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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…

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Meet a Member: Kate’s Story

Editor’s Note: With so many talented and vibrant members of the National Sewing Circle community, we thought it was high time to turn the tables and let you do the talking! In this new feature, you can share your sewing story and project photos with your fellow members. Read on! My name is Kate McFarren…

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Sewing Vintage Fabric and Notions

Show off your love of all things vintage by incorporating fabric and notions from bygone eras into a sewing project. A little bit of vintage flair can make a modern project look delightfully retro. I’m always on the hunt for unique fabric or notions. Read on to learn my shopping tips, care instructions, and sewing…

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Calling All Button Snobs

This blog is a shout out to all the button snobs out there. That’s right, I admit it – I too am a button snob. When it comes to buttons, I have very strong opinions about the size, color, and texture, and how they are incorporated onto certain fabrics and garments. I know that many…

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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,…

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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…

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Adding Easy Slant Pockets to Garments

Have you ever come across a pattern that is just about perfect, but is missing the cherry on top? Like the elusive pocket – so many great garment patterns could be 100% perfect with a pocket or two added in. Well, luckily the great thing about patterns is that you don’t have to follow them…

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Tips for Cleaning Your Sewing Machine

Since your sewing machine is your best friend, why not take excellent care of it? There are several things you can do for your favorite companion to keep him healthy and happy. Here are a few easy steps to clean, maintain, and keep your sewing machine in tip top shape! After every few uses, it’s…

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5 Last Minute Halloween Costume Ideas for Kids

Halloween is right around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking about costume ideas for your kids! While there is always the option to buy a costume, making one can be so much more fun. Especially when the costume is easy enough for kids to help with the creating! There are many Halloween…

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