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Add Textural Dimension to Fabric
Fold, twist, pleat, ruffle, ruche, crinkle, applique, embroider, smock, gather, pin tuck and shirr are just some of the various methods for adding interesting depth, ornamentation and texture to fabric.
April is National Serger Month
A serger - versatile companion to a sewing machine, is all about its loopers, tension discs, knife blades, feed dogs, many thread cones and specialty presser feet. The resulting neatly trimmed and overcast seam produced by a serger is a sewing time saver.
Autumn Sewing Ideas
Nature’s timeless colors of autumn – shades of reds, golds, oranges, browns, and tans nearly invite us to our sewing work-spaces. Now is a great time to add to our fall wardrobe and home decor.
Basics for Sewing a Prom Dress
With a few common-sense considerations, sewing a dress for Prom will make for enduring high school memories. While the sewing itself is much the same as for all sewing projects, the lustrous unique fabrics often chosen for the dress can present challenges.
Book Review - Fun-to-Wear Fabric Flowers
Hand-sewn fabric flowers are easy to make and produce stunning results. Fun-to-Wear Fabric Flowers is a colorful guide to apply individual creativity on how to make your own with a minimum of time, hand sewing, and fabric odds and ends.
Book Review - Sew Easy Bags
Functional, fun, utilitarian, useful, practical, stylish - these terms come to mind when considering a handbag choice. Easy enough though to sew your own using some basic principles.
Book Review - Super-Cute Pincushions
A book review of Super-Cute Pincushions: 35 adorable pincushions all stitchers will love. Author Kate Haxell. Published in 2012 by CICO Books. There are adorable pincushion pets, delightful retro-inspired ones as well as quirky but cute and more - all creative and decorative yet easy to make.
Book Review - Vogue Sewing, Revised and Updated
Resource sewing book for the novice to advanced sewing enthusiast. Everything for today’s sewer - how to make professional-looking garments that will elevate your creative sewing skills. A benchmark for home sewers’ aspirations.
Brief Sewing History
Sewing clothing and items for our daily use, from times past to present, adds to our very human historical and contemporary narrative of who we once were and are even now.
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.
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