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...]

Help! My Fabric Stash is Out of Hand

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Okay, so, you like fabric...a lot. So do I. The colors, the textures, the patterns can all be intoxicating, especially when we see those pretty projects created with the latest design release. So we buy, and then we buy some more. Coupon codes, discounts, super sales and the like make it super easy to stock up. Unfortunately, the reality is when our fabric stash get "out of hand", there aren't … [Read more...]

Knit Fabric | Sewing Term

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Knit fabric - noun   a type of fabric made of interlocking loops of thread   Woven fabrics are woven - as the name implies, they’re made by weaving over and under warp and weft threads to make a fabric with little to no stretch. Knit fabrics, in contrast, are made on a knitting machine using interlocking loops of thread. These fabrics have much more stretch to them as a … [Read more...]

Jelly Roll | Sewing Term

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This post contains affiliate links to products that I own, use and love.  Jelly Roll unit of fabric A jelly roll is a pre-cut bundle of fabric, available at any fabric or craft store. Jelly rolls vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, but for the most part they’re composed of 42 strips of fabric, cut 2.5 inches by the width of fabric (usually 44-45 inches). These strips are so convenient … [Read more...]

Fat Eighth Unit of Measured Fabric

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Do you know what a fat eighth is?  Well, I had an idea but really wanted to learn more. So, I turned to our community and posted on The Sewing Loft’s Facebook page: “I buy fat quarters all the time but I'm wondering.... does anyone buy fat eighths?”. And just as I suspected, you did not disappoint.  Some of the responses really made me think and wonder, why am I not buying more of these from my … [Read more...]

Mercerization | Sewing Term

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Mercerization - verb   to treat (cotton yarns or fabric) with caustic alkali under tension, in order to increase strength, luster, and affinity for dye.   You might sometimes hear the term, “mercerized cotton.” Mercerization is a process performed on cotton materials such as fabric and thread. The fibers are treated with a strong caustic soda solution. The solution only … [Read more...]

Just One Little Minute | Sewing Humor

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Just one little minute Dear..... No self respecting fabric hoarder ever said when entering the fabric store. Enjoy the weekend!   PS- Click here for a slew of sewing funnies!      Hello! Are you new here? Do you want to learn more about sewing? If so, be sure to sign up for our newsletter HERE and never miss a stitch! Daily Sewing Tips, Everyday Projects … [Read more...]

Scrappy Sewing with The Littlest Thistle

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Katy from The Littlest Thistle is here today to share with us some of her favorite scrappy sewing projects. I know you'll be inspired by Katy's projects to try some of your own! TSL: Katy, what do you like to do with your scraps? Where do you get your scraps from? K: I'm mad enough to buy other people's scraps to make crazy patchwork type bags from, such as Karen Lewis Textiles and … [Read more...]

Fabric Selvage – Sewing Term

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Selvedge, selvege, selvage noun a specially woven edge that prevents cloth from raveling edge of a woven fabric, where the weft threads run around the warp threads, creating a finished edge. any edge of fabric finished so as to prevent from raveling   In basic terms, this area runs along the fabric edges and is considered waste. Most manufactures place special markings for … [Read more...]