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  • Tip! Saving Money On Machine Embroidery 4

    September 1, 2016

    We made it through a week of tech parties, followed by Sew Fun week, several staffers are wrapping up at Baby Lock convention and we're getting ready for the L.A. County Fair! What does all that mean for you?  Great deals on fantastic new sewing, quilting and embroidery products!

    We know you're excited about all those creative ideas you got at Tech Party - and the new equipment to make it happen!  (If you missed it, don't miss L.A. County Fair deals -- starting NOW! You don't have to go to the fair, park, eat all that fair food... well maybe that's worth the drive... )

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    We'll be offering all Fair specials in all our stores! We want you to know how very much it means to be your creative partner. We appreciate your business, and as part of our commitment to education, want to give you tips for all kinds of sewing related activities, as well as - saving money!

    If you use water soluble stabilizer for machine embroidery -- water soluble mesh, as used for free standing lace, 3D embroidery and more (we love Floriani's Wet N Gone - it comes in fusible and non fusible versions) -

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    Get Wet N Gone!

    you know there are always pieces leftover.  So big you don't want to just throw it away... but too small to hoop. It just accumulates... Here's a way to use those pieces and stretch your stabilizer dollars!  Use water soluble thread - YLI Wash-A-Way Water Soluble Basting Thread is perfect!

    Wash Away Water Soluble Thread

    I need Wash-A-Way!

    Stitch those larger pieces together with the water soluble thread - use it in your needle and bobbin - until they're big enough to hoop. Now you've joined your scraps to create hoopable size pieces! You'll save on stabilizer, and the thread will dissolve along with the stabilizer.

    YLI Wash-A-Way Water Soluble Basting Thread is also perfect for - basting - as it says. Baste quilts, garments, hems, and more, and your items will stay together while you do your permanent stitching but disappear in the wash.

    Here's a great video on using Wet N Gone successfully!  Now get stitching and show us what you made! We'd love to see your project photos on our our Facebook page!

     

     

     

  • It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year!

    August 11, 2016

    It's -- Tech Party Time!  And it's FREE!  But you must let us know you're coming! Better yet let us know you're bringing a friend!

    August 13th - 20th, 2016!

    9 a.m. - noon -- or -- 2 p.m. - 5 p..m.   August 13th - Temecula; August 16th - Victorville; August 17th - Corona; August 18th - Orange; August 19th - Huntington Beach; August 20th - Mission Viejo!  CLICK HERE to sign up online NOW!  Or just give us a call!

    Look at what George and the staff has been ogling at convention - we can't wait to show it off in the stores during our annual Tech Party - our "Sewing Technology" party - week!

    Are you interested in: Quilting... Embroidery... Software... Sewing Home Dec... Clothing Construction... Crafting... Multi Needle Machines and Business... Refreshments!... If you answered "YES!" to any of these - you DO NOT want to miss the 2016 Tech Party!

    If you've ever been to one of our Tech Parties you know you always see more than what's in the videos, we always have lots more product to show you! Often our manufacturers give us special privileges of having actual new products on hand just for YOU, our Tech Party guests!

    What are some of the new things you'll see and hear about this year? How about...

    New Brother Machines and Software Packages! Including the new Entrepreneur Pro X PR1050X ten needle! Dream Machine 2 with some major OOH! AHH! features!  It'll be there - in person! Have an original Dream Machine? No worries - there's an Upgrade Pack for you!

    And yes, there is a Baby Lock Destiny II version also - check this out (drool alert!) --

    Quilters - you're going to love the Dream Quilter™ 15DQLT15 15" Mid-Arm Quilting Machine and Dream Motion™ & Dream Motion™ PRO Software with Quilting Automation! (And you can use it on your Dream frame!)

    What's better than seeing videos of all these great new features, functions, machines, software and accessories?  Seeing it all - and Moore! - demonstrated in person of course!

    And - SPECIALS! Did we mention the special deals you get at Tech Party?! That's just one of the big reasons - It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year!

    It's FREE - but space is limited so call us, come in, or sign up online today!

  • Tip! Make Your Serger Your New Cutting Machine!

    July 22, 2016

    Is this your new cutting machine? Maybe!

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    Did you know - you can use your serger for perfect cut edges - even if you're not stitching!

    Think... flounces with curved edges… a non raveling fabric that doesn’t need a finished hem… cutting along marked lines on your fabric... cutting long pieces when you don't have the space to lay out the fabric length or don't want to use a rotary cutter, mat and ruler. This technique is perfect for circles or wavy lines or any curve that always ends up with “choppy” scissor cut lines!

    Circle Wavy Line

    And it's so easy!  Remove thread and needles from your serger then run the fabric through aligning the edge you want cut with the blade. You can precut those curves then just barely knick the edges when you "serge" to smooth and perfect the curves.

    We've used this technique for knit garments with a raw edge look for the neckline, sleeves and hems... cutting circles or trimming curves where we want a perfect cutting line to guide our sewing... or those flounces we see on so many garments - like McCall's pattern 5853 - those flounces are long curves that are crazy to cut with scissors and have a perfect outcome, but they're sure to come out smooth and perfect with this technique!

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    Sergers are great for sew many things. If you don't have one yet, come on in and try them out! And if you have one you may be underutilizing, sign up for a class! Check our classes here - sign up for a free guide class or one of the many special project classes to get the most from your serger!

  • Tip! Prevent Needles From Falling Into Your Machine

    July 2, 2016

    That moment...when you're changing a needle and the one you're removing or the one you're inserting falls into your machine - or worse - your serger.  We've all had that happen!  Now, depending on how far it fell, you have to play detective...

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    ... to find it. And you must find it to make sure it doesn't interfere with any working parts and cause any damage to your machine.

    To keep your machine safe, before removing a needle, place a piece of paper or a Post-It note under the foot. We also recommend using a needle holder tool - if it didn't come with your machine come see us and we'll get you set up - but in case you don't have one or it falls anyway, the tip will just hit the paper and your needle won't fall in!

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    Isn't that just too simple?! We've shown this on a serger - some even come with a needle catcher in the bottom of the machine to catch your needle if it does fall - Baby Lock Ovation, Baby Lock Evolution Baby Lock Enlighten - we'll be happy to show you how it works at any of our stores!

    And - did you notice that clear foot? We're loving this Baby Lock serger foot  (shown on a Baby Lock Evolution) more and more as our go to foot. It's configured just like the regular foot that comes on the machine, but it's truly see through - you can follow your stitching line right on target... see exactly where your machine is stitching! No guesswork, and your stitching will be more precise! Come see it in person and you'll see how much your view of what you're stitching can be improved!

    Baby Lock Clear Foot Serger
  • Happy Summer! Send Your Machine on a Summer Vacation!

    June 20, 2016

    Today - June 20, 2016 - is officially the first day of Summer (though it's felt like it for awhile!).... Do you have vacation plans? Something big? Or maybe a "staycation"... or "sewcation"?!

    Your sewing machine can use some time off too! Summer vacation time is the perfect time to bring your machine in for its own spa vacay while you're away! Regular service and cleaning in areas we can't get into as users keeps your machine stitching beautifully. It's amazing how much a very small "lint blob" can interfere with perfect stitching and it can get worse if we let it go and keep building up!

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    Our terrific techs are ready to give your machine the TLC it deserves!  And - it may even be - FREE! Do you have a CPP (Complete Protection Package) for your machine? If not, or if you're not sure, come on in to any Moore's location or give us a call to see if you're covered or could be!

    It's so easy to let your sewing best friend go for "just one more project" ...over and over... until it really NEEDS service and you don't have the time to spare - this pic from McCall's Patterns says it all -

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    So many of our sewing friends have another machine just for this reason. Whether their machine is in for its annual service, needs an unexpected repair, or maybe they want something to take around to classes, travelling, sewing with friends - a second (third? fourth? Moore?!!) machine is always a good idea. Let us help you choose a good companion/backup for your main machine! Come see us in Mission Viejo, Orange, Huntington Beach, Corona, Victorville or Temecula today!

    Meanwhile - start summer off with a nice clean machine and you'll be set to stay in, stay cool, and stay stitchin' when it's just too hot to go out!

  • Tip! When to Sprint and When to Walk*

    June 13, 2016

     

    *No exercising necessary!

    Who knows what this is --

    Speed Control

    Is it something - just like this or something similar - you have on your sewing machine? And do you use it? We hope so! If not - you should! It could be one of your best sewing aids! Read on to see how this may be your new sewing BFF - the speed control!

    Sewing machine speeds just keep getting faster - that's great, because the faster you sew, the more time you have to - sew more (one of many good reasons to check out what's new - come on in to any of our stores and we'll show you!) - right? Sometimes you can set it to a sprinting speed and race through what you need to do! But sometimes the best way to get something done faster - and better - is to - SLOW DOWN!

    Sew Much Better!

    Are you a "pedal to the metal" sewer? (You can't see it but we're raising hands here - guilty!). Even if you've mastered sewing slower with your foot control, the speed control slider sets your speed so even if pushing the pedal to the floor you'll max out at the speed you've set. Why would you want to do this?

    -- You're trying something new - a project, fabric, foot, stitch - or -

    -- You're doing something that you haven't done for awhile

    -- You're working with a new machine

    -- You're teaching

    -- You want just a single motif, are sewing on a button, doing a mitered stitch, need to end at a precise point, a smooth curve - and more!

    -- You're working with distractions - sewing with friends, a class, or kids, husbands, pets wanting your attention too!

    -- You want your results precise, beautiful, better than ever!

    And when might you want to go faster?

    -- You're sewing long or tedious stretches - where you're simply stitching yards and yards of fabric

    -- You're doing a quick baste

    -- You're doing free motion work - quilting, embellishment, thread painting...

    Free Motion and Speed 

    Free motion doesn't HAVE to be fast - but the ability to keep speed constant is important in getting good results - particularly quilting.  Practice your free motion stitching at different speeds until you find something comfortable. We think a little faster is usually more comfortable and manageable than too slow.  But you can make it even better -

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    Does your machine have a Start/Stop button like/similar to the green one in the picture?

    Once you've set your favorite speed for free motion - try stitching with the Start/Stop button instead of using your foot pedal - your speed will be constant and you can focus on using both hands for moving your fabric! The quality of your stitching depends on speed (fast, slow or somewhere in between), regularity (constant speed without fluctuation) and fabric movement - you just knocked out two variables!

    So while we're often asked "how fast will it go?" when showing a machine, how fast it CAN go isn't always how fast you want to go - the speed slider makes it easy to customize your sewing style!

    We want to be your partner in achieving the best possible results and enhance your love for sewing and love of what you sew!  We'd love to see you and see what you've made! Please sprint, walk or drive on over to visit us at any of our locations!

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  • Tip! Saving Money On Machine Embroidery 3 - or - Why You Need Dream Weave!

    May 20, 2016

    We love machine embroidery and know you do too! Good tools and supplies are a good investment - which can actually save you money in the long run!

    Is Dream Weave part of your machine embroidery supply collection? If not it should be! And it's good for a lot more than embroidery which we'll tell you about!

    Dream Weave

    Order Dream Weave!

    It's often thought to be a stabilizer - it's not!  Dream Weave adds body to your delicate fabrics - like adding thread count! Lightweight fabrics, silks, satin, lame, batiste, lycra/knits, even quilting cottons - to enhance your fabric and help it stand up to the rigors of machine embroidery, or let you use a more dense design, without sheering, shredding or causing runs in your fabric.  Most important -- Dream Weave does this without changing the hand of your fabric!

    Why is that important?

    You chose your fabric for a special occasion, for the feel of it, the look - and you don't want to change that. Are there other fusible tricot type products out there? Yes! Do they cost less? Sometimes. So why invest in Dream Weave (notice we say invest)?  Because others can change the character of your fabric. The feel, the fluidity, the look. A soft fabric can become stiff or board like. Not what you wanted. If you just fuse the area behind the embroidery you now have a firm section and the rest of the fabric maintains its original character. Not what you wanted.

    You have a lot invested a lot in your machine, needles, threads, and more. Don't skimp by getting a product that can change your fabric or the item you're going to embroider and turn it into something you didn't want in the first place, possibly even rendering it unusable! That's not saving money - it's the opposite!

    So we have a list of more things you'll love Dream Weave for so you'll feel good about making the investment for beautiful embroidered items - and Moore!

    --  Use Dream Weave to iron on to the  back of embroidery to keep the back super soft! Even softer than the Fusible Mesh we love!  Floriani Fusible Mesh

    Get Fusible Mesh!

    It's perfect for infant wear and knits!

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    Get Dream Weave! White or Black!

    --  It's great to fuse onto the shoulders of knit tops to keep them stable but allow some stretch to fit.  We cut strips from the leftovers to have on hand - so you're making use out of what may have been waste! Simply lay the strip over the stitching line, press it on, and serge or sew as planned!

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    --  Got a rip or tear in something you love? Press the ripped or torn area nice and flat. Cut a piece of Dream Weave a little larger than the area that's torn - we usually go 1/4" - 1/2". (Another great use for small pieces that may have been discarded!).  Fuse it onto the back side of the item. Sometimes a second slightly bigger piece is in order, some like to do a darning or zigzag stitch over the tear on the front - but the Dream Weave will keep your fabric together - without changing its character or feel.

    --  Dream Weave is a wonderful sewing partner if you make jackets or skirts or clothing or use fabric you want to have a little more body but want a comfortable feel that's not too stiff - just fuse the yardage! It's perfect for boucle fabrics, and helps keep linen or silk dupioni or others that tend to wrinkle badly - less wrinkly!

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    Upgrade my look with Dream Weave!

    --  Dream Weave is a perfect treatment for knit fabrics when you need buttonholes. Fuse it to the back of the buttonhole area (we still use a small piece of tearaway on bottom and water soluble topper when stitching) so the buttonhole maintains its shape.

    We bet there are more uses we haven't found yet. Have you? Please share them in the comments section and/or post to our Facebook page!

    Dream Weave comes in black or white, packages or bolts!  Dream Weave Ultra adds a little more support for even more dense embroidery designs.

    Dream Weave Ultra

    Get Dream Weave Ultra!

    Invest in making your products a success with Dream Weave and any stabilizers you purchase - come on in to any of Moore's locations for a free stabilizer consultation to help ensure you get the best possible results! And did you know - Floriani even has a stabilizer app for your phone?

    Floriani Stabilizer App

    So even when the stores are closed, you can shop online at www.moores-sew.com, check our Blog Store for products you read bout here, or use the app to help make your shopping list!

    Now stop dreaming about perfect embroidery and make it happen!

     

  • Easy Serger Skirt 1

    May 3, 2016
    Easy Serger Skirt from pintuck texturized fabric!

     

    Sergers.  Knits.  Garments. Oh my!

    These are scary words for many of our sewing friends! Do any one - or more - of these intimidate you? You're not alone. Fear no more, this skirt is a great first project for your serger, for working with knits, for creating an easy to fit garment!  And it's SO versatile - there are great fun prints for casual wear, solids for a more conservative look or to go with many pieces as part of a travel wardrobe, can be long, short, in between, great for kids to adults and make good gifts!

    We had some fun with our fabric - confession - when we bought our fabric we thought it was a neat black denim knit look. We had no idea there was a floral print on the back!

    Look what you can find when you check BOTH sides of the fabric!

     

    So we decided to make it reversible - we'll tell you how!  But first we decided to texturize it.  We used a pintuck foot and 2.0 twin needle to create the meandering pintucks you see on the solid side (please visit us so we can get you the right foot and needles!) You can find inspiration anywhere you look - we knew we wanted some texture but weren't sure what ... gazing down at the carpet in a hotel conference room we saw meandering ribbon like lines like this - and we knew that's what we were looking for!  The floral print shows the wrong side of the tucks as a narrow thread line.  We'll show you some things you can do like this - and more - with pintuck feet in another post :)

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    Now if "serger" is a four letter word for you, the thought of threading it or changing tensions gets your blood pressure up - let us help! (Here are our numbers - call us maybe?!)  We'll get you into a FREE guide class!  And take a look at some of these Baby Lock models with automatic threading and NO tension!  If you don't have a serger but have wondered about what these mysterious, multi-thread machines can do, come on in to any of our locations and let us show you! You can whip out simple, quick, so-in-style fashions like this - and so much more - quickly and easily with professional finish!  They are NOT just for finishing edges!

    So let's get started -- we'll do the hardest part first and get it out of the way!

    To determine how much fabric you'll need -

    Measure desired length starting a couple inches below waist. You're the designer, there's no right or wrong length!

    Measure fullest part of your hip.

    Knit fabrics are typically 54" - 60" wide.  If you select a knit with cotton, rayon, wool - any shrinkable fiber - allow for shrinkage when buying  and make sure you do preshrink it!  Your "usable fabric" is the width after shrinkage, minus selvages. Unfortunately we have to guesstimate shrinkage before deciding how much to buy.

    We made this skirt slightly A-line (wider at bottom) to avoid possible cling (vs. a straight skirt which can sometimes emphasize hips if you're curvy - but this is a design choice and all up to you!).  It sits just below waist.  We "flared out" to about 4" larger at bottom of front and back pieces, plus 1/2" for seam allowance (so w could trim off some fabric. You can make yours 1/4" if you like, about the width for a wide 3 thread overlock stitch).

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    If your usable fabric width is at least your hip measurement plus 9" (that's 4" + 1/2" seam allowance for the front and back pattern pieces) - purchase the length measured plus 1/2 yd.  Example: 54" fabric (usable width) ... Hip:  42" + 9" = 51" ...  Buy:  Desired length + 1/2 yd.

    If your hip + 9" is greater than your usable fabric width - purchase 2x the length plus 1/2 yd. Example: 54" fabric (usable width) ... Hip:  50" + 9" = 59" ... Buy:  2x desired length + 1/2 yd.

    The additional 1/2 yd. allows for the band and hem allowance.  If you have some leftover, make a headband or scarf or hairtie!  If you want a fuller skirt, add to the 9" measurement and calculate yardage from there.

    That's the math part, and the hardest part of this project for some. It's done! Now let's make that skirt!

    1)  If using one length, fold selvage edges toward center.  You'll create your front along one fold, back along the other.

    Fabric folded toward center (one side shown, you should fold the other side in as well)

     

    2)  If using two lengths, leave fabric folded as purchased - you'll create your front and back pieces in line along the fold.

    3)  Mark your skirt piece as shown - center is on fold.  (We've only shown one, front and back pieces look alike - we did the same along each fold for front and back.)  We used a Chaco Liner to mark - this soft chalk marking tool makes fine lines, and is easy to brush off - and comes in several colors! Colors available throughout our stores!

    Chaco Liners Refillable Chaco Liners come in colors to fit all your needs!

     

    We started with 1/4 of the hip measurement plus 1/2" seam allowance -- because your fabric is on fold and will be twice as wide when opened.  We decided to brush some away at top and redraw the line in an inch or so toward waist as the body narrows.  We marked the +4" flare at bottom and used our 24" quilting ruler (get it here!) and Chaco Liner to draw the straight line you see.  We went edge to edge on the fabric, so just one line to cut. The original markings we didn't want were easy to brush off!

    Front or back piece, center on fold. We pulled mark in a little at top, flared out 4" from hip measurement at bottom.

     

    4)  Set up serger for a wide 3 thread overlock stitch.  Stitch length 3.  Cutting width will depend on thickness of your fabric.  Test on some scraps until you like what you see!

    5) (Optional) - pin baste or stitch baste seams  to check fit. Pull in at waist if desired.

    6)  Place right sides of fabric together and - serge seams!  You can trim off a bit of fabric if using 1/2" seam or serge right along the edge (if you're using the 1/4"/ 3 thread wide width seam allowance).  To guide your fabric check the markings or grooves on your presser foot - they will align with needle positions - you can just guide your sewing line toward the needle mark.  We've shown the mark corresponding to the left needle with our tweezers -

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    Press as stitched, then press to one side.

    To make ours reversible, we edge stitched the seam down on the floral side. We used a foot with a center blade and opening the width of our machine's feed dogs - an Edge Joining Foot or Stitch in the Ditch foot (but not the straight stitch version!  We'll help you select the right one - come see us!).  We moved the needle to left a couple positions to stay on the edge - here's how each side looks --

    Serged seam edge stitched down on "wrong"/floral side.

    Stitched down seam on "right"/solid side.

     

    7)  Cut the band.  It's just a rectangle!

    How to measure how big around?  Wrap the fabric around you crosswise - the (typical) direction of most stretch - to see what's comfortable wherever you want it to sit - and add an inch (1/2" seam allowance).  Make sure you stretch it a bit (as you would elastic), it should be a little smaller than your skirt top - it uses the stretch - negative ease - to fit close (and keep your skirt in place!).

    We wanted our finished band about 4" (plus seam allowance) so we cut it 9" by the length we got measuring above.

    8)  Place right sides of fabric together along 9" side and serge. Press seam to one side.

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    9)  Fold band in half, wrong sides together.

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    10) Mark band and skirt in quarters as shown with pins. Skirt side seams are two marks, center back and front the other two.  For band start with seam and do same.

    Band and skirt pinmarked at quarters.

     

    11) Pin the quarter marks of band and skirt together.  Your band is smaller than your skirt - you will stretch as you serge - stretch the band between the quarter marks so it's stretched to match the skirt segment you're attaching it to --

    Band pinned to skirt at quarter marks.

     

    Streeeeeetch band to fit skirt while serging!

     

    Finish by serging about an inch over your initial stitching. You can lower the blade if desired for this last inch to prevent cutting previous stitching.

    12) Hem it!  You have some options here --

    Trendy ITY (Interlock Twist Yarn) knits don't ravel - you can leave them unhemmed if you like!

    You can hem with a coverstitch - a common ready to wear finish - Cover Stitch

    Many sergers have a coverstitch option - the Baby Lock Ovation or Evolution,  and Janome offers a great cover and chain stitch machine to supplement your serger, the Janome Coverpro 2000CPX!)

    Since you won't need the stretch in the hem, you could machine stitch the hem, or use a twin needle on a sewing machine for a coverstitch look.

    Create a wavy lettuce edge with the rolled hem on your serger  (particularly effective with sheers - how about a sheer overlay to your skirt?)  Lettuce Edge 1

    Here's our other confession - we didn't buy a long enough piece of fabric - that's why our skirt pieces go edge to edge!  Every mistake is an opportunity to find a new workaround! Since we wanted it reversible, we wouldn't want a hem shown on the floral side anyway. So we just switched to a narrow 3 thread overlock stitch and serged the bottom edge.  And you can do that too!

    13)  Wear it!  And show us! We'd love to see your versions - feel free to share with us on our Facebook page!

    We'll be giving you another easy serger skirt option soon, we'll use a pattern, and feature a foldover top.  Want to try on your own?  Here are a couple patterns you might like, easy to use -

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    And if you don't have a serger (yet!), you can sew these on your sewing machine.  Use a narrow zig zag - we often use .5 width and 3.0 length - so your stitch has stretch, or try some of those overlock style stitches.  But we know once you start serging - you'll never go back!

  • Tip! Discover the Wonders of Wonder Clips!

    May 3, 2016

    Pins will always be an important sewing essential... But we're having a Wonder-ful time with Clover Wonder Clips!

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    These remarkable clips have taken the place of a lot of pinning.  They're great for fabrics or materials that are unpinnable - you just can't get a pin through the stuff - or those where you don't want to make pinholes or pins may hide. Think - plush fabrics, heavy fabrics, vinyls, leather, faux leather, fur.

    They hold tight enough to keep heavy layered sections together - like keeping your handles in place while sewing those great bags - yet won't distort finer fabrics.  How about embroidery? Ever try stitching something - a t-shirt, onesie, sweatshirt - something that wanted to keep rolling into the hooped area (and sometimes does... and gets embroidered down when it's not supposed to...)?  These are great for clipping that excess fabric outside the hoop so it can't creep onto the stitching area!

    Are you a quilter? You NEED these!!! They're SO helpful with quilt binding - look at how perfectly they keep your binding in place ready to stitch!  Curved bindings? No problem!!

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    Get some now!

    (Better get a 50 pack - life's too short and quilts too big for just 10 Wonder Clips!)

    The curved top lets you fit a lot of fabric into the clip, but they're flat on one side so they'll move easily over your sewing surface!

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    And - their clear, flat underside has seam allowance markings to measure your fold, keep things in line, and more!

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    Shop now!

    You can't miss them - they come in red -

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    or beautiful rainbow colors -

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    I want them all!

    So when you clip instead of pin you can SEE the clip and you're not going to accidentally run a pin through your machine (we know this happens... especially when you're working with something like fur, minkee, boucle, layers of fleece - where the pins can easily hide!). You're not going to snag your hand on a pin either (ouch!). And you can get over that fear of stepping on pins!

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    Keep some in your closet - they're great for clipping skinny straps to hangers so your clothes don't slip off! (Yes, we did make the dress - keep watching the blog for some easy projects to help you with knits and garments!)

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    And for those times when you're stitching away and just can't be bothered to step away from the machine to brush the hair out of your eyes - just Wonder Clip it and keep going!

    Wonder Clips 3

    Come on into any of our locations and try them out in person! Once you get them in your hands you won't let go!

    And don't be fooled - we've heard reports of super cheap imitations online that look like they're Wonder Clips - but on receipt turn out to be knockoffs. Close attention to detail can reveal some flaws, roughly finished edges, springs that aren't as tight or long lasting as real Clover Wonder Clips. You invest a lot of time and love in your sewing, invest in good tools you can depend on as well! As always, we're here to help you with all your sewing needs!

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  • Tip! Saving Money On Machine Embroidery 2

    April 6, 2016

    Are you a garment maker? If so then you know good fit is as important as good construction!

    What does this have to do with saving money on machine embroidery?!  One of the best ways to get great fit is to make a muslin - a test garment. Make and mark adjustments right onto the muslin fabric!

    Fitting Muslin

    When it fits just right, create your own new "custom" pattern by tracing the muslin pieces and all markings to Swedish Tracing Paper. (You can use the muslin as a pattern, but it can tend to stretch with a lot of handling, and you don't want to lose the perfect shape you just created! We also suggest marking your new pattern with the date instead of a size - which could vary in different places once you've made your adjustments. But a year down the road when you go to use the pattern again, you'll know when it fit, and if your body has changed since!)

    Swedish Tracing Paper

    Get it now!

    Now what to do with all that muslin you just used?

    It's perfect for testing embroidery designs! You can cut it to fit different hoops. Trim it up, serge it off, make a stitch sample notebook. You'll save time and money by knowing exactly what your embroidery will look like before stitching the actual project, and by sewing a garment you know will fit!  Muslin comes in differing quality. We carry a better quality muslin, so it's perfect to do double duty for your sewing and embroidery -  eliminating the need for sample stitchout fabric!  Get Swedish Tracing Paper, get sample stitching, and save!

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