Sewing tips, Sewing tutorial

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. (As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.) I ordered a package of “Yarn Tree 4333 Sewing White …

Sewing tips

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 …

Sewing tips

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 …

Sewing tips

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 …

Project reviews

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 is  a quick and easy project. It’s also a great way to use up some of those small scraps of fabric that you can’t …

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 …

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Yoga Mat Strap Wrap Review

Yoga and pilates are popular activities among my group of friends. Many of us have our own mat that we use when we are exercising. It’s rare for these mats to come with their own carrying system, so a yoga mat strap wrap makes a great, practical gift for minimalists. The online tutorial and PDF …

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Small Backpack Review

So-Sew-Easy is another of my favorite pattern designers. While I’ve made technical packs (Alpine Rucksack, GVP Pack) and several cross body bags, the Small Backpack is my first fashion backpack. This fashion backpack is roughly 11” x 7” x 4” in size (308 cubic inches, 5 litres) and can be converted to a crossbody bag. …