Posts in category "advice"

Sewing saves me money even when I buy brand new clothing

I used to sew all my clothing in high school. I no longer do, but sewing still helps me with my wardrobe. I never pay tailoring costs for a hem change, for example. But this is not all.  I have discovered that sewing saves me money even when I buy brand new clothing. I am currently having... Read more »

Advice on how to reignite quilting and sewing desire

I am coming down from the high of a vacation and I seem to want to make my photo book and not sew. Yes, I said that, I am wanting to do something more than sew. I am shocked also. I have to figure out how to reignite quilting and sewing desire. I once wrote... Read more »

Old School sewing manuals have some good tips

My older daughter is a good hearted soul. She went to a recent fundraiser where a percentage of sales went to a child’s medical bills. She bought some cute things and spied some vintage booklets she thought I might like. And surprisingly, I did. Even though the publication date is 1948 these Old School sewing... Read more »

Updates on earlier posts

One of the things I love about writing this blog is the feedback I get from people about my posts. Sometimes they just want to chat and other times they clue me into things I had not thought about. I wanted to share some of these contributions in this post which I shall call updates... Read more »

How to conquer our own personal quilt police and inner doubts

We all have doubts some times. I know I do. I just boxed up my Pulse quilt and I wanted to put a note in there that it’s OKAY if they hate it and just want to throw it out. I get nervous sometimes when I think I am going to be judged by strangers.... Read more »

I want to read and use adjectives besides awesome and amazing

The English language is extremely rich and diverse. It’s impossible to count them all but Webster’s estimates there are about 750,000 English words. Isn’t that awesome? Isn’t that amazing? Yes, it is but I want to read and use adjectives besides awesome and amazing. I don’t have to run through the whole three quarter of... Read more »

What to expect when replacing your wooden deck

Take pictures of your old deck so you can enjoy the contrast when the project is over.
We live in a four unit condo building. We are on the second floor and have a twenty year old deck off the kitchen as does our neighbor. The people below us have a patio underneath our deck and we all decided it would be a good idea to not have our deck collapse on... Read more »

Know how to clean and maintain your Featherweight

Last Friday I took two classes on Featherweights and I am super glad I did. If you are lucky enough to own a Featherweight, you should know how to clean and maintain your Featherweight. Why? Because you’re protecting your investment and will be able to use your machine better with more confidence. To that end,... Read more »

What does a brand new quilter need to start sewing and quilting?

I wrote last week about when I learned to sew, a highlight in my life. When I transitioned to quilting, I already had much of what I needed in terms of supplies. That has not stopped me from adding to the tools of my hobby for decades but the initial outlay wasn’t too bad for... Read more »

Yikes! What do I do when there is a thread trapped under my quilt top?

Sometimes I am very pleased when I am sewing. Other times I wonder what crazed maniacal quilter messed things up for me. The unfortunate truth is that I am the only quilter in the house so that crazed sewist who made the mistakes is always ME! I was all happy that I had finished my... Read more »
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