Holiday Mug Rug

Holiday Mug Rug

Hard to believe we’re already in the middle of this year’s holiday season. Every year I have grand plans of making all my gifts and most of them never come to fruition. But here’s a quick idea that works for teachers, friends, and any time you need just a little something to give. Add a […] Read more…

bobbin

Machine Oiling Tip

If you have a BERNINA machine with the jumbo bobbin, you know how important it is to keep it clean and well-oiled for great performance. Each time you oil it, you remove the bobbin case and bobbin as well as the hook. And, you also know that its not always easy to get the hook […] Read more…

halloween bag supplies

Halloween Goody Bag

It’s close to Halloween but you don’t have a candy collection bag for your favorite trick-or-treater! If you have 15 minutes and a couple of Halloween-themed placemat, you can solve that problem. Supplies for a Halloween Goody Bag Two Halloween-motif placemats – I used rectangular 1-layer burlap placemats but any shape will work. Scroll down […] Read more…

topstitching foot

Five Tips for Better Topstitching

Topstitching is a great finishing touch for many projects, from garments to bags to tablecloths. A subtle decorative touch or a way to sharpen and flatten edges and seams, topstitching can be as simple as a straight stitch on the right side of the project. Here are a few tips (use the ones that suit […] Read more…

presser foot

Presser Foot Pressure

Presser foot pressure is exactly what it sounds like – the amount of pressure the foot puts on the fabric when it is lowered. This pressure affects the way the fabric feeds under the foot. If the pressure is too high, the foot “drags”, and the fabric does not feed well. If the pressure is […] Read more…

Shortening a Zipper Tip

Shortening a Zipper Tip for You! If you’re sewing at midnight and need a 7” zipper but all you have is a 20 inch zipper here’s a quick and easy way to make it shorter. The presser foot I use is an open embroidery foot. It has a large indentation on the sole and this […] Read more…

Two Ways to Sew Perfect Edgestitching

Edgestitching is often the most important part of a project. It adds a finishing touch on a neckline, the upper edge of a bag or the outer edge of a tablecloth. Edgestitching flattens and defines the fabric edge, giving it a polished, finished look. The trick is to stitch it perfectly parallel to the fabric […] Read more…

good-book

Curl Up with a Good Book

I’m always looking for good sewing books and I have an entire bookcase room full of them. I currently have two favorites, one that I’ve had for a while and one that is new.  In the interest of full disclosure, I have to say that these are BERNINA books and as the editor of each […] Read more…

Stitch art quilt

Stitch

Sometimes I just want to sew something simple and fun for no reason. Not something useful, not because I need clothes to wear, not even because I’m making a gift. I just want to enjoy the process of sewing and playing with fabric, color and textures. Usually when I feel this way, I make a […] Read more…

threading-tip

Presser Foot Threading Tip

Here’s a Threading Tip for You! Some presser feet have a slot on the side so that you can put your thread under the foot and out the back. You want to do this because you want to control the thread so it doesn’t get sewn into your project in places it shouldn’t. However many […] Read more…

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