1. The Right Tool, The Right Time

    A good tool is valuable; a great tool makes the job easier. A great tool always saves money in the long run because it saves time and frustration. I bought my Brother PR 600 in 2004 and have always relied on its workhorse ethic. It has always been ready to tackle any job. In fact recently I was asked to...
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  2. Vacuum Survival Tips for the Holidays

    It's that time of year that we are all scurrying around trying to clean our houses before company comes over! It's work enough preparing to entertain, but when your vacuum doesn't work right, it is even harder. Your vacuum cleaner is an important tool to keep your carpets and floors clean. With the holidays coming, your vacuum will be put...
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  3. How To: Prepare a Pattern For Fitting

    Fitting a pattern prior to cutting and sewing a garment is one of the most important steps to ensuring a successful garment project.  In training to be a Palmer/Pletsch Certified Sewing Instructor, I have learned some great tips for pattern preparation.  Preparing a pattern prior to fitting takes a few steps, but makes pattern fitting much easier and more accurate...
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  4. Project Preparation Tips for Streamlining Your Sewing

    Photo: The back pieces of a vest lining pinned together for quicker assembly. I do not sew quickly. Sometimes it's one of my greatest frustrations. Part of the problem is my penchant for experimentation and challenging projects. I just can't resist trying out new tools and techniques - after all,that is how we learn. While it definitely broadens my sewing...
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