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March 2008 Blog Posts (13)

Sewing machine faqs

I'm sure this comes up often. I am in the market for a new sewing machine. I do a lot of machine piecing but also some garment sewing and baby diapers/nappies. I usually hand quilt, but occassional do machine quilting for baby quilts. Any ideas???

Added by Tarius McArthur on March 31, 2008 at 1:00am — 4 Comments

Please help with PED Basic

I have Brother E270D. This is all completely new to me and very much over my head so far. Do I need the Basic PED or Amazing box or Ultimate Box? I have read and read and I'm just getting more and more confused. I don't want to purchase unnecessary software or equipment since everything is sooooo expensive with this craft. Any help is appreciated. Thank you.

Added by Lucretia Yager on March 29, 2008 at 9:13pm — No Comments

does anyone know anything about the Brother innovis cs 8060 - I was thinking of buying 1 to replace my janome memory craft 4000 - just wondering if this one is as good as or better any advice would b…

does anyone know anything about the Brother innovis cs 8060 - I was thinking of buying 1 to replace my janome memory craft 4000 - just wondering if this one is as good as or better any advice would be appreciated thanks Continue

Added by gabriele on March 29, 2008 at 6:30am — No Comments

I need help

I have an autistic step-brother-in-law who won't wear belts. Can any one tell me the easiest way to add elastic to the waist of his jeans so he wont have to? I would greatly appreciate the help. I am used to using a pattern and have never tried to do something like this without a pattern.

By the way, I am also new to the site and would like to say hello the everyone..

Thank you

Added by Chelle on March 27, 2008 at 5:27pm — 2 Comments

Fabrics for Window Treatments - Large Pattern vs Small Pattern

By Sandy Powell

Window treatments can be one of the most significant design elements in a room making the design process a bit overwhelming. Window treatments can become the focal point of the room if you choose color, contrast, large fabric patterns, layers of fabric, or large-scale fabric treatments. So the choice of a fabric pattern can impact the final outcome of the room.

As a comparison, drapery panels that have little pattern and match the wall color will fade…


Added by Susan on March 23, 2008 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Extended Quilt Care & Hanging Display Quilts

By Kim Wutzke

Aunt Mable spent two years making that charming quilt with the quirky border for your cabin. You can extend the life of her efforts by taking the time to implement a few preventative steps and cleaning precautions. Today's hand stitched cabin quilt with the quirky border could be one of your family heirlooms someday.

Sunlight and artificial light will cause fading and in time, fabric deterioration. Light damage is irreversible. If you choose to display your… Continue

Added by Susan on March 21, 2008 at 12:00am — No Comments

Celtic Cross Stitch Embroidery, Designs, Patterns And Instructions To Get Started

By Jennifer Walter

We all have interests in life, from music to painting - there's an artist in all of us. Out of that a large chunk are to busy or inhibited to find time for such activities while a small group are able to fulfill their passion.

An artist usually converts his hobbies into full time activity. Hobbies range from painting to music, from writing to antiques and even embroidery. Embroidery is very much an art form, one that enables you to use a broad range of… Continue

Added by Susan on March 20, 2008 at 12:00am — No Comments

How to Read a Sewing Pattern

By Ivan A Cuxeva

When it comes to sewing, reading patterns can be somewhat intimidating, the first thing we must know is that there are several pattern types and each may have its own design variations or what many people refer to as "views". Beginners may start with basic patterns which show traces which are easy to follow, these starter patterns don't often require people to get too technical as far as measurements, fabrics and designs.

When buying a pattern its is… Continue

Added by Susan on March 19, 2008 at 12:00am — No Comments

When You Sew, Do You Know How To Find Your Waist Line?

By Marian Lewis

When you work on a sewing project, do you have trouble trying to find your waist line?

Some waist lines are not as obvious as others. You think you know where it is, but you aren't sure.

You need to know this even for basic sewing.

So many sewing instructions tell you to do this or that from your waist line.

If you can't find it, how can you follow the instructions?

As women age, they get thicker in the middle and… Continue

Added by Susan on March 18, 2008 at 6:59am — No Comments

Use Your Embroidery Machine to Quilt? You Bet!

By Penny Halgren

Quilters who are not already a machine embroidery enthusiast just may find themselves engrossed in the craft once they realize they could incorporate machine embroidery into their quilting.

Embroidery is a traditional way to add special decorative touches to quilts. Whether by hand or machine, a quilter may accent his or her creation with embroidered flowers or other accents. But today's machine embroidery - for those willing to try it - can make quilting… Continue

Added by Susan on March 17, 2008 at 6:05am — No Comments

Sewing A Straight Line - Easy Effective Tips

By Barbara Evans

Do you sometimes have trouble sewing a straight line?

Some sewers merrily stitch a perfectly straight line while blithely singing to the radio, while others of us work so hard at it with great concentration and get so frustrated when the results end up looking like the wanderings of an inebriated spider. We end up breaking needles, tangling the bobbin thread and then feel like giving up sewing altogether.

Well, there is no need for all that, as… Continue

Added by Susan on March 16, 2008 at 10:42am — 2 Comments

A Guide to Antique Sewing Machines

By Alison Cole

Sewing machines have been mass-produced worldwide for more than two-hundred years. Early models featured unique designs to add beauty and appeal to buyers. The wide variety of styles and manufacturers make antique sewing machines a favorite collectible. Because of the quality workmanship and heavy materials of the early machines many of the antique sewing machines are still working models. The antique sewing machines will typically be made of cast iron and feature… Continue

Added by Susan on March 16, 2008 at 10:36am — 3 Comments

Discount Sewing Machines

By Alison Cole

There are hundreds of sewing machines in the market, ranging in price from $150 to $6,000. It is no wonder so many people search for discount sewing machines. Some of the famous sewing machine manufacturers are Janome, Elna, Brother, Toyota and Singer. If you are looking for a discount sewing machine then the best thing to do is to shop around, many of the shops have discount sewing machines and many have cheap special offers and deals.

Usually,… Continue

Added by Susan on March 16, 2008 at 10:22am — No Comments

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