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Susan's Blog – October 2010 Archive (9)

How Do You Store & Organize Your Sewing Patterns?

I am thinking about using a filing cabinet I have and zip lock bags for each pattern. Anyone have any tips or ideas... I have to get this dealt with. GAH! I have them laying loose inside desk drawers and it's not working out. The problem I see with a filing cabinet is that it may be too wide and the bulk will end up making the hanging folders become twisted. I was thinking of baskets of a similar width instead but I don't really have a home for them… Continue

Added by Susan on October 29, 2010 at 8:05am — 18 Comments

How Do You Store Your Notions?

How does everyone store their notions? Do you have it all on shelving? Boxes? Drawers?

modest collection of notions are stored in a small latched box on my sewing table, on some small shelving attached to the wall, and a little bit inside one drawer of my sewing table. I keep my bobbins in one of those "Stack 'n Store Bobbin Towers"

and I do NOT like it at all as it keeps falling apart when I am getting a bobbin or putting one in it. My…

Added by Susan on October 28, 2010 at 2:21pm — 18 Comments

Not Just for Grannies Anymore: The Rise of The Urban Sewing Lounge

by Kimberley Mok, Montreal, Canada

thread den sewing lounge photo



Added by Susan on October 27, 2010 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

Halloween Costume Ideas

We're getting close to Halloween and I will admit I have not done a thing about a costume for my youngest son. He's

thirteen and never sure if he wants to go out and celebrate or not, so I'm keeping this list of last minute ideas handy and hopefully I will have most of what I need come three p.m. on Halloween day! These costumes have all been created, or have been featured here at SWN. I've of course added ideas for both male and female, for the sake of sharing.… Continue

Added by Susan on October 27, 2010 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

Sewing craze takes to airwaves in new TV show!

Sewing is not rocket science.…


Added by Susan on October 23, 2010 at 2:04pm — 1 Comment

Fleece Neckwarmers Tutorial by noodlehead

This tutorial is super easy and fun! These would make excellent gifts for…


Added by Susan on October 15, 2010 at 11:37am — 1 Comment

Hemp Fiber - Eco Friendly Fabric

© Olga Lyubkin - Hemp fiber has been used by mankind to make eco clothes since before recorded history. It is currently thought that hemp is the oldest cultivated plant in the world with uses dating back to the stone age. Bits of hemp fabric have been found dating back to about 8,000 B.C. revealing the oldest example of human industry. Fiber imprints have been found in pottery shards in both China and Taiwan dating back an estimated 10,000 years. Archeologists believe that, in addition to flax, hemp… Continue

Added by Susan on October 12, 2010 at 8:30am — No Comments

All About Fabric Layers and Linings

Fabric Layers…


Added by Susan on October 6, 2010 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Fall Thankful Harvest Wall-Hanging

by Mary Wilkins

As I look out my dining room window I can see endless shades of yellow, golds, reds and orange. Maybe that's why I chose these colors for my "Thankful Harvest" wall-hanging. This would make a lovely gift for anyone who appreciates Mother Nature's real beauty.

Fabrics on hand and a picture were all I had to guide me. These are my own directions that I scribbled down as I put the block together. You can apply the pieces in any number of ways. I machine… Continue

Added by Susan on October 4, 2010 at 1:00am — 1 Comment

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