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NSC LIVE! May 2016

We had our very first NSC LIVE event last month! We were joined by the incredibly talented Nicki LaFoille to talk all things sewing and to answer your sewing questions live on air. In case you missed it, you can watch the video here. We’ll be hosting these live video events every month so make…

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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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5 Skirt Patterns Perfect for Summer

The warmer weather is here to stay, and it’s time to evaluate your summer wardrobe before the temperatures get hot, hot, HOT. Fun and feminine, skirts are the perfect addition to your summer wardrobe. No matter what your body type, you can find a pattern that is flattering, cool, and comfortable. Additionally, skirts are great…

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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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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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Why You Need a Rotary Cutter

At first, the idea of a rotary cutter can be intimidating but it will soon become one of your favorite tools once you learn how to use it safely. While it is an investment initially, the cost is totally worth it. It will save both time and energy (and your hand won’t hurt like it…

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All About Cutting Mats

If you do a lot of sewing, you know that a rotary cutter is a must-have. But if you use a rotary cutter, you’ll also need good quality cutting mat made for that purpose to keep your surfaces intact, your fingers safe, and your cut lines perfect. How to Buy a Cutting Mat Cutting mats…

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6 Sewing Machines from Your Childhood

Do you remember the first machine you started sewing on? We asked our Facebook fans to share stories about their first time sewing, and their first sewing machine. Did you start on any of these machines? “Managed to break my mum’s 25-year-old Brother machine when I was 11 – I was “playing” with it. Put…

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