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DIY Cloth Face Mask

UPDATE 4 Hey mask makers! You rock! Sorry to disappear for a week but I was helping get our local community mask sewing project off the ground (western North Carolina). I've added a Mask 1 pattern PDF (reg size) with a GRID on it, at last. Also some new informative links related to cloth mask effectiveness and other relevant topics. Lastly, I've added a section about FILTERS. Keep sewing and keep safe! UPDATE 3Child size pattern added, problem with large size pattern PDF solved, added some more measurements to the wire and elastic supply list, added a whole section on filter options in the research notes. Tomorrow I will add a new step at the end, with a list of community...

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How to use the Zipper Foot

The Zipper Foot can be used for inserting zippers as well as making and inserting piping or cording. The zipper Foot allows the needle to stitch close to a raised edge such as the teeth of a zipper or the thickness of cording. The Zipper Foot is truly an essential accessory for fashion sewing and home decor projects.On most sewing machine models, the Zipper Foot can be attached to the presser foot holder on either the right side or left side. Depending on the type of zipper insertion, both sides may be used. For more information on the Zipper Foot for your machine model, refer to your sewing machine manual. Zippers There are many zipper applications: lapped zipper, fly front...

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Accessories We Love: Beading Presser Feet

Beads are a wonderful embellishment. They add dimension and texture and color in one fell swoop. But my-oh-my, putting them on can be a struggle and a half. Hand sewing in an option, if you have a few spare days. And machine sewing can be like trying to ride your bike over a field of BBs (no… I haven’t actually done that, but I know it would be tricky and very slippery). Luckily for me (and my bicycle), our friends at Janome have a cool set of presser feet made exactly for what we want to do: quickly attach strands of beads of various widths. Can a glittering gown for next year’s Oscars be far behind?! The Beading Presser Feet come in two sizes. The larger one is for beads...

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Fabric Face Masks | An Easy but Fiddly and Free Project

Have you ever considered making a fabric face mask?  Some folks who deal with allergies may feel their only option is the disposable paper mask, but a mask of soft fabric might be something to consider.  My sweet companion Suzi, below, is sporting a lovely pink fuzzy barrette given to her by her sweet groomer Erin and you will see in a minute how all that connects to face masks.  ;) Suzi is a high maintenance border collie mix, who not only needs a special prescription diet, has allergies to most things.... but also needs monthly grooming.  Her grooming is more than just a bath and blow-dry, needing teeth brushing, ear cleaning and anal glands expressed regularly..... a necessity for...

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Sewing your own face mask to protect yourself from the coronavirus pandemic (with pattern and photo sewing instruction)

Wow, the world is now crazy with fear of the novel coronavirus, and as far as I know, in many places around the world, people are rushing to buy face masks. I have heard that Chinese people are stocking up on face masks in many countries – Korea, Japan, etc., and many pharmacies are out of stock! I personally am against using the 1-time disposable face masks – you know the environment does not love it either. And as far as I have read from many trusted sources, the normal face masks are totally good in protecting you from the tiny droplets that coronavirus bearers spread out when they cough or sneeze. That is why today I am posting the...

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