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May 2009 Blog Posts (37)

Hello all from Portugal!

Hello all from Portugal!

Added by Maggie on May 16, 2009 at 7:26am — No Comments

Sewing And Ergonomics

With an increase in overseas garment manufacturing, many apparel plants in the U.S. have very low profit margins. It may seem that investing in ergonomics is a luxury in such a difficult economic climate, but it may in fact be a necessity. Up to 30% of operators in some apparel plants report symptoms of muscular-skeletal disorders, such as tingling in the hands and fingers and aches and pains in the arms, shoulders, and neck. Without intervention, these symptoms are likely to turn into costly… Continue

Added by Susan on May 16, 2009 at 1:30am — 2 Comments


Bought my serger well over a year ago and just went today for lessons from the place of purchase. Got the basics so it's just a matter of trial and error. Now go forth and sew I told myself...Wish me luck.. :)

Added by Mary on May 15, 2009 at 7:17pm — No Comments

A Little About The Singer Sewing Machine

Singer invented the first electronic sewing machine. In 1851, an inventor, actor, and mechanic developed and obtained his own patent in sewing machine. Singer sewing machine was a great gift to many homes. Singer is the most popular brand in sewing machine. Singer sewing machine has clutched the major part of the sewing market within the short period of time. Industrial singer sewing machine further with more improvement in technology has brought wide changes in carpeting industry, bookbinding,… Continue

Added by Susan on May 15, 2009 at 1:49pm — 1 Comment


I think I will spend the day sewing!

Added by Suzie Lambert on May 15, 2009 at 9:53am — No Comments

A new girl on the block

Hi every one. I'm from way down under in New Zealand and am a very keen quilter.

Added by Tina Gillard on May 15, 2009 at 12:33am — No Comments

The Beatles Quilt

I'm working on this for my son. Today is his 24th birthday and I'm only half done. Look carefully, and you'll see the Beatles fabric in the diamonds.

Added by Juryizout on May 14, 2009 at 9:40pm — 3 Comments

Are You Choosing the Right Sewing Thread?

By Barbie Thomas Sewing threads come in various sizes represented in numbers or alphabets. The higher the number, the finer is the thread. Where letters indicate the size, A is finer while D is heavier. Mercerized threads are more smooth due to special finishes given to them. General purpose threads are used on light and medium fabrics while the heavy duty threads are used where the stitches require extra strength like in upholstery projects. Cotton, silk, nylon, polyester and cotton… Continue

Added by Susan on May 14, 2009 at 3:02pm — 6 Comments

Top 10 Sewing Storage Tips

A good storage system is much more than just putting all your sewing supplies away. It will make it easier and quicker to find your supplies and protect them from damage. It will allow you to use all the space in your room effectively. There are a lot of options to choose from, shelves, baskets, bins and more to help you store your supplies, so it can be hard to choose which ones will work for you. Here are some tips on how to create an effective storage system that works for you. 1. Use all… Continue

Added by Susan on May 14, 2009 at 2:52pm — 4 Comments

Computerized Sewing Machine

With the ever expanding technology, we see various changes in the traditional machinery that simplify our work and make it more interesting and efficient. Sewing machines are no exception. If you have not heard of the computerized sewing machine, this article will open your eyes to a new technology that can greatly simplify your tailoring work.

As the name suggests, a computerized sewing machine is fitted with a built-in computer. The machine also comes with an LCD display that… Continue

Added by Susan on May 14, 2009 at 2:17pm — No Comments

Finally, a studio.....

I have been working on the kitchen table since 1987. First painting, then calligraphy, then painting and calligraphy and now add sewing and embroidery, combine them all, and you have collage. But now, I have a separate place to work.

One of the best things I did was purchase a small compact DVD player that also plays CD's for music. I don't get to "watch" much, but I like that I can "listen" while I am working. Lately, I have caught up on my… Continue

Added by Eydie on May 8, 2009 at 11:06pm — No Comments


I'm looking for a pattern for a bubble dress and a pillowcase dress for a toddler can anyone suggest a site with free patterns please.

Added by gwenneth isbister on May 8, 2009 at 9:17pm — 3 Comments

i dont even know how to put thread in my new sewing machine

i just want to ask if someone can teach me how to use my machine or is there a book i can buy on how to even put thread in my machine

Added by yvette mclean on May 8, 2009 at 4:47pm — 5 Comments

Sew What's New April Swap

Here is a picture of my April Swap items from Marilyn....

THANK YOU Marilyn. In and Because of HIM, Susan

Added by Susan Griggs Peterman on May 7, 2009 at 9:05am — 1 Comment


I have lately been dragging my feet on sewing and then a couple days ago I was sewing and both my machines messed up! My hubby is going to fix it for me when he gets home Friday. Isn't it funny when you have everything there you drag along and procrastinate and now that I can't sew that's all i want to do! Anyone else have that problem?

Added by sewred on May 7, 2009 at 7:21am — 4 Comments

Hey everyone check it out!

I put some photos on my page of a few projects that I have done.

Added by sewred on May 7, 2009 at 7:12am — No Comments

Copyright Infringement Questions

I have begun to make quite a few handbags, aprons and tea cozies. Can anyone give my any information about infringement laws. Is it okay to sell the product you make from a pattern, or is this considered infringement?


Added by Kathleen Dowd on May 1, 2009 at 8:30pm — 9 Comments

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