Tuesday, January 31, 2012

National Quilting Day: in March

If you enjoy quilting, a day-long holiday has been named in your honor. National Quilting Day. So get out your quilt squares and needles and sew the day away - if you feel like it.

With this year already flying past, I want to share some information with you about National Quilting Day. It will be here and gone before you know it.

This quilter's holiday falls on the third Sunday in March and you can read more about it and its history here.

Monday, January 30, 2012

What Are e-Textiles?

Are you looking for a new type of sewing project or maybe a way to teach electronics to children?  E-Textiles might just provide the answer to your need for a new sewing challenge - or a unique lesson plan.

I'll give you the short description of e-Textiles (clothes or bags that flash or sing, pretty much anything textile with added lights or sounds) and then refer you to a great article called What Are e-Textiles? Get Started With Soft Circuit Electronics.

The article even gives you some tips on where to search for the items you'll need to try your own e-Textile project.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Convenient & Cool Sewing Gizmos: Mini Iron for Quilting and Tailoring

One of the most important lessons you pick up when learning to sew is that it's beneficial to follow each step. Ironing is an easy step to skip, but skipping it will show in your finished garment or any kind of sewn project.

Mini irons offer the convenience of a an easy-to-grab iron while avoiding the bulk and the occasional tediousness of a traditional iron.

Clover Mini Iron for Quilting and Tailoring
Mini Iron
A mini iron is simply a tiny version of a traditional iron. They are the perfect size for pressing a seam on a garment or when quilting.

They also slip nicely into delicate corners and are perfect for working around trims.

As far as disadvantages, well, they're small, so while one can be used to press a large item, the size makes them less than ideal for pressing entire garments.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Clover Brand Water Soluble Fabric Marking Pencils

I usually recommend fabric marking pens for home sewing projects and custom designing fabric pieces, but really, the pen versus pencil debate ends up being just a matter of personal preference. Clover brand water soluble pencils work with every bit as much precision and they wash away without a trace.

Clover Water Soluble Marking Pencils
3 Pack

I like that this three-pack of water soluble pencils comes in three colors, so I can choose the color that stands in sharpest contrast to the color of fabric I'm working with, then it just washes away when I'm done with my projects.

If you would like to check out this product on Amazon, you can click the picture or look for it in the Stitching it Right Online Store tab found at the top of this page. You can also find these or similar fabric marking pencils in fabric stores and craft shops. Prices will vary, but I usually find the best deals on general sewing supplies on Amazon.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Convenient and Cool Sewing Gizmos: Fiskars 12-in-1 Sewing Tool

If I don't get sidetracked, I plan to post a series of short articles about some convenient and cool sewing gizmos I have been trying out. Some are more convenient than cool while some run heavier to the cool side.

My first pick is a handy, and kind of organized, cool gizmo. It's the Fiskars 12-in-1 Sewing Tool. In fact, it's really more of a case that holds some sort-of related sewing tools in one convenient, little almost pen-shaped case.

What I like about this tool is, simply, the convenience of having all these little tools together in a case that's actually a convenient size to grab in a hurry when I'm working.

The sewing tools included in the case are:

  1. A needle threader (regular) 
  2. A long needle threader
  3. A magnifying glass
  4. A measuring tape
  5. A stuffing tool
  6. A pair of thread cutters
  7. A pair of sewing tweezers
  8. A punch needle
  9. A safety pin
  10. A piercing punch (awl)
  11. A knit picker
  12. An 8x1 inch plastic storage container (the case counts as one of the twelve pieces)

Note: This is NOT a paid endorsement, I just want to share my experience with this tool since this is  ablog about sewing and I think this is a nice sewing tool. If you have a different opinion, or if you have tried this tool and share my opinion, I invite you to share through the comments box below or send me a note through the contact us link if you prefer to reply without leaving a comment on site.

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