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9 OF THE BEST BIAS BINDING TUTORIALS: LEARN TO CUT, MAKE AND SEW CUSTOM BIAS BINDING

Making your own custom bias binding is almost a requirement for most sewing projects. Sure, you can buy pre-made binding… but sewing projects always look nicer when you make your own binding from coordinating fabric. Right? Now, I’m not gonna lie… making your own bias binding is a bit tedious. EASY. But still a little tedious… but so worth it. I found a few videos and a couple EXCELLENT step-by-step tutorials that are full of great tips and techniques on how to cut, make and sew your bias binding. You’ll see some of the same techniques throughout… but each tutorial stands on its own when it comes to learning something new about bias binding. Cutting, Making, Sewing, Straight Edges, Mitered Corners and Curved Edges… all here! Tutorial #9 is by far the...

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Quiltmaking Basics: How to Make a Quilt Sandwich in 3 Easy Steps

New to quilting? You've probably heard the term "quilt sandwich" tossed about, and you might be wondering what it is. Simply put, a quilt sandwich is the two layers of fabric and one layer of batting that are "stacked" on top of each other just before the quilting process. You've pieced together a quilt top and back and you're hungry for the next step in making your quilt; now what? READ OUR FOOLPROOF RECIPE BELOW FOR HOW TO MAKE A QUILT SANDWICH! WHAT IS A QUILT, ANYWAY? The quilt sandwich is actually what makes a quilt a quilt! What differentiates a quilt from a blanket is multiple layers of fabric and batting stitched together. The result is a somewhat lofty, puffy and warm comforter or throw, and...

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How to Use a Gathering Foot – 2 Ways

One of my favorite accessories I purchased to go with the new machine has got to be the Gathering Foot.  If you find yourself gathering fabric or sewing ruffles a lot, I highly recommend this little attachment. It’s no secret that sewing ruffles is not one of my favorite past times. But a good ruffle can absolutely MAKE the right project. But its not just ruffles, sewing on a perfectly gathered skirt is basically the same thing. It all boils down to the art of gathering fabric evenly. The gathering foot accessory is sold for all sewing machines, and from what I can tell – many of them look the same. I will go over how to use this nifty little accessory, and show you how to use it.  For...

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Basting in Sewing and Quilting: 4 Methods

  Basting in sewing is a technique that will help to keep two or more fabric layers from shifting while you sew. It typically involves sewing a row of long, loose stitches, either by hand or by machine. When quilting, however, there are a few additional options to baste, or temporarily join, the layers. To use any of these basting methods for your quilt, you’ll first want to combine the quilt top with the batting and the backing, which is also called making a “quilt sandwich.” HERE ARE FOUR BASTING TECHNIQUES TO TRY: METHOD 1: PIN BASTING One of the most popular methods of basting in sewing and quilting is to use safety pins. Although pin basting can be time-consuming, it's a good...

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Stitch in the Ditch: How to Properly Use a Quilting Presser Foot

If you are a beginner quilter wanting to make your own quilts, the first step is to study how to properly use a quilting presser foot. It's easiest to learn how to quilt with a walking foot, and the easiest method for using a walking foot is stitch-in-the-ditch quilting. Stitch-in-the-ditch is exactly what it sounds like — stitches in the "ditch," created by your seam allowances when quilting. Follow along to learn how to use a presser foot for stitch-in-the-ditch quilting. STEP 1: BEGIN BY MAKING YOUR "QUILT SANDWICH" The quilt sandwich is the quilt top, basted onto the quilt batting and quilt backing. To make your quilt sandwich, you'll need your pieced quilt top, batting and backing fabric. Your batting should be at least...

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