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how to hand quilt
If you want to know how to hand quilt, you’re in the right place. This ancient technique is still popular and rewarding - and not even all that difficult! Quilting is at least a couple of thousand years old. The oldest evidence we have, is an ivory figure of an Egyptian pharaoh wearing some kind of quilted cloak. It is...
how to sew a zipper
While newbies are usually eager to master basic skills, I have noticed that zippers seem to intimidate beginners as if they are way out of their league. Well, they are not! If you don’t know how to sew a zipper, it is time to learn. Sewing is trendy these days and the number of new sewists is skyrocketing. The growing...
knitting stitches
‘Nothing lasts forever’ is one of the oldest phrases. It may be true, but some things can last pretty long. Knitting is an ancient technique of creating fabric with two needles and yarn that never goes out of trend. Maybe we’ll stop knitting one day, but at the moment knitting stitches are popular as ever. From our grannies to...
Marilyn Monroe sang ‘Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friends’ and over the years it became a common expression. Well, if the girl sews, it is a seam ripper! By the way, this jazz song was originally written for Broadway musical ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’. While I don’t really like the phrase, as it is somewhat offensive, I used it to...
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...
man using a rotary cutter on a piece of leather
If you are aspiring sewist or quilter, you probably don’t have all possible accessories and tools. A rotary cutter is one of those small things that can make your (sewing) life easier. Some people still use scissors to cut fabric and it’s okay. To be honest, it is a matter of preference. After all, the first rotary cutter was...
Amigurumi toy animals next to a basket
Crochet is one of the best ideas to start a new craft hobby. It is pretty easy to learn basic skills and enjoy the fruits of your work immediately. If you need an extra spark to get yourself started, then choose amigurumi. Amigu...what? This exotic word denotes the Japanese art of crocheting or knitting small, cute, stuffed animals. Even...
Hemming pants equipment
Whether you’re just beginning your sewing adventures or you’re an experienced sewist, you can’t sew all of your clothes. Well, you can in theory. But a lack of time, the thrills of shopping, or any other reason will make you go shopping occasionally. While I usually love shopping, there’s a piece of garment that always gives me some trouble....
girl sewing by hand a piece of fabric
Sewing machines are taking over and the art of hand sewing slowly sinks into oblivion. Or maybe not? I have to admit that I get a little bit nostalgic when it comes to hand sewing. After all, sewing is one of the oldest human crafts. We started sewing during the Old Stone Age at least 50,000 years ago. It...
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...

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