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  • 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…

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    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…

  • Welcome to our very first Quilt Block of the Month (QBOTM) tutorial. The first Wednesday of each month, we’ll teach you how to make a new quilt block. We hope by sharing and teaching our community a new quilt block, we both encourage people to spend more time quilting and continue to spread the work of independent quilting artists. This month we’re…

  • 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…

  • Few things are as frustrating as having my thread tails constantly unwinding from my thread spool. Not only does it create a a mess, but it also wastes valuable thread. Instead of fighting your thread, tame those pesky tails with Spool Peels. Peels are simply a plyable strip of rubber that wraps around your thread spool to lock the tails in place.…

  • Just like a sewing machine, your serger needs to be cleaned and oiled regularly. Remove all lint after each use and oil according to your manual. You don’t need any fancy tools. A simply lint brush or paint brush and sewing machine oil will do the trick. Do not use household oil or grease. Use only sewing machine oil. In addition to…

  • Having touble keeping your thread and bobbins organized? We don’t blame you. No one wants to waste precious time cleaning when they could be sewing. Instead of throwing your thread in a basket and bobbin off to who-knows-where, why not store them together? The Bobbini and Bobbin Clamp combo quickly stacks your bobbin on top of your thread spool, keeping both stored…

  • Welcome back to our Beginner’s Guide to Serging! In this episode, we will teach you how to use a Gathering/Shirring Foot on your serger. Gathering on your serger is as simple as switching your differential feed to 2.0 and increasing your stitch length. However, with the gathering foot, you’re able to gather fabric and attach it to a straight edge while finishing…

  • Welcome back to our Beginner’s Guide to Serging! In this episode, we teach you about the Lace Application Foot. This foot is great for applying lace and trim of any size to a raw or finished fabric edge. You can even attach lace to lace using flatlock settings. This foot has a built-in guide to protect your lace edge from the knife…

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