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Sewing Machine Center & Fabric

Upcoming Classes


Cozy Bowl microwave April 16 @ 10am

Fabric Bracelet April 17 @ 10am

Anita Goodesign Workshop April 20 @ 10am

Tree of Life April 22 @ 10am

Applique with ruffles Burp Cloth April 23@ 10am

Pillow Sham Apron April 30 (bring your own pillow sham)10am

May Classes

Tiered Top sewing project Monday May4 $30

Quilt block or the month Thurs May 7 $20

Anita Goodesign Workshop Monday May 11 $60 3 months

Bib class thur May 14 $10

Finishing Class Mon May 18  1 amfree

Tree of Life Wed May 20 10am

Flowered Wall hanging Thur May 21 part one $40 10 am

Sewing & Quilting Organizer May 26 $25 10 am

Flowered Wall hanging part 2 May 28

I can not say enough great things about Jeannie and Patrick. I have bought two machines from them. They always help me with any questions. Best service and great machines. Thank you guys so much. Happy happy happy!!!! Casey C.

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If you love to sew and embroider, you need to be a customer of Sewing Machine Center. I have a Janome and love it. They have the best customer service of any place of business I have been to in a long time. Always polite and will go out of their way to help you. Thank you for always taking care of me and in a timely fashion. Alot of nice and caring people.

Great customer service! They make you feel like family. I love taking classes here!!

Great customer service, and great quality products and machines!

I really like the people there and the help they give you.

Very good fast service!

Very nice people in a wonderful store full of Great Items, especially with all the material in stock now.

Why Shop With Us?

From a fresh selection of fabric to a huge assortment of thread, embroidery supplies and notions, The Sewing Machine Center is the best source for all things sewing in the Fort Smith, Arkansas, area. Our store features a full line of Janome and Elna sewing machines, along with parts and accessories, and on-site maintenance and repair services. We also offer a wide range of classes, taught in a casual, no-pressure atmosphere, for sewing enthusiasts of all skill levels. We specialize in exceptional customer service, with a friendly, well-trained staff that’s always on hand to offer attentive, personalized assistance!

Frequently Asked Questions


Binding Small Projects or Wall Hangings

Binding Small Projects or Wall Hangings

The single fold binding is one of the most traditional and is suitable for tablerunners, placemats and wall hangings.

Supplies and Notions

  • A project ready for binding
  • Janome Sewing Machine
  • Blind Hem Foot G
  • Fabric for binding
  • All-purpose sewing thread


  1. All quilting on your project should be finished. Square up the project, trimming all layers (top, batting, backing) so that they are even. Before applying binding, sew a 1/4" around the outside edge. This will keep the fabric layers from shifting while binding is being applied. To reduce bulk in the seam, you may wish to trim the batting from the hem area.
  2. Measure the length of each side. (Opposite sides should be approximately the same length). Cut 4 strips of fabric 2 1/2" wide times the measurement plus 2". (Note: The strips are cut on the straight grain of fabric. It is a misconception that binding has to be cut on the bias. This is only necessary if the sides of your project are scalloped or curved. These instructions are for straight edge binding, not for curves.)
  3. On one edge of each of the strips, iron under 1/2".
  4. Place all-purpose sewing thread in needle and bobbin.
  5. Select a straight stitch. Snap on the "A" foot.
  6. Place the un-ironed raw edge of the strip to the wrong side of the project, having all raw edges even. Sew, from end to end, using a 1/2" seam allowance. (Note: If sewing with the Memory Craft 9000, use the Cloth Guide for straight 1/2" seams).
  7. Sew another strip to the opposite side.
  8. Wrap binding to the right side placing the folded edge of the binding just over the seamline. Pin in place.
  9. Snap on the "G" foot. Place the metal guide of the foot on the folded edge of the binding. Sew along the edge of the fold. (Note: Depending on the loft on the edge of the project, you may need to adjust the needle position to make sure you are sewing on the binding).
  10. Repeat for the opposite side.
  11. Trim binding ends even with the project.
  12. Sew the two remaining strips, having the binding extend 1/2" to 1" beyond the project at each end.
  13. To finish the four ends, fold the binding over twice to conceal the raw edge and slipstitch or machine stitch in place.

Help my machine was fine and now....
Thread Needle Tension

Re thread pull spool totally off of machine and start fresh. Needle replace needle could be bent and Tension if you have automatic tension then get a flashlight and see if there is something stuck (due to thread break) if this does not fix replace your thread with a different spool and change your bobbin!