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...]

Rolled Hem Basics & How To

Basic rolled hem is perfect for napkins. The Sewing Loft

A rolled hem uses a special foot on your sewing machine - called the rolled hem foot, appropriately enough - to roll the edge of the fabric onto itself and stitch it in place. You can also create this type of hem by hand if you don’t have a rolled hem foot for your machine or if the type of fabric you’re sewing is very delicate. The rolled hem is ideal for lightweight fabrics, knits, and any … [Read more...]

Teflon Presser Foot – Secret Weapon of Leather

The Teflon Coated Foot will make sewing on leather, vinyl and suede a dream. The Sewing Loft

Using alternative fabrics such as leather, vinyl and plastic are sometimes scary.  We often worry about putting holes in the fabric, getting it "stuck" or even worse, chewed up by our machine.  Another big hurdle is how to pin it.  Well, I'm here to share my secret weapon and take the "scary" out of these speciality fabrics.  Behold, the Teflon Presser Foot.  (*Insert sounds of praise in the … [Read more...]

100+ Pincushion Patterns

100 plus pincushion projects. All patterns are free with step by step instructions. The Sewing Loft #sewing #fatquarter

Okay, I know, I've said it before but I have an obsession for pincushions.  So, to help bring you over to my side of the line, I have surfed the wide and gathered up some of the most Ah-Maz-Ing free pincushion patterns.  That's right, they are all free! From toadstools to eyeballs, I am confident that there is a pincushion pattern on this list just waiting to be added to your sewing space.   … [Read more...]