hand made felt star decoration
Humans have made felt since the dawn of civilization. The oldest remains of felt date back at least to 6,000 B.C. In the last couple of decades, we are witnessing the revival of the interest in felt and it is constantly growing in popularity. What is felt, exactly, and why is it becoming popular again? Felt is a non woven...
chair next to a sewing machine
Having a hobby or passion seems to be pretty expensive these days. Whatever you engage in, there are myriads of tools and accessories that you need to be fully prepared. Or that’s what manufacturers and commercials tell you. And they all cost money. If you’re just starting your sewing adventure, most people will tell you that you’ll need a...
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...
lady ironing clothes with her iron
Sewing is unimaginable without ironing. Well, pressing to be exact. It is an absolutely essential tool for sewing. Fortunately, there are hundreds of different models available on the market, so it should be easy to choose the best iron that fits your needs. Or maybe not? We like to have more choices, but we actually don’t like to choose....
old sewing machine seen from close up
The interest in vintage items is on the rise over the last couple of years. Every year there are more shops and events that sell or celebrate vintage clothing, vintage furniture, vintage cars, and many other vintage items. Sewists didn’t skip this new-old trend. Vintage sewing machines are in demand as well. Why we love these old items, 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...
Colorful needle bed with sewing pins
When I first started sewing, I knew I needed sewing pins. So, I walked into a sewing shop only to find out that there were so many different kinds! Seriously? They were not all the same, so how to choose a proper kind? I decided to buy the prettiest kind assuming that it can’t be a big deal. Oh...
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...