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Tips and Tricks for Sewing Perfect Garments

Whether you prefer the stylish femininity of a skirt or the sleek, modern look of pants, sewing garments for your bottom half doesn’t have to be a nerve-wracking experience. For amateur sewing enthusiasts, getting the right fit on skirts and pants may seem like too much of a challenge. With some simple planning, a few…

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Beyond Pillows: Fabulous Home Décor Project Ideas

If you are a sewing enthusiast, some of the most obvious projects you can tackle are home improvement sewing projects to customize your living space. Fabric accessories and accents can add color, texture, and warmth to any home and help to soften a space and make it feel more welcoming. For most sewers, pillows are…

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Knit Pencil Skirt Pattern

You will be so surprised how easy it is to sew a cute little pencil skirt with knit fabric on your serger. In this project, you will learn how to draft a pattern, add an elastic waistband, and hem your skirt. You’ll also get some tips for working with knit fabric, which can sometimes be…

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Tips for Using Sewing Scissors and Snips

When I first started sewing, I bought an inexpensive, colorful set that had three pairs of plastic-handled scissors in different sizes and a bonus pair of thread snips. I hated them immediately. They just weren’t very sharp or comfortable and the thread snips just would not cut thread easily. Then, I started taking sewing classes…

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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…

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What Our Members Are Working On

We love hearing about what our members are working on in their sewing rooms. When we asked on Facebook to share a photo of your most recent sewing project, we got a bunch of great responses! Here are some of our favorites. What’s keeping you busy in the sewing room this week? Leave a comment…

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Differential on a Sewing Machine

In Aurora’s differential video, she talks about differential feed on a serger. My question is, does a regular sewing machine have a differential? I found I needed to buy a walking foot so that my sewing was without pulling or pushing. Is there something I should fix on my sewing machine? Submitted by Fran Differential…

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Bust Adjustments When Buying Patterns

I could use some tips on bust adjustments when I buy patterns. I wear a 36D bra, but in ready-to-wear dresses I’m a size 8 or 10. Should I make necessary adjustments in the bust area and use waist, hip, etc. measurements for my patterns? Submitted by Judy Most commercial patterns have an average cup…

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5 Gift Ideas to Sew for Babies

Expecting a grandchild, niece, nephew, or baby of your own? We’ve found some fun project ideas you can make for the baby in your life. Creating a gift by hand just seems to hold so much more meaning than a store bought present, no matter what your skill. Here you’ll find projects for beginner sewers…

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The Ins and Outs of Bias Tape

Do you find yourself staring down the rows and rows of bias tape at the craft store? Not sure what to do with all those colorful packages but nonetheless drawn to them? There’s no need to hesitate when considering bias tape as an embellishment or seam finish. It’s a great way to add a personal…

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