations consist of 2 or more colors with unique relation in the color wheel. There is a way the schemes connect.  
Traditionally, there are a number of color combinations that are considered especially pleasing. These are called color harmonies or color chords and they consist of two or more colors with a fixed relation in the color wheel.

Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Colors

the primary colors are red, yellow and blue.

The three secondary colors (green, orange and purple) are created by mixing two primary colors.

The other six tertiary colors are created by mixing primary and secondary colors.

  
The color wheel is divided into warm and cool colors.

Warm colors are vivid and energetic, and are likely to advance in space. Cool colors give an impression of calm, and create a soothing impression. White, black and gray are considered to be neutral.

⏩COLOR CONCEPTS-  Tints, Shades, and Tones

These describes color concepts. A color can be made lighter by adding white, the result is called a TINT   πŸ”½

   
If black is added, the darker version is called a SHADE.  πŸ”½

 if gray is added, the result is a different TONE.πŸ”½ 

 

COLOR SCHEMES

 Complementary color scheme  

   Colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel are complementary colors eg red and green. It is characterized by high contrast. This contrast creates a bold and vibrant effect. This scheme needs good management as it has tendencies of looking Loud. If well managed, it stands out well. 

Analogous color scheme

   

 This schemes use colors that are next to each other on the color wheel. They usually match well and create cool, comfortable and sweet looking designs. You can add some contrast on the hues when using this scheme. Let one color dominate, the second can support and the third can be used either in shade, tint or neutral as a dash of touch. For a better pleasing view. 

The Triadic color scheme 

    A Triadic color scheme combines colors that are evenly spaced around the color wheel. This scheme is usually vibrant, irrespective of the hue or shade it represents.  To make good statement with this, consider balancing the colors Well. Dominate with one color and touch with other 2. 

Split-Complementary color scheme 

   
  Split-complementary slightly different from complementary color scheme, uses A Base color and  the two colors adjacent to its complement. This color scheme has a strong visual contrast just as the complementary color scheme, but has less tension and  is often a good choice for beginners, because it could be easier to mix as it gives more options. 

The Rectangle (tetradic) color scheme 

   

 The rectangle or tetradic color scheme uses four colors arranged into two complementary pairs. This color scheme looks rich and gives more possibilities for mixing and combining. This scheme works best if you present one color to be dominant.  There is a great need to pay attention to the balance between warm and cool colors in your design when using this scheme. 

The Square color scheme 

   

 This color scheme is close to the rectangle, but with all four colors spaced evenly around the color wheel. Like some other schemes, it works well if you let one color be dominant or if you fuse it creatively. When working this out, pay good and creative attention to the balance between warm and cool colors in your design. 

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YOU AND YOUR PRESSER FEET

for everyone sewing, some tasks pose certain difficulties that can be easily avoided. Of course with aided knowledge. As much as you Learn, keep learning, it’s the only solution  that never runs out. Recently, taking our students through the lessons on presser feet made some see a new side to sewing projects. 

   
 

Sewing can be made easier. That’s the good news. 

The job of the presser foot on your sewing machine is to hold the fabric against the feed dogs ( the plate that keeps the fabric pushing forward against the sewing machine, that part that looks like it has teeth, where your machine clamps down your fabric. Gotten? πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘)  and guide it in a straight line as you sew.

 That’s why you have to raise the presser foot each time to move your fabric from under the needle. You can definitely do a lot of sewing with the standard foot your sewing machine came with, most people do almost everything with that. However, some techniques or projects can be made easier with the help of the various presser feet we have available around. It’s very helpful to know he these magic little helpers can make your work seem easier. 

Those little specialty feet can work wonders. 

Sewing machine feet come in various designs. Knowing and picking the right one for the job makes more professional looking results on your sewing projects.  

  

 

The price range, brand and model of your sewing machine determines the set of feet you can work with. Your sewing machine may not come with any extra set, you can definitely get them at online stores as our local market may have limited offers. Your presser feet set could either be the basic or the deluxe set. The higher the brand of your sewing machine the more different they look. Note that some of these presser feet works with double sewing machine while some can work with either. The big industrial sewing machines have their sets as well. Ensure you are buying the set your sewing machine needs. Don’t put round pegs in square holes. Before buying any specialty foot, know the brand and model of the sewing machine you are working with. 


  • The Favourite of All – THE ALL PURPOSE FOOT

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  • Also called the Standard Foot or Zig Zag Foot, this is the presser foot you find on your sewing machine at the time of purchase. It can be used for general sewing – straight sewing, zig zag stitches and some decorative stitches. It comes in either metal or plastic feel. 
  • THE ZIPPER FOOT
  •   Zipper Foot is used for fixing zippers. But it does a bit more than that. It can be used when you want to do close or tight sewing like piping, because of its ability to pin down and see close to targeted spots.

  • THE WALKING FOOT. 

      

This foot is useful when you are sewing slippery fabrics or when you want to sew multiple layers of fabrics without shifting. It comes in different mm widths depending on the sewing machine brand and model. And note that these feet are definitely detachable. 


  • THE BUTTON HOLE FOOT

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  • As the name implies, this foot is used to make buttonholes to the exact size needed for the project or garment being worked on. To use, place the button in the Button space on the foot, the machine thus uses the foot as the measurement gauge and creates the perfect sized buttonhole to fit the button set in. 

  • THE BUTTON SEWING FOOT

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This sounds strange to many always. Can a button be sewn with sewing machine? Definitely Yes.  The Button Sewing Foot fixes buttons and saves you the needle finger pricking sessions. ( I like the sound of this…..πŸ‘Œ)  this foot has a bar on the base for extra stability, and mostly has a rubber covering to help grip the button as it sews, metal covering may glide the button off. But as good as it sounds, technology has only solved it for the flat buttons. It can work when fixing flat buttons; not for buttons with shank back. Before you use this foot, you will need to adjust your stitch guide and set it to the hole space on the buttons. Sounds great βœ‹πŸΌ. 


  • THE GATHERING FOOT

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  • The Gathering Foot helps you make those  gathers on your fabrics. The base of the foot is specially designed to feed the fabric to gathers as you stitch on, creating gathered edges as you sew.  The fullness of the gathers is determined by the number you set the stitch guide to, the longer the stitch the more gathers. 

  • THE BLIND HEM FOOT

     

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  • A blind hem foot is just as its name sounds. It makes hidden hems. Hems with stitches one can barely notice. This is good for garment hems and anywhere you want that neatly finished edge looking clean.  The Blind Hem Foot comes with a metal guide in the middle of it, as you sew, the fabric fold will rest against the guide to maintain accurate seams . This foot also has grooves on the bottom, which grip your fabric to prevent it slipping off  as you sew.  Who doesn’t want to have a clean finished work?, we all want that crisp looking finish. This is the way to go. 

  • THE OVEREDGE FOOT

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  • This can as well  be called the Overcasting Foot or Overlocking foot, this foot helps you finish the edge of fabric so it won’t  fray or pull out threads, just like the finished edge a serger (overlocking machine) does. The foot must be used with the Overcast Stitch on your sewing machine. There is a stitch pattern on your double machine that looks like the overlocking stitch, use this when using this foot. 

  • THE RIBBON OR SEQUINS FOOT

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  • Yes you can definitely Insert that thin ribbon or string sequins through the guide on this foot, and they will feed through as you sew. 

  • THE BEADING FOOT

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  • We all know that sewing strings of beads and pearls to garments takes a long time. Using this Beading Foot, you definitely can attach long strands in seconds. This foot is popular among couturier, bridal and evening wear designers, as well as crafts designers. This foot comes in different versions for large and small beads. Master it and just bead on βœ‚οΈβœ‚οΈβœ‚οΈβœ‚οΈ

Some of these feet have different stitch settings they can work with on your sewing machine There are more feet to discover , let’s peg it here for now to allow you digest these ones and find ways to use and maximize them for your projects super efficiency. If you have anyone that has the old singer machine box with spare parts , this box contains some presser feet that may be applicable to your project, if it can match your brand of sewing machine. 

Discover more in your sewing projects and do more wonders as your SEW …… 

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Sewing Mends The Soul….. πŸ‘—πŸ‘–πŸ“

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