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...]

Awl | Sewing Tool for thicker fabrics

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Awl - noun A pointed tool that is used for marking surfaces or for making small holes in leather, wood, cloth etc. An awl is a tool with a pointed metal tip and a wooden handle to help apply pressure to the point tip end to create a hole in an object.  It is used to poke holes in heavy-duty fabrics, and some awls are also made for sewing seams in these types of fabrics. You can use a … [Read more...]

Universal Needle | Sewing Tool

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This post contains affiliate links to products that I own, use and love. Universal Needle - noun A standard sewing machine needle commonly used to sew on a variety of fabrics including many woven fabric weights. The universal needle is used for general sewing on knits and woven textile projects. The needle point consists of a slightly rounded tip similar to a ballpoint needle and is … [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...]

11 Nonconventional Sewing Tools

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This post contains affiliate links to products I own, use and love. I think it's pretty safe to say that we often pick up standard sewing tools while fabric shopping at our favorite sewing stores but what about the nonconventional sewing tools? These out of the box tools are inexpensive to pick up and will work magic on your next sewing project.   Nonconventional Sewing … [Read more...]

Sewing Machine Pipe Cleaner Brush

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It's spring and while the bunnies running around my yard make me smile, the ones multiplying under my machine do not. I've shared to I clean my sewing machine with step by step photo instructions before but now I have another tip to share. Actually, it's a new tool and you can't buy this one in any store. Nope, this sewing machine pipe cleaner brush you can make at home for pennies! Pipe … [Read more...]

Pintucks | Sewing Term

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Pintucks - noun A pattern of ridges in fabric formed by a series of tucks placed at regular intervals in the fabric. Can be made by hand, or by machine. A fabric with a pintuck surface has a series of folds or tucks in it. You can sew these tucks in place by hand, or use your sewing machine. You might find this technique in particular on the front of a blouse, or often on the cuff of a … [Read more...]

10 Must Have Sewing Tools For Your Studio

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This post contains affiliate links to products I own, use and love. It's pretty safe to say that our sewing machines are by far the hardest working tool in our workspace but what about the little gadgets? These little guys can improve our sewing experience, shave down our cutting time and ultimately make us look like ROCK STARS! Here are my top 10 must have sewing tools for your … [Read more...]

Modern Quilt Care Quick Tip

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These days, I am in love with the modern quilt movement. I just seem to be drawn it by the simplicity of patterns and contrast of fabrics. You can see that I am smitten with the stark contrast of white & navy's mixed with a pop of color in one of my recent finishes. (This quilt was a gift for my youngest daughter.) It just looks so fresh and clean but the question is, what happens … [Read more...]