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A Sewer's Button Box
From antique buttons of centuries past that possess now historical significant, to Victorian glass buttons giving a cultural perspective of that time and onto contemporary buttons of the day, the ordinary button that gives us little pause as we dress for the day holds much to think about.

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.

Applique for Embellishment
Applique designs, those smaller pieces of fabric overlaid onto a larger fabric background, are often seen on quilts however they can be used as whimsical decorations on clothing, elegant patterns on curtains or artistic expressions on throw pillows, totes and fabric purses.

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 Favorites to Sew
With the last of summer lingering, and the approaching cooler weather signaling the coming autumn, our sewing projects take on a compelling urgency. Like squirrels foraging for winter, we search the fabric stores and our own fabric stash for just the right complementary autumn colors.

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.

Basic Hand Stitches
Holidays bring back memories of cherished traditions and allow us to not only reminiscence but endeavor to carry on those beloved customs as well. Knowing how to sew using basic hand stitches is one of those customs worth knowing and teaching to a willing learner.

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.

Blanket Stitch
Decorative, versatile and functional this overcast or edge stitch is often one of the first beginning embroidery stitches taught to children. Adding beads to each stitch further allows the stitch to add emphasis as an outline to the evenly spaced, even length stitches.

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.

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