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DIY Replacement Insoles

Hello! Is it not so annoying when the fabric on the insoles of your kiddos shoes start peeling out of a perfectly...
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Embroider Buddy® Tips and Tricks

Have you heard of the Embroider Buddy® products? They are the cutest things you've ever seen! They are stuffed animals (they have...
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How to Shorten a Zipper!

Ever accidentally purchased a zipper that was ridiculously long for the sewing project you are working on? Or perhaps, you just happen...
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3 Ways to Applique!

Applique is so easy and fun! And, it's a great way to quickly add fun details, texture, and/or color! It is often...
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Have You Tried a Wing Needle?

I love adding that little extra special touch to the things I make. It may be an unexpected bow, or pleat.An extra...
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When Should You Replace Your Needle?

While working on an embroidery project this weekend, I, once again, became frustrated when the thread started to break frequently. Before reaching...
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Tips for Patching your Favorite Jeans

Once I find a pair of jeans that fit right, I do almost anything to never throw them out. Luckily, this mostly...
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Pearl & Piping Foot

I love trying different feet for my sewing machine, it's always an adventure and I learn a lot. My latest find is...
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Sofia Cosmetic Bags

Keep your cosmetics organized in personalized cosmetic bags. It's simple to make - perfect for a quick gift for yourself or a...
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Perfect, No Hassle Buttonholes!

Alright all you garment sewers, this post is for you! Creating evenly spaced, perfect buttonholes can be a challenge (so I hear)....
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Diane's Favorite Sewing Book

While spring cleaning, I found myself bored with the same look and color in my living room. A great way to change...
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Inside Out Embroidery!

Turn it inside out? You betcha! Seriously, you turn your tee shirts and tote bags inside out to embroider? Absolutely! Some don't...
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5 Quick Embroidery Tips

Use full-size design templates for accurate placement. Double check our placement on your fabric before you begin stitching. An Embroidery Needle should...
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Tips for the New Quilter

Coming off the rush of completing my first quilt top, I thought I would share with you some of the things I...
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Fun and Fast Wavy Quilt Binding

Put that decorative edge rotary blade to work for a fun and fast way to bind the edges of your quilt! First...
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Quilt Batting too Short?

Have you ever had pieces of quilt batting too big to throw out yet to short or too narrow for your project?...
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Pressing as You Piece

I hate ironing. I specifically buy clothes that don't need to be ironed. However, when it comes to quilting you can't get...
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Modern Cross Stitch

One of the very first crafty/sewing projects I learned do do when I was younger was cross stitch. My mom would get...
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Sewing Timesaver

Here is a great sewing time saver. This little ring holds your wound and unwound bobbins so they are ready and easy...
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Sewing Made Simple, Thanks to Our Ancestors!

At the beginning of time, people were creating clothing based on a "one size fits all" mentality. This was all that they...
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The Easy Way To Edge!

With Halloween coming, we all know that we need to start thinking about what costumes the kids will be begging us to...
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Ergonomic Sewing Tools?!

Increase your sewing comfort with ergonomic sewing tools. Ergonomics is the science of designing tools to make your life easier while sewing......
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Tracing Paper Tips

Be careful of the tracing or dressmakers' paper you use. Dressmakers' paper has a coated side and leaves a mark on your...
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Foot Control on the Move?

Is your foot control sliding away from you while sewing? To stop your foot control from traveling away from you, put a...
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Home Decor Stitchin

Have you tried to used regular sewing thread with heavier home decor fabrics? Many times regular sewing thread will easily break with...
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Maria - Sewing a Button Hole

Totally Stitchin is on YouTube! We've put together some short instructional videos to help you with your sewing. Check them out and...
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Rolled Hem Blankets

I recently discovered some of the amazing features on the Lauren. For the past couple of weeks I have been trying different...
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Cutting Fabric with Scissors

Rotary cutters leave a nice smooth edge, but some times you can't use them to cut your pattern. For those cases a...
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Recycled T-Shirt Pillow

Last year, my son Ben got this really cool Jack Skellington t-shirt from his sister for Christmas. It instantly became his favorite...
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Invisible Thread Tips

Invisible Thread is sometimes needed for your project, but can be tricky to work with. Here are some helpful tips when working...
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No More Slipping Rulers!

Has your ruler slipped on the fabric while you're trying to make a cut? Whether you're in a hurry or your dog...
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Hemming Pants Crease?

Have you had trouble removing the crease from a hem that you have just let down? Try spraying the crease with an...
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Spool Caps

A spool cap is designed to keep the thread spool on the machine as you sew. But if you have ever had...
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Do you need a Twin?

Twin needles are commonly used for decorative stitching and also hemming knits. Twin needles have two numbers in their sizing. The first...
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Free Motion Quilting

Free motion quilting is not for everyone.True or False? Why false of course. I recently had the pleasure of seeing an Easter...
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Bias Tape Maker

Its no secret that I'm not a fan of bias binding. Between burning myself with the iron while pressing and pricking my...
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Knowing Right verses Wrong

Are you sewing with a piece of fabric that is hard to tell what side of the fabric is right vs. wrong?...
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Bias Binding

So, when I made my first quilt I struggled with the binding. Why do I need to cut on the bias (what...
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Fat Quarters

Ever run across a fat quarter that you just can't pass up? Every time I go into the fabric store I always...
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Store buttons the easy way

When buying buttons for your next garment project, do what ready-to-wear brands do! Buy a couple extra matching buttons and sew them...
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Stress Wearing You Down?

Avoid embarrassing moments and future mending jobs by backstitching seams in stressful areas such as the hip seams or underarm seams when...
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Full of ideas?

Start a sewing bulletin board or a journal to jot down patterns and outfits purchased, ideas you would like to copy and...
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Press for Success

After pre-washing fabric, be sure to press it! Having the fabric smooth and free of wrinkles will help the accuracy of your...
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Recycling Old Pairs Of Jeans

One of my first experiences with sewing - and recycling, for that matter - was in 6th Grade Camp. Before we left,...
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Can't Wait to Sew It!

Sometimes, (to be honest for me it's all the time), you just want to get in there and sew. I enjoy the...
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Not just a pillowcase!

I had some extra minky fabric and wanted to think of a something else it could be used for other than baby...
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Spring Craft Fair Season

It is that time of year; the spring craft fair season has begun. This past weekend I participated in a Rotary Club...
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Shortcuts

When learning to sew, beware of learning too many shortcuts too quickly. Learn the basics first, and then try one shortcut at...
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Tension Issues

When a bird's nest of threads appear either on top or underneath your fabric, the likely culprit is your upper thread tension....
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Spring Cleaning!

Do you have a collection of ribbons, laces, elastics, zippers, etc? Are they all thrown into the same container? I have found...
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Money Saver!

With Christmas around the corner many people have already began to purchase gifts. For any budget I would challenge you to try...
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It's in the (Gift) Bag!

Have you ever thought about sewing your own gift bags? It's a fun, fast, and frugal answer to gift wrapping! Using any...
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A Quick Fix

Time to get out the jackets! I recently got out the box of fall clothes, thinking my daughter would need a new...
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Easier Baby Quilts

Quilts for children don't have to have batting! Omit the batting and use a good quality flannel for the back. The quilt...
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Pre-School in the Sewing Studio

My daughter is pre-school aged and loves "helping" me when I'm sewing! I have quite the ribbon collection, and I cut most...
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Selecting the perfect shade of thread

Even with the myriad of colors available today, it's sometimes impossible to match your fabric with a thread. The Rule of Thumb...
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Assembly Lines Save Time!

Whenever I have to do more than one of anything, whether it's decorating a bunch of cupcakes, monogramming several bags, or making...
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Need to organize an old jar of buttons?

I have a tin of buttons that belonged to my great-grandmother. I've wanted to use them, but was unsure of the size...
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What's Old is Made New Again-Part 2

Anyone who sews knows the occasional frustration of finding the perfect pattern, but being unable to find the perfect fabric. Fabric stores...
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One Woman's Junk...

...is another's stabilizer storage solution! Do you hate all the rolls of stabilizer you have lying around, getting squashed or coming undone?...
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What's Old is Made New Again!

Retro fashions have been very popular for the past several years. All of the major pattern companies have variations of these styles,...
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An easy way to ruffle without a ruffler foot

Don't think you can't add a ruffle to that perfect dress or pair of curtains for your kitchen. All you need is...
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Keep your ribbons from fraying

Do you ever get frustrated after you cut a ribbon and it continues to unravel? I have a quick and easy trick...
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Decorative Stitches

Many people sew to express their creative side. A way to bring an old garment back to life is to add texture...
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Tip for embroidering raised letters

Have you ever seen a hat or a design on a bag with a raised letter and wondered how they did that?...
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Quilt Backing

You've put hours of hard work into the quilt top and it looks gorgeous, but what about the backing fabric. Don't cheapen...
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Starch or No Starch...

That is the question. Should you starch your quilting fabric? First, it's important to prewash your fabric, so you don't have any...
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Ruffled Diaper Cover Tutorial (Part 2)

Now, that your Diaper Cover Part I is almost finished we can start on the fun ruffling part! We'll use the Rolled...
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Ruffled Diaper Cover Tutorial (Part I)

These are just the sweetest little ruffled bloomers! Get excited, we'll get to use bias tape, the serger, and the ruffler foot...
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Adding an Invisible Zipper to a Pillow

So, now we're going to tackle the invisible zipper (you'll need an invisible zipper about 1" shorter than your cut fabric measurement...so,...
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Inserting a Centered Zipper in a Pillow

Zippers are a nice addition to a pillow because when the cover needs a washing, it's easy to remove, cleanse, and replace!...
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How to Install a Centered Zipper

We're back with another Sewing Basics post today! This time, you'll learn how to install a slot, or centered zipper. Click here...
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3 Ways to Gather Fabric

If you are new to sewing  and want to learn how to gather fabric or want to check out some extra gathering...
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Basic Satin Bridesmaid Dress Hem Tutorial

 This hem is so simple! These guidelines are intended for a floor length satin gown that needs a little hemming. You will...
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How to Take-in a Gown at the Zipper

Often times, when a dress needs taken in, it can be cinched in at the zipper. Many dresses are different, but may...
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Swimsuit Sewing Part I

I'm just going to admit that I am by no means an expert on making swimsuits, but I do enjoy the challenge...
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DIY Basic T-SHIRT QUILT Tutorial- Part 1

In Part 1, we’ll discuss making a very basic t-shirt quilt with no sashing between t-shirts, no batting, a microfleece (or other...
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