NSC LIVE! October 2017

Join us for another installment in our NSC Live series with the wonderfully talented Nicki LaFoille. Nicki answers your sewing questions in this interactive and informative Q&A.

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32 Responses to “NSC LIVE! October 2017”
  1. Peggy

    What brands of shears do you prefer? I have tried several different Fiskars and all of them snagged on the fabric. HELP! Tired of spending good money on bad shears…

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    • Linda

      Gingher is a well-known, high quality brand. Karen Kay Buckley “Perfect” scissors, in 2 sizes; these have a fine serrated edge which sort of grips the fabric, but doesn’t snag. I love both. I only use Fiskars for paper.

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    • Jacqueline

      I have had Gingher more years than most of you have been alive. Schedule professional sharping every two years.

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    • Elizabeth

      Kai scissors, cut like a sharp knife through hot butter. The first time I used them
      I Ran to my husband and made him cut with them, then I ran next door and had my quilting neighbor use them. I took them to my choir rehearsal and the sewers couldn’t stop using them. This a purchase I will NEVER regret. Expensive but worth every penny.

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  2. Peggy

    How do I move thread from one bobbin to another? I ordered pre-wound bobbins in various colors and then realized the bobbins wouldn’t work on my machine! Won’t do that again!

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  3. Maggi

    the bobbin sizes is an issue. I also got prewound bobbins but they bounce all around the race. How do I know what size to get?

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  4. Pat

    How do you know the best thread to use for fabrics? How often should I change my needle on my sewing machine?

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  5. Kay Alexander

    Hi Nikki! Tell us a little about yourself! What kind of sewing do you like to do, how long you’ve been sewing, favorite fabrics to sew, do you sew for children? Do you teach sewing? Thanks!

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  6. FILOMENA

    When I am using a sewing needle for mending how do I mark it so I will know when to replace it. Right now I just use it until I start hearing ticking noise or it breaks. You do have any ideas for me. I love your program and hope it runs for a long time. Fil

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  7. Maureen Romeo-Gallagher

    Is there really a shelf-life for thread? Does it weaken with time or lack of proper storage?

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  8. Pat

    Thank you so much! I have been sewing for years but it seems every person at the fabric store gives me a different answer to my questions. Keep up the good work!

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      • Jacqueline

        Also, my serger worked one day and the next “Nothing”. Repair shop is 30 miles away by appointment only. Any suggestions

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  9. KimG

    My favorite gadget for embroidery is the Loop&Tail wand. I get them at embroideryonline.com I keep several on hand and use it for snags in knits and sweaters too! Actually keep one in my car

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  10. Diane Stockton

    Haven’t sewn for over 15 years and would like to get back into it and I was it between an intermediate to Advanced sewer where should I start

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  11. Tanya

    My daughter is 8 and we have made blankets together; however actual patterned projects are hard due to her attention span. What other projects would you suggest I try with her?

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