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All About Sewing Machines

Are you experiencing frustration with your sewing machine? It happens to all of us at one time or another. Usually when you find the problem it is something so simple that you wonder why you didn't find it sooner.

Sewing Spotlight10

Getting Organized

Tuesday April 15, 2014

This winter seemed to last forever, making Spring cleaning a much needed task. After loving the way the cookbook cover turned out as a birthday gift, I made myself a notebook cover to organize my internet recipe printouts... and have even started the daunting task of organizing all the recipes.  As I was sorting through the pile on my printer to take the recipes, I discovered many pattern printouts that also needed a home. As I stuffed recipes into the page protectors, I decided to purchase another large notebook and page protectors to give those free pattern printouts a new home. The page protectors will be prefect for holding all of the pattern pieces even after they are all cut out.

Times Almost Up!

Friday April 11, 2014

Easter is almost here but you still have a week to get basket goodies made. Wouldn't it be wonderful to have something special that was handmade in each and every Easter basket? It would be even better if the homemade goodie is the special thing that gets showered with love and is never let go of! Find a free pattern and hit your fabric scraps to fill a basket with wonderful homemade toys!

Sewing Undies?

Thursday April 10, 2014
Have you ever attempted sewing your own undergarments? It may seem like a scarey project but it's not and if you stop and think about it for a few minutes... compared with most sewing projects, you're not going to be wasting much fabric even if your creation is a total flop. As long as you find the fabric you want, you can have any color or texture you want without depending on a manufacturer to make what you're thinking of. Undies are also a great excuse to experiment with all those stretch stitches that are built into your sewing machine.

I Made a Birthday Gift

Wednesday April 9, 2014

cookbook binder coverThis week a very good friend had a birthday.  She and I love to exchange homemade goodies. She does stained glass and I have some beautiful pieces. I wanted something special that she would use year round, so I remembered a conversation we had about finding a recipe that she had print out but then couldn't find it... my kitchen cabinet has a PILE of recipe print outs that I can't find anything  in so I totally understood her issue.  I decided her birthday present would make her work. I made a cookbook binder cover and included subject divers and page protector sleeves so she now has no excuse to not organize those recipes... in fact she says I gave her the perfect gift and she is going to finally get those recipes organized.  This binder cover probably has the most embroidery on one project that I have ever done.  Have a look at the Cookbook Binder Cover to see the embroidery on the front, spine and back of the cover. If your collection of recipe printouts is anything like ours, you'll want to make a binder cover for your collection.

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