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How to Choose and Use a Rotary Cutter

Not so long ago, the only choice for cutting fabric was scissors, but now there is another method - the Rotary Cutter - that has revolutionized how quilters and other crafters do their cutting. Here are some tips for choosing and using a Rotary Cutter of your own. 1. Choose a size. Rotary cutters come in sizes from 18mm to 60mm. Larger diameter blades roll easier and are more convenient for volume cutting, while smaller blades do better around curves and in small quantity cutting. 2. Choose a handle. This is completely personal. You can find straight handles, curved handles, ergonomic handles, padded handles and everything between. Go to a sewing shop and feel some of them out for your self. 3. Choose a safety...

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Easy Hem Foot Tutorial - Create Perfect Hemlines With No Stress or Tears

Hemming has to be my least favorite part of sewing. I would rather gather a waist than to hem the bottom. To sew a perfect hem requires lots of time, which I currently don’t have a lot of. As I was googling one night, I stumbled across a wide hem foot. I was a bridal seamstress previously, so I have experience with a narrow hem foot but I had never heard of a wide hem foot. Of course, I purchased the set of three that night. If they didn’t work. Well, I’m very thankful for my impulsive purchase that night because my love for sewing has increased a little more. I can now hem a skirt in 4 minutes flat. That’s right...

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The Edge Joining/Stitch-in-the-Ditch Presser Foot: Manual

Joining two panels of fabric Creating a decorative seam for patchwork can be immensely satisfying. With a few simple preparations, the joining of patchwork can fly by when using the Fancy Collective Joining foot.  First, we need to overcast or zig-zag the raw edges of the panels we are going to join, for any work other than a quilt these raw edges will most likely be on display. If quilting you can skip this step.  Second, we need to press our seam allowances so we are placing the folded edges together as we join the fabric panels. Set the stitch width in a zig-zag to your desired size, check my manually cranking the needle around that everything is as you...

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How To Use A Ruffler Sewing Machine Foot

Many people are scared off from using the ruffler foot because it looks much more intimidating than clip-on sewing machine feet, but let me assure you, not only is it easy to use, but it's great fun! To attach it to the machine, you will need to remove not just your standard foot, but also the part it clips to so you are just left with the pole. You will need to unscrew the current foot to remove it. The bottom claw-like part slides around the pole, and the upper part on the ruffler that looks like a lobster claw attaches around the part you would unscrew to change needles. This lets the ruffler foot 'count' your stitches allowing you...

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Walking Foot

Please give a warm welcome to Tori from Totally Stitchin’.   She is sharing a fun project using one of her favorite tools; the walking foot. Quilted Wall Hanging I’d like to share a quick and easy home decor project with you. This project is a quick sew and a great way to practice basic sewing skills. Let’s get going! Supplies: 3 Wooden hand-embroidery hoops: 6″, 8″, 10″ Two 12″ square pieces of white fabric, cotton or broadcloth works great Two 10″ square pieces of white fabric Two 8″ square pieces of white fabric One 12″ square piece of batting One 10″ square piece of batting One 8″ square piece of batting Neon green thread Bright blue thread Sewing machine with...

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