Sewing Tips

Couching Technique Adds Color and Texture

COUCHING, which is French for "lay upon" or "set in place," has been around for centuries. It is the process of attaching a fiber to a fabric surface. Couching is an easy and versatile fabric embellishment technique that adds color, texture, and dimension to any...

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Scarf Sewing Class

Sew-A-Scarf - $25 (Serger and Standard Sewing Machine) Thursday, April 14 10-1 -OR- Wednesday, April 20 10-1 Make a great gift for family and friends or just something special for you. Serge a rolled hem scarf and/or create a scarf with a standard sewing machine. Come...

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Thread Tension Tips

Thread Tension Tips - HAVE NO FEAR How to get comfortable adjusting your sewing machine's thread tension.   Lower numbers means less tension; higher numbers means tighter tension.   (higher = tighter -- lower = looser: that's how I remember it.) Experiment with the...

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Easy Gathering Technique

The easiest way to gather a long fabric strip or a bulky fabric is to place a heavy cord ) buttonhole test, crochet cord, or pearl cotton) just inside the seamline and zigzag over it with a long, wide stitch. Be careful not to catch the cord on the stitching, or this...

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Napkins, Quick and Easy

Napkins, which are simply fabric squares, are quick and easy to make. And they can take on myriad looks depended on how they are folded. Napkins can be any size, but traditional cocktail napkins are 9-1/2" square and dinner-size napkins are 18" to 20" square. Consider...

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Class for Beginner Quilters

Had a wonderful time teaching Jade how to quilt.  She's a cheerful eleven year old who hopes to grow up and be a fashion designer.  Great spirit.  She is on her way to be a quilter. Want to learn to quilt?  Just give me a call:  (209) 577-2411

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Serger Threading

We all get to a point of mastering the serger.  Yes, we do!  Just remember to look in your book for the type of seam you want.  Check your threading paths so that they follow every thread guide (color coded). HINT 1:  On most seams, you always thread the upper looper....

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Brother Dealership

We have become the Authorized Brother Dealer in the Valley.  To introduce ourselves, we are extending a special discount to quilt guild members.  Ask about our speical "group" rate of 5 or more. www.modestovacuum.com 1600 McHenry Ave, Ste E - Modesto - (209)...

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Bobbin Thread Balls Up*?&%

Well, we've all been there.  May I suggest that you first re-thread your machines upper thread path.  Your pressure foot should be in the up position.  Once you've passed the thread through the take up lever, FLOSS YOUR THREAD!  (Flossing makes sure your thread is in...

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