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Left Handed Sewing | Things to Consider

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Hello Friends of first Fridays!  It's your old pal TJ from Studio Mailbox here to bring you your December dose of monthly sewing humor. Can you believe it's the end of another year?  I can imagine just how busy you've all been, wrapping up those holiday projects. As you might recall, I've spent this year tackling random acts of sewing kindness or RASK for short.  The whole thing started when my … [Read more...]

Bobbin Winding | Sewing Term

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Bobbin Winding - verb the process of winding thread onto a bobbin in order to use it in sewing Before you can sew with your machine, you must wind thread onto a bobbin and load it into place. The process by which you do this is known as bobbin winding. Learn how in this quick video.  Bobbin Winding Stats- How: If winding by sewing machine, always wind the bobbin before threading the … [Read more...]

Ugly Christmas Sweater Quilt Block

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It's kinda funny how things work out. Today, I'm hanging out on Instagram with Kerry from KidGiddy, showing off my latest finish in the Ugly Christmas Sweater block challenge and just got mail! A photo posted by Heather Valentine (@thesewingloft) on Nov 28, 2016 at 10:18am PST That's right, I just got a big olde invite to an ugly sweater party! Now, with the countdown to Christmas … [Read more...]

Machine Quilting Tips from Pat Sloan

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As a novice quilter, it amazes me just how much we love to cut our perfectly good fabric into small bits and then stitch them back together....It's really kinda crazy if you think about it! Well, truth be told, not only do we slice into our coveted fabric but we rock at piecing! For me, these beautifully designed quilt tops seem to come together in a flash but finishing them off is an … [Read more...]

Sewing Inspired Stocking Stuffers

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Sometimes finding the perfect gift for that special person in your life can be a challenge but not today! If you have a friend, wife or loved one who stitches this list of sewing inspired stocking stuffers is for you! That's right, I've rounded up some of the best items on the market for your sewing buddy. Heck, I've been eyeing these up myself and hope my family is reading!! Sewing … [Read more...]

Tailor’s Chalk | Sewing Tool for Marking

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Tailor's Chalk noun Tailor’s chalk is traditionally a hard chalk used to make temporary markings on cloth or a garment.  This type of special chalk marks the spot on a garment where a garment might need to be taken in or let out, shortened or mark the placement of where to place an embellishment making it easy to see the exact placement. Tailor's chalk usually comes in a rectangle shape … [Read more...]

Button DIY Projects | Happy National Button Day!

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Did you know that today is National Button Day or better yet, that the USA even had a National Button Day?  To celebrate, I thought it would be fun to look at some of our most popular button DIY projects on The Sewing Loft. I think it's pretty safe to say that buttons are one of those things everyone has floating around their space. From the extra button you get with your favorite new … [Read more...]

Wyoming Valley | Starry Night Quilt BOM

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Wow, this year is flying by and today, I'm sharing the very last block in the 2016 Block of the Month Sew Along. Wyoming Valley is our final make for this quilt top. Measuring at 12" finished, the Wyoming Valley quilt block is going to be a stunner of a focal point! To help you achieve block success, I've put together a few of my favorite tips. Wyoming Valley Quick … [Read more...]

Snow Globe Applique Pillow Woodie Edition

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So the song goes- It's the most wonderful time of the year. That's the song that keeps playing over and over in my mind as I begin to gear up for the holidays. Seriously, it's pretty much on repeat as I unpack the holiday decor and add festive touches around the house. This year, I wanted something new and thought a few Snow Globe inspired applique pillow designs would fit perfectly into the … [Read more...]