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How To Wash And Care For Your Quilts

So much work goes into making a quilt. You select your patterns, your fabrics, construct the complex quilt blocks, stitch everything together, bind it… all to create a beautiful final product. You want to keep your final quilt looking like new for as long as possible. It’s so important to properly wash and care for your quilt, so all your hard work doesn’t go to waste! No matter how careful you are with your quilt, it will eventually need to be washed. This may come with feelings of anxiety about ruining your hard work, but never fear! We’ll provide you with all the information you need to gently clean and care for your quilt so it stays looking brand new for...

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How to End a Stitch When Sewing

Whether sewing by hand or by machine, it’s important to properly end your stitches. If you don’t secure your ends properly, your thread could unravel, and all your hard work will be lost, especially once you’ve removed all the pins. No matter what type of project you’re doing, ending your stitches and securing your ends is an important final step. There are a variety of ways to end your stitches, and each one is best suited to a different type of project. Some are better for beginners, while others are more complicated but will offer a stronger hold. We’ll go through a wide variety of different ways to end a stitch and let you know which method to use for which...

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How to Clean, Oil, and Maintain Your Sewing Machine

If you have a sewing machine, you probably know that it requires regular cleaning and maintenance. Properly cleaning and oiling your sewing machine will help make sure your appliance lasts for years and years. How often you have to clean your machine will vary depending on how often you use it and what type of fabrics you typically work with. A well-made, high-quality sewing machine can last for decades if given proper care. In fact, many vintage sewing machines, especially manual ones, are huge collector’s items, as they are still functional. By truly understanding how your sewing machine works and giving it proper maintenance, you can ensure that your sewing machine has a long life and continues to work perfectly.  In...

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Simple Guide on How to Bind a Quilt

Binding your quilt may be the final step in the quilting process, but it’s one of the most important. You’ve spent so much time putting together a beautiful top layer; you carefully basted and quilted it, trimmed your edges, and now it’s time to bind!  If you’re new to quilting and not quite sure what binding is, don’t worry, it can be confusing. Quilt binding is both an object and a process. The object “quilt binding” is the fabric that wraps around the outer edges of your quilt to secure all the layers together. The process of quilt binding is how this fabric layer is attached.  Binding is essential to the quilting process, although it can seem tedious. Binding seals in all...

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How Does a Sewing Machine Work

If you’re just beginning your sewing journey, you may be intimidated by the seemingly complex machinery of your sewing machine. It seems like there are tons of gears and compartments to contend with, and what on earth is a bobbin? Sometimes it seems easier to just give up and hand sew everything for the rest of your life. If you feel overwhelmed by your sewing machine, do not fret! Like any machine, it has a lot of moving parts, but once you understand the basic mechanics, you’ll be stitching with ease. In this article, we’ll go over the history of the sewing machine, some key terms, and give you everything you need to know about how your sewing machine works. ...

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