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What is a free arm sewing machine (and when to use it!)

When purchasing a new sewing machine, there are lots of features to consider. One of those is whether to get a free arm sewing machine. Here’s everything you need to know about sewing machine free arms: What is the free arm of a sewing machine? A free arm sewing machine is one where the bed

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Where to find the best Indie Men’s Sewing Patterns

Whilst there are lots of indie sewing patterns available for a curvy, feminine physique, it can be difficult to find quality independent pattern companies with a masculine, straight fit. Here are my favourite indie men’s sewing patterns and designers: Wardrobe by Me Wardrobe by Me has some of my favourite indie mens sewing patterns. The

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Everything you needed to know about Fabric Nap

After you’ve been sewing a while, you might be tempted to explore different types of fabrics. One thing to consider is the direction or nap of a fabric. Here’s everything you need to know about fabric nap. What is nap in sewing? The dictionary definition of nap is: the surface of a piece of cloth such as velvet, consisting of short threads that have been brushed in

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DIY Felt Mistletoe tutorial : Quick and Easy Christmas crafts

Kisses under the mistletoe – it’s a holiday tradition, but what if you can’t find any mistletoe? Make your own DIY felt mistletoe, of course! I don’t need an excuse to kiss my (not-so) baby girl, but a mistletoe hairclip adds a bit of fun to her holiday outfits. Whether you make a hairclip or ornament, here’s

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How to remove fold marks from fabric

That fold line on a bolt of quilting cotton can be so stubborn. You can press and steam to your heart’s content and that line will NOT go away. Today’s tip is all about how to remove fold marks from fabric (and stubborn creases too!). Watch the video or scroll down to read my tips:

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Sweetest Christmas Angel sewing patterns

What do you put at the top of your Christmas tree – a star or an angel? It’s always been an angel in my family. Whatever you prefer, there’s always room for an angel as part of your Christmas decorations. Here’s a great collection of Christmas angel sewing patterns, from ornaments to dolls and tree

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Cute Sewing Pattern Weights | Gifts for Sewists

Don’t waste time pinning patterns to your fabric (which damages the fabric). Save time by holding the fabric and patterns in position with these cute pattern weights. They’re also a great gift ideas for people who sew! This post contains affiliate links. If you purchase from these links, Threadistry may receive a small commission at no

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Santa Claus patterns to sew

We’re heading into the festive season and I’m always looking for ways to add to my holiday decor. Father Christmas plays a big part in our Christmas traditions, so I love the idea of sewing up a Father Christmas doll pattern for the kids to play with (and me to enjoy seeing him sitting underneath

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Harrowing Halloween Trick or Treat Bag Sewing Patterns

Halloween is right around the corner. You’ve organised a costume (did you sew something?), but have you forgotten the most important thing for the kids? Trick or Treat Bags!!! How are your kids going to bring home their stash? It’s time to sew a trick or treat bag (or 3!) There’s a lot to consider

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Serger Troubleshooting Guide: Quickly fix your serger woes

I love sewing with my serger. It’s fast and the finish looks so professional. But when things go wrong, it can be difficult to know where to start serger troubleshooting. Here’s what to check when things go wrong with your serger: Here’s what to check when things go wrong with your serger: 1. Is the

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Get spooky with Bat Sewing Patterns

Halloween is looking to be different this year, but that’s a great excuse to create some Halloween decorations for your home. Here are the best bat sewing patterns, from spooky-scary to spooky-cute (okay, mostly cute!): Big ears, tiny wings and a cute little nose – the bat plush toy from Chebeto Shop is so adorable. The Bat

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How to sew a Placemat | Quick and Easy Beginner sewing project

Learn how to sew a simple reversible placemat with this step-by-step sewing tutorial. It’s a super quick and easy first project for beginners. You’ll have a set whipped up for your dinner table in no time!   Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking these links, Threadistry may receive a small commission, at no

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Beginner Sewing Supplies – what do you really need?

So you’ve just bought your first sewing machine (or have decided to pull that one out of the closet that you’ve had for years). You head to the local fabric store, and there are shelves overflowing with tools and gadgets. What supplies do you really need to start sewing? Here is the essential list of

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Show off those guns with Men’s Tank Top sewing patterns

Whether you’re looking for an undershirt or a singlet for working out (and showing off those guns!), here are the best men’s tank top sewing patterns. The Muscle Up Tank sewing pattern from Greenstyle Creations has dropped armholes, a narrowed back and an optional hood. It’s a great option for working out! The Rocky Men’s tank sewing pattern from Sinclair

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Fabric Marking Tools for perfect sewing!

After you’ve cut out your sewing patterns, the next step is to transfer the pattern markings. This is an important step in making sure your sewing project comes together perfectly. Let’s find out all about fabric marking tools! Quick tip: always test your fabric marking tool on a scrap of fabric before you start. Different fabrics can react

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Sewing Clips vs Pins: which should I use (and when)?

While sewing pins have been around for hundreds of years, there’s a new kid on the block – sewing clips. With every change, there is a debate of whether out-school is best or is the new thing an improvement. Sewing clips vs pins – which is better? When should you use clips? When should you

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14 Ideas for How to Get Your “Sew-Jo” Back

Do you go through periods where you just stop sewing? You love sewing and have a million projects you want to make, but just can’t bring yourself to sew anything. You look at your fabric stash and patterns, and nothing inspires. You know once you start sewing, you’ll love it, but still… nothing. You’ve lost

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Rhapsody Blouse sewing pattern by Love Notions

Today I’m reviewing the Rhapsody Blouse sewing pattern for women from Love Notions, made with the trumpet sleeve. Check it out! It’s been a long time between sewing pattern reviews (although I have a whole lot sewn up, ready to share!). Today, it’s the Rhapsody Blouse for women from Love Notions:

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Cute Sewing Patterns to make you smile

In challenging times, sometimes you just need a cute sewing pattern to make you smile. Here are my favourite adorable sewing projects. These days, I’m looking for distraction, searching for something to make me smile and take my mind off the events of the world. Sewing is a great way to keep myself busy, and

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Men’s shorts sewing patterns | Sewing for Men

It’s always more of a challenge finding sewing patterns for men, so I’m here to help. Whether you’re looking for cargo shorts, something more casual or sporty, or a fun pair of boardshorts to wear to the beach, here are the best men’s shorts sewing patterns. My husband lives in shorts on the weekend. It doesn’t

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