Strawberry Pincushion | Scrap Buster

Clear out your scrap basket with this sweet strawberry pincushion. The Sewing Loft

It's pretty safe to say that I have a problem with scraps. You see, I tend to save every little, tiny bit of fabric that crosses my path. At times, it's been said that I need an intervention. So, when things get rough, meaning the scrap basket is overflowing, I like to start stitching! Two of my favorite things in the workroom are fabric scraps and pincushions. So, I thought it would be fun … [Read more...]

Sewing Machine Cover Sew Along

Sewing Machine Cover Sew Along | The Sewing Loft

Are you ready to sew along with me? Hello, Happy Stitchers! The time has come to discuss a dirty little secret many of us are holding onto: we’ve got naked sewing machines! Are you guilty of this one, too? Don’t be embarrassed; it’s a wide-spread problem in our community! Many of us probably bought a sewing machine that didn’t come with a case or cover. Maybe you bought a hard case, but do … [Read more...]

Sewing Machine Mat How To

Use shelf paper to create a sewing machine mat. The Sewing Loft

Many of us share a work surface to sew on. It could be the dining room table, a small desk or even the kitchen counter. (don't judge, I've done it!) I've tried a bunch of different things to prevent scratching the surface, including a bath towel. This helped prevent scratching but not reduce the noise or the shaking. To help solve my issue, bust through my scrap bucket and stitch something … [Read more...]

How to change a Rotary Blade

Replace your rotary blade in just a few easy steps. The Sewing Loft

The rotary cutter is one of my favorite tools in the sewing bin.  It helps me slice through layers of fabric with lightning speed in one clean motion.  But after too many turns around the mat it starts to dull and leave sections slightly attached.  This is when it's time to change the blade. Since the rotary cutter is super sharp and I am totally clumsy, I was extremely reluctant to switch … [Read more...]

Creative Storage Solutions

Organize Me Please- This board is jam packed with some of the most creative storage solutions I have found. Be sure to follow along.

Over the past few weeks the hubby and I have been really studying my sewing space.  Well, let me re-phrase this... He has been studying my mess while Chewie and I have been doing our thing. It seems that no matter how hard I try, I am just not neat and organized.  So, it's back to the drawing board or in this case Pinterest, I go.  I really need to put my thinking cap on to make this space … [Read more...]

Binding your quilt with school supplies

Binding your quilts with ease - quick tip on The Sewing Loft

Need an extra hand when binding your quilt?  Consider raiding your junk drawer! That's right, most junk drawers contain a TON of loose office and school supplies that can be used in our workrooms.  These binder clips are perfect for holding your binding in place or even a quilt sandwich. Binding Your Quilt   Just fold over your binding and clip in place.   Remove the clips as you … [Read more...]

Undercover: Sewing Machine Covers

Sewing machine covers protect your machine from dirt and dust. Check out these easy to make covers and personalize your space. The Sewing Loft

Is your girl an undercover agent?  What I mean is do you like to use sewing machine covers? Whether you sew every day or only once a month, it’s important to keep your sewing machine covered when you’re not using it. Covering your sewing machine prevents dirt, dust, and pet hair from getting inside the gears, which will greatly extend the life of your machine. Not only that, it keeps your sewing … [Read more...]

Sewing Splurge … If money were no object!

We asked our community what they would wish for if they had money to spend on a sewing splurge. The answers might surprise you! Find out more on The Sewing Loft

Have you ever thought about what you would like to have in your sewing life that you don’t have now? If you had no restraints on your time, money, or other real-life issues: what would your sewing splurge be? We asked our community to answer this question: If you could splurge… I mean really splurge on a sewing something, what would it be?  A fancy sewing machine, a sewing retreat, maybe a … [Read more...]

Understanding Pattern Markings

This info graphic decodes the mystery behind commercial pattern markings. The Sewing Loft

If you’ve ever picked up a sewing pattern, you may have been confused by the apparent hieroglyphics marking on the pattern pieces. Never fear - you don’t have to learn an ancient, symbolic language in order to sew with commercial patterns! Most patterns have standardized markings, which makes it easier and faster to sew with them over time once you have practiced with a few of them.  Let's take a … [Read more...]