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Why Having a Fabric Stash is a Good Thing!

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Artisan Batiks: Christmastime from Robert Kaufman Fabrics

We joke a lot about our fabric stashes but there actually is a really good reason to keep them stocked! We are in the midst of the fall season and will soon enter the Christmas holiday. That means seasonal fabrics may be in abundance now, but might be hard to find this time next year.

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Back-to-School Supplies You Can Use in Your Sewing Room: Part 1

School supplies for embroidery, sewing, quilting with

Check out these school supplies that are useful to machine embroiderers, sewers, and quilters!

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Machine Embroidery Pucker Prevention Tip 10

Machine Embroidery Pucker Prevention Tip 10

We know to pre-shrink our fabric and stabilizer, but this item can also cause problems if it shrinks after embroidery.

Bonnie has told us about the importance of test sews. It is a great way to make sure that your combination of fabric, stabilizer, batting, needle, tension, and threads are all working in unison. That way, you make adjustments before potentially ruining your entire project.

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A Simple Tip to Increase Your Embroidery Success!

Machine embroidery tips at Sew Inspired by Bonnie
Farm Buddies

Some of the best advice for machine embroiderers doesn’t involve buying a miracle tool, but utilizing a simple but effective virtue. 

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What's All the Fuss About Titanium Needles?

Titanium needles with

Titanium-plated needles are stronger, more durable and last longer than traditional needles. But are they worth the added cost?

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Fabric Precuts for Machine Embroidery

Precuts for Machine Embroidery with

There are so many reasons that fabric precuts are useful in machine embroidery. Here are just a few!

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Quilts: Tips for Perfect Piecing

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Making a quilt is more than just pretty fabric and beautiful embroidery. These tips will help ensure that your piecing skills are top notch!

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Documenting Projects with Labels

Whether it is a pillow, wall hanging, table runner or quilt, add a label. But what should you include? We may not think about how long some of the items that we make will last, but it is important to document your works of heart.

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Using Basting Boxes for Quilting in the Hoop

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Basting boxes are a secret weapon. See how to use them when you are quilting projects in the hoop!

 Earlier this month, we discussed how basting stitches contribute to better embroidery. Today, I am going to show you how you can use basting stitches to help line up projects that you have to hoop multiple times, like quilting motifs.

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No Such Thing as Ugly Fabric

Using the back of fabric

For the most part, even the ugliest fabric can be used if you know where to look.

 Sometimes, great surprises are found on the back of an ugly or otherwise undesirable fabric. A fabric on the clearance table may not appeal to you … unless you turn it over.

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