News and Notes From Cool Stitches

Stitch in the Ditch - Are you using it often enough?

Stitch in the Ditch - Are you using it often enough?

"Stitching in the ditch" is a technique which involves sewing down the channel of an existing seam (the "ditch") to secure pieces of a garment in place without the stitches being seen on the outside. By sewing down the seam line in thread matched to your fabric, the stitches are hidden and invisible to the outside.  Or more simply put by Dixi, "a stitch in the ditch in simple terms is stitching right in a seam line in order to create an invisible line of stitching".  Do you use the Stitch in the Ditch method as often as you could? I used to overlook...

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Become Our New Brand Ambassador

Become Our New Brand Ambassador

You do have to be accepted as an Ambassador (apply here) and it starts by meeting the following criteria: Have an active subscription to one of our Cool Stitches Sewing Boxes Have an active Instagram profile Be in our facebook group, The Coolest Sewing Club on The Planet Once you are selected as an Ambassador we ask you to commit to the following activities for up to a year while you earn your perks! What are those perks? When you complete your round of activities for the month you receive a discount on your next subscription box! This means every few months...

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Shedding Light on Your Bobbin Thread Options

Shedding Light on Your Bobbin Thread Options

Last evening in our local sewing club meeting we were reviewing sewing machines and overcoming sewing headaches. The subject of the bobbins and threads came up and created quite the discussion! Here is some information to give you confidence in your selections and solutions to issues you may have encountered.  Let's start with your Bobbin Thread Your bobbin thread does not need to match the top thread in type and size. The bobbin thread can be a lighter weight than the top thread and still provide sufficient strength without adding bulk. Using a cotton top thread with a poly bobbin...

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Top 10 Needle Troubleshooting Tips

Top 10 Needle Troubleshooting Tips

I just finished servicing a wonderful Singer 401A and noticed that this old machine that runs so dang well had a brand new needle installed. I was pleased to see this. This customer brought me her machine inherited from her mother for regular servicing. The customer note said, "Needs servicing, but I don't know of any problems".

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Tips: Your Half Measurements and Why They Matter

Tips: Your Half Measurements and Why They Matter

"Knowing your half measurements will help you know which garments to take into the dressing room to try on. Saves time and frustration! But they also can serve as another way to evaluate a pattern and know where you might need more or less room." Cutting Line Designs

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