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Susan's Blog – May 2009 Archive (16)

How to Use Digital E Patterns For Sewing Clothes

by: Laura Marsh

E-patterns are just like normal sewing patterns, although there is one main difference, you will buy and e-pattern as a digital format either as a download or on a CD, where as a normal sewing pattern is printed on thin tissue paper.

Many of the major sewing pattern companies are starting to offer their patterns in digital format, normally there will be a saving on the cost for the consumer, as the company doesn't have to pay for the printing costs. Apart… Continue

Added by Susan on May 27, 2009 at 7:46am — 1 Comment

How to Make Cloth Napkins, Simple Sewing

By Mary Wilkins As long as you have a sewing machine, they are simple, inexpensive and take almost no time to make. Cloth napkins are easy on the environment and are really very little trouble -- you just toss them in the wash with the rest of the laundry. We have tons of them at home that we've made in all kinds of fabrics. Making lots insures you never run out.

Supplies: 1 yard fabric per 4 napkins sewing machine, needles and thread scissors

Instructions: The napkins… Continue

Added by Susan on May 25, 2009 at 1:30am — No Comments

Make a Circular Tablecloth

by Mary Wilkins The look of a nice tablecloth on your table can create a warm, welcoming feeling. Here's an easy, quick simple one I made in about 15 minutes for a round table. 1. Measure the width of your table and add 24 inches. This is your working measurement and will give you about 11 inch drop around the table. 2. If your chosen fabric is not this wide, you will be making your tablecloth in panels. 3. Stitch panels together if need be, using 1/2" seam allowance. 4. Fold your… Continue

Added by Susan on May 23, 2009 at 1:00am — No Comments

How to Make a Quilted Table Runner

By Mary Wilkins This easy, quick runner will set the mood for any celebration at home. Even a beginner at sewing can make this little runner for the coffee table or mantle. You could use themed fabric such as Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Graduation, Father's Day etc.

Supplies: 24 (2 inch) squares of bright fabric 24 (2 inch) squares of light fabric for contrast the border fabric is (4 inch) strips of dark fabric -- top and bottom are 25 inches long, sides are 6… Continue

Added by Susan on May 22, 2009 at 6:00am — No Comments

Make a Mantle Quilt

by Mary Wilkins I saw one of these in an expensive little boutique. I have heard of them, but had never seen one up close before. A mantle quilt is a row of quilt blocks that hang over your fireplace mantle or shelf; choose any quilt block you like that doesn't have to be set diagonally. Nine patch, log cabin, rail fence, attic window would all work fine with their straight side blocks. Maybe red and green for Christmas. Let your imagination go! 1. Measure your mantle length making sure the… Continue

Added by Susan on May 22, 2009 at 1:00am — No Comments

Machine Quilting For Beginners - About Designs

Quilting, like painting is a wonderful art. It is similar to painting in the sense that paints and brushes are replaced by threads and needles. Paper is replaced by fabrics. Quilts were traditionally made by hand, but not with the advent of sewing quilting machines, many prefer to use machines. This is because, machines make quilting work easier, faster and not to mention a lot neater. You have the option of using an ordinary sewing machine which has quilting capabilities or you can use a… Continue

Added by Susan on May 21, 2009 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Make Cafe Curtains

Cafe curtains are a lovely way to dress up any window; they're especially nice in the kitchen, where they're almost traditional. These curtains are simple to make, inexpensive and take almost no time at all.

Measuring instructions 1. First measure your window height. Cafe curtains can cover anywhere from 1/3 to 1/2 of your window. If you want to cover the bottom window casing, include that in your measurement. 2. Measure your window width and include the casing if that is… Continue

Added by Susan on May 21, 2009 at 1:00am — 5 Comments

Nine-Patch Potholders

by Mary Wilkins These potholders are fun to make and so quick! The block is made up of 2" squares of two different colours. Then borders (also 2" wide) were put on top and bottom, then the sides. Once your block is made you make a loop of the border fabric. Place this loop in one corner on the right side of the holder. Cut a backing the same size as the block. For batting you can use 3 layers of terry towel. Place your toweling down first, then the quilt block right side up. On top of… Continue

Added by Susan on May 20, 2009 at 1:00am — No Comments

Super Simple Crib Sheets

by Mary Wilkins These are so easy. I have made several for my grandsons. They have the habit of stripping their mattress before they settle down for the night. These are easy enough that you can use special holiday fabrics as well as a bunch for every day.

YOU NEED: * 2 pieces of cotton broadcloth or flannel the length of your crib mattress plus 6" and the width of your mattress plus 6" * Velcro hook and loop tape--about 9" of each side * Thread to match …


Added by Susan on May 19, 2009 at 1:00am — 7 Comments

Easy to Make Table Protectors by Mary Wilkins

Hot pots and casserole dishes will be no worry with these on your table. As long as you have a sewing machine, this project is simple, inexpensive and takes almost no time to make. Mary said it only took her about 15 minutes, but then she is the sewing expert.

Supplies: buy or make a circle of pressed wood, 1/8 inch thick terry cloth (meaning old towels) small piece of decorator fabric Mary says these are some of the handiest and most used articles in her kitchen. …


Added by Susan on May 18, 2009 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

Make a Lovely Neck Roll

This pillow is made by cutting one piece of fabric which is marked and sewn. Read all instructions first, this will help you decide which way to proceed.


tube pillow form (optional)

old large bath towels

polyester batting or cotton batting (scraps)

medium to heavy weight material

light to medium weight material (optional)

non permanent marking tool

long ruler

hot glue gun

cording (optional)

yarn, wool or string… Continue

Added by Susan on May 18, 2009 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Sewing And Ergonomics

With an increase in overseas garment manufacturing, many apparel plants in the U.S. have very low profit margins. It may seem that investing in ergonomics is a luxury in such a difficult economic climate, but it may in fact be a necessity. Up to 30% of operators in some apparel plants report symptoms of muscular-skeletal disorders, such as tingling in the hands and fingers and aches and pains in the arms, shoulders, and neck. Without intervention, these symptoms are likely to turn into costly… Continue

Added by Susan on May 16, 2009 at 1:30am — 2 Comments

A Little About The Singer Sewing Machine

Singer invented the first electronic sewing machine. In 1851, an inventor, actor, and mechanic developed and obtained his own patent in sewing machine. Singer sewing machine was a great gift to many homes. Singer is the most popular brand in sewing machine. Singer sewing machine has clutched the major part of the sewing market within the short period of time. Industrial singer sewing machine further with more improvement in technology has brought wide changes in carpeting industry, bookbinding,… Continue

Added by Susan on May 15, 2009 at 1:49pm — 1 Comment

Are You Choosing the Right Sewing Thread?

By Barbie Thomas Sewing threads come in various sizes represented in numbers or alphabets. The higher the number, the finer is the thread. Where letters indicate the size, A is finer while D is heavier. Mercerized threads are more smooth due to special finishes given to them. General purpose threads are used on light and medium fabrics while the heavy duty threads are used where the stitches require extra strength like in upholstery projects. Cotton, silk, nylon, polyester and cotton… Continue

Added by Susan on May 14, 2009 at 3:02pm — 6 Comments

Top 10 Sewing Storage Tips

A good storage system is much more than just putting all your sewing supplies away. It will make it easier and quicker to find your supplies and protect them from damage. It will allow you to use all the space in your room effectively. There are a lot of options to choose from, shelves, baskets, bins and more to help you store your supplies, so it can be hard to choose which ones will work for you. Here are some tips on how to create an effective storage system that works for you. 1. Use all… Continue

Added by Susan on May 14, 2009 at 2:52pm — 4 Comments

Computerized Sewing Machine

With the ever expanding technology, we see various changes in the traditional machinery that simplify our work and make it more interesting and efficient. Sewing machines are no exception. If you have not heard of the computerized sewing machine, this article will open your eyes to a new technology that can greatly simplify your tailoring work.

As the name suggests, a computerized sewing machine is fitted with a built-in computer. The machine also comes with an LCD display that… Continue

Added by Susan on May 14, 2009 at 2:17pm — No Comments

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