I found this IKEA-style wooden plate rack at a thrift store and thought, “That looks like a giant thread spool organizer… And I have giant thread spools to organize!”
The running stitch – three zigs to the left, three zags to the right, repeat – has been getting a lot of notice lately in Modern Quilting as an alternative to quilting with lines of plain straight stitch. But that’s not the only way to use the running stitch. It’s also excellent for piecing together remnants of batting.
In my quest to keep my newly made over sewing space clean and organized, I recently discovered a small little product that will help me do just that. The Gypsy Bitty Buddy, a collapsible little nylon trash can you can use in your sewing room or take with you when you go to classes.
I recently had a milestone birthday (I’m not saying which one) and when my husband asked me what I wanted as a gift, I didn’t ask for diamonds, an ocean cruise, or a new wardrobe…more than anything, I wanted a sewing-room makeover! So I took myself off to IKEA to see what I could find
Get your guest room ready for special visitors using your sewing machine, a little fabric, and a lot of ingenuity. Beginner-friendly projects include simple-to-make pillows, a thoughtful bedside basket, and a felted mug rug.
If you aren’t using your Free Hand System to raise and lower the presser foot of your machine, here’s only some of what you are missing:
Faster Sewing: It has been proven that using the FHS will speed your sewing by 20%. Think of what you could do with that time – a trip to the spa, read a steamy novel, or sew more fun things!
You’ll be getting very friendly with your walking foot this week as you stitch back and forth across the layered backing, batting, and pieced top during this week’s Sunrise Baby Quilt Sew-Along installment.
Focusing on the the straight stitch – the simplest sewing machine stitch, available on every sewing machine – Libby shows the effects of different factors, such as stitch length, presser foot, and stitch plate on this versatile stitch.