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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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