Must-Haves: Measuring Tapes and Rulers

Whether you quilt, construct garments, or sew projects for the home, at some point you’re bound to need to take some measurements. Using the right tool for the job will help ensure accurate measurements on any project. Quilting Rulers When it comes to quilting, there are many different shapes and sizes of rulers to pick… Read more »

How to Buy a Sewing Machine

Buying a sewing machine can be intimidating, whether it’s your first one or you are looking to upgrade. There are hundreds of models under numerous brands that all have something different to offer. Here are some things to consider when buying your next, or first machine. What is Your Skill Level? Understanding your skill level… Read more »

My Sewing Story: I Sewed for My Entire Bridal Party

In this article, National Sewing Circle instructor Ashley Hough (formerly Ashley Briggs) shares a personal story of a sewing project very near and dear to her heart. Photos by Carrie Schneider of Carrie Lynn Photography. Learning how to sew has many advantages. Not only can you easily repair or alter existing clothing rather than replacing,… Read more »

How to Make a Circle Skirt Pattern

You’d be surprised how easy it is to whip up a cute and summery circle skirt with just a few basic tips and a pattern that you can customize to your measurements. Follow these instructions to create your own circle skirt pattern, and then check out the video below for tips on how to put… Read more »

Tips for Selecting Buttons and Button Holes

When it comes to sewing a garment, buttons and button holes are usually some of the last things people think about. However, choosing the right ones can have a big outcome on how your finished project turns out. First, let’s talk about buttons. It’s always a good idea to pick your buttons before you start… Read more »

Sew a Wintery Quilted Wall Hanging

As the seasons change and the weather starts to get colder, many of us like to make changes around the house – warmer blankets on the bed, festive pillows on the couch, and other wintertime décor to deck the halls. Seasonal quilts are a great way to infuse some holiday cheer and seasonal charm into… Read more »

Sewing Stuffed Toys with Coloring Book Patterns

If you’re interested in learning how to sew stuffed animals, hand-sewn stuffed toys are great for simple weekend projects or last-minute gift ideas for little ones, and they are easy to customize using coloring pages as patterns! You’ll need access to a printer and scanner or some sort of image enlarger to transfer your coloring… Read more »