1. The Birthplace of the World’s Finest Sergers

    The Birthplace of the World’s Finest Sergers
    Have you ever wondered what it took to build the amazing Baby Lock sergers? Who are the people who invented the home serger in 1965 and have brought us countless improvements and innovations over the past 50 years? My wife and I recently visited the Baby Lock factory in Yamagata, Japan. We enjoyed a hero’s reception and spent a full...
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  2. Quilters Select 3x12 Ruler and 80wt Para Cotton Thread

    Quilters Select 3x12 Ruler and 80wt Para Cotton Thread
    Why do I need these? I am so glad you asked. Let’s start with the Quilter’s Select 3x12 ruler. If you have looked at these rulers, you will see they have easy-to-read numbers going in both directions. No more flipping rulers to get to the correct side. Measurements are exact to the edges of the ruler, and the pale yellow makes...
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  3. French Seams by Lana L. Jones

    A French seam is perfect for lightweight to medium weight fabrics. All the raw edges of your seams are covered for a professional finish… and it is not hard to do. For the July Sew Fun presentations, I choose a black lightweight gauzy fabric that has been aging in my stash waiting for just the right pattern. Lemon Squeeze Cardigan...
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  4. September Sew Fun Harvest Sweatshirt Tutorial

    This is a fun use for an embroidery design set that was originally designed to be a table runner. Lee decided to be extra creative and use the design set to embellish a cute sweatshirt jacket. It was simple to do and makes quite an impact. You could use a variety of design sets to create your own stunning project...
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  5. Tip from Reva: Convenient Pinning Pins

    Convenient pinning pins are an absolute necessity in one's sewing room. Not all pins are created equal, though, and this is why most sewists have several different styles of pins within easy reach while working on a project. The style that I use the most are the Clover Flower Head Pins: Here are some of the finer points (pun intended...
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  6. Chalkboard Wine Bag Sewing Tutorial

    Sew Fun for August has many great ideas for gifts for you to make. To get you started, here is a quick wine bag that you can personalize with Chalkboard Fabric, and Bistro Chalk Markers. Supplies: Sewing Machine and Serger in good working order 18”x18” Burlap 4” x18” Chalkboard fabric Serger thread in beige (4 cones) Sewing thread in black...
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  7. Create an Easy Jacket from a Pashmina Scarf

    What a quick and easy project to make for yourself or a gift? Why not give transforming a Pashmina Scarf/Shawl into a cute jacket? Pashmina scarves come in so many pretty colors and are so soft, you just want to wrap yourself up in them  (A pashmina is a long rectangular scarf/shawl with fringe on both short ends and is...
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  8. One of Our Own Wins Koala's National Holiday Sweepstakes!

    Over the Holidays, Koala held their nationwide "I’m Dreaming of a Koala Studio" holiday sweepstakes. When they drew the winner last month, it turns out it was someone who filled out the entry form at one of our own stores! Congratulations to Genelle T., who won Koala's grand prize of a Koala Storage Tower! "I have too many used machines...
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  9. A Great Rotary Cutting Safety Tip

    I had the joy of spending time in my sewing room watching the Saturday morning sewing shows on KBTC this past week and saw a great tip on Fonds and Porter - Love of Quilting. Don't you just love starting you Saturday that way? The tip that stood out to me was one concerning safety while using a rotary cutter...
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  10. Sewing & Quilting Smart Phone App Roundup

    Did you know that iPhones only make up about 12% of all "Smart Phones" nowadays? Over 80% of Smart Phones are Android phones now, so I thought I would write a post about some of the quilting and sewing apps that you can download on your Android phones: • Quilting Calculators Robert Kaufman Fabrics and Quilter's Paradise have joined forces...
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