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Favourite Notion #3 - Dritz Flat Button Head Pins with "No Melt" Technology

These are by far my favourite pins. The flat button heads are easy to grasp and make levering the pin much easier. They are "no melt" so I don't have to worry about accidentally getting one too near to the iron. And best of all, they are flat, so I can use them with my [...]

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Proper Bobbin Placement - Front Load

Proper bobbin placement is critical for good stitch formation. Improper bobbin placement is one of the most common mistakes made by novice sewers. It is a somewhat sneaky thing because the machine usually sews fine for a little bit and then the problems begin.When I am teaching beginners, once we are into the second lesson, [...]

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Favourite Notion #1 - Needle Inserter

A notion is defined as a useful tool for sewing. And when you have been sewing for some time, you tend to accumulate a lot of them. Some will be soon forgotten, sitting in a drawer and gathering dust. Others that have special purposes that are important but not used regularly will be organized and placed [...]

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Cross-border Shopping

While most of the world has adopted metric as the official unit of measurement, our closest neighbour, the U.S. has, for the most part, not. And the sewing industry is a mixed bag. Many of the fabric merchants in the garment districts in Canada still sell by the yard. Some merchants like Len's Mills provide [...]

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Why I Like Sewing Workshop Patterns

I can remember clearly when I was first introduced to sewing patterns from The Sewing Workshop Collection. It was over a decade ago at the Creativ Festival in Toronto. I happened upon the Canadian supplier's booth and had a lovely long chat with the owner, Lynn Dooley-Marek. The patterns were unusual, unlike anything I had [...]

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Colour Blocking How To

This follows up on the previous blog, Colour Blocking 101 and is a re-post from my older blog. It should help you plan out your colour blocked garment before you commit to buying or cutting your fabric. The Wear With All Jacket from Saf-T-Pockets Patterns is a lovely, classic, flattering style that anyone can wear with a [...]

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Colour Blocking 101

Colour blocking is a fashion trend that comes and goes. It was first made famous in the 1964 jersey day dress by designer Yves St. Laurent. He was inspired by the paintings of Piet Mondrian and thus his design became known as the Mondrian dress.Colour blocking reappeared on the runways in 2011 and is becoming [...]

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The Myth of the Portable Sewing Machine and Fate

In the July 2014 issue of The Stitching Line, an online newsletter published by Islander Sewing Systems, Janet Pray discusses the problems sewers face when using portable sewing machines and the importance of having a large flat sewing area around your machines.. It reminded my of an earlier article I posted on my old blog about [...]

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Anatomy of a Sewing Machine

As I was writing my last blog it occurred to me that I was throwing around terms like "take-up lever" and "race hook" and that some readers may not know what they meant. I admit myself, that before I started teaching sewing, I didn't know all the proper names for parts of the sewing machine. [...]

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How a Stitch is Formed

When you understand how a stitch is created by your sewing machine, you can eliminate two common problems: #1 trouble removing your project from the machine and #2 having your needle come unthreaded at the beginning of your seam.The first problem is frequently experienced when the sewer has just finished sewing a seam and finds [...]

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