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Susan's Blog – February 2009 Archive (3)

Cutting Quilt Patches With Scissors

For those quilters who hand cut their patches, here is a shortcut way to hand cut the patch and know that your finished piece will be the right size. Rather than marking the cutting line on your fabric, mark the sewing line. That way, you have an accurate sewing line, regardless of how accurate your cutting line is. After all, the point of accurate stitching is to get an accurate patch when the block is sewn together.…


Added by Susan on February 22, 2009 at 12:15pm — No Comments

Choosing the Best Scissors Or Shears For Sewing

If you're going to do any sewing, you need some scissors. In fact, even if you aren't doing any sewing, every household needs some scissors! They're a useful tool, so it's important to have at least one pair.

Scissors vs. Shears First off, though people often use the name interchangeably, scissors and shears aren't really the same thing and are meant to perform different tasks. Shears are used for the heavier cutting jobs, whereas scissors are best used for lighter… Continue

Added by Susan on February 22, 2009 at 12:00pm — 10 Comments

Essentials for Enhanced Seam Strength (related video included)

A seam is the joint between the two parts of a garment. For the perfect fitting and look of the garment seam appearance and its strength has to be proper. Many factors like appropriate sewing, needle size and its type, fabrics used and its weight, stitches done on the garment, seam construction and tension level of thread influences the strength of seam.

Seam strength testing is basically an examination of the amount of pressure required to tear or break the seam of… Continue

Added by Susan on February 22, 2009 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

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