Sewing made simple with technology

High tech sewing machines have a lot of modern convinces on them.

"I enjoyed it, it was a way to go home and get away from your job in the evening and you could actually go sew and create things," Ann Pflibsen said.

Pflibsen fell in love with sewing at the age of 12.

"I was a Girl Scout and took a sewing merit badge and that's pretty much what got me started and from there I just continued on," she said.

It's been decades since she earned that badge and sewing machines today look a little bit different.

"The machines have a lot of modern convinces on them," Pflibsen said. "They have needle threaders, that cut your threads. You can program them in for the embroidery machines then they'll actually stitch out the design you created or downloaded."

Pflibsen owns Simply Sewing Inc., in Quincy. She says these new features on the machines make life easier for sewers. (You can check out the machines by clicking, here.)

"You can go in and get projects done a little bit quicker," she said. "The machines are pretty much automated. You can tell it what kind of fabric your working on, select the type of stitch that you want and it's going to make the adjustments for you so you get nice looking stitched all the time."

While these machines have grown over the years to be like mini computers, it's still important to have those basic sewing skills.

"With the regular sewing machines you're still going to have to know how to do some sewing, how to read patterns," Pflibsen said. "You really do have to have a little bit of knowledge."

That knowledge can help you in your everyday life.

"It helps if the hem comes out of your pants and you need to hem it up or sew on buttons," she said.

But if you don't have time for that use a high tech sewing machine. Your project is only a button away.

"When you look at the machines today and all that they can do, it's just not a machine of the past," Pflibsen said.