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Can’t find the backing you want?

August 8, 2013 in Tips & Tricks

sheet set Have you ever been in search for the quilt backing you think should be so easy to find, but can't find it in the fabric stores!?! It can be so frustrating; I was sewing a t-shirt quilt for a friend and gave them the choice of a dark gray micro-plush backing (thinking that it would be easy to find). I looked ...

Don’t Forget to Stretch!

June 28, 2013 in Tips & Tricks

Totally Stitchin': Don't forget to stretch! As we all know, whether you're cutting, sewing, pinning, etc., using those fine motor skills in your hands can tire those wrists out (especially with those thick fabrics or heavy projects)! So, take a break every now and then and stretch those wrists out! When I was in an Anatomy and Physiology class in college, my professor said if you ...
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Notching and Clipping Hills and Valleys

June 5, 2013 in Tips & Tricks

Totally Stitchin': Hills and Valleys 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 ...
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Minky Fabric Tips

May 23, 2013 in Tips & Tricks

Totally Stichin': Working with Minky Minky fabric can be hard to work with and sometimes frustrating. So what better than a few minky fabric tips to help you out! 1. Minky doesn't shrink after being washed so you can "buy and sew". Just remember, if you are sewing it to other fabrics such as flannel, you must still wash your other fabric. Otherwise, your project may ...
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The Secrets To Shirring

May 1, 2013 in Sewing Basics, Tips & Tricks

IMG_6788 After spending more time than I would like to admit, I have finally learned the secrets to shirring! I read blog after blog and tip after tip. All pointed me in a different direction and none of them gave me the scrunch that is needed in shirring. I would line everything up, think it was perfect and bam! another perfectly ...
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My Top 10 Sewing Tools

April 15, 2013 in Tips & Tricks

Totally Stitchin': Working with Minky Just a few of my favorite things! When you are new to the sewing world, there are a few tools that will come in handy and make learning a little easier. Keep reading to see what I think are the top 10 sewing tools when getting started! 1. Sewing Machine- If you are going to start sewing, you need a machine! ...

Project Embellishment Idea

April 11, 2013 in Tips & Tricks

IMG_0179 Embellish your serged blanket (or any project) using a Ruffling Foot on your sewing machine! It's easy to add a ruffled ribbon to your project for a unique touch, so read on to see how to accomplish this.  This can be applied using the Ruffling Foot, but can be applied with a sewing machine gathered piece of ribbon as well (or purchased pre-gathered ...

Thats a “Fishy” Way to Applique!

April 4, 2013 in Tips & Tricks

fishy I'm not sure the technical term for this technique, but for today we'll call it snip and tuck...sound good? When using this type of applique, do not use fusible interfacing.  You can use batting if you'd like or an extra piece of fabric for more depth. This technique works great with both big and small shapes. Any chance I get, I love to ...

Basic Applique Embellishment

April 3, 2013 in Tips & Tricks

IMG_0193 You can easily add a cute little applique to your baby gifts or other projects, and I am going to show you how with this little tutorial! May I just add, I'm not an expert on sewing machine applique, but, it's fun and it looks cute! If you have any tips/ideas or other techniques you'd like to share, please kindly ...

3 Ways to Gather Fabric

February 6, 2013 in News, Tips & Tricks

il_fullxfull.224340340 If you are new to sewing  and want to learn how to gather fabric or want to check out some extra gathering tips, read on! Here are 3 detailed methods of gathering! Baste Stitching 2 Rows Zig-Zag over a Ribbon or Heavy Thread Gathering with a Serger First, we have the most common method of gathering (used more for lightweight to medium fabrics). Baste Stitching 2 ...