Erica Sage of Craftyblossom knows what it’s like to be cold. Trust me, I know this. She lives near the town where I grew up in Michigan, where snow falls in buckets and a bitter cold wind always blows. That must be why she’s spending so much time in front of the sewing machine, cranking.. read more →

by handmadeCharlotte Check out this incredibly cool elastic waistband tutorial. Craftstorming.com  hit a crafting home run when they dreamed up this awesome tutorial. This could be used in so many different ways. I was thrilled to pieces when I ran across this super original DIY. Check out all of the instructions and more by visiting.. read more →

24 Oct 2012
October 24, 2012

Sewing Summit Round-Up

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  Last week we had so much fun at Sewing Summit. We met sewing and quilting bloggers face-to-face that we knew “on-line”. It’s so much fun to see what other’s have made. We snapped a picture of this great tote belonging to one of the attendees.  It sums up three big trends that we saw–Hexagons, hand.. read more →

by Handmade Charlotte   Alex Girard is one of my favorite artists. My husband and I recently purchased his mammoth coffee table book at the MOMA book store and can’t get enough. Bumping along the Internet I ran into Tried and True and this fun floor cushion tutorial. I had to share with you ASAP… read more →

by Handmade Charlotte  Blue Eyed Freckle has the cutest simple sewing tutorials.We picked our super favs! I was attracted to the fun color and easy tutorials. She provides step by step instructions for projects you could probably whip-up in about an hour. Have fun with all of her projects for the home, kitchen, and your.. read more →

by handmade Charlotte Take a look at the wonderful world of Noodlehead. We’ve shown you her tutorials in the past and wanted to give you a bigger picture. Her tutorials are modern and super classic all at the same time. Noodlehead walks you through each step with nice photography and well laid out instructions. Have.. read more →

by Handmade Charlotte Everything is cuter when it’s tiny. The smaller the better especially when it comes to sewing crafts. I love a project that you can finish in less than 60 minutes, but what about sewing up 3 or 4 projects in that time? When you sew small the “done” pile grows quickly. We.. read more →

18 Sep 2012
September 18, 2012

Shadow Applique Reticule

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 by Rebecca Kemp Brent Soft and subtle shadow applique embellishes the dainty drawstring bag. Dual Duty XP Fine is the perfect thread for the delicate applique and sewing on lightweight batiste fabric. It had many uses such as storing jewelry or as an evening bag or special accessory for a bride. Dual Duty XP Fine.. read more →

by Stefanie Girard Create a Dotty Cuff bracelet for an instant fashion accent. Skill level: Easy Supplies: Coats Fashion Zipper, White with Black dots (871) 7” Fashion Zipper Black Fabric, 8” x 2” Black fusible interfacing, 8” x 2” Dual Duty XP general purpose thread, 900 Black Ribbon Clamp Jewelry Finding Toggle and Loop Jewelry.. read more →

11 Sep 2012
September 11, 2012

Weave a Zipper Purse

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By Stefanie Girard Have you seen the purses and tote bags– usually in airport gift shops– woven out of seat belts? That was the inspiration for this purse woven out of zippers. Create this cute little purse by weaving Coats all-purpose zippers together.  Use the colors show or select your own color combination.    .. read more →

by Handmade Charlotte We Just had To check in with Delia Creates! She always has fresh sewing tutorials that are fun and easy to sew. We picked our top 8 just for you. We are loving the park bag and the cute wreath. Kids are going back to school and we will have a little more.. read more →

31 Aug 2012
August 31, 2012

10 Charming Sewing Tutorials

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 by Handmade Charlotte  Charming Kitchen Cafe Apron Set   Meet Laura Bendash author, pattern maker, and shop owner. I met Laura a couple of years ago and was drawn in by her sweet smile and amazing sense of style. I’m going to share with you an excerpt from her book due out 2014… read more →

Who loves to hem blue jeans? Don’t everyone raise their hand at once! With kids, the question is “to hem or not to hem?” As sure as you do, the growth spurt will hit. Here is a short cut to hemming those long jeans. This method gives a finished look that will not look “dorky” even to.. read more →

21 Aug 2012
August 21, 2012

DIY Tribal Camera Bag

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by Handmade Charlotte Make this ultra hip and stylish camera bag. Wood and Faulk give you all the instructions and walk you through this trendy tutorial with gorgeous photographs. This will keep the camera safe but also make it easy to tote around. I always love the idea of working with leather but I’m a.. read more →

by handmade charlotte Looking for easy projects to start off with?  These no fail beginner projects with step by step instructions will guide you all the way through.  My favorite beginner projects are fast and have great instructions.  We found the easiest and the cutest from all over the web! Check out our top pics! Mini.. read more →

by Handmade Charlotte Check out this fast and easy shower gift I found on Don’s Wife.com. This cute DIY sewing site walks you through a fast baby blanket tutorial. I’m always on the hunt for easy sewing projects. I love giving handmade gifts, and doing so always feels extra special when it’s for a baby.. read more →

By Elizabeth Hill Needles seem to have this magic quality that makes them disappear without any effort. Pins are a little harder to lose but for some reason needles vanish just when you need them. This little needle case is a great project for using scraps and teaching students to take care of their sewing.. read more →

08 Aug 2012
August 8, 2012

Gertie & the exposed zipper

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I’ve written about centered zippers, lapped zippers, and invisible zippers here, so I think it’s time to venture into exposed zippers! The new printed and metallic zippers by Coats and Clark are just too cute to keep hidden.  For my last appearance on PBS’s It’s Sew Easy, I showed how to apply an exposed zipper.. read more →

By Handmade Charlotte Ohhhh my this is such a cute project.  My kids would absolutely flip to wear these fun dino socks.  I found this tutorial on a new blog favorite, Happy Together. The author of this fun site takes you step by step through this very easy project.  You will have fun making them.. read more →

This is the third project in our Teaching Tweens to sew series from Elizabeth Hill. The skill learned this week is sewing a curved seam.           The Sew Easy Sun Visor is easy to make and fun to coordinate with summer outfits. It’s reversible too!  This project features convex and concave curves . Gentle guidance.. read more →

31 Jul 2012
July 31, 2012

Kid’s Pool Side Dress

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Hey Ya’ll! I’m Jenilyn from Grits and Giggles. Today I’m going to show you how to put together a simple and adorable swim cover-up for a little girl. Adjust the measurements and make one for you too! You can find an alternate swim cover up tutorial Materials: 1/2 yard of lightweight cotton (for size 2T).. read more →

This is the 2nd project in our Teaching Tweens to Sew Series by Elizabeth Hill Bucket of Humbugs           Young people love to work with scraps once they learn the basics of sewing. This fun and easy project allows them to have fun and master a basic skill in the process.  While making the humbugs.. read more →

from Handmade Charlotte Ready to learn some cool new techniques? Check out this absolutely flawless demonstration of a placket pocket. I found this expertly executed tutorial over on Where The Orchids Grow.com.   Back to school thoughts have been running through my head for weeks now because my daughter Charlotte will be starting school this.. read more →

Welcome to the first of in a series of 4 learn-to-sew projects by Elizabeth Hill. Tweens love to sew with scraps. This Sew Easy Strip Pieced Mini Shoulder Bag builds on the idea of sewing small scraps together using the presser foot as the seam guide. It is a perfect project for developing good straight.. read more →

by Handmade Charlotte  My daughter Charlotte is entering Kindergarten this year. My mother always made my twin sister and I matching dresses and I’d love to do the same for my daughter. I found these adorable dress patterns that are perfect back to school material. The Ruffled Kimono  I’m absolutely in love with this fun and.. read more →

Invisible zippers are a very popular choice for garment closures. They disappear into a seam, making them virtually undectable—when inserted properly. They work best on light- to medium-weight fabrics. An invisible zipper is different than a standard zipper in a couple ways. First, the teeth of the zipper are on the backside of the zipper.. read more →

11 Jul 2012
July 11, 2012

Humpty Dumpty Softee

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By: Emilee Gettle As I child I grew to love the story of Humpty Dumpty. It is such a timeless nursery rhyme that is revisited with each generation. Sew this softie for your little one or for a special child in your life. Supplies Dual Duty XP general purpose thread, Natural (8010)- 1 spoolMuslin Fat.. read more →

by Handmade Charlotte Everyone loves to sew baby clothes. We found the cutest tutorials from all over the internet. You will be surprised how fast you can whip up these sweet little projects. The tutorials are easy to follow and only require a few simple stitches. Hand make a mini wardrobe for your next baby.. read more →

Hey Ya’ll! I’m Jenilyn from Grits and Giggles. I’m a wife and mommy who loves to sew and create for my home and family, especially for my baby girl. Here’s how to make your very own Victoria’s Secret Swim Cover Look-alike. Source: victoriassecret.com via Jenilyn on Pinterest This is not a very fitted garment, so you.. read more →

by Handmade Charlotte Are you a shoe lover like I am? I’m completely obsessed with these clever baby shoe patterns by indie designers. The patterns are usually under $5.00 and completely original. The shoes are sure to be the hit of the next baby shower!   Have fun browsing through our favorite patterns and let us.. read more →

by Handmade Charlotte Looking for a fun project to make for your little one? Here are 7 simple puppet projects to put those sewing skills to good use. Why? Because every child loves puppets! Shark Attack Sock Puppet click here for the tutorial Octopus Puppet click here for the tutorial Goofy Gator Sock Puppet click.. read more →

by Handmade Charlotte Skirt season is upon us! Here are some really fun and simple sewing projects that you can whip up in no time at all. Pick out your favorite fabrics and go to town! This striped pencil skirt is so awesome. You could make a whole collection of these classic beauties. Sheer skirts.. read more →

by Handmade Charlotte Nothing makes sewing more pleasurable than a beautiful, well-organized sewing room. That said, there never seems to be enough time to give our sewing rooms the attention they deserve.  Here are 6 quick and simple sewing projects to improve your workspace. Let’s get started! Sewing Machine Caddy Keep all your tools & accessories.. read more →

Hi Coats and Clark Sewing Secrets blog followers! My name is Colleen Exline and I’m the Associate Editor for Creative Machine Embroideryand Sew it All magazines. I look forward to sharing sewing and embroidery projects, tips and techniques in the upcoming months. Hurray for June! The weather is starting to warm up (well actually it’s.. read more →

from Handmade Charlotte Make an up-cycled coin purse from a men’s button down shirt. These mini wallets are not only super easy to make but they are really handy. They will hold a drivers license, a pool pass, and some cash when you don’t want to bring your entire purse to the beach. This would.. read more →

By Gertie from the New Blog for Better Sewing If you’ve never sewn a zipper before, you’ll want to start with the centered zipper. This is an application that puts the zipper teeth right in the middle of a seam line. The zipper opening is topstitched to secure the zipper teeth. Why a centered zipper?.. read more →

Summer Picnic Blanket tutorial Designed by Heather Jones for Coats and Clark www.oliveandollie.com This easy project is perfect for all of your picnics and BBQs you have coming up this summer. With a laminated cotton top and sturdy canvas backing, clean up is a breeze. Just wipe any spills up with a damp cloth and you’re.. read more →

by Handmade Charlotte Nothing quite matches the beauty of a hand-embroidered object. The Sarah’s Hand Embroidery Tutorials website is a fabulous resource for those looking to build their hand embroidery skills, filled with a complete glossary of stitches complete with step-by-step tutorials. Here are 10 fabulous feather stitches to get you started. Basic Feather Stitch.. read more →

by Handmade Charlotte Now that the warm weather is here to stay, our family spends most of our free time lounging by the lake and enjoying the summer breeze. Noah, my youngest son, is two years old now and enjoys scribbling on pads of paper ( or anything else, unfortunately) and flipping through books. I.. read more →

by Handmade Charlotte Every seamstress dreams of having their own sewing studio: the fabric lined up in tiny rows, all your thread neatly placed in glass jars labeled in a fancy typeface… We searched high and low and found ten sewing studios  that we just couldn’t stop gushing over.  Big or small, the crafters behind these spaces paid.. read more →

25 May 2012
May 25, 2012

DIY Kindle Cover

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by Handmade Charlotte Make your own Kindle / Nook cover with this wonderful tutorial from crafter and seamstress Lesley Graham. You can find her blogging at Lesley W Graham and selling her bags and dresses in her shop Tiny Fete. She’s a big fan of natural health and all things handmade. For this tutorial you will.. read more →

from Handmade Charlotte Enjoy lovely felt tulips all year long with this tutorial  from crafter extraordinaire Abby Glassenberg, author of the fabulous While She Naps blog. You can never have enough flowers in the house! Be sure to visit the While She Naps blog for more! read more →

By Handmade CharlotteJust because you’re learning to sew doesn’t mean you can’t make cool stuff. Here are 5 simple & fun projects that will build your skills will a great end result. Remember to have fun! Mouse PincushionVisit The Long Thread for the complete tutorial & downloadable pattern. Oilcloth Gingham CoastersVisit Martha Stewart for the.. read more →

Pleated Sheets Ring Pillow By Lindsay Conner (www.lindsaysews.com, http://www.craftbuds.com/) A free pattern for the pillow can be downloaded fromhttp://meylah.com/lindsaysews/pleated-boxes-pillow-pattern. A springtime or summer wedding calls for vintage chic wedding accessories, like this pleated sheets ring pillow. You can easily change the style and colors by selecting fabric in your wedding colors. Finished size when filled: 7.5″.. read more →

created by Handmade Charlotte The tiny notes and envelopes will make anyone who receives them smile.  You can write sweet words of inspiration and then tuck the notes into the double-stitched envelopes. Send them in a child’s backpack, use them as a shower favor, or simply pass one to a friend.  The Envelopes are really easy to make–we’re.. read more →

by Handmade Charlotte We asked 5 designers to share pictures of  themselves in their mom’s handmade originals. This Mother’s Day tribute goes out to all of the moms out there who spent hours making things by hand and inspiring us to take the road less traveled. Thanks, Mom! Liesl Gibson, Oliver+ S Liesl’s mother made most of her.. read more →

by Heather Jones,  olive_and_ollie@yahoo.com This is a quick and easy project to transform ordinary kitchen hand towels into beautiful custom towels that are both decorative and useful. Using your favorite fabrics and Coats Cotton Covered Quilting & Piecing Thread, make a few and put them together for a great Mother’s Day gift. Or make a set.. read more →

by Gertie of Gertie’s Blog for Better Sewing A lapped zipper is a great technique for sewing in an all-purpose (not invisible) zipper. The finished zipper has an overlap on the left side of the opening that covers the zipper. On the right side of the opening, the fabric is stitched very close to the.. read more →

By Handmade Charlotte Here are 6 great sewing projects to get you through the dog days of summer. Reversible Sun Hat Visit Martha Stewart for the complete tutorial. Citrus Coasters Visit The Purl Bee for the complete tutorial. Sling Chair Visit Martha Stewart for the complete tutorial. Backyard Tipi Visit Sunset for the complete tutorial… read more →

By Handmade Charlotte Mother’s Day may be just around the corner, but you’ve still got time to whip something up for dear ol’ mom. What says I love you better than something you made by hand? Here are 15 last-minute DIY gift tutorials for sewers of all skill levels. DIY Mother’s Day Corsage: Felt Dahlia.. read more →

by Handmade Charlotte Nothing is more satisfying than sharing the joys of sewing with your children. It’s fun, creative, and lets them experience the satisfaction in creating something by hand. Not to mention the fact that it’s a practical skill they can use the rest of their lives. Here are 10 kid-friendly projects that will.. read more →

By Handmade Charlotte   Lotta Jansdotter’s New Workshop and Sewing Studio is one of the hippest sewing studio in New York.  Lotta Jansdotter never ceases to amaze me. You will be inspired by her casual but oh so chic workspace and studio. The scissors that hang from tiny nails to the bits of scraps that are.. read more →

Google today is celebrating the birthday of Gideon Sundback, who is credited with inventing the zipper in 1914. Here is some zipper trivia:    Early prototypes from Coats and Clark archives. On right, one of the first zippers from 1905. On left, zipper from 1925.  1893 The debut of the zipper in.. read more →

By Handmade Charlotte When your addicted to sewing like I am you may need your supplies ready to travel. I was inspired by Earth Day-April 22 and decided to use up some scraps that were hanging around the studio. The stash bag is so super easy to make you will see success even if it’s.. read more →

Using a fabric or reusable bag reduces the number of paper and plastic bags that go to our landfills. We all know this and there are so many options out there for bags–from freebies to stylish numbers to those you can make yourself which is today’s topic! This pair work great together or separately. Make.. read more →

23 Apr 2012
April 23, 2012

Reusauble bags are great!

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by Handmade Charlotte  view the complete tutorial at made by rae  How adorable are the baby tights? The best part is that you can sew them with either a serger or a regular sewing machine using stretchy knit jersey or old t-shirts. You’ll also need some 3/4: wide elastic. Toy Giraffe Softie view.. read more →

By Handmade Charlotte Image courtesy of the lovely allsorts blog If you are anything like me, your sewing room could use a little help.  who has time to get organized when there are so many wonderful things to create?  The truth is, an organized sewing room will actually make your life much easier and give.. read more →

by Handmade Charlotte Today’s project comes from DanaMadeIt.Com! Dana’s projects are not only beautiful but also very achievable. I was scouring her site and found this lovely “Burp Cloth Tutorial“. She has included the pattern and a very cool “Made” label. I got a chance to meet Dana at the Altitude Design Summit. She is.. read more →

10 Apr 2012
April 10, 2012

Change your Zip Code Dress

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Nancy Estep created this clever dress with two zip-on skirts using our Coats Fashion Zipper in Pink Camouflage. The zipper tape is printed with the “girly” camouflage so it becomes a trim as well as a functioning zipper.Nancy adapted Butterick pattern #5520 view A. Any pattern with a waistline seam could be used. Below Nancy.. read more →

By Handmade Charlotte Little Pincushion Studio began as a dream Annabel Wrigley had to offer sewing classes to children, teaching them creative use of color, fabric and design. In 2010, she and her husband converted their garage in Warrenton, Virginia into the perfect sewing room to purse her dream, a totally adorable space with plenty.. read more →

Project: Easter Pack Basket TutorialBy Handmade CharlotteEaster is just around the corner, but there’s still time to make the little one in your life a wonderful basket to collect their Easter treats. Inspired by the classic Nantucket-style pack basket with a lovely grass motif, your child will enjoy collecting Easter eggs using the pack as.. read more →

Hi Coats & Clark Sewing Secrets blog followers! I’m Ellen March, Editor-in-Chief of Sew News, Creative Machine Embroidery and Sew it All magazines. I’m also the host of Sew it All TV on PBS. Throughout 2012, you’ll see a few blog posts from fellow editors in our sewing division here at Creative Crafts Group. I.. read more →

Are you into machine embroidery? Whether you have a computerized machine that produces embroidery from digitized designs or you are creating your own free-motion embroideries, when you choose threads for your designs, you will find rayon and polyester embroidery threads. Which one should you use? There are projects when rayon is the best choice and.. read more →

10 Feb 2012
February 10, 2012

Colors, Colors and more Colors!

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When you have over 300 colors, do you really need more? Yes! Color trends shift over time, so periodically we review our color range to make sure we have the latest colors! The sad part is-some colors have to be retired to make room for the new colors. There are only so many spaces in.. read more →

Amy Barickman has created a design challenge,Vintage Inspired/Modern Style , that combines the history of Coats & Clark as we are celebrating our 200th year and Singer as they are celebrating 160 years and a tribute to Mary Brooks Picken who was the American authority on fashion and sewing in the early 1900’s and wrote.. read more →

05 Jan 2012
January 5, 2012

Sewing on Fleece

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Fleece can be used in so many ways. It is a favorite for no-sew projects because it doesn’t ravel, but it is also simple to use for sewing projects. Our Snowflake Fleece pillow takes advantage of the no-ravel quality. The front and back is sandwiched wrong sides together and the cut edges form the flange.. read more →

02 Dec 2011
December 2, 2011

Sewing Christmas Stockings

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Families have different traditions when it comes to Christmas stockings. Some families have matching stockings, in some families each person has their own individual design. Some people have used the same stocking since they were a baby and others change stockings to match their decorating theme each year. Here are five stocking patterns, just in.. read more →

08 Sep 2011
September 8, 2011

We are Sewing – Along!

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Are you “Sewing Along” with Gretchen and Peter on BurdaStyle.com? They are doing a fantastic job leading us step by step sewing the skirt and dress. In fact they are doing such a good job leading our Coats & Clark/Free Spirit Sewing Month Sew-Along, that I’ve decide to just “Sew Along” with all of you… read more →

22 Jul 2011
July 22, 2011

Sewing in a Straight Line

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Have you ever thought about how much of sewing consists of stitching in a straight line? It’s true and Brett Bara has put together a book of 26 projects that can be created by simply sewing straight line. Sewing in a Straight Line is a collection of 26 projects for home decor, gifts, quilts, clothing.. read more →

11 Aug 2010
August 11, 2010

Confused by Thread sizes?

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Thread sizes can be almost as confusing as dress sizes! Part of the confusion comes because there are different sizing systems used. For most of our threads, rather than put a numerical weight or size on the label, we use a descriptive term such as Machine Quilting, Upholstery, Fine, All-purpose or Heavy. We would like.. read more →

11 Jun 2010
June 11, 2010

A Remake of a Classic!

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We knew all along that quilter’s were using our Dual Duty Plus–the cotton-wrapped polyester thread–for quilting and, in particular, piecing. We also knew quilters prefer 100% cotton. When we introduced new Dual Duty XP, a 100% polyester thread, we didn’t forget the quilters. We increased the color range and amount of 100% cotton threads in.. read more →

21 May 2010
May 21, 2010

Zippers everywhere!

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If you have been in the stores lately or looked in any fashion magazine, you have seen zippers being used in everyway, shape and form! Zippers are certainly not just for zipping anymore! Zipper rosettes can be used to embellish just about any accessory– a head band, shoes, purse or add a pinback and use.. read more →

This time of year we often get questions about what type of thread to use for sewing or repairing outdoor items like deck chairs and cushions for benches and chairs. The constant exposure to the sun, chlorine and the elements are very demanding on fabrics and threads. Coats Outdoor thread is a bonded polyester, designed.. read more →

01 Apr 2010
April 1, 2010

How Do We Make Thread?

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Coat & Clark has been making thread for almost 200 years! Much has changed and much has stayed the same since that first cotton thread was spun in Paisley, Scotland! The editors of American Patchwork and Quilting came to us and asked us to show them the process of threadmaking and they were amazed at.. read more →

Have you tried sewing with laminated fabrics? These fabrics are perfect for projects that may get wet or need to be water-repellent. The fabric is 100% Cotton with a soft protective finish laminated to the face of the fabric making clean up easy. It’s perfect for raincoats, totes, tablecloths and placemats. Today’s patterns are fresh.. read more →

Inspire your creativity. Don’t let the prospect of using your sewing machine to create quilt art scare you. The truth of the matter is, the key to beautiful colorful thread painting is all in the thread. Here , in a video featured on allpeoplequilt.com, Terry White, thread lover and author of Thread Painting Made Easy,.. read more →

15 Sep 2009
September 15, 2009

Choose the Right Thread

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When it comes to sewing and quilting, choosing the right thread for your fabric, project and technique is an essential ingredient to success. Our friends at Better Homes & Gardens American Patchwork & Quilting help take the mystery out selecting thread in a new video featured on allpeoplequilt.com. Watch and let us know what you.. read more →

02 Sep 2009
September 2, 2009

Needlecase

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14 Aug 2009
August 14, 2009

The Invisible Zipper Foot

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I sometimes get a call from someone who is trying to put an invisible zipper foot on their sewing machine and for the life of them, can’t figure it out. A picture is worth a thousand words so…… Let’s take it one step at a time! When you purchase Coats Invisible Zipper Foot, it has.. read more →

04 Aug 2009
August 4, 2009

Zippers Exposed!

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Simplicity 2568 Have you noticed how often exposed zippers are showing up these days? Zippers are being installed with their teeth exposed in pockets, jackets, bags, sportswear–you name it. A pocket with an exposed zipper on a jacket or bag is something you see frequently in ready-to-wear, but we often shy away from it when.. read more →

21 Jul 2009
July 21, 2009

Thread as Art

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Have you ever considered all those beautiful colors of thread as something more than a fiber, fed through the eye of a needle, precisely joining two pieces of fabric together? Artist Devorah Sperber relies on colorful spools of thread as one of her mediums to convey amazing beauty to the world studying how art, technology.. read more →

04 Jun 2009
June 4, 2009

Zippity Purse Makeover

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The great thing about sewing is the option to (as they say on American Idol) “make it your own ” with different fabrics and embellishments. In our Keep In the Loop June e-newsletter, we featured a Zippity Purse. It has the perfect arrangement of pockets for my “stuff”–maybe because I designed it– but I wanted.. read more →