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  • Choosing the correct thread for your project starts with knowing the basic properties of thread and the options available. It can be overwhelming when you realize how many different types of thread are out there. The trick to thread selection is to choose the correct weight/thickness, fiber, and finish for your project. Generally speaking, All-Purpose Polyester works well for most general sewing…

  • Did you know there are over 60 different bobbin styles available? Some are dramatically different, while others are so similar it’s difficult to see any difference at all. Let’s take a closer look. About 95% of household sewing machines use the following 3 bobbins… The Class 15 (A Style) Bobbin: The Class 15 is about the size of an American nickel. Its…

  • A Walking Foot is essential because there are many tasks and fabric types that a standard presser foot can’t handle. For instance, sewing slippery fabric like laminated cotton and PVC vinyl is near impossible without a Walking Foot. You’ll also find thick fabric, or multiple layers (i.e. quilts) will shift if sewn with a general purpose foot. However, if you use a Walking…

  • Bernina sewing machines are not your average machine when it comes to presser feet. Normally when picking out a new foot, you simply have to worry about High Shank, Low Shank, Slant Shank or snap on. Bernina decided to develop their own shank systems that are not compatible with any other brand of machine. Old Style Feet – Manufactured between 1954 and…

  • This set consists of 14 snap-on presser feet and a quilting guide bar packaged neatly in a hard plastic carrying case. If you’re ready to experiment with different feet and save money, this is the kit for you. Not sure how to use these feet? No problem! We have videos detailing each foot (listed below). Buy you Snap-on Presser Foot Kit today.…

  • Christmastime is the best time of the year. The music…the festivities….and the sewing! Follow along as we teach you how to create a fabric Christmas Tree Garland. You can display this garland on your tree, your fireplace mantel, your office desk…anywhere you like. We hope you enjoy this project and be sure to share with your family and friends. Merry Christmas! Supplies: Fabric…

  • Minky makes for some really fun projects. It’s versatile and can be used to make blankets, home accessories, and even clothing. You’ve probably seen it used to make baby blankets and Lovies. Minky is designed to resemble Mink’s Fur and has a very luxurious hand. It drapes beautifully and has a lovely sheen. These defining characteristics are why Minky is so difficult…

  • Product Reviews

    Ready to Have Some Sewing Fun?

    by Sarah November 28, 2016

    Treat yourself to some fun and get a sewing “Grab Bag“! These little boxes of happy are a great way to explore different fabric and notions at a great price. You never know what you’ll get. Choose from 2 sizes: a Half bag or a Full bag. A “Half Bag” contains 1 yard of fabric, 1 spool of Isacord Thread, 2 packs…

  • Are you ready to show your serger some TLC? In this video, we teach you how to change the upper knife and lower knife of your Serger. Sergers, also known as Overlockers, are loved for their ability to quickly trim raw ends. Unlike sewing machines, sergers have two built-in “knives”. These razor-sharp blades are strong enough to cut through thick denim, yet…

  • Flannel, Flannel, Flannel… You can sew so many great projects using Flannel Fabric. It’s soft, warm, and surprisingly strong. However, it’s also deceptively tricky to sew. I say deceptively tricky, because way back when I was learning to sew, I thought sewing flannel would be as easy as sewing any medium-weight cotton fabric. I was wrong. When I sew Flannel, I spend…

  • We’ve been going nuts over these Embroider Buddies! They’re so cute and soft; you can’t help but snuggle them. Best of all, you can customize them any way you like. Don’t have an embroidery machine? No problem! You can also hand embroider, use transfer designs, or even patches. Let your creativity run wild! All you need is a 4×4 hoop, which is…

  • Having task-specific presser feet make sewing faster and easier. However, with so many presser feet out there, it’s difficult to know where to begin. And being that an individually sold presser foot costs on average $12, blindly selected a presser foot is costly. With that in mind, we created a 15 piece presser foot kit packed with the most-used presser feet. It…

  • Have you been longing to sew fleece? With fall here and winter in the works, there is no better time to experiment with fleece. You may have heard sewing fleece is difficult, but just like sewing any fabric, there are tips and tricks to taming the beast. In this video, we go over some basic tips and tricks I use when sewing…

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