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Sewing and E-Patterns
E-patterns or online sewing patterns are convenient for a home sewer, often offered free or low-cost. However, a small stack of standard size 8.5 by 11 inch computer printing paper, printing ink, a reliable home printer and much clear tape for assembling a printed e-pattern are cost considerations.

Sewing and Rag Rugs
With rustic hospitality assembled into stunning folk art or unstructured design, unassuming strips of wool fabric, thin thread-worn bed linens, denim jeans and shirts made soft by much wearing, today’s modern t-shirts and more are economically transformed into humble and functional floor coverings.

Sewing and Reupholstering Basics
What has reupholstering got to do with sewing? Actually, everything! From choosing fabric type, determining how much fabric yardage to acquire, batting wraps, measuring, cutting, and some stitching there are many commonalities with sewing to consider when attempting a modest reupholstering project.

Sewing and Serging Machines
In an almost perfect marriage of practical function and elegant efficiency the sewing machine and its machine sewing companion, the serger, combine to give the home sewer the best of all possible sewing worlds.

Sewing as Art
Together the sewer’s stitch and the weaver’s cloth results in more than the sum of its parts; culture is passed on, traditions preserved, the sewer’s skills remains intact. Textiles and their manipulation by sewing tell the story of the ages and reveal the very real and beautiful fabric of our lives

Sewing as Practical Artistry
Learning to sew is a useful skill. Whether economics is a factor - saving money, or the satisfaction of self-reliance, or even a need for an outlet for creative self-expression, the knowledge that sewing skills can bring can satisfy many reasons for acquiring this most ancient of practiced crafts.

Sewing by the Yard
What can be made with just one yard of fabric? Plenty! Think throw pillows for the couch, chair or bed, squares of fabric hemmed on all edges to softly drape over kitchen countertop appliances, or even a simple table or dresser scarf are just a few projects to consider and of course so much more.

Sewing Children's Classic Toys
Sock monkeys, raggedy dolls, bunnies and bears, oh my! Sewing huggable stuffed toys for children for gift-giving or just-because is a delightful, surprisingly satisfying undertaking and serves as a message of love and caring to the recipient.

Sewing Classic Modest Clothing
It can be a daunting task trying to find ready-to-wear modest clothing in catalog or department stores. Home sewing modest apparel that is simple, classic, and elegant can be rewarding as well as affordable.

Sewing Closet Organizers
Whether called a hanging wall or door organizer, closet organizer, or closet caddy these terms are all synonymous for serious storage solutions and organization. Clothes closets seem to get messy quickly no matter how initially organized. An easy solution to closet clutter is to sew organizers.

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