Sewing

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Direct or indirect sunlight, excessive high or low humidity and its companion extreme temperature fluctuations can seriously affect the condition of thread spools and shelf life. To protect and keep thread spools in top condition, consider storing them in protective containers and away from kitty!

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Wearing the color green on March 17th is a way to participate in St. Patrick's Day festivities and supposedly a way to not be pinched by a leprechaun! Green colors cannot be seen by the mischievous fairy-like beings of folklore. St. Patrick’s Day is viewed by many as a harbinger of spring as well.

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Sewing notions include the expected small accessory tools like scissors, needles, pins, and soft flexible tape measures, however many unexpected items used in the process of sewing can be considered within the realm of sewing notions - even some surprising everyday objects.

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Learning to sew is a useful skill. Whether economics is a factor - saving money, or the satisfaction of self-reliance, or even a need for an outlet for creative self-expression, the knowledge that sewing skills can bring can satisfy many reasons for acquiring this most ancient of practiced crafts.

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A collaborative blend of art and science, high-style, individualized attention, superior workmanship, originality of design, perfection of fit, and materials of extraordinary quality are the hallmarks of a garment sewn couture.

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The earliest use of buttons as fasteners may be lost to antiquity, however buttons made of various materials have been around to hold skins and fibers in place to keep coverings on our bodies secured since then. Buttons are best known as utility fasteners for clothing but can be beautiful as well.

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The way clothes fit the body with consideration to comfort and freedom to move without undo restraint is the ease that is built into the construction of a garment. Design ease is a function of the overall style of the garment and usually has additional fabric amounts to supplement the wearing ease.

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Sewing tips that can save time, cost or reveal some clever tidbit of info are always welcome. It is only those that provide really practical workable results to have expected value for the sewer. Sewing machine thread issues can provide frustrating moments if not for a few simple tips to consider.

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The timeless expression - practice makes perfect, is never truer than when applying a machine-made buttonhole to a carefully sewn garment. The best way to ensure a machine-made buttonhole comes out the way it is expected to look is to make a test buttonhole using a fabric scrap from the project.

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In trying to decipher optimal sewing machine tension for fabric, as if needle and thread choices were not enough for the home sewer, the serger or overlock machine elevates all, at times frustratingly, to an entirely new level of machine sewing considerations. Balanced serger stitches are the goal.