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Top Ten Advanced Machine Features

Tuesday, 08 September 2009 9:00

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You've caught the bug and there's no getting rid of it. Congratulations! The sewing bug is one of the greatest around. Of course, now that you spend all your spare time sewing, you may realize you want a machine that can keep up with you. There's a lot to choose from, in fact it might seem overwhelming when you see all the features you can choose from as you move beyond basic. We've put together a list of the top ten features to look for on more advanced machines, so you can figure out exactly what you want and have the confidence to shop with knowledge.

Citrus Holiday: Fussy Cut Placemats

Monday, 07 September 2009 9:00

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A 'Fussy Cut' is not pitching a fit in the barber chair when one side of your bangs is longer than the other. Although that is perfectly justified behavior. To fussy cut in sewing is to select and cut out a specific motif from a printed fabric or center your pattern piece directly over a design within your fabric that you want to feature. This is what we did to perfectly center the beautiful pineapple design on each of our placemats.


Citrus Holiday: Christmas Dining Room

Friday, 04 September 2009 9:00

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Our Citrus Holiday series continues as we introduce Christmas Dining Room, with eight new tutorials plus a how-to on setting a citrus-themed table. From a lemony tablecloth beset with red bows to boldly patterned placemats, funky letter bead napkin ties, and the dreamiest-ever apron; you'll serve up a meal to remember.


Understanding Filler Materials: Polyfil, Pellets, Microbeads, Beanbag Filler, Foam & More

Thursday, 03 September 2009 10:00

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"There's more than one way to stuff a pillow." I've never actually heard that used as an expression. But when I look at all the materials now available for filling pillows, it really rings true.

From natural fillers like feathers and fiber to the latest high tech fluff, you can choose a stuffing that's perfectly suited to your situation.

Stylish Baby Nursery: Fast & Fabulous Wall Art

Wednesday, 02 September 2009 10:00

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For each of our themed rooms, we like to have one idea dedicated to using up the scraps of fabric leftover from all the other projects. With the Stylish Baby Nursery, it's these adorable wall hangings. All you need is an inexpensive hand embroidery hoop, a square of fabric, a little glue or tape, and you're on your way to instant art.


Citrus Holiday: Simply Quilted Patchwork Tree Skirt

Monday, 31 August 2009 9:00

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This is one of our favorite projects in the Citrus Holiday Living Room. Maybe it's because the tree skirt is a holiday classic. Maybe it's because we love the vibrant collection of Pop Garden fabrics set-off with bold red binding and bows. Maybe it's because it secretly reminds us of pie, and we love pie. In fact, now that I've mentioned it here, I wish I had a piece of pie. Mmmmmmmm.... pie.


Product Review: Bias Tape Maker

Thursday, 27 August 2009 10:00

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Bias tape is a great and much-used accent for all types of home dec projects. But how many of us have braved the hours of tedious folding to create a good amount of it, or burned our fingers trying to iron the perfect crease? Well, snuff out those burnt fingers, because there is a great tool for dealing with this: the Bias Tape Maker. Here we share a few hints and tips to make using it easier.

Stylish Baby Nursery: Super Simple Throw Pillows

Wednesday, 26 August 2009 10:00

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This is our favorite pillow pattern. Even though the style is the same, it looks different in each different fabric combination. It's so simple and uses such a tiny bit o' fabric, making a pile of pillows is a snap. The envelope back means it's easy to pop out the pillow form and wash the pillow cover, and we all know easy laundering is a MUST for any nursery item.


Product Review: Yo-Yo Maker

Tuesday, 25 August 2009 9:00

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Stroll through many antique shops and you're bound to find a sweet and colorful yo-yo quilt. First made popular in the 1930s, the small, gathered circles that create a yo-yo are super easy to make, and the resulting fabric puff is a fun embellishment for pillows, blankets and more. Make them by hand or use a simple tool. They're great for using up small scraps, and perfectly portable – make them while sitting on the beach, waiting for the train, anywhere.

Stylish Baby Nursery: Sunny Horizons Twin Bed Duvet Cover

Monday, 24 August 2009 9:00

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Having a small bed in the nursery is a luxury during the months when your baby doesn't sleep through the night. For our Stylish Baby Nursery, the Sunny Horizons duvet uses bold stripes of several Andalucia fabrics to make a colorful covering with simple ties finishing off the bottom. When you collapse on it in exhaustion, you'll feel so much better knowing it's such a beautiful match to all the other items in the nursery.



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