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Identify Fiber Content with a Burn Test

Identify Fiber Content with a Burn Test

Burn Test DIY Fabric Resources Sewing

From our friends at Fabric Mart we have a good list of how fibers react to burning. These differences help us identify fiber content. VERY useful when you pull out a long held fabric from your stash and there's no label! Be sure to visit Fabric Mart and refer a friend for free shipping!  First, Precautions: Use caution during burn test. Use a metal bucket, an old tuna tin or a glass ashtray. Do not use plastic containers. Always have water nearby or have some in the bottom of your burn dish. The Method: Cut a 1” long triangular shaped...

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Yes - I Want All The Buffet Dresses

Yes - I Want All The Buffet Dresses

Buffet Dress DIY Pattern Reviews Resources Sewing Sewing Patterns Sewing Subscription Box

Do you get the chance to watch the British Sewing Bee? I only get to catch others' snippets on Twitter and then click over to YouTube because it doesn't run here and I haven't plunged into the adventure of doing the work arounds to see it live. What I did see this week was The Buffet Dress.  I've never heard the term Buffet Dress, but I sure liked the silhouettes presented by Sewing Bee contestants in the highlights I saw! That took me on an e-journey to understand what makes a dress a buffet dress. And I like it. It...

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DIY Stitched Paper Easter Eggs

DIY Stitched Paper Easter Eggs

Cricut Maker DIY Easter Egg

I had so much fun today creating a DIY Easter Eggs for our Easter brunch centerpiece this weekend. I love decorated eggs and of course, I love all the stitch patterns on my sewing machine. Add to this the ease of accomplishing DIY projects with my Cricut Maker and this was a no brainer.  I gathered my old spool of colorful threads and some cream color pearlized cardstock and stitched rows of various stitch patterns across the width of the paper. I secured and covered the backside of the stitching by placing large adhesive labels on the back of the full...

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EverSewn Sewing Machines and Products - Love at First Stitch

EverSewn Sewing Machines and Products - Love at First Stitch

Crafting DIY New products Sewing Sewing machine

We are so pleased to let you know we are now offering EverSewn Sewing Machines - the Sparrow line! If you haven't heard of them, EverSewn is a new sewing machine and notions brand in the US. They recently shared with me that their goal is to offer quality sewing machines and accessories at an entry level price. What differentiates them from other brands is their modern and fresh take on design and great quality at an affordable price.   We are offering their standard sewing machines that range from a straight forward mechanical model, through several computerized versions with...

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