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Instantly familiar, endlessly versatile, at once old and new, the fabric we know as denim and the many clothes, accessories, and home items it has so readily adapted to, has enjoyed steady popularity since the mid 1800s.
Sew with Summer Tropical Flair
Sewing for summer weather with airy and breezy cottons, linen types, hand-dyed batiks, Swiss batiste, and brightly colored tropical prints with vibrant coordinating solids all bring to mind those visions of barefoot living and dreamy seaside cabana suppers.
Patriotic Favorites to Sew or No Sew
Just a few red, white and blue easy to sew accent items for a backyard picnic or scattered throughout the home make for a very festive and patriotic statement. Individual red, white and blue fabric scraps combine to make for quick to sew or no-sew projects.
Sun Printing on Fabric
Capture the beauty of summer’s emerging bounty of botanic plants, flowers, leaves, and delicate ferns by using the sun to “print” them onto fabric. The result is a cyanotype that can be sewn into many unique and individual items.
Care of Historic Garments
Textiles are among the world's most fragile artifacts. Throughout the centuries fabrics have been treated with chemical solutions meant to enhance their appearances. Silks, for example, were often weighted with metallic salts, mostly consisting of tin or iron. Preservation becomes a challenge.
Sewing Machine Presser Feet
Whether you are learning to sew, returning to sew, or a long-time sewing enthusiast, the use of specialized presser feet that are available for your type sewing machine can make your sewing project quite unique as well as speed along your sewing efforts.
Hand-made vs. Machine-made
Sewing is a form of the verb, to sew, commonly to enclose or join securely with stitches while art is a noun giving us the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance. Imagine connecting both!
Using Piping or Cording
Much more than a decorative outline to garment seams or pillow edges, piping can ease the strain on finished fabric seams subject to much wear or minimize abrasion of seam edges on much used pillows or sofa cushions adding strength to seams and curvy corners as well.
Free Motion Sewing
Free motion sewing is a machine stitching technique that replicates hand embroidery and monogramming, useful for darning, quilting, embellishing and thread art. It is surprisingly easy to do by following just a few techniques.
Needles, Pins and Pincushions
Needles and pins were once so valuable that women may have had just one fine needle with which to do all their hand sewing. Pincushions, keeping pins and needles secure, were often made of pewter or silver in decorative shapes to display on fireplace mantels - thought to bring good luck to the home.
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