My favorite tips for using decorative stitches

My favorite tips for using decorative stitches

The decorative machine stitches on your sewing machine are a quick and easy way to add embellishment and decorative design to all your sewing projects. However many sewers tend to overlook using these type of stitches either because they don’t know how to use...
Tutorial: Machine Wrapped Cording

Tutorial: Machine Wrapped Cording

Using cording to finish the edges of your sewing projects definitely adds a professional quality, however it isn’t readily available in a wide variety of types or finishes which tends to limit its uses. Making your own cording is not only fun, but it can be made...
How to Sew Beads onto Fabric so they don’t fall off

How to Sew Beads onto Fabric so they don’t fall off

Beading on fabric is one of my favorite fabric embellishment techniques, although I have to admit I’m a little addicted to it. I love to bead all sorts of different types of textile art, and sewing projects. I sometimes like to sew beads on individually …...
Create One-of-a-Kind Bags and Purses using Digital PhotoArt

Create One-of-a-Kind Bags and Purses using Digital PhotoArt

Although I love to make textile and fabric art using my PhotoArt images printed onto fabric, one of my favorite ways to use my digital designs is for a more practical application – to create unique bags and purses. Which is one of the reasons I love bags with...
Conversations with my grandmother

Conversations with my grandmother

One of my earliest memories is drinking the last few sips of my grandmother’s cup of tea. She always left a few sips at the bottom of her cup and after it had cooled she let me drink it. Black tea, milk and sugar. Which is still how I like it today. It made me...
Embellishing with Fabric Yo-Yos

Embellishing with Fabric Yo-Yos

Fabric yo-yos are one of the most under-rated embellishments there is. They are really quite simple to make, but then they can be dressed up in all sorts of fabulous ways to create embellishments for all your sewing projects. I remember when I was young that my...
An alternative to pinking shears – pinking rotary blades

An alternative to pinking shears – pinking rotary blades

Sewing Tips & Tricks Pinking shears are quite heavy and can be difficult to use particularly if you have problems with your hands. But did you know that you can get pinking blades for your rotary cutter? It makes cutting your fabric so much easier! You may be able...
Need a quick weekend project? Try Some Fabric Beads

Need a quick weekend project? Try Some Fabric Beads

Fabric beads are easy and fun to make and can be used to embellish all your creative sewing projects. They are also a great way to use up all those small scraps of leftover fabric and fibers. This tutorial shows you several ways to make embellished fabric beads. What...
Make a Temporary Teflon Sewing Foot

Make a Temporary Teflon Sewing Foot

Sewing Tips & Tricks If you don’t have a teflon sewing machine foot and are having problems sewing vinyl or similar type fabric, try this temporary solution. Tape a piece of Scotch tape to the bottom of your standard sewing foot to create a non-stick...
How to tension a hand embroidery hoop

How to tension a hand embroidery hoop

Sewing Tips & Tricks If you find it impossible to stretch your fabric taut when using a hand embroidery hoop, wrap some cotton bias binding completely around the inside hoop. This will create good tension and prevent your fabric from slipping out of the hoop. Make...
Making Fabric Postcards – Finishing the Edges

Making Fabric Postcards – Finishing the Edges

I love to make my own fabric postcards by creating photo art designs in Photoshop Elements, and then printing the designs onto fabric. Making fabric postcards this way is not only fun but it’s the perfect way to personalize your cards. My favorite technique for...
Get Better Visibility when Sewing

Get Better Visibility when Sewing

Sewing Tips & Tricks If you have problems with visibility when you’re sewing such as not being able to see the stitching clearly, try this tip. Slide a pair of plastic wedge style door stoppers underneath the back of your sewing machine. This will allow your...
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