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woman cutting fabric with scissors
Almost every sewing or quilting project involves some fabric cutting. It doesn’t seem to be the most important part of the project. Cutting fabric is easy, isn’t it? You can use shears, rotary cutter or even fabric cutter machine if you have one. Fabric cutter machines and rotary cutters are more used for quilting projects, while a good, sharp...
variety of sewing gifts
Do you find it hard to choose gifts for your friends? If you do - welcome to the club! I love sewing and I have many sewing friends. Picking best gifts for sewers can be a daunting mission while choosing gifts for my other friends can turn into a nightmare. Don’t get me wrong here, I love giving presents,...
man thinking about washing symbols and their compatibility with the machine
Do you know how to read washing symbols on your garments? It sounds like a silly question, but if you take a look at your care labels there are at least several symbols on each of them. Some of them are obvious, like ironing sign, but others look rather cryptic. Dots, circles, squares, and triangles resemble shapes in intelligence...
tartan for kilt on a wooden background
Every once in a while, I like to take a break from my usual sewing projects and make something different and unique. Or I switch to knitting or crochet. It helps me to recharge my batteries and continue my work with new passion and vigor. Whatever the motivation, it is nice to take on some versatile projects. A kilt...
tailor threading a sewing machine seen from close up
We are witnessing the revival of sewing, quilting, embroidery, knitting and crochet in the 21st century. And it is not slowing down. Sewing is a craft, but it can be an art as well. Anyway, you look at it, it becomes a passion. And the longer you sew, the more reasons you find to love it. However, beginnings can...
silhouette girl with pretty crochet scarf
Whenever I start learning a new skill, I get a little bit overwhelmed. I have never lacked imagination but sometimes it can work against me. Sometimes, I can see countless projects in the future, but then I get scared and wonder if I would ever master the skill enough to do those projects. I fear that I am too...
crotchet stitches hook
To a beginner, crochet probably sounds like a lot of trouble, but it is hands down one of the easiest crafts to learn. There are lots of different stitches, but you don’t need all of them to get started - not to mention getting hooked (pun intended). In fact, only two or three basic stitches are enough to help...
pants made on a sewing machine
What’s your favorite item to shop for? I am not sure about the favorite one, but I know that I hate buying pants. Well, it’s a bit of an overstatement probably. Still, nothing gives me so many problems as buying a pair of pants. Most of the times they are too tight, or too loose, or too short,... Anyhow,...
embroidery on a machine
The art of embroidery has a long history. While first embroidery machines were invented in the 19th century, hand embroidery goes back to ancient history. Embroidery was practiced in ancient Greece, Egypt, and China. The art and craft that we love have a long tradition. While it is well worth preserving and pursuing, sometimes you have to get rid...
woman learning to sew on her machine
Your grandma got it right. There is something in the act of sewing that transcends the boundaries of usefulness. It’s an act that calms the soul and helps us find yet another purpose in life. Even though it isn’t easy to master, the learning process will boost your confidence and let you realize that there are no limits and...

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