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October 2010 Blog Posts (27)

Re: Storage in Sewing Room


I bought a cheap 4 drawer plastic cabinet from WalMart and laid my patterns down flat - they are sorted of what they are, grandkids clothing, quilts, vests & jackets, wall hangings, table runners etc....

Fabric: Use Walmart's smaller bins to contain fabric less then 1 yard long.

Fabric: Use flat folds to organize the 1 yard to "whatever" yard length I have of fabric - those are organized by color. Have someone make you flat, long, very light…


Added by Helen Blake on October 30, 2010 at 9:33pm — 1 Comment

Looking for Viking Designer 2 owner, need stitch D Cards

Help, they discontinued our machine and I need Stitch D Cards, does anyone know where I can get them. thanks, grami fran

Added by Fran(grami) on October 30, 2010 at 6:15pm — No Comments

Organizing Patterns

I have so many patterns! I use a metal filing cabinet and have my patterns lined up two rows per drawer. I have them in grouped by type: Children, Men, Home Dec, Women which I have most is also broken down by dress, jackets, blouses, pants, etc. It sure makes looking for something easier. I have been sewing for 40+ years and almost got rid of some of my older patterns because they were taking up so much space in my sewing room. Having the filing cabinet in my attic but still easily accessible… Continue

Added by Suzy Broussard on October 30, 2010 at 9:52am — 2 Comments

I'm Working on this Quilt

This is what im making now...

Added by LouRay on October 29, 2010 at 9:30am — No Comments

How Do You Store & Organize Your Sewing Patterns?

I am thinking about using a filing cabinet I have and zip lock bags for each pattern. Anyone have any tips or ideas... I have to get this dealt with. GAH! I have them laying loose inside desk drawers and it's not working out. The problem I see with a filing cabinet is that it may be too wide and the bulk will end up making the hanging folders become twisted. I was thinking of baskets of a similar width instead but I don't really have a home for them… Continue

Added by Susan on October 29, 2010 at 8:05am — 18 Comments

How Do You Store Your Notions?

How does everyone store their notions? Do you have it all on shelving? Boxes? Drawers?

modest collection of notions are stored in a small latched box on my sewing table, on some small shelving attached to the wall, and a little bit inside one drawer of my sewing table. I keep my bobbins in one of those "Stack 'n Store Bobbin Towers"

and I do NOT like it at all as it keeps falling apart when I am getting a bobbin or putting one in it. My…

Added by Susan on October 28, 2010 at 2:21pm — 18 Comments

Scarves to embellish Londa's Creative Sweatshirt Jackets

Creatively Busy AGAIN.... some of my current KITS for jackets I offer at the sewing expos around the country include cashmere neck scarves and Pashmina scarves, so I decided to execute some jackets utilizing them, just in time for next week when I am at the Houston Quilt Festival as a vendor and on the Faculty. I'm very excited to have a class there on Tuesday about my jackets, and also a Trunk Show class.… Continue

Added by Londa Rohlfing on October 28, 2010 at 8:51am — No Comments

Not Just for Grannies Anymore: The Rise of The Urban Sewing Lounge

by Kimberley Mok, Montreal, Canada

thread den sewing lounge photo



Added by Susan on October 27, 2010 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

Halloween Costume Ideas

We're getting close to Halloween and I will admit I have not done a thing about a costume for my youngest son. He's

thirteen and never sure if he wants to go out and celebrate or not, so I'm keeping this list of last minute ideas handy and hopefully I will have most of what I need come three p.m. on Halloween day! These costumes have all been created, or have been featured here at SWN. I've of course added ideas for both male and female, for the sake of sharing.… Continue

Added by Susan on October 27, 2010 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

Home Embroidery, No Sewing Skills Required

A lot of people have the mistaken belief that in order to operate a home embroidery machine one must have some skills in sewing, this is completely wrong. It is true that a lot of people who get into the world of machine embroidery do so as a result of having an interest in sewing and handicrafts. The truth is you do not have to have any skill in sewing in order to master the art of machine embroidery. Once you know how to hoop up an item properly, with a bit of practice you will be able to… Continue

Added by Alice Huntly on October 24, 2010 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Sewing craze takes to airwaves in new TV show!

Sewing is not rocket science.…


Added by Susan on October 23, 2010 at 2:04pm — 1 Comment

What I have been up too.

Have several quilts in the works. For some odd reason I get bored too quickly working on one thing. right now I have a grandmothers flower garden, two hand embroideries, a square in a square quilt, and a bow tie quilt. plus all the little projects that are ufo's. Ohhhhhhhh and I just finished a doll… Continue

Added by Linda on October 21, 2010 at 12:09pm — No Comments



Added by Shannon on October 19, 2010 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Creating your Own Sew In Labels Style 2

I ran out of my 1 1/2 twill tape today and labels I already made so I had some canvas 1" ribbon and cut them long enough to fold in half. I then ironed on my label once again and my label was complete. I like them both so I will make a bunch of both styles to have on hand t all times.

Added by Shannon on October 18, 2010 at 8:50pm — 3 Comments

Best Fleece on the market

I have been ordering & sewing fleece from for years. They
only sell Malden Mills polertec fleece. The quality is unsurpassed however they only
have solids.

Added by carol on October 18, 2010 at 9:15am — 1 Comment

All the money in the world

I recently upgraded to a Janome Horizon Memory Craft 7700 QCP. I didn't need it but wanted it. :)
I spent megabucks on it, but today it paid for itself 10 times over.

My soon to be 5 year old grandson just called me to tell me that he went to a friends "Karate birthday party" yesterday and won a gold star from the Sensei for doing a good job. Of course I tried to congratulate him, but he was intent on asking me if I would sew it onto his backpack for him. His…

Added by Jacquelyn Koslowski on October 17, 2010 at 10:18am — 1 Comment

Autumn Leaves - La Petite Pattern & Tutorial by Shannon Hebert

Today it is rainy, windy, and cold here in Northern Maine. The leaves are all falling off the trees so I decided it was time to make my own La Petite purse for myself instead of all the gifts I have been making with the new pattern I created with my cricut cutter. I call this one Autumn Leaves and I made a matching wallet to go with it. I embroidered Live-Laugh-Love on the top part of the purse. I just…


Added by Shannon on October 15, 2010 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Fleece Neckwarmers Tutorial by noodlehead

This tutorial is super easy and fun! These would make excellent gifts for…


Added by Susan on October 15, 2010 at 11:37am — 1 Comment

HUNT for reversible fabrics - MAKE this great little jacket

One of the most fun parts of doing the Sewing Expos is seeing all the neat clothing on our fashion-conscious customers! Often self-created, but

also store-bought (RTW = Ready-To-Wear). I always keep my camera handy

and when I ask permission, most often the wearer is flattered and I get

to take…

Added by Londa Rohlfing on October 14, 2010 at 10:01am — No Comments


I wanted my sew in labels to match my blog header and my business cards. So after some playing around I came up with these. I designed them first in Word, printed them on iron on transfer for fabric and ironed them onto Twill tape that is 1 1/2". I iron it on to the bottom edge so that leaves the top for…


Added by Shannon on October 14, 2010 at 7:30am — 25 Comments

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