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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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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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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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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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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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Everyone Needs a Buddy

If you are anything like me, you have so much fabric in your stash that it’s hard to keep it all straight! But, as we all know, new fabrics are a necessity in the wonderful world of sewing, and – let’s be honest – half the fun is heading to the store and picking them…

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How to Choose a Sewing Machine

All it takes is one Google search to get overwhelmed by the amount of sewing machines that are on the market. How do you know which machine is best suited to your needs? What type of sewing machine should you buy? Well, let’s talk about some of the essential features of sewing machines to help…

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Keep Your Thread Long and Strong

I come from a long line of sewists and seamstresses. In fact, my great grandmother used to sew costumes for the San Francisco Ice Capades! I even have the very machine she sewed them on. I was lucky enough to get a lot of her old sewing stuff, including French curves, boxes of buttons, and…

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