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by Elise

Notching and Clipping Hills and Valleys

June 5, 2013 in Tips & Tricks

One of the first tips my mom shared with me when I started sewing was the importance of notching and clipping hills and valleys. It is such a simple thing to do but makes a huge difference in your finished product. It helps the fabric lay correctly when you turn it right side out. Take a look at what I ...

Need to organize an old jar of buttons?

July 27, 2010 in General, Tips & Tricks

I have a tin of buttons that belonged to my great-grandmother. I've wanted to use them, but was unsure of the size of each. I don't mind mixing, matching, and guessing, but I wanted to sort them by size, and didn't know what size to label each group. I found this chart for button sizing at I printed it at 100% ...

Meet Stacy Michell

July 20, 2010 in News

Every artist or designer has a completely unique perspective. But occasionally, an artist’s talents, experiences, and circumstances come together perfectly, allowing him or her to carve out a truly unique place in the world. As a Georgian textile artist who has found fame in the Japanese quilting world, it’s safe to say that Stacy Michell lives a life that is ...

What’s Old is Made New Again РPart 2

June 29, 2010 in General, Tips & Tricks

Anyone who sews knows the occasional frustration of finding the perfect pattern, but being unable to find the perfect fabric. Fabric stores and quilt shops abound with wonderful fabrics from terrific designers in every color of the rainbow. Still, you can walk away from you search without finding what you're looking for. Sometimes it pays to think outside the box when it ...

Tip for embroidering raised letters

April 27, 2010 in Tips & Tricks

Have you ever seen a hat or a design on a bag with a raised letter and wondered how they did that?  It is not a setting on your machine or  certain kind of font.  You can actually use art foam!  It can be found in the craft section and it comes in various sheet sizes and a wide range of colors.  You put it under the ...

Perfect tool for Ribbon Cutting

March 31, 2010 in General

About once a month I will get out all my ribbons to cut a bunch at one time.  I love my Shape cut pro.  It is an acrylic template with slots spaced in 1/2 inch intervals.  I usually line up 7-8 different ribbons and cut them all at once.  Then once I finish the ribbons I use the template to ...

by debbie

Tips for the New Quilter

March 19, 2010 in General, Tips & Tricks

Coming off the rush of completing my first quilt top, I thought I would share with you some of the things I have learned so far.  And while I am at it, I will also share with you why they are so important! If possible, cut with a rotary cutter with one of those nice rulers with all the marks on ...

Ruffler foot

February 28, 2010 in Tips & Tricks

I have been working on baby blankets and recently found a time saver.  I used to pin pleats on the satin ribbon and then sew on the minky fabric.  After a few blankets and  a lot of time, I purchased a ruffler foot.   You can actually ruffle satin onto the fabric at the same time.  I wish I had gotten a ruffler foot a little ...

Not just a pillowcase!

February 22, 2010 in General, Tips & Tricks

I handsome extra minky fabric and wanted to think of a something else it could be used for other than baby blankets.  I decided to make my daughter a pillowcase.  She got to pick out the color and the embroidery design.  She thought that was great!   She loved  how soft it was on her face.  Well, when she woke the next ...

by Kelly

Get to Know Lauren

October 15, 2009 in General, Machines

Practical and steady, the Lauren serger makes sure every stitch stays in place with professional quality and incredible speed. This easy-to-thread serger can handle 4/3/2 thread serging, blind hems, a narrow rolled edge and more. Lauren loves to give projects a finished look with reinforced stitches and decorative edging, so she's great to have around for virtually every project. To learn ...
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