What Basic Sewing Machine Embroidery Stitches Can You Find On Your Machine?

What basic sewing machine embroidery stitches can you find already on your machine?  In some machines, these types of stitches are also known as decorative stitches.  Most machines come with a series of these stitches, on my machine I’m fortunate to have many more than I thought. I am the … Continue reading

3 Reasons Why You Need a Walking Foot Other Than for Quilting

Quilters are familiar with the walking foot, and generally, they have one in their possession. However, many other generalist sewists aren’t aware of the many reasons you need a walking foot and everything it can do for you. This specialty foot is larger compared to the regular foot and more … Continue reading

An Introduction to Sewing Sweater Knits

sewing sweater knits

Ah, sweater knits! These highly textural, stretch fabrics can be cozy, lacy, casual, or sophisticated. With a good sweater knit and a little practice, you can cut and sew a sweater in a day or less, even if you can’t knit or crochet. Yes, they’re enabling. And they’re beautiful. If … Continue reading

Stitch ‘n Swap – a Book Review

Book review for Stitch and Swap. Book filled with small sewing projects in all sorts of topics for things that you can make as gifts or to sew and swap with others. Details on how to run a sewing swap also included.

This week I had the chance to peruse a review copy of this fun book Stitch ‘n Swap!  The book is full of practical tips for organizing a swap, everything from choosing a theme, and putting together a group to setting guidelines and dealing with dropouts. Sew, Give, and Receive. These are the basic … Continue reading

5 Reasons Why Sewing Online Groups Reduce Stress

sewing online groups reduce stress

The millennial generation, sometimes also known as the ”therapy generation”, have widely accepted and acknowledged therapy as a beneficial treatment to improve mental health.  Over the past decade openly talking about mental health has become much more destigmatized.  Now it is quite normal to look at hobbies not only as … Continue reading