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

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

Put Down the Staple Guns and Duct Tape, Gentlemen, It’s Time to Sew

Having been raised in an era when boys played sports and girls played house, I know there are far too many men who do not know how to sew. Even the simplest button replacement sends them to their wife, mother or closest alterations shop. Sewing is more than about buttons, though, and men will find they can save money and time, if they learn some basic sewing skills. Gender molds have been broken somewhat for future generations. Record numbers of girls and women are playing sports and we are seeing more boys and men learning to sew. Gone are the Read More

Understanding Your Sewing Machine Warranty

In the world of small appliances, the sewing machine stands apart in that it is still manufactured to last. Unlike many modern electronics that cost under $500, it is still economically feasible to repair a sewing machine that is no longer in working order. For this reason, it is very important that you read and understand the warranty that comes with your sewing machine. I am not an attorney and this is not legal advice. Most of what I have written here is just common sense, but in this world of throw-away electronics, it is worth taking a look at Read More

810 Stitches? Why? SEW Much Fun!

Most of today’s sewing machines come with a variety of stitches — from 1 straight stitch to 800 or more! It’s kind of like “chocolate and vanilla” – everyone likes something different. I want to entice you to spread your wings and consider enjoying your hobby a lot more, if you have not already done so. You may not realize what time savers some of the stitches can be or just how easy and enjoyable they are when working on a project. UTILITY STITCHES There are many “utility” stitches built into most machines. These are the stitches that you will Read More

Q: Who Needs A Serger? A: Everyone Who Sews!

I cannot imagine sewing without my serger! If you don’t own one you are missing out on one of the most wonderful machines available to sewers today. A serger, such as the Bother 1034D, does not replace your sewing machine, but it is a fantastic addition and one you will use with almost everything you sew. It will make every project look clean, neat and professional. In addition, many of the so-called, routine garment making procedures, can be eliminated. A serger can trim and finish the edge of your seams all at once. No longer will you have to fold Read More

This Month’s Book Review: Alabama Studio Sewing + Design: A Guide to Hand-Sewing an Alabama Chanin Wardrobe by Betsy Muse

My library of sewing, embroidery, and crafting books is overflowing the shelves. At this point it takes a special book offering unique patterns and tips to gain a place in my library. The newest embellished wardrobe pattern book by Natalie Chanin is one of those special books that is a joy to add to my collection. Every year I select a small project to make for friends and family for holiday gifts. The embroidery and beading techniques taught in Alabama Studio Sewing + Design: A Guide to Hand-Sewing an Alabama Chanin Wardrobe will help me make this year’s gifts that Read More

Best Sewing Machine Features by Linda Weaver

I’ve been sewing for all but 7 years of my life! (A long, long time.) Sewing is just part of who I am. If you are reading this Blog, you probably have the sewing bug, too. My first machine was given to me by a Mr. Clause, on a Christmas morning, when I was eight years old. It is (I still have it) a hand-cranked toy Singer sewing machine, about the size of a small toaster oven. I started my sewing career making doll clothes. My seams were all on the outside of the garments, but I thought they were Read More

Brother CP-7500 Computerized Sewing and Quilting Machine Review

Whether you are an experienced sewist looking to upgrade or a new sewist looking for a first machine, the Brother CP-7500, 70-stitch, computerized sewing machine with extension table has a wide array of features to meet your needs. Automatic needle threading, bobbin winding and buttonhole selection help make quick work of most basic sewing tasks for the novice and experienced sewist alike. Brother’s quiet dependability shines through in this sewing machine. With 70 stitches and 110 stitch function, the CP-7500 offers enough variety to complete almost any sewing project. Its portability and included sewing table extension make it an especially Read More

How to Choose the Right Sewing Machine for Machine Quilting by Betsy Muse

Shopping for a sewing machine for machine quilting opens up a whole new world of sophisticated functions and features. The process, however, is the same as when buying your first sewing machine. You are simply placing more importance on different features. You will be impressed with the wide variety of features and price tags. As in buying a basic machine, there is enough variety to meet almost any quilter’s needs. With all the sophisticated machines from which to choose, how do you make sure you are picking the perfect sewing machine for quilting and getting a good value? The key Read More

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