Do You Know Your Notions? Time-Saving Sewing Notions

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The notions department of a sewing and crafts store holds a wide variety of items that can enable anyone to sew faster and/or better. Here are some of the best tools and gadgets. Measuring and Cutting Accurate measuring and cutting prevent time-consuming errors. Retractable tape measures are inexpensive, so keep … Continue reading

How to make and attach embroidered patches to velvet

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Last week the embroidered hoodie pattern got many of you guessing how to attach embroidered patches to stretchable velvet.  I’m sure the advanced sewists out there got the clues immediately after looking at the fabric swatches.  For the others, I’m now going to show you how I did it and … Continue reading

Sewing Waterproof Fabric: A Basic Step-by-Step Guide

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Have You Ever Wondered How to Sew Waterproof Fabric? There are many uses for waterproof fabric ranging from outdoor furniture, tents, and awnings to sports clothing. Waterproof items are, however, only as good as the type of seam that is used when making them. If the seams on something leak … Continue reading

“Will Polyester Shrink?” & other Polyester Care Questions Answered

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Will Polyester Shink?: Pretty and Practical Polyester Questions Answered Do you enjoy the easy, wash and wear convenience of modern polyester fabrics?  You can machine wash polyester with confidence, giving no thought to the question, “Will polyester shrink?”  It will not.  You can buy or sew garments with confidence they … Continue reading

Pincushion Patterns Galore: 125+ FREE Sewing Patterns

Pincushion Patterns

Pincushions are essential Pincushions are really one of those essential sewing tools.  Like solid sewing scissors and a good measuring tape, it’s almost impossible to imagine sewing properly without a good pincushion. Like many sewists, I actually have a few that serve different purposes.  I use the one I keep on … Continue reading

Easy Feather Trimming Tutorial -recycle and reuse

Easy Feather Trimming Tutorial

This is an easy feather trimming tutorial especially for those who live near a farm..  You may not have known, but you can use feathers as tasteful clothing embellishments that do not require constant washing.  Feathers can embellish everything from hats to gorgeous frocks and everything in between.  Feathers are … Continue reading