How to Clean Your Iron From Messy Quilting Spray Starch!

One important sewing room gadget that every machine quilter needs is a good iron for pressing fabric prior to cutting followed by pressing down all those seams.

For those of you who use spray starch on your fabric to make it a little stiffer and easier to cut, that can [...]

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What You Need to Bring to a Quilt Retreat!

If you’re gearing up to head to a quilting retreat or would like to in the future, you might wonder what things to pack for the trip.

Naturally, you’ll need to bring the essentials for working on your project in the company of the other attendees, yet how much [...]

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Achieve Sewing Success with Sweater Knits!

Whether you’re a beginner or have been working with sewing machines for years, you probably know that of all the fabrics out there, knits can be some of the more challenging ones to work with.

This is especially so with sweater knits, which make amazing garments but can unravel so [...]

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Adding Sashing To Your Quilt? Learn The Right Way Here!

Sashing is an individual border piece sewn around separate quilting blocks before the whole quilt top is assembled and the final border sewn on.

It gives an orderly, framed look to the quilt blocks, adding to the design in its own way and unfortunately looks harder to do than it [...]

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Pinning A Long Seam – Here Is A Great Way To Do It Right!

Pinning or basting are essential steps for sewing longer lengths of fabric, whether you’re doing machine quilting or any other type of sewing.

The two layers have to be straight and stitched together as the fabric is passing under the needle so the seam turns out correctly.

You don’t want [...]

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Helping Kids Learn to Sew? Here are Some Really Great Tips!

Sewing is a fabulous hobby to introduce to your kids when it’s done the right way.

Children can learn to love creating things with sewing machines and many even go on to become very skilled at it.

What can you do to encourage interest in this fun and creative hobby [...]

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Change Thread Weight And Get Different Stitching Effects!

One of the amazing aspects of sewing machine creativity is the countless ways to vary the elements you use to produce different looks.

The easiest way to change the appearance of a project made on a versatile Juki sewing machine is to alter the fabric used; however, you can also [...]

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Sewing Machine Thread Problems Raising Your BP? Try This!

As fun and exciting as machine quilting may be, there are times when it makes us all want to just scream in frustration.

Precision quilting machines like the Grace Q'nique 15 Pro Midarm and others can be temperamental sometimes and take some tweaking when setting up to work on a [...]

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Don’t Be Afraid of It – Try Doing Quilt As You Go!

If you’re intimidated by the idea of machine quilting a huge project at once for fear of messing it up during the stitching process, you’re not alone.

Giant quilt sandwiches can be unwieldy, especially when wrestling your project to get it all stitched together on a cabinet-mounted machine like the [...]

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