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On Cheater Sewing and a Specialty Embroidery Technique

October 30, 2015

Embroidery Ideas, Embroidery Software, Personal Projects, Product Knowledge, Sewing Tips, Stitching Clothes, What Inspires

One of the questions I get a lot is “so, do you make everything you wear?” And I always reply “I wish!” Unfortunately, I don’t have a lot of time…

#Jays Colouring Project: Kid friendly!

October 02, 2015

Personal Projects, Product Knowledge, Sewing Tips, What Inspires

Maybe you noticed Toronto going mad this Wednesday, maybe you didn’t. Either way, the Jays won the pennant for the American League East, and it inspired this project! Colouring on…

8 Tips for Sewing Stripes

September 25, 2015

Product Knowledge, Sewing Tips, Stitching Clothes, What Inspires

This week I was shopping in the thrift store and came across a gorgeous pink striped angora sweater which was hung in the wrong section. It was way too big…

Anatomy of a Pin

September 04, 2015

Product Knowledge, Sewing Tips

When I googled the title of this post to see if others had already written about it, most of my results were actually about needles. Which is weird because they…

16 Back to School Tutorials

August 28, 2015

Personal Projects, Sewing Tips, What Inspires

The summer has been long and glorious, and with Labour Day later this year, we have an extra week before the kids go back to school. And that means a…

Basically all your sewing basics

August 13, 2015

Machine Care, Product Knowledge, Sewing Tips

We help so many kids and adults get set up for sewing, and one of the first questions we address is “what do I need?” Sewing machine aside, there is…

Oh Selvedges, you are beautiful!

July 30, 2015

Quilting, Sewing Tips, What Inspires

I’m sorry, but I just love projects made out of selvedges. I don’t know why, but it gets the thrifty Dutch part of me excited. It might also have something…

Cross Crafting Part 2… Sewing into Knitting/Crocheting

July 24, 2015

Embroidery Ideas, Personal Projects, Product Knowledge, Sewing Tips, Stitching Clothes, What Inspires

A few weeks ago I wrote about combining sewing and scrapbooking and I dubbed it Cross Crafting - my own term that has nothing to do with making crosses. It’s…

Do you need embroidery software?

June 26, 2015

Embroidery Ideas, Embroidery Software, Sewing Tips, What Inspires

When you get an embroidery machine, it is so exciting. You can customize anything! Most machine come with upwards of 100 designs built in, and at least 1 font in…

Cross Crafting Part 1… Sewing into Scrapbooking

June 18, 2015

Embroidery Ideas, Personal Projects, Product Knowledge, Quilting, Sewing Tips, What Inspires

One of the most wonderful things about the craft industry is that there is next to no one who does just ONE craft. We all dabble, and we are always…

Why do I need a serger?

June 05, 2015

Product Knowledge, Quilting, Sewing Tips, Stitching Clothes, What Inspires

Not everybody does, you know… need a serger, that is. We have some good reasons for and against, depending on the type of sewing you do.

Projects using Knit Fabrics

May 08, 2015

Sewing Tips, Stitching Clothes, What Inspires

In conjunction with our How to Sew with Knits post, here is a listing of sites to visit for inspirational projects using knit fabric.

How to Sew with Waterproof Fabric

April 17, 2015

Product Knowledge, Sewing Tips, What Inspires

As gardening season approaches, you may be thinking about sewing for your outdoor living space. Most projects will ask for waterproof fabric, which has its own special requirements.

How to Get Your Kids Stitching

April 10, 2015

Sewing Tips, What Inspires

Sharing your hobby with your kids and grandkids can give both them and you so much joy. How to do this in a way that is sure to be fun…

Spring Clean Your Scraps Up!

March 27, 2015

Charity Work, Quilting, Sewing Tips, Stitching Clothes, What Inspires

No matter what kind of sewing you do, if you are like us, you are bound to have fabric. Fabric in beautiful lengths ready to be turned into something stunning.…

Have you tried printing on fabric?

March 06, 2015

Personal Projects, Product Knowledge, Quilting, Sewing Tips, What Inspires

Have you tried printing on fabric? If not, start now and create this easy baby ball project!

Quilting and Embroidery - A Hybrid that WORKS!

February 27, 2015

Embroidery Ideas, Embroidery Software, Quilting, Sewing Tips

Often as crafters, we define ourselves into categories… “I make clothes, I would never get into quilting”. But you might be interested in making whole clothe to turn into a…

How to Embroider Freestanding Lace

February 11, 2015

Embroidery Ideas, Product Knowledge, Sewing Tips

Valentine’s day is coming and nothing says romance like lace. Have you tried to make some on your embroidery machine? If not, why not give it a go… It is…

What makes a good embroidery design?

February 06, 2015

Embroidery Ideas, Embroidery Software, Sewing Tips

Today’s Tip is old advice about embroidery from an old copy of a newsletter put out by Husqvarna Viking. Old. Like from 2010, old. But not obsolete!

The Holy Grail of Sewing… the accurate seam

January 30, 2015

New and Noteworthy, Product Knowledge, Sewing Tips

Accuracy. Precision. Perfection. The pressure! The consistently straight line can be hard to achieve, and in sewing it is often critically important. How do you relieve the stress, the pressure,…

How to Sew with Knits

January 23, 2015

New and Noteworthy, Sewing Tips, Stitching Clothes

It has come to our attention that many people think knits are one of the most difficult fabrics to work with, and so they steer away from them. Please, don’t…

Fluff and Stuff

January 16, 2015

Machine Care, Sewing Tips

Today’s blog is brought to you by the letter F… For Fluff and Face and Funny and Fix.

Organizing your Bobbin Thread

January 05, 2015

New and Noteworthy, Product Knowledge, Sewing Tips

There are all sorts of storage solutions for organizing your bobbins, but have you thought about organizing your THREAD by colour coding them with your actual bobbins?

Sewing with Polyester Thread - Pros and Cons

January 02, 2015

Machine Care, Product Knowledge, Sewing Tips

I think a lot of us are mainly concerned about matching the thread to our fabric, and don’t necessarily worry about the fibre content of the thread. And often time,…

How Wide to Make your Stitch when Using a Twin Needle

December 18, 2014

Machine Care, Sewing Tips

Twin needles were designed primarily for hemming on knits, but did you know they can be used decoratively as well? By using your decorative stitches and perhaps 2 colours of…

What happened to my serger blade?

November 07, 2014

Machine Care, Sewing Tips

Sometimes it happens suddenly, sometimes it happens over time, but your serger isn’t cutting the fabric nicely anymore. How does this happen and how can you ensure longer life for…

Followup Tip on our Rolled Hem Video

August 12, 2014

Sewing Tips

I thought the video went pretty well, but I did wince at how the stitch looked on the right side of the fabric. Did you notice it too?

Perfect Turned Corners.

July 17, 2014

Sewing Tips

What oh What to Print on Fabric?

March 02, 2014

Quilting, Sewing Tips, What Inspires

It’s not just for family photos! There are so many reasons to print on fabric, and the products (and resources!) to do so just keep getting better and better.