National Sewing Month 2014 Giveaway

Help us celebrate National Sewing Month with a crazy giveaway! The Sewing Loft

National Sewing Month 2014 is in full swing and even though we have been chatting up a storm, it's time to kick off the giveaway!   4 lucky winners will take home a stash to be envied.  So, whether you’re a newbie just picking up the craft or a seasoned stitcher tackling monster projects, these prize packages will make a wonderful addition to your sewing stash.   National Sewing … [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...]

Sewing Machine Feet from A to Z

Sewing Machine Feet A to Z Craftsy Free Class Review The Sewing Loft

Did you know that some of the most amazing sewing details are created by the change of a presser foot?  I know what you're thinking.... how can a simple piece of metal improve my sewing? Isn't it my skill set that's driving the bus?  Well, that is partly true. Your skills are super important but the tools.... sometimes the tools make all the difference! Now, we have already chatted … [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...]

Stitch Card Reference Guide

Create an easy stitch card reference book for a quick visual guide. The Sewing Loft

These days our sewing machines can do so much more than the basic straight stitch.  To help keep stitches straight, I suggest create an easy stitch card reference guide.  This guide can provide an instant visual reference for your next project.  I especially love these cards for my serger machine.   They are simple to make and can be created with leftover fabric scraps.   Create a Stitch Card … [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...]

Quilting Foot or Patchwork Foot

Take your top stitching to the next level with a quilting foot. The Sewing Loft

Sometimes we get so settled into the routine of sewing that we forget to look past the basic sewing machine foot.  Well today, I want to share a new discovery…. the quilting foot or patchwork foot.  It has this amazing 1/4" guide on it to make every stitch line up perfectly. . This little nugget of goodness seems to be a tightly guarded secret in the quilting community.  So, the question … [Read more...]