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...
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...
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...
Quick and Easy Pattern Weights

Quick and Easy Pattern Weights

Sewing Tips & Tricks Make quick and easy pattern weights using fabric yo-yos. 4″ fabric yo-yos and the perfect size for pattern weights and they can be filled with anything that has some weight to it such as dried beans, sand, or even metal washers. If you...
Stop Fraying on Fabrics

Stop Fraying on Fabrics

Sewing Tips & Tricks Fray Check is the ideal glue for preventing fraying on all your sewing projects. And if you’ve ever snipped into the stitching on seams or cut a little too much away when snipping the fabric from corners, then you’ll know how...
The Perfect Machine Satin Stitch

The Perfect Machine Satin Stitch

Sewing Tips & Tricks Satin stitch is a great stitch to use for decorative sewing or for finishing off the edges of appliques. If you find that your satin stitch doesn’t give full coverage of the underlying fabric,to remedy this, simply sew another row of...
How to Sew Blended Threads on Your Sewing Machine

How to Sew Blended Threads on Your Sewing Machine

Sewing Tips & Tricks Sewing on your machine with blended threads allows you to easily sew creative stitches and special blending effects. And best of all, you don’t need a fancy needle. Simply thread two different colored threads through the eye of your...
Prevent puckering when sewing decorative machine stitches

Prevent puckering when sewing decorative machine stitches

Sewing Tips & Tricks If you’ve ever experienced puckering or distortion when sewing decorative machine stitches, it usually occurs because the fabric is not stabilized properly. In order for the stitches to be sewn correctly, the fabric needs to be taut, so...
Make Custom Fabric from Ribbon

Make Custom Fabric from Ribbon

Sewing Tips & Tricks Making beautiful and unique pieces of fabric is easy using lengths of ribbon. Simply place the ribbon edge to edge, on top of a piece of fusible stabilizer. Iron the ribbon to the stabilizer, then sew the ribbon pieces together using a...
Custom hand embroidery thread colors

Custom hand embroidery thread colors

Sewing Tips & Tricks Creating your own custom embroidery thread colors is easy, and is also a great way to use up old skeins of hand embroidery thread that you no longer want or use. Simply pull a strand from several different skeins in coordinating colors, and...
Stop your clear quilting rulers from slipping

Stop your clear quilting rulers from slipping

Sewing Tips & Tricks I use my quilting rulers for practically all my cutting applications because quilting rulers used together with a rotary cutter always give an accurate measurement and cut. The only problem with these types of rulers is that they tend to slip,...
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