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November 2009 Blog Posts (27)

Braiding foot

Does anyone know of how to go about using a braiding foot ? It came with my sewing machine, but it didn't come anything about of how to use it.

Added by Jennifer Howell on November 30, 2009 at 2:45pm — 10 Comments

An Introduction to Shirt Fabrics


fabrics or "Shirtings", as they are called by those in the industry, come in a wide variety of weave types. They are made from a range of fibers, with cotton being the most common. Most fabric names refer to the particular method in which it underlying fibers were woven. We won't go into it here, but be aware that the thickness and characteristics of… Continue

Added by Susan on November 28, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

left hand fabric scissors

I am searching for a pair of left hand fabric scissors for my daughter. I want to give them to her for Christmas and am having a very difficult time finding them anywhere. Any ideas what company carries them?

Added by Christine Dykeman on November 27, 2009 at 4:49am — 1 Comment

Apron Fabric, Anyone?

I grabbed these out of the remnant bin and thought it was an all-red Christmas fabric. Turns out, it's an apron panel. I have two panels. I have all my gifts planned for this year, and hate to think they're going to sit in my stash another year. As my Christmas gift to my SWN friends, I'm offering these up to the first two responders. Leave a comment, and I'll send you a PM (private message) to make arrangements to mail them to you. Merry Christmas! …


Added by Larri on November 26, 2009 at 2:55pm — 10 Comments

Painting on Fabric With Acrylic Fabric Paints - A Beginner's Guide

Painting on fabric is easy and inexpensive, and it opens up exciting new creative horizons for sewers and quilters, fine arts painters, scrapbookers, and mixed-media artists..

If you've never tried painting on fabric before, you may have questions about how to get started. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about fabric painting. What kinds of paint can I use to paint on fabric? Oil paints and acrylic paints can both… Continue

Added by Susan on November 25, 2009 at 6:26am — 9 Comments

Fabric luggage tags

Handmade luggage tags will make it easy for your traveling brother to locate his bags. Have a brother who can’t sit still? Whose passport looks like a superfan’s autograph book? Give him a gift to suit his passion and his personality— and, in the process, reuse materials you might otherwise toss — by making an eye-catching fabric luggage tag for his beat-up old duffle. He’ll travel in style, and you’ll enjoy giving a handmade gift that is creative,… Continue

Added by Susan on November 25, 2009 at 5:48am — 2 Comments


I am quilting on a quilt and I would like to know know of how keep the quilting from brunching up with I am quilting. I need to some quilt help please.

Added by Jennifer Howell on November 24, 2009 at 11:41pm — 5 Comments

Shopping at Mary Jo's

Have you been to Mary Jo's? If you live in the Southeast, it's the pinnacle of fabric stores. Located in Gastonia, NC, it's 40,000 square feet of fabric: Fashion, Knits, Bridal, Quilting Cottons, Designer Fabrics (Amy Butler, Moda, etc.) Home Dec, Trims, Laces, Notions, name it, and MaryJo's probably has it. Here are my tips to make the most of your shopping experience:

Have a Plan

You will be completely overwhelmed if you start your MaryJo's journey… Continue

Added by Larri on November 24, 2009 at 6:30am — No Comments

Craft Sales!

I got some good news, I will be at both the Wrap Me Up sale on Saturday, Nov. 28, and the Creative Collection Craft Sale on Sunday, Nov. 29.

Wrap Me Up


Saturday, 28 Nov.


10am - 5pm


Costume Museum of Canada,

109 Pacific Avenue, Downtown Exchange… Continue

Added by Madfishmonger on November 23, 2009 at 11:59pm — 2 Comments

November 22, 2009

Here now.... haven't been for quite sometime!
School started again back in March, graduation is next month, and I sure do miss sewing! I've not made anything in quite awhile, have some ideas in my head, but nothing definite yet.
I want to start coming back around more. And intend to try...

Added by Julie on November 22, 2009 at 9:12pm — 1 Comment

Wanted: forehead, never worn

Remember that "short story" by Hemingway, "For sale: Baby shoes never worn."?? What a hoot...anyway, if somebody's selling an unused monkey forehead, I'm in the buying business.


OK, OK! It's too late for him... I know. He's just short headed and he'll have to learn to love himself, that's all. It's not his fault that I created his pattern without a forehead. I'm not sure anyone else will accept him, but when it's a free toy, people really shouldn't really be… Continue

Added by Birdie on November 21, 2009 at 7:00pm — 27 Comments

Embroidery Machines...What to Know Before Purchasing

So I had to take my husband around town yesterday to run some errands. While he was in the hardware store, I decided to take a moment and look for some flannel fabric at one of the local sewing shops, conveniently located in the same shopping center. :o) I didn't find any flannel, but DH finished shopping before I did and came into the sewing store. He was intrigued by the embroidery machines, and asked me if I wanted one. GASP! Are you kidding?!? Um, Yeah. I'd like one.

Never one to… Continue

Added by Larri on November 19, 2009 at 7:37am — 24 Comments

ZhuZhu pet beds

Late last night , well actually its 3 I decided since I finally found the zhu zhu pets that i would make them pet beds instead of buying them. They were hassle enough to find let alone the stuff that goes with them. So i sat down and in ten minutes i had a pet bed....yay. I thought i would share how i did it

. I cut a piece of lambs fleece 15 x 5, and the outside fabric 15 x 4 . I layed them right sides together and sewed along the… Continue

Added by Shirley on November 19, 2009 at 4:00am — 9 Comments

Babylock Elegante II

Hi everyone,
I am running v3.2 on my machine and wondering if I can purchase the XL hoop without having to buy v4 software. It seems to me I've heard you can only use the hoop wih the latest upgrade; is that true? If so, does anyone know how much it costs.

Added by Judie Yates on November 18, 2009 at 12:23pm — No Comments

Heating Pillow with Buckwheat

Sew up an easy pillow filled with buckwheat to serve as a heating pad. Buckwheat holds the heat (or cold) better than rice or other grains and is hypoallergenic, since buckwheat is not actually a cereal or grass. Add a few drops of your favorite fragrance oil, or just enjoy the smell of buckwheat. You can also use this pillow as a wrist pillow when working with your computer mouse... …


Added by Susan on November 18, 2009 at 7:53am — 5 Comments

The New Crewel: Embroidery for Hipsters?

I have a confession to make: I sew. I have sewn since I was a kid. For some reason, most people don’t know this about me, but it’s true.

Not only do I sew, but I actually hand sew. I do a type of embroidery called “crewel work,” which basically hasn’t been popular since the Middle Ages. The appeal for me is that it’s much more freestyle than needlepoint, or counted cross stitch, or any of that other precise, mathematical and intimidating stuff. The trouble is, since crewel… Continue

Added by Susan on November 14, 2009 at 12:35pm — 4 Comments

Baby Shower Fun!

Check out how to make this fun baby shower pennant decor at my blog

I hung it in my craft room befor it went to the shower!…


Added by Tanna Peters on November 12, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Quilt kits

Would anyone know of how much fabric comes in a Quilt Kits ?

Added by Jennifer Howell on November 12, 2009 at 1:49pm — 1 Comment

Fall Semester 2009

Hi All,

Soon my fall semester will be over!!! Yeah (say 3 weeks) and I'll be finally making that coat for my husband. At present I'm working on a paper about human nature, Statistics and Leadership.

Wish me luck, I can't wait to be done. Each day of school seems to be dragging on.

Have a fun day sewing.


Added by Renata on November 12, 2009 at 8:58am — No Comments

My first TV appearance:)

Magabys, my little Etsy shop, will be featured on Good Morning Texas, November 16th, 9am~channel 8 ABC. It is a Momprenuer special they do weekly and I am so excited for this opportunity! If you are local, I would love for you to tune in and let me know what you thought:) All criticism is welcome!!!

Added by Miranda on November 10, 2009 at 3:14pm — No Comments

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