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Quick & Easy Scarf

Not long ago I was chatting with a customer who was ordering sweater knit fabric. She wanted extra to make a scarf and this got me thinking.You see, I love the new sweater knits and have already sewn two Tees using Burda 6611. It is simple, fast, loose-fitting and comfortable. The openness of the scoop neckline [...]

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Tips for Online Ordering

Placing online orders can be confusing, especially if you are new to the process. Here are some helpful tips:Fabric Minimums and Quantities: The minimum amount you may order of any fabric is .25 metres. The system will only accept quantities in whole numbers beginning with 1 and up to the amount that is available for [...]

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Organize Your Projects

Sewing goes so much more smoothly when you are organized. It is challenging to keep projects under control with a hobby that involves so many components, but it can be done.Do what the professionals do and bundle your work. Roll the material rather than folding to prevent creases. Put pattern, instructions, material, notions and thread [...]

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Adding a Pocket to the Eleonore Pull-on Jean from Jalie

The Eleonore Pull-on Jean has been an extremely popular pattern with customers because it has the look of a jean with the ease of a pull-on.My very talented sewing friend Yvette Chilcott has sewn this pattern at least a dozen times and loves it. And she has figured out how to add a front pocket. [...]

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Fabric Pricing Survey Results

The recent survey asked respondents their preference regarding how fabric is to be priced and sold in the future. Here are the results.Priced and sold by the 1/2 metre: 19% said they prefer to have fabric priced and sold by the 1/2 metre.Priced and sold by the metre: 39% said they prefer to have fabric [...]

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Moto Me Extraordinaire: When Sumi-e Meets Moto Me

What happens when you give a talented seamstress a great pattern and incredible printed cotton? An extraordinary hooded jacket/coat that will turn heads and keep her cozy warm.The base pattern is the Moto Me motorcycle inspired jacket combined with the companion Moto Me Hood pattern. The jacket was also lengthened by seven inches.Sumi-e Strength Cotton Print comprises [...]

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Understanding Fabric Weight

Weight is an important component when it comes to choosing the right fabric for your project. While most patterns have suggestions that specify type of fabric; e.g. broadcloth, jersey, denim; they don’t always mention the fabric weight. Intuition often plays a big role in fabric choice. If you are sewing a blouse you instinctively look for [...]

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What is ITY?

Recently I was watching Brian Bailey on the Shopping Channel selling a lovely line of knit fashions.Brian Bailey is a Toronto-based Canadian designer of some renown and the host of the discontinued show Project Runway Canada. Like most designers he has had his ups and downs, but seems to have found a home for his [...]

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Shooting from the Hip

Shooting from the Hip by Dana Marie Design Co. fits my definition of awesome because it:has only four pattern piecesis easy to sew*well draftedprofessionally gradedlooks stunning on.I like simple when simple does the job. There are plenty of very simple patterns. The problem is that many of them are just boxy, baggy and look terrible [...]

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Favourite Notion #2 - Schmetz Universal 80/12 Bulk

The Schmetz Universal 80/12 is my go-to sewing machine needle for over 90% of my sewing projects. This is because this size is compatible with the majority of fabrics I sew and the all-purpose polyester thread that I use. There are times when I need a specialty needle for embroidery, topstitching, denim or chiffon, but [...]

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