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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.

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.

Sewing with Felted Wool
As the warmest days of summer are replaced with the cooler days of autumn, thoughts turn to back to school days, upcoming harvest fairs and fall festivities. A great time to bring out the woolen garments of prior cold seasons that may no longer fit well but may still have a useful recycled life.

Fall Prims to Sew
Prims are a form of folk art - handmade decorative crafts assembled from fabrics of muted gingham, plaids, natural linens, tea-colored muslin, and burlap. Often accented with weathered boards, punched tins, and tied with twine of jute or raffia - prim crafts suggest a nostalgia for times past.

Fabric Dresses Up Small Storage Containers
Ideal for seasonal decorating, functional and practical as a fabric scrap recycle undertaking, softly gather fabric and batting to pouf out and around a reusable storage container to provide a quick and easy cheery home decor or gift giving project.

Garment Facings
Facings are those fabric pieces, usually the same as the fashion fabric, at times of a contrasting fabric, generally seen on the inside of a garment. They finish off an opening, usually a neckline or sleeveless armhole, but also for a shaped hem, slim skirt vents, shirt front or jacket opening.

Sewing Idioms
What are idioms and how are they connected to the process of sewing? An idiom is a figure of speech, in any language, whose symbolic or intended meaning is different from the actual meaning of the individual words themselves. A stitch in time, saves nine is a familiar idiomatic phrase.

Easy Dorm Room Decorations
Late summer and early fall are exciting times for first time college students moving into a dorm room or campus apartment. Here are some easy to sew DIY projects to try out that reflect a personal style.

Sewing for the Best Fit
Whether you are sewing a garment to fit a toddler, teen, mature figure, hard-to-fit body contours or challenging physical circumstances, strive for the best fit that pattern and fabric will allow.

Smart Fabrics
Fabric continues to serve humankind in so many ways. Where once fabric clothed, decorated and sheltered people in ways utilitarian to high art, fabric now entertains and delights in new ways.

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