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Spiral Quilting with a Walking Foot

As a novice quilter, I have mistakenly thought that my machine quilting needs to be perfect. As I’ve progressed in my quilting, I’ve learned to stop chasing perfection and embrace the imperfections. One way I’m conquering my misplaced quilting perfectionism is by choosing a simple design and then quilting everything with that design. The best way I’ve found to do this is by quilting with a walking foot and mastering a couple of walking foot designs. In theory, conquering a few walking foot designs, puts me (and you!) in a better place to tackle free motion quilting. When I shared my Nine Patch Tutorial a few weeks ago, I received a lot of questions on how I quilted this project. I used a spiral design and a walking foot. While my...

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How To Use a Magnetic Seam Guide

Sewing In A Straight Line Sewing in a straight line or getting an accurate seam allowance. Sometimes that can be hard, especially when you are beginning to sew. Using a magnetic seam guide makes sewing in a straight line and having an accurate seam allowance easy! In this video, I will show you how to use the magnetic seam guide to make sewing perfect seam allowances and straight lines a breeze! On your sewing machine’s throat plate, you should have a seam guide. The throat plate is the metal plate under your needle and around your feed dogs. The markings on this plate tell you the distance of your stitch, from the needle to the edge of your fabric when lined up....

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How to Set Up Your Sewing Room – Ideas And Essentials

Sewing Room Envy? Don’t be. You don’t have to spend a fortune on kitting out your dream sewing room. Because you CAN create a fresh sewing space with a shoestring budget to get yourself started. I’d like to share some tips on setting up a fresh creative space to help you get the most out of your sewing. It’s totally ok to start small – you don’t even need to have a whole room  And if you DO have a whole room – scroll down to the last section for some practical room planning tips. Happy designing! The Nomad For those who sew on available space – most commonly the dining table – don’t you feel like a nomad sometimes? We’ve all been there ...

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Gathering Fabric!

ONLY FOR THE FIRST 500 READERS: Use the coupon code SEWEASY15 at checkout to get 15% off all orders! Only for the first 500! Back to the basics today.Let’s talk about a very simple sewing technique: GATHERING FABRIC. Gathering fabric is just as it sounds: gathering, or bringing fabric together so it creates a slight ruffle or bunch of fabric. It’s a simple technique used in many sewing projects, such as: the market skirt: ruffled streamers: puffed sleeves:the Warhol Dress: the Can-Can Skirt: and many patterns you’ve likely sewn. If you’ve never gathered fabric….have no fear! It’s nothing to be afraid of.And, I have a simple “cheating” method that I use quite often to save time (and patience).The Proper Method of Gathering Fabric: When a pattern...

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How To Do A Machine Blind Hem Stitch - DIY

SPECIALLY FOR FIRST 500 READERS: Use the coupon code SEWEASY15 at checkout to get 15% off all orders! Only for the first 500! It’s a really useful to stitch to know and very easy to do. The stitch simulates a hand done blind hem stitch by stitching a few straight stitches in the hem and then one zig zag to catch the body of the garment. I most often use it to hem pants or skirts. It's super fast to do and a great stitch to have in your arsenal of techniques.  It must be said that it’s not as invisible as a hand-sewn blind hem stitch but it’s faster and depending on the fabric and thread color it’s usually very hard to...

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