Category Archives: tutorials

Learn to quilt with your home sewing machine

One of our in-house pattern designers, Sharla, is a whiz at machine quilting. Many of us bring our personal projects to her for quilting because she does such an amazing job at making her machine quilting look like longarm quilting. Last year she made the Chubby Chicks quilt (which is no small quilt), and quilted the entire thing on her home machine (no longarm!)...

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A Guide to Thread

For our tutorial this month, Teri is back to explain how to choose the best thread for your project. I've included the full article below, or you can bookmark it on our tutorial page. We love hearing your feedback on these articles. What kind of thread do you use the most?  -Melissa

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All about batting

With so many batting choices in the market today, it's easy to feel confused and overwhelmed about which batting to use. Teri is here to enlighten us about batting to remove those clouds of mystery! Here's the link to the article on our tutorials page for bookmarking and reference, or read below. As usual, we want to hear your feedback too. Which batting do you use most and why? -Melissa

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All about needles

During one of our department meetings, we were deciding whether or not to pick up some new needles, and that opened a huge can of worms! We discovered talking to each other that most of us didn't know anything about needles or how to choose them, so we decided that our resident needle expert, Judy, needed to research the topic and write an article. I feel so much more enlightened on the topic and less intimidated about buying needles! Here are Judy's articles on Hand Sewing Needles and Machine Sewing Needles on our tutorial page, or keep reading below. We loved hearing your input on our January article about pre-washing, so I'm curious to see what kinds of needles you use.

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The first tutorial of 2011…

It's the start of a new year, and in 2011 we're going to continue our practice of posting informative articles and tutorials for quilters and sewists. While we won't be posting a new tutorial each week like Karen did in 2010, we will definitely have at least one per month. Our staff sewist, Deborah, did some research on prewashing to kick things off. Do you prewash your fabrics? Leave a comment and let us know your experiences with prewashing... -Melissa

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Techniques 2010 – Learn to make yo-yo’s!

Oh, the humble yo-yo.  Have you always loved it, but never made it?  It’s time to take the plunge.  We’ll show you two methods – the most traditional way, plus a quick and easy method using a nifty tool.  Check out this week’s tutorial here.

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