Free Motion Quilting & Embroidery

I remember the first time I tried free motion quilting, sometimes called stippling. I have never been a true quilter. I don’t have the patience to carefully cut out all those little squares. Plus, I like to finish my projects a lot quicker. (Maybe that’s why I chose the alterations/embroidery business.) I still wanted to learn how to do the free motion stitching. I had the bright idea of having my children write their names (they were in grade school) and I would use my newly learned free motion skills to “embroider” by free motion, along the little letters my Read More

Threads, Threads, Threads…

Sewing and embroidery threads might not seem like a topic to get excited about, but if you love sewing as much as I do you will understand why I get giddy over the variety of colors and fibers. I probably own more thread than I will ever use. It may sound odd, but it was my inheritance from my grandmother. If you are new to sewing you might think the most important thing about picking out sewing thread is to match the color to your fabric. While that is important, for a professional finish, it is just as important to Read More

Sewing for a Cause: Using Your Talent to Serve Others

If there is anything more gratifying than making something beautiful with your own hands, it is making something beautiful for someone in need. If you enjoy sewing and want to spend time doing for others, look into the large variety of charities that are eager to receive your hand made items. Hospitals, homeless shelters, nursing homes and children’s charities all have needs that can be met by those of us knitting, crocheting, sewing and crafting at home. I have listed a handful of organizations and linked to their websites below. Please investigate any charitable organization personally prior to sending money Read More

Product Review of Janome DC4030PR Sewing Machine

The Janome DC4030PR is a quality 30-stitch computerized sewing machine from one of the most respected names in sewing. It offers every feature the home sewist will need to sew garments, quilt, make wonderful crafts and home goods. This machine is not only loaded with features, many typically found on more expensive machines, it offers them in a beautiful pink-trimmed housing that will provide a daily reminder of the owner’s support of breast cancer awareness and the search for a cure. One of the first things you will notice after you turn the machine on is that it is quiet. Read More

7 Tips for Decorative Sewing on Paper

I am always looking for new ways to use my sewing machine. I like…no, I love making things myself. For years I’ve grown and dried flowers to mount on heavy paper stock to make my own special greeting cards for friends and family. Enter the scrap-booking era with its abundance of beautiful, decorative paper and I’ve found a whole new use for my sewing machine. Yes, I’m sewing on paper! You might think it sounds a little odd at first. I remember when I first heard about this I asked myself, “Why would I want to sew on paper?” The Read More

Book Review: Sewing with Whimsy and More Sewing with Whimsy by Kari Mecca

If there is a little girl in your life and you want to sew clothes that make her feel like a princess, then the Sewing with Whimsy instruction book series needs to be part of your sewing library. Through her books Kari Mecca will teach you to embellish classically styled girls clothes with a sweet whimsical flare sure to please the pickiest of princesses. Kari Mecca is the owner of Kari Me Away, a business that is geared toward those who love sewing and appreciate learning hand embroidery and new embellishment techniques. She is a frequent contributor to Sew Beautiful Read More

Product Review: Singer 7256 Fashion Mate 70-Stitch Computerized Sewing Machine

The Singer 7256 Fashion Mate 70-stitch computerized sewing machine is a dream for the beginner. Singer has long been known as one of the most reliable machines in the business and they’ve brought that solid, steady reliability to an economically priced machine that is loaded with features frequently found on higher priced sewing machines. Many of the tasks that have traditionally proven a challenge for those first starting to sew are accomplished with the touch of a button while sewing on the Singer 7256. Thread tension and presser foot pressure adjust automatically to suit the fabric. The hardest thing about Read More

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