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Basics of Thread Weights

Thread weights should be considered before beginning a sewing project because the weight of the thread used can affect the final outcome. At first glance, thread weight classifications can be confusing. You might see a weight of 30, 40 or 50 which is easy enough to understand, or is it? And then there's that second number like 40/2 or 50/3? What does it all mean, and how do you know which one to … [Read more...]

11 Zipper Hacks to Improve Your Sewing

I’ve heard over and over again that zippers are scary. So to help remove the fear from the process, I’ve gathered 11 zipper hacks that may make your life easier. These zipper hacks are great for increasing your skills, speeding up your process and just helping you push past the fear!   Zipper Hacks   You’ll find everything here from “hacks” to just some pretty cool tools … [Read more...]

Christmas in July | New Pattern Release

Merry Christmas..... in July that is!  I know, insert eye roll here because the thermometer reads around 100° and I'm talking about holiday sewing. Call me crazy but I really think Christmas in July is a fun way to break up the summer heat, cool off in the air conditioning and get ahead on that mega gift list. Christmas in July Sewing   To help jump start your sewing, I've loaded up a … [Read more...]

Zippered Bags with a Twist- One Way Zip Class

This post contains affiliate links to products that I own, use and love. Have you seen this new Zippered Bags With A Twist- One Way Zip Class with Joan Hawley on Craftsy? If the answer is no, then my question to you is why not? Not only did I really enjoy watching Joan teach but the projects are quickly becoming my favs!  (Actually, if you are on my Christmas exchange list please stop … [Read more...]

Pattern Attachment Lines | Sewing Term

This post contains affiliate links to products that I own, use and love. Attachment lines - noun Markings on a printed pattern piece indicate where to join two or more pattern pieces prior to cutting the fabric. Pattern attachment lines usually on PDF Internet patterns show where to join two pattern pieces to create one large single piece.  Standard printer paper measures 8.5 X 11" … [Read more...]

Block 6 Diamond Sky | Starry Night Quilt

It's a new month and that means it's time to stitch up another block in the 2016 Block of the Month Sew Along with Fairfield World. Block 6 is Diamond Sky. Would you believe that are officially at the halfway point! So, if you have been stitching along, you should have completed 5 blocks by now. That's a pretty sweet stack if you ask me. By far and away, the Diamond Sky is my favorite … [Read more...]

Ballpoint Needle | Sewing Tool

This post contains affiliate links to products that I own, use and love.  Ballpoint needle - noun   a sewing needle with a rounded tip used for sewing on knit or other stretch fabrics.   A ballpoint needle has a rounded tip instead of a pointed one which allows it to separate the fibers in a knit or stretch fabric. This "gentle" separation allows it to pull … [Read more...]

Sewing Soothes The Soul | Time for Me

Last week, from the cutting room floor, I shared the sad news that my little scrap manager Chewie passed away. It is with heavy heart that I share one final picture of my little scrap manager. Chewie was an amazing companion that I never knew I needed! Even though it was for just a short time, it was such a gift to have him with us. Celebrate your babies today and give them an extra squeeze … [Read more...]

Vintage Sewing Machine Transformations

A few months ago, I shared an amazing vintage sewing machine transformation on Facebook (the polka dot one at the end of this list), and boy did it get a response! I have 2 vintage beauties myself and would probably not have the courage to paint them without fear of retribution from my elders, ha! But, still, in a modern, artistic sort of way, these "redos" are amazingly creative, even awe … [Read more...]