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How To Care For Sewing Scissors

Scissors, they are one of your most used tools when it comes to sewing.  Invest in a good pair of sewing scissors or shears and then take care of them with regular cleaning and sharpening so they will cut fabric with ease for years to come. Here are some tips to help you keep your scissors ready to go. How to care for sewing scissors: Top 10 Tips    1. Avoid moisture. Moisture is not good for your scissors. Avoid setting your scissors on your ironing board, your ironing board cover will retain the moisture from the steam a lot longer than you may think. Make sure your fabric is completely dry before you begin cutting and never lay your scissors down around...

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How To Use A Seam Ripper Properly

A seam ripper is a tool used by seamstresses to remove stitches, open seams, cut threads and open buttonholes.  Seam rippers have a sharp us shape middle that cuts through stitches to make removing them easy. Make sure you use it properly to avoid ripping the fabric. How to use a seam ripper properly Types of Seam Rippers The most common type consists of a “u” shaped blade attached to a handle.  One side of the “u” is longer than the other and is pointed.  The other side of the “u” often has a small plastic ball on it for protection.  The inner curve is the sharp cutting edge of the seam ripper. The difference in most seam rippers consists of the...

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Stack ‘n Store Bobbin Tower

A special thank you to Heather for asking me to share the features of one of my favorite sewing tools! Choosing one is difficult. Much like asking which of your kids you like best. But since the task at hand was to choose just one, I looked around my work and home sewing studios, plus checked out my sewing set for Sewing With Nancy at the TV station and found that I have at least three Stack ‘n Store Bobbin Towers. (You only need one, sometimes I’m slightly obsessive.) The Stack ‘n Store Bobbin Tower has six bobbin wheels on a stand. See thread colors at a glance. Each wheel holds five bobbins. The Stack ‘n Store Bobbin Tower organizes up to 30 bobbins. Wrap loose thread...

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Teflon Presser Foot – Secret Weapon of Leather

Using alternative fabrics such as leather, vinyl and plastic are sometimes scary.  We often worry about putting holes in the fabric, getting it “stuck” or even worse, chewed up by our machine.  Another big hurdle is how to pin it.  Well, I’m here to share my secret weapon and take the “scary” out of these speciality fabrics.  Behold, the Teflon Presser Foot.  (*Insert sounds of praise in the background.) This Teflon coated foot can be used for both straight and decorative stitching on leather, vinyl, suede, or other fabrics that would stick to a regular presser foot.  The coated backing prevents the fabric from tugging against the foot and allows it to glide through the machine with ease. Teflon Presser Foot...

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6 KEY TIPS FOR “STITCH IN THE DITCH”

To “stitch in the ditch”, or not to “stitch in the ditch”?? Let me back up for just a minute… “Stitch in the ditch” (also referred to as Ditch Stitching) is a catchy name for a simple quilting technique. It is one of those bits of sewing terminology that make beginner quilters look at you like you have 3 heads. I believe my first response was… WHAT THE WHAT? Once I show you a picture, you’ll know exactly what I mean. And don’t worry, it isn’t a complicated technique. It is simply making your line of stitches in your quilting in the “ditch” where two fabric pieces meet. Most quilters I know are divided on this technique 50/50. You either...

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