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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!

Harvest Mantel Pennants
The familiar colors of autumn displayed on a fireplace mantel can evoke the beauty of fall. Sew triangular shapes of fabrics chosen in the golds, yellows, oranges, browns and reds that remind us of the seasonal transition from the intense warmth of summer into cooler autumn days.

Holiday Napkins and Table Runners
Handmade sew or no-sew napkins and table runners are easy time-saving ways to brighten a holiday table. Handmade items evoke the skills of old-world crafters who often made something beautiful from the simplest materials.

Holiday Ornaments to Sew
The simple beauty and homespun warmth of holiday ornaments lovingly made bring many a smile to all who have ever gazed on an old-fashioned decorated Christmas tree. Simple sewn ornaments bring elegance to the time-honored tradition of decorating a pine tree brought indoors for seasonal goodwill.

How to Sew a Men's Shirt - Sewing the Sleeves
Setting a Sleeve in a Men's Shirt. The sleeve seam is identified as meeting at the joint where the arm meets the shoulder. A satisfactory fit and smooth seam is the goal.

Invisible Zipper Tips
It can be done. It is possible to sew an invisible zipper with great results. Actually it is not the zipper itself that is "invisible" just the fact that the sewn zipper is concealed, visually hidden from the outside and neatly tucked within a seam allowance once zipped closed.

Lace Odds and Ends to Sew
Lace has a sentimental quality, evoking yesterday’s keepsakes while becoming tomorrow’s treasures. Small pieces of lace can accessorize antique buttons, aromatic sachets, padded satin hangers or jars of homemade jams and jellies for gifting.

Last Minute Gifts to Sew
In these hurried days of mass production, handcrafting holiday items from simple materials recaptures the joys that are part of an enduring craft heritage. Handcrafted holiday treasures to sew, share, and enjoy are gifts from the heart.

Memory Pillows
Memory pillows to sew in honor of a loved one or to preserve memories from an enjoyable vacation, graduation, holiday times or family and friends gathering, can become charming keepsakes to hold and cherish. They are easy to sew, and can be especially comforting reminders of times past.

Napped Fabrics
A fabric with "nap" has gone through a manufacturing finishing process that raises the fiber ends to the surface where they are then shorn, brushed or simply left upright. This creates a sculpted surface texture as the raised fibers all lie in one direction.

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