Reva's Tips

  1. Reva's Tips: Personalize It - Custom Embroidered Gifts

    Reva's Tips: Personalize It - Custom Embroidered Gifts
    Personalized gifts are always a hit for the Holidays. Having the right tools and fun items to embroider will make gift creation a joy! Below are my favorite tips for quick personalized gifts: Adding a name, monogram or design to a purchased item or garment: A side seam may need to be unstitched (opened up). This will give you more...
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  2. Reva's Tips for Freestanding Lace

    Reva's Tips for Freestanding Lace
    Fall is officially upon us! Now is the time to settle in and sew! At the recent "Sew What’s New Parties," we had the most adorable freestanding design CDs. These are as cute as can be and include 3D seasonal items and even a village of houses. They are buttoned together so they stand up and can be unbuttoned to...
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  3. Reva's Tips: Trimming Tips

    Like many of you, I enjoy applique projects using my embroidery machine. This of course calls for the trimming of fabric around the shape to be appliqued. Here are a few things that will make your trimming a cut above! Give it room—Give yourself a large enough piece of fabric to hold onto. Using a piece that just barely fits...
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  4. On the Road aka "I'm On Vacation"

    Reva & Robin in Michigan at a local quiltshop on their way to a Quilt Retreat. So you long for the open road and lazy days of not doing much of anything? Sounds good doesn't it? What could possibly be better, you ask? Why sewing on the road of course! Did you know that it is OK to give...
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  5. Reva's Tips: It's a Pressing Situation

    Reva's Tips: It's a Pressing Situation
    I just love both quilting and creating projects in the embroidery hoop. The thing that I find frustrating when working on these projects is the constant upping and downing going back and forth to the ironing board. I guess you can say that the truth of the matter is that I am impatient. I just want to move on to...
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  6. Reva's Tips: It's a Foot Thing

    Reva's Tips: It's a Foot Thing
    If you love feet like I do then you will have every foot that is made for your machine. I just love them all! Here is a question, do you remember what each foot is for? To store my feet I have them in small craft organizers with small divisions the perfect size for a foot. I have labeled each...
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  7. Sewing Tip from Reva: Turn! Turn! Turn!

    Sewing Tip from Reva: Turn! Turn! Turn!
    I was recently working on a project where I wanted to make an 18" Circle. My first thought was to raid the kitchen for a plate or platter. Guess what? I do not have anything that size in my kitchen. Not even my cake plate… in hindsight that would be one big cake, wouldn't it? In need of a solution...
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  8. Sewing Tip from Reva: Threads For Your Thoughts

    30wt thread, 40wt thread, 50wt thread Thread weights can be so confusing! Let's demystify thread, shall we? With thread, the general rule is that the higher the weight number the thinner the thread. This means a 50wt thread is finer/thinner than a 30wt thread. 30wt Thread Most all-purpose polyester thread, like Aerofil is 30wt thread. This thread is stronger and...
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  9. Reva's Tips: One Good Turn Deserves Another

    Have you ever had to turn anything right side out? This has always been something that I have not really enjoyed. It seems that the piece that I'm working with doesn't necessarily want to cooperate with me and often times the opening gets stretched out. I often end up creating a small hole when trying to get the corners nice...
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  10. Shift Happens

    Can you fight physics?Have you ever cut two pieces of fabric exactly the same and when you sew them together one is longer than the other when you are done with the seam? Why does this happen? Or more specifically, how? It's simple. It's Physics. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defined Physics as: "a science that deals with matter and energy...
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