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August 2009 Blog Posts (54)

Thread Count in Quilting Fabric - What's the Big Deal?

Thread count is the number of threads per square inch in the fabric. It determines the quality and weight of the fabric. Threads are counted for both the length and width of the fabric. If there are the same number of threads in both directions, the fabric is an “even weave.” Fabrics with an even weave are easier to work with as you make a quilt, since the fabric will have the same amount of “give in both directions.

Quilting cotton is generally 68 x 68 threads per square inch,… Continue

Added by Susan on August 6, 2009 at 3:02pm — 1 Comment

A Little About Moda Fabric...

Moda is a leading US manufacturer and distributor for designer quilting fabric. Moda fabrics are not only sought after in the United States but also by avid quilters in Australia and Europe. What sets Moda apart from other quilting fabric manufacturers? Why do consumers, especially quilters, prefer Moda Fabric? Let's examine some of the unique aspects of Moda. Moda has built a wonderful team of fabric designers who are extremely talented. Just to name a few: Chloe's Closet, April Cornell,… Continue

Added by Susan on August 6, 2009 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

Making a Quilt Using Your Printer

For a meaningful, fun project why not make a quilt using your printer? All it takes are some inkjet fabric sheets, an inkjet printer and some favorite photos to make a quilt full of memories. The fabric sheets are permanent and machine washable and your photos are going to look great on them. It is really easy, fun and fast to create your own quilt pieces. You should be able to easily find the special fabric sheets at a fabric or quilting store and probably in most craft or hobby… Continue

Added by Susan on August 6, 2009 at 6:00am — No Comments

Sewing Surges in Popularity

By ARELIS HERNANDEZ The rules in the sewing lounge read like metaphors for good living: Know where your fingers are at all times. No running with

scissors. Look before you cut. For sewing teacher Abby Wright, gliding a needle through a piece of fabric is a life skill in every sense. "Some people will focus on the wrong thing trying to get it perfect," said Wright, 27, who was… Continue

Added by Susan on August 5, 2009 at 5:30am — No Comments

The top 10 must-have items for a beginner’s sewing kit

Over and above a sewing machine, here is a summary of my list of the top 10 must-have items for a beginner's sewing kit. You can view the full blog post over at my blog.



  1. Tailors Chalk
  2. Measuring Gauge
  3. Pins
  4. Needles
  5. Seam Unpicker
  6. Fabric Scissors
  7. Pinking Shears
  8. Press Cloth
  9. Selection of…
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Added by sewbox on August 5, 2009 at 4:00am — 1 Comment

Penny Machine

Can anyone out there tell me what penny machine is. I am working on quilt block purse that ask me to Quilt fused pieces and then Penny Quilt lines 1/4"to each side of each seam

Added by Carol H. Willis on August 4, 2009 at 12:15pm — 3 Comments

Picking the right sewing machine - Part 2

by

JoAnn Connolly Picking the right sewing machine can be overwhelming, to say the least. Read on to make the process easier.

In

Part 1, machine categories were covered. In order to know which category you should be looking at, you need to figure out: A: what your budget is and B: what you’re going… Continue

Added by Susan on August 4, 2009 at 5:30am — No Comments

Quilters' cups runneth over

When she proposed the Quilters of South Carolina auction off decorated bras for charity, Sandra Baker knew it would raise a few eyebrows, and she hoped it would raise a few dollars. But she quickly learned: Never underestimate the

power of 50 bejeweled, laced and feathered bras. The idea was simple, really, says Baker, a quilter and former president of the statewide quilters group. Every year QSC chooses a project to raise money for a specific cause. The group, which has members… Continue

Added by Susan on August 3, 2009 at 4:30pm — 4 Comments

Swap and sew - A closet full of clothes but still nothing to wear?

BY MARY SHUSTACK



There's a fun - and affordable - solution coming Saturday to New City.



The "Swap-O-Rama-Rama" is a clothing exchange with a twist that promises creative -and eco-friendly - results.



Trade your too-small jeans or bought-on-impulse top (with the tags still on) for someone else's cocktail dress worn only once.



If you like it, it's yours. If you like it, but it doesn't fit - there's help.



Dozens of volunteer… Continue

Added by Susan on August 3, 2009 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

My first project a scrub top

All cut out and ready to sew...that's the part that is not going well the sewing! I give up for tonight will hit again tomorrow! need advice

Added by Sue Mitchell on August 2, 2009 at 8:51pm — 5 Comments

ORGAN NEEDLES ?

I have and organ needle and I wanted to know wither or not in can be use in an embroidery machine ? And do you know of anyone down here in sewing clubs here in florida ? I am looking for some hoops that you can use on the embroidery machine , it snap in kind.

Thank for your time..
Jennifer

Added by Jennifer Howell on August 2, 2009 at 11:47am — 3 Comments

Measuring for Slipcovers

I also have a couch waiting to be covered. Thanks for the info

Added by Marijayne Favata on August 2, 2009 at 11:02am — No Comments

SWAP (Sewing with a Plan)

For those of you who aren't familiar with a SWAP. The first time I heard of this was in Australian Stitiches Magazine.



SEWING WITH A PLAN





We have all had this problem at one time or another:nothing in our closet works together. All we seem to have is a lot of unrelated garments; if we were to pull everything out and put it into outfits, we might have two decent ones. Everything else is the wrong style or color or we just don't like it anymore. (We won't even… Continue

Added by Blondell on August 1, 2009 at 8:02pm — 6 Comments

Gloves

Help!!!
I have developed a really horriable allergy to the sun!!!! and I need to wear gloves! any ideas? patterns????

Added by Mary-Anne Watson on August 1, 2009 at 11:07am — 2 Comments

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