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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

New Pattern

Thursday April 24, 2014

fabric waste basket patternNecessity is the mother of invention and this new pattern was a necessity in my world.  I had been using a disposable grocery bag for collecting the liter in my car but the bag was always collapsing and more trash ended up on the floor than in the bag. I looked around for a car trash can and found nothing worth while so I decided to make my own. I've had it in the car for a couple of days now and it is working out FANTASTIC! Even when I am driving I can reach back and deposit wrappers in the new waste basket. Nothing has landed on the car floor yet!

One thing I did discover is that most travel oriented prints are a one way design and that won't work for this project... but there are still a world of options with all the novelty prints that are available. You could make this wastebasket for any room in your house,without the hook tape to hold it to the car carpet, and make it match the fabrics you use in your rooms.

Mother's Day is Around the Corner!

Wednesday April 23, 2014
My oh my, how these holidays sneak up on us! Mother's Day is May 11th this year... so you still have time to make a special gift that you know Mom will love because you made it for her!

Buyer Beware - A Heads Up

Wednesday April 23, 2014

If you've been around this site for a while, you may remember an article I wrote about how wonderful woven Heat Away Stabilizer is for machine embroidering tee shirts in my article Debbie's Method of Machine Embroidering Tee Shirts and Sweat Shirts - Smooth Comfortable Embroidered Tee Shirts and Sweat Shirts. I have bad news. I had not ordered Heat Away Brush Off Stabilizer in a long time because I had an entire bolt to work through. When I went to order it I discovered that it is no longer made. I did find a few sources on the Internet that had a bit of left over stock but I want every one to be aware that many companies are sending Heat- Away Clear Film - Heat Removable Topper or Stabilizer even if the image on the selling site is for the Brush Off stabilizer. The Clear Film Stabilizer will vanish with heat but it is not the same as the woven Brush Off Stabilizer. In one case it looks like I am even going to be stuck paying the return shipping even though they sent the wrong item. Buyer Beware! If you are in doubt send an email or pick up the phone and call before you place an order.

Earth Day

Tuesday April 22, 2014

I was at the dentist this morning when I heard someone ask if they were going to recycle for Earth Day... that kind of left me scratching my head wondering if they thought recycling should only be done on Earth Day? I think every day is Earth Day and the actual day is a way to spread the word and have more people think about how much they throw away that should be reused in one way or another. People who sew are masters at using every bit of fabric and are probably the most UN-wasteful people on the planet.... maybe that's why I thought asking about recycling was a little strange.

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