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Susan's Blog – September 2009 Archive (15)

Sew A Stadium Cushion (for all those hockey moms out there!)

We have two boys in competitive hockey and therefore spend a lot of time in rinks. Very cold rinks. On very cold plastic or wooden stadium seating. I have seen other hockey parents walk by with these stadium seats and wondered where they got them. I've seen them in our local big-box hardware store for up to 30$. These might also be great fundraiser items. You can make these out of… Continue

Added by Susan on September 30, 2009 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

Hints for Sewing Slinky Knit

by Londa Rohlfing

Fiber Content and Care 1. The well-known, original Slinky knit is Acetate or Triacetate and Lycra. This blend is: · More expensive than the Polyester & Lycra · Fiber confirmed as acetate if it disintegrates in Acetone – normal, (cheap) finger polish remover. · Embosses using acrylic or rubber stamps, metal household items, etc. (see Threads #106 pg 39 · Usually not as wide as the Poly/Lycra version · Tends to stretch and grow more than the Polyester/Lycra… Continue

Added by Susan on September 28, 2009 at 6:54am — 4 Comments

American Sewing Expo aims to keep sewers in stitches

By Terry Oparka C & G Staff Writer West Bloomfield resident Joy Hardie got her crash course in sewing when her seamstress took ill weeks before Hardie’s wedding. “I took a semester-long home economic class in the seventh-grade, as so many kids still do,” she said. “Nothing really came of it.” But her big day was approaching, so she picked up all the supplies from the seamstress and got started. “My idea was that if I started on the slip … I might know what I was doing by the time… Continue

Added by Susan on September 24, 2009 at 6:13am — 4 Comments

Answers To Sharp Questions - Scissors, Shears, and More

By Londa Rohlfing - Some excellent information about scissors, shears, brands, serrated, "leftie's", stamped and forged, handles, and more.  

"When I launched my Kai Scissors site several years ago, I was privileged to meet David Wolff, a gentleman who owns a wonderful scissors manufacturing and importing business here in the U.S. He taught me…


Added by Susan on September 22, 2009 at 6:30am — 7 Comments

Tips For Buying A Sewing Machine Online

By Susanne Myers

You can get some great deals on sewing machines when you purchase them online. Companies that sell them don’t have to worry about the overhead of a brick and mortar store and you get the convenience of having the sewing machine shipped to your front door.

Know What You Want

The drawback of buying anything online is that you can’t see it in person, to give it a try and get a feel for the quality of the sewing machine. I prefer to browse… Continue

Added by Susan on September 21, 2009 at 6:30am — 5 Comments

Jewelry maker turns barn quilt squares into wearable art at Danville festival

By STEPHANIE SCHELL Randi Gish-Smith has lived all over the United States. She came back to Kentucky about 15 years ago and settled down in Fleming County. “I love Kentucky,” she said. “I love the state. It’s a beautiful state. It’s where I chose to sit down my roots and start my family.” As a jewelry maker for the past 20 years, Kentucky has served its fair share of inspiration to Gish-Smith. She started out doing Navajo beading, working her way to crystal and metal beading.

“I… Continue

Added by Susan on September 15, 2009 at 6:06am — No Comments

September 10, 1846: Sewing Machine Starts New Thread

1846: Elias Howe patents the first practical sewing machine and threads his way into the fabric of history. French tailor Barthelemy Thimonnier patented a device in 1830 that mechanized the typical hand-sewing motions to create a simple chain stitch. He planned to mass-produce uniforms for the French army. His competition had different ideas. About 200 tailors rioted on the morning of Jan. 20, 1831, ransacking Thimonnier’s factory, destroying 80 sewing machines and throwing the pieces… Continue

Added by Susan on September 10, 2009 at 6:03am — No Comments

Sew a Car Seat Cover

This car seat cover project does not give us the elasticized covers we might see in department stores. This seat cover is a flat cover that will fit any car seat. What you need: 1 1/4 yd (1.10 m) fake fur fabric, or heavy blanket fabric - width at least 45'' (114 cm) Cotton fabric for facing 4'' x 12''-14'' (10 x 30-35… Continue

Added by Susan on September 8, 2009 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

Thread for piecing and gray thread is not neutral

As with almost everything else about quilting, there are differing opinions concerning which sewing thread you should use and which ones you shouldn’t. And because there are so many choices, you have to try them and decide for yourself. I will give you my opinions based on my experience with lots of different threads... …


Added by Susan on September 8, 2009 at 5:49am — No Comments

Make a Sewing Caddy From Recycled Pens

Here's another project from

Chrisjob's quest to re-use old ball point pens. If you or someone you know is handy with a mitre saw and a drill, this caddy can be yours. A list of materials needed and the instructions for this project can be found

here. Here is the finished caddy: …


Added by Susan on September 6, 2009 at 7:56am — 5 Comments

September is National Sewing Month


JoAnn Connolly

Back in 1982, then-President Ronald Reagan signed Proclamation #4976, declaring September as National Sewing Month:

"Tens of millions of Americans sew at home. Their efforts demonstrate the industry, the skill and the self-reliance which are so characteristic of this Nation. In recognition of the… Continue

Added by Susan on September 6, 2009 at 7:50am — 1 Comment

With Custom Printed Fabric You Design and They Print

By Chris Robertson A printed fabric starts with a tightly woven flat base fabric made from any of a variety of yarns, including cotton, cotton blends, polyester, linen, silk, and other synthetics. The base fabric may or may not have woven designs. The printed design is applied to the fabric with pigment ink. Printed fabric can be used in many applications: for clothing, upholstery, banners, umbrellas, tablecloths, ties, baby slings, handbags, and even surfboards. Some fabrics work better than… Continue

Added by Susan on September 5, 2009 at 3:23pm — 1 Comment

Keeping a Fabric Sample Journal

By Trish Doornbosch When you are involved in creating your own

fabric designs for art quilts, wearable art, or embellishment on ready-to-wear clothing, you may find it hard to remember what works and what doesn't. That's when having a fabric journal pays off. Just like a writer's journal or an artist's sketchbook, a fabric sample journal is the place to… Continue

Added by Susan on September 4, 2009 at 6:47pm — 3 Comments

10 Easy Steps to Jump Start Your Creativity

By Jen Brown

Ten Imaginative Steps to Jump Start Your Creative Mind! We can be inspired to create, by many things all around us. We just have to take the time to recognize it and focus. Many people view and receive inspiration from all different types of sources. Triggers of inspiration may visual, verbal, physical, sense driven, information based. No matter where you get it, it still remains a creative device with which to grow. Here are ten free and easy idea starters for… Continue

Added by Susan on September 4, 2009 at 6:30pm — 9 Comments

Pressing Matters

The article "Going to Press" by Cecelia Podolak in the current

THREADS magazine issue 144 - Sept. 2009 - page 70 is the impetus for sharing a bit of my learning curve regarding

Pressing with you.... I remember I… Continue

Added by Susan on September 2, 2009 at 8:16am — 4 Comments

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