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Tips And Tricks That Will Make Sewing Easier

These helpful sewing habits are good to get into now, because they will simplify your life, at least in the sewing room. Use a new sewing machine needle when you start a new project Sewing machine needles work really hard, and changing needles can make your machine feel brand new. I have had needles in my sewing machine for months at a time. My seams would start to look bunched and puckered, and I would fiddle with the sewing machine tension, thinking my machine needed to be services. When I changed my needle, the machine sewed through the fabric like … Continue Reading →


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Your Sewing Area – How To Make It Better

Convenience is key. Let’s say you want to sew something simple, like a coaster. Let’s then say that in order to sew that coaster you have to lug your machine out from under the bed, drag the iron from the laundry room, and unfold a card table, all for five minutes of work. Chances are you will buy coasters instead. A desk in a spare room, a table in the corner of a living room, or even a bedroom is fine if you don’t have a dedicated craft room. You can throw a lovely but of fabric over your machine … Continue Reading →


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Before Buying a Sewing Machine

If you are a new sewer, try to borrow a machine from someone before buying. Older machines last a long time, so ask around. Chances are you can find one among your family or friends. If you do borrow a machine, make sure it works. It should sew a straigt line without getting tangles in the bobbin or anything else equally frustrating. A basic machine is all you need getting started. A button hole stitch is nice, and it is standard on most machines. A darning foot option also is standard on most machines or available as a separate foot … Continue Reading →


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Learn Basic Entredeux

Entredeux is a French word that literally translates to mean “between two”. The entredeux used extensively in heirloom sewing is a narrow band of commercially embroidered trim. It resembles a tiny ladder sewn on very crisp batiste. It is often used as a bridging trim, therefore the reference to “between two”, to strengthen multiple rows of delicate laces. Because of its dominating presence in heirloom projects, using purchased entredeux can greatly add to the overall cost of your project. Consider making your own entredeux trim by using a wing needle and batiste fabric. The side extensions found on the wing … Continue Reading →


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Know Your Sewing Machine

your sewing machine and all its accessories can provide you with hours of creativity and enjoyment. Most sewing machine manufacturers provide numerous extra accessories in addition to those standard with the machine. This article will help you to use your sewing machine as a practical and artistic tool and enable you to get greater enjoyment from the sewing machine you own. A good place to start is to get to know your machine intimately. Even a machine with the most advanced technology won’t help you sew better if you are not comfortable with it. Take time to get to know, … Continue Reading →


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Finding Your Own Sewing Style

We all have our own specific likes and dislikes for certain colors, textures, patterns and combinations that we find more attractive. Your own specific style is what makes you unique. We are not talking about cutting-edge, wild, truly original style here, but instead, being true to what appeals to you. It can be hard to put a specific name to your personal style, and trying to do so can artificially constrain you. Are you a romantic because you like ruffles? What if you like ruffles and bright colors? What if you like ruffles, bright colors, and only organic fabrics? What’s … Continue Reading →