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Alterations Basic Sewing Skill| Sewing Term

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Alterations - noun The act of altering or changing something The act of altering or changing something.  The changing of a pattern, garment or design to improve the outcome of the appearance or fit. The modifications made to a ready made garment or something that has been altered to provide a better fit. You often hear the term “alterations” in sewing when it refers to taking a … [Read more...]

Pincushion Stuffing Options

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What's your favorite way to store pins while sewing? Pincushion, magnetic pin holder or strip, something else? Pins are one of those necessary sewing tools that we use on a regular bases, so many of us have a favorite method for storing them. Today we're talking about one of my favorites—the pincushion. They come in all shapes, sizes and colors and are a fun way to express your sewing … [Read more...]

Why Lining is SUCH an Important Detail

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Lining - noun Something that is used to line another object; a layer of material on the inner side or surface of an object or item. The act or process of lining something.   The lining in a garment is the inner layer of fabric that goes underneath the main layer of fabric. It can be used to add warmth, strength, stability, or modesty to a garment.  A lining adds a professional … [Read more...]

Polar Fleece | Sewing Term

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This post contains affiliate links to products that I own, use and love.  Polar Fleece- noun type of knit fabric commonly used for making garments and blankets. the top layer of fabric has been brushed to raise the fibers and create a pile.   Tips for Sewing with Polar Fleece Polar fleece has a right and wrong side. This can be worked in with the pattern adjustments. … [Read more...]

Block 7 Split Geese | Starry Night Quilt BOM

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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. Block 7 is Split Geese. This block will help offer you an alternative to a traditional block. Let's take a look. Once you get the basic assembly down for this block, it's time to get busy. You will need to complete 3 full units.   To help speed my sub unit … [Read more...]

Adjustable Binder Foot

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This post contains affiliate links to products that I own, use and love.  Adjustable Binder Foot presser foot A specialty presser foot allows the stitcher to fold and attach binding to the edge of a project in one pass. This foot is perfect to add little details on your projects and can accommodate thicker fabrics. The adjustable binding foot handles double fold bias strips and can … [Read more...]

French Knot Embroidered Hearts

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Wow, is it hot outside and that means pool time in my world. There is nothing better than veggin' at the pool during the hot summer days but idle hands do not suit me. So, I'm getting back into hand stitching and since my friend Melissa is hosting a summer sewing series, I thought the timing was perfect to show off my french knot embroidered hearts. Once you get the hang of them, they are … [Read more...]

DIY Butterfly Beauty Pillow Cover

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Butterflies are one of those amazing creatures that mystifies and inspires me. To help attract them to my world, I have butterfly bushes all along the back of my yard. During the summer months, they seem to dance around each bush all day long. Their colors range and I just love the way they seem to float in the air. To help bring this feeling into my home I created this easy to make DIY … [Read more...]

Sewing for Pet Sympathy

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Hello dear readers of The Sewing Loft.  It's your faithful friend, TJ Goerlitz from Studio Mailbox welcoming you to the first Friday in August where I make my regularly scheduled stop attempting to bring a little creative fun and humor to your lives.  It's been awhile since we had a nice long chat because last month landed on the 4th of July.  As you might recall this year I've been on a mission … [Read more...]