Blog

Sort by:

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 »

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…

Read more »

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…

Read more »

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…

Read more »

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…

Read more »

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…

Read more »

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…

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 »

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…

Read more »

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…

Read more »