Pattern reviews

Easy Phone Charger Holder Review

Where do you put your phone when it needs charging? I have to admit that my previous phone spent most of it’s charging time on the floor. In my new apartment, there is power-bar within a few feet of my desk so I can charge my new smartphone in the living room. Unfortunately, there isn’t …

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Custom Phone Case Review

In January 2019, I received the gift of a new smartphone. It has a silicon cover on the back and sides and a screen protector for the screen. I still worry about dirt and damage when I carry it in some of my bags and purses (those that don’t have a dedicated smartphone pocket) and …

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Emery Pin Cushion

My pin cushions are filled with batting. In my previous post (Common Sewing Tools2) I mentioned that I’ve noticed that some of my pins are dull. I’ve heard that an emery-filled pin cushion keeps pins sharp. I ordered a package of “Yarn Tree 4333 Sewing White Emery for Pincushions-4 Ounces” so that I could upgrade …

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Common Sewing Tools2

In the previous post I outlined some common sewing tools for cutting fabric. In this post I’ll outline common sewing tools to help get the sewing done. Pins There are two kinds of pins used in sewing: straight pins and safety pins. Both are used to hold fabric together. CreateForLess has a great post on …

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Common Sewing Tools1

Regardless of what kind of sewing projects you like to sew, you will need to cut fabric. Common sewing tools to accomplish this task include sewing shears, plinking shears and rotary cutters. Sewing Shears Sewing shears have been a common sewing tool for centuries. While scissors have two handles that are the same, shears have …

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Narrow Zipper Foot

Since becoming serious about my sewing, I have purchased a number of specialty presser feet. One of my more recent purchases has been a “narrow zipper foot”. That’s right… a “narrow zipper foot”. There is more than one kind of zipper foot for regular zipper applications (an “invisible zipper foot” is used when sewing invisible …

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Scrappy Stocking Ornament Review

Christmas is just around the corner. Regardless of whether you plan ahead or need a last minute gift, Christmas ornaments are a popular option. Stumbles & Stitches Scrappy Stocking Christmas Ornament looked like a quick and easy project. It’s also a great way to use up some of those small scraps of fabric that you …

Business tips

Accounting Software

At it’s most basic accounting is about keeping track of the money going in and coming out. Knowing this information helps households and businesses plan for the future. Accounting software is a tool to make the process easier. The first accounting software I ever used was a spreadsheet for budgeting in my personal life. I …

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Year End Inventory

Does your home based business have inventory? Mine does. The first time I did small business taxes, it was an unpleasant surprise to discover that I needed to know the monetary value of my year end inventory. My only option was to count all my fabric, hardware, zippers, and other items. It took a considerable …