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Discovery and Evolution of Silk Fabrics

Silk fabric is one of the most common and known fiber on which textile industry is primarily dependent. It is natural protein fiber, some forms of which can be woven into textiles. Silk fabric is such a fabric which is made from threads and it is spun by the silk caterpillars. Silk caterpillars live on some specific tress and eat their leaves to live. These tresses are cultivated in order to cultivate these worms. Mulberry silk worm is one of them and most famous among them because mulberry…


Added by Susan on June 18, 2019 at 2:00am — 1 Comment

Denim Sewing Guidelines - Five Tips

More denim sewing techniques and projects at SWN:…


Added by Susan on March 16, 2018 at 6:30pm — 6 Comments

News: Local Orlando Artists’ Work to be Exhibited at International Modern Quilt Show

Excerpt - Piecing it all together

by Jessica Bryce Young

February 21, 2018

"Among those in the know, quilting has shaken off its once-fusty image.

"One of…


Added by Susan on March 6, 2018 at 6:00am — No Comments

Quilting, $3.5 billion industry, seeing bolder colors, bling and recycled-bottle batting

Gone are the days when quilting was only a cottage industry!

By Carma Wadley

"Quilting is certainly an art — an art, a craft, a hobby, a pastime, an outlet for creativity, even a form of therapy. But in today's world it is also an industry..."

To read the rest of this article and see more beautiful photos please…


Added by Susan on May 26, 2017 at 8:25am — No Comments

Oliso Smart Iron Products - Comments on the Oliso® TG1600 Pro


As modern and traditional quilters and garment sewers, we at Sew What's New prefer to use Oliso Smart Irons for pressing our sewing and quilting projects every day.  In…


Added by Susan on March 7, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Hot and Spicy Block - Quilt as You Go with Joel Dewberry Fabric

Modern Quilt Block on Vintage Brother Sewing Machine

I intend to use this block as the front of a bag. What kind of bag - I have no idea yet. The fabrics are from Joel Dewberry, and I think there is an orphan strip from a Spring Zing Batiks strip pack in there. I used a scrap of …


Added by Susan on March 1, 2017 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

A Fashionable Stitch + Trouser Sewing and Alterations

Image from Pants for Real People

Sunni of "A Fashionable Stitch" hosted a trouser Sew-Along.  Armed with the book …


Added by Susan on January 8, 2017 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

"Luv Letters" Project

This project offers three stuffed letter pillows with optional piping or fringes. This project could be used as a wall hanging as well. Perfect for a little girls room! The project download is offered by Butterick.



Added by Susan on January 31, 2016 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Dog Bone Neck Pillow Tutorial + Free Pattern

Recently Judy brought her dad’s dilapidated neck bone pillow home, took it apart, made a pattern and sewed a new one for her mom. While making the pillow, she took pictures of each step so she could develop a tutorial to…


Added by Susan on January 16, 2016 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

Easy to Advanced Holiday Kitchen Sewing Projects

My own holiday sewing this year has been a complete flop.  Even though I see so much online and off (especially while shopping) that inspires me and I know darn well how easy some of it really is to sew together.  I wanted to round up some sewing projects for this Christmas and New Years for the kitchen.  


Sew here's what I gathered up for stitching…


Added by Susan on December 3, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

Patchwork Christmas Tree Tutorial by TeresaDownUnder


Here's a scrap-buster project for all of you quilters out there!  You could…


Added by Susan on November 18, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments

Summer Sewing for Sunny (and rainy) Days

Okay, it's Saturday, and that summer beach bonfire is not going to happen unless you can find something besides fleece and rubber boots to wear. Sound familiar?

Living in Southeast can be a big wardrobe hassle when the sun sneaks up on us. We love the weather, but our closets don't! So, why not do like our mothers taught us, and create or…


Added by Susan on April 16, 2015 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

Sewing: Placing and Adjusting Darts

Darts are folds sewn into fabric to provide three-dimensional shaping to a garment. They are very frequently used to tailor the garment to the wearer's shape.

Darts are actually a simple wedge shape, that is made up with four basic components:…


Added by Susan on April 1, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

Sew So Easy Easter Bunnies, Chicks, and Eggs! Free Sewing Tutorials


These simple soft-toy style Easter chick and Easter bunny decorations sewn with calico and gingham fabrics, will cheer up your home during Easter celebrations every year.  These whimsical decorations are a great …


Added by Susan on March 3, 2014 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

The Ombre Dutchman Lap or Nursery Quilt by V and Co.



Using a beautiful mix of ombre cottons designed Vanessa Christensen for…


Added by Susan on February 25, 2014 at 8:27am — 1 Comment

Sew a Valentine Babydoll Nightie + Cutting & Sealing Synthetic Fabrics - Free Tutorials

Joy from HowJoyful made this ruffled babydoll nightie out of leftover …


Added by Susan on February 8, 2014 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

How to Sew Pattern Weights - Free PDF + How To Arrange or Layout Sewing Pattern Pieces

We can make our own sewing pattern weights to keep our pattern paper laying flat on top of our fabric when we are cutting our sewing project out.  Scraps and rice make this project very…


Added by Susan on January 24, 2014 at 12:59pm — 1 Comment

ZigZag Chevron Quilted Valentine Pillow - Free Tutorial by Nicole from Modern Handcraft

A modern Valentine sewing project for your home. The printed fabric is by…


Added by Susan on January 20, 2014 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

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