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Sewing Machine Fundamentals
As long as our mechanical or electronic gadgets work well, they tend to mesh beautifully with the fabric of our busy lives. The very moment they cease to perform the function for which they were intended, or perform that function poorly, our tensions rise!

Bandana Essentials
The contemporary form of today’s commercialized bandana is thought to have originated in India in the 1800’s, woven of silk or cotton with designs of white on colored backgrounds of red or blue. Today this cheery square of fabric is produced in every color of the rainbow with many design elements.

Fabric Yo-Yos
Fabric yo-yos, or fabric rosettes, are those delightful gathered circles sewn from little more than a round disc of fabric and a running stitch so quick and easy to make and yet a pleasant way to make use of colorful fabric scraps.

Sew Trendy Colors
Pantone® Color Institute gives us 10 trendy colors for spring 2017 after having surveyed talented designers and found a preference for bright colors and those that surround us naturally in springtime. The colors provide us the fashion equivalent of a riot of spring blossoms.

Sewing Related Tips
Will a sewer ever have enough sewing tips? All sewing tips that can save time, effort, cost or reveal some useable tidbit of sewing info are always welcome. Of course, only those that provide really practical workable results will have the expected value for the sewer.

Outside the Box Sewing
Consider the phrase 'thinking outside the box' as a challenge to do the same with sewing. The catchy expression is often associated with innovation, seeking original solutions, or going beyond the status quo.

Sew a Lace Bolero or Shrug
The traditional season for weddings and prom festivities, late spring to early summer, brings great joy and new excitement as many bride-to-be’s and young lady prom goers search for a gown, often opting for the sheer elegance and sophistication of a revealing neckline and bare shoulder look.

Sewing with Selvages
Sewers have often been instructed by pattern layout details to not use the fabric selvage edge, a word combined from self-edge, which was expected to be cut off and discarded. These factory loomed finished edges today no longer fill the waste basket or cutting room floor but have surprising uses.

Boot-cut to Skinny Jeans
The stiff, cuffed dungarees of the past used by cattlemen and miners, the 1950s and 60s youth subculture that adopted denim jeans in defiance, the bell-bottoms of the 70s and onto today’s boot-cut and skinny fashionably ripped jeans, these popular slacks experience never-ending fashion adjustments.

Sashiko - Mending and Embroidery
With the application of a simple yet versatile running stitch, you can create beautiful hand worked embroidery that is both organic and pleasingly geometric in design.

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