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  • 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).

    Baby Lock Evolution 3 Thread Overlock Wide Stitch

     

    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!

    Wonder Clips 10 Red

    10 Piece Starter Set

    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 -

    Wonder Clips 50 Red Wonder Clips 10 Red

    or beautiful rainbow colors -

    Wonder Clips Asstd Wonder Clips 50 Asstd Wonder Clips 10 Asstd

    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!

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    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!

    Download to PDF now!

     

  • 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!

  • Teacher Feature: Michele Rank

    March 29, 2016

     

    Michele Rank

    Michele Rank - Huntington Beach

    This seemed like the most appropriate photo of Michele - in her craft room with a quilt - places and things she loves! Have you checked out Michele's classes at our Huntington Beach store?  We were loving what we saw in her class quilts - but we're really loving seeing sew much more of her creativity! Read more about her - but you'll have lots of pictures to ogle (and inspiration) along the way!

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    We each have things we love to sew most - for Michele it was an easy answer - "I am a quilt obsessed girl!" (lucky for us, our customers have much to learn from her obsession!).  In fact, she's been known to make a quilt a week for months on end - no wonder there are so many beautiful pics to share -

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    The one she's most proud of, for so many reasons, is her "Alaska Memorial" quilt, made as a gift for her husband Tim. One of their trips to Alaska is the highlight of all vacations after Tim surprised her with with a semi-private float plane bear excursion.  On return she asked what his favorite animals on the trip were - then she hand drafted each -

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    ... rendered them in fabric, and turned them into this fabulous quilt, using the quilt-as-you-go style so she could do some free motion thread work -

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    Here it is being happily snuggled up in!

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    (We're not sure who's had more fun with it, Michele creating and making it, or Tim enjoying it!)

    We've all had projects we remember because they didn't turn out quite as expected... right?  But those are all learning opportunities!  Michele doesn't have a "least favorite' for that reason but there is one that comes to mind that was particularly frustrating --

    "I will say that the one quilt that drove me nuts was most likely the 3rd or 4th quilt I ever made. I picked fabrics and got some graph paper out to design my own blocks. I am a self taught quilter as an adult. As a young child my grandmother taught me quilting and the love to sew that I used as a base for my quilting adventure. So, I made some block designs and then picked out fabrics that I fell in love with. Made each block and then started to assemble them only to lose my points because of my lack of knowledge. I was so frustrated and ripped out the seams and started over several times.  I asked a friend what was wrong and she very nicely pointed out that I did not allow for seams in my design so it would never line up right."  You're not alone Michele! Show of hands - who's made the same or similar kinds of mistakes?!

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    Luckily she has a "lemons to lemonade" outlook -  "I was so frustrated and then realized I still loved the fabrics and colors and would finish the quilt. This quilt is not put away and forgotten it is displayed on a chair in house, and I still remember the process and emotion that went with it. I am not a perfect quilter, I think of myself as a free spirit with design and style. I like what I like, this quilt holds a special spot in my heart."

    No wonder she has so much to teach us - Michele admits to spending most of her time sewing and quilting. It's evident from all the great photos she's shared --

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    She has an enviable craft room!  She lists " 7 sewing machines, tubs and tubs full of fabric, bins of threads, more tools that really are required, I think I have 6 rotary cutters, and endless supply of notions..." among her supplies!  Ok who can relate to that?? (And if you're not sure why 7 sewing machine seems perfectly normal - come see us! Click for store locations and hours.)

    Look at more of the beautiful work that comes out of that craft room - and her imagination and heart --

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    What challenges you?  For Michele it's been zippers, buttonholes and curved/round piecing.  She now claims to love zippers - she's obviously mastered them, look at these bags -- Michele Rank 10Michele Rank 23

    As for curved/round piecing - " It only took time to jump in and start learning and playing around with these shapes."  Jump in - those are important words.  We hear about all kinds of "sewing fears" in the stores, the best way to get over any of them is - as Michele said - just jump in!  Now that we know our own teachers have their own challenges, let's make a plan to jump in and try something we've avoided, put off or feared - we'd love to hear your experience! You can reply here or share with us on Moore's Facebook page - nothing inspires like seeing/learning what others are doing! (Michele - your assignment is - buttonholes!!!)

    Every one of Moore's teachers teaches because they love it.  Each loves it for different reasons.  Michele's been sharing her love of creating for a long time - "In my background I was a consultant for a rubber stamping and scrapbooking company where I taught customers how to use product and design papercrafts. I did this for over 20 years & enjoyed sharing my passions. This just spilled over into quilting. Sharing and seeing what others have finished is a treat for me. I think quilting is such a social craft that started out in quilt bees. It is a natural transition for me to delight in seeing what others have made. And in turn If I can help share my talent with anyone else I am more than happy to do so. I love meeting new people and the teaching element is a pleasure to me."

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    Of course whenever we ask our teachers what they love to do "sew!" is always the first answer. Michele also loves wildlife photography, gardening and laughing....  We love the diversity of interests and passions and random trivia she shared when we asked her to share more about herself --" I love color and patterns and love to mix up fabrics... Favorite color is purple... I drink water like a fish... I have had many jobs in my life but my greatest is my 3 children...

    (Check out these quilts she made for each of her boy's birthdays! Lucky guys!)

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    Born and raised California girl... I have a 2 pets, a kitty that adopted us name "Chicken" and a rabbit named "Waffles"... If I hear music I most likely will start to sing... Laughter and friendship fill my sails... Asparagus is my favorite veggie & a pineapple is my favorite fruit.... Do not nap or watch TV during the day as a rule, unless I am sick... All time favorite vacation: Australian 2 month camping trip. But, put me in the mountains, dessert or beach & I will smile with glee...."

    We love your upbeat attitude Michele!  We're sure you'd like taking a class from her!  Please check Michele's classes online!  We hope to see more offerings in the future!

    Want more inspiration and help with finishing your beautiful quilts? Look at the upcoming Juki events at our Huntington Beach store --  just click the links below!

    Juki Walk Before You Run Quilting Event!

    Juki TL2200 Longarm Quilting Event!

    Everyone at Michele's house gets to wrap up in a quilt made with love and passion -

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    We think it should be the same at your home!   Oh - and did we mention Michele's sense of humor? Well as the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words...

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    Thanks Michele!

  • Tip! Keep Those Hoops Clean and Happy with Felt Frames!

    March 29, 2016

    So many of the things we like to embroider are best "hooped" without actually hooping... towels, sweatshirts, velvets or other fabrics with nap, quilts where hoop marks may show. There are several options for doing this -

    One method to get these set to embroider is to use either a self adhesive sticky stabilizer such as Floriani Perfect Stick or Wet n Gone - find either of these in any Moore's  location in a variety of sizes -

    Floriani Perfect StickFloriani Wet n Gone

    But many prefer to hoop the stabilizer and use a spray adhesive to stick things down.  For this we recommend using a good tearaway or cutaway -

    Floriani Tearaway Medium Floriani Cutaway Medium

    Floriani Tearaway or Cutaway are also available in a variety of sizes and colors to fit all your needs!  (Please come in to any of our locations for a free stabilizer consult!) Then use a spray adhesive such as 505 or KK2000

    505 Spray Large Get 505!

    Sulky KK2000Get KK2000!

    to affix the item to the stabilizer.  (For best stitching results, use a basting stitch a little larger than your design to tack your project to the stabilizer. Some machines have a built in basting functions, some have built in frame designs that can work as a basting function.  Our free guide classes or special projects classes can teach you how!  Click here to browse classes! Or just come on in to find out more!)

    Spray adhesive is a great tool, something always good to keep on hand as it has more uses than just hooping (it's an excellent quilt baster!). But it can leave a sticky residue on your hoops, allowing dust or dirt to stick to them, eventually looking and feeling pretty grimey. Cleaning can be time consuming and troublesome.  Here's our really quick, simple solution -- fast to make, it doesn't have to be perfect, but it will keep your hoops in perfect shape!  Felt frames -

    Felt Frame 1

    We used regular craft felt to create these "hoop guards".  Start with a piece of felt larger than your hoop. Lay it on top of your hoop, Use a marking pen that works on felt and draw a line on the felt a bit inside the hoop - about 1/2" inside the inner hoop.  Cut out that inner portion to create a felt "frame".  Once you've hooped your stabilizer, lay your hoop on a flat surface, lay the felt frame on top, and spray the adhesive aiming straight down onto the stabilizer.  Lift your felt frame and - your hoop's nice and clean!

    Felt Frame 2

    Now go stitch something... then bring it in to show off! We love to see what you make!

     

  • Tip! Prevent Needles From Falling Into Your Machine!

    March 21, 2016

    Have you ever had that moment while changing your serger needle when in an instant - it drops inside the machine? (It's ok... it's happened to most of us!)  But you don't want your machine's performance compromised with a stray needle.

    When changing serger needles, place a piece of paper under the presser foot large enough to cover the needle opening and machine bed -  and avoid dropping needles into machine where they can be impossible to find.

    And have you ever accidentally turned that little needle screw just one twist too far and - it's gone?! This will keep them in sight too! (But we recommend using a needle holder and turning the screw VERY slightly just until it's loose enough to change the needle - it doesn't have to be too loose).

    Baby Lock has solved this with the Ovation serger - a needle drop tray with magnet is built into the machine (as well as a LOT of other innovation and convenience to make serging even more fun - come on in and let us show you!)

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    Check out all the features - including a BIG work space, knee lift, speed control, LED lighting - and Moore! - on the Baby Lock Ovation! Click here!

     

  • Tip! Storing Those Patterns....

    January 26, 2016

    If you're like some of us, you may have collected a few patterns ... maybe more than a few ... a few hundred ... thousand?!  (It's ok. Your secret's safe with us! We completely understand how the collection grows and grows...)

    It's the perfect time of year to build your free storage system for those patterns - Girl Scout Cookie time is here!

    We found the cardboard cartons that the cookie boxes come in are perfectly sized for pattern storage.  You can cover them with fabric (we know you have a stash...), decorative adhesive paper to match your sewing area, or just leave them in their natural state!

    When you buy Girl Scout cookies you're helping girls (and your sweet tooth!) in so many ways. And it's a big help to offer to take those containers off their hands and recycle them for good use in your sewing space!

    Girl Scout Cookie Boxes
  • Tip! Saving Money On Machine Embroidery 1

    January 16, 2016

    Don't you just love your embroidery machine?  You can customize anything to match your decor or clothing perfectly, make fantastic gifts designed just for your recipient, even create entire quilts or quilt in your hoop! We're always asked when someone gets their first machine how much thread or what color threads they should get.

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    We recommend doing a test stitch out before embroidering on your actual item or starting a project. And we understand that does use your thread and supplies.  But doing so saves money and time by avoiding mistakes. You can save by buying more...

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    Our Floriani thread sets are a great investment for a new or experienced embroider. Ask your Moore's associate about special pricing on these (we can't even advertise it here!). Going to Road to California? We'll be there January 21-24, 2016 -- ask us there (tell us you read about it here ;)  You can download the whole Road to California Buyer's Guide from our website!)

    You'll find that your cost per spool is a fantastic deal. "But I won't use some of these colors..." - those are the colors you can use in your sample stitchouts to check for size, density, fill, etc.!  You won't use up the colors you do want in your thread collection, but you'll have gotten them - and your test threads better priced!

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    They come in 100 spool sets (three different sets!), and newest colors in a 60 spool set -

    Floriani 60 Thread Set

    The surest way to know you always have the color you need on hand is, of course, to get all 360 colors! Even if you can't get the all at once, start with one of the 100 spool sets - you'll have a great selection for your first projects and maybe even a color or few that aren't your favorites that you'll use to tryout your design!

    Happy stitching!

     

  • Tip! How to Use Your Seam Ripper

    December 15, 2015

    Clover Seam Ripper

    Get this seam ripper!

    We all know how to use a seam ripper - right?!  Some of us get a LOT of practice!

    Have you ever ripped/torn something you didn't mean to? Poked yourself with that sharp tip?

    What if you found out you were using your seam ripper incorrectly? (Don't be embarrassed... some of us have been doing this our entire sewing life!)  We often use this important tool with the longer, pointed side down.  Unfortunately sometimes that means that sharp point rips through something we didn't want to, or gets caught up in threads and interferes with our "ripping momentum".

    Turn it the other way - long sharp point on top - short side with "ball" protector on  the bottom.  You won't tear through something from below with this protection, and you really can rip through a much longer seam faster and more efficiently.  Such an easy thing to do for faster, better results!  Photos below show you what we're talking about!  (The project shown is a quilt in progress made from Bali Pops - these beautiful Bali fabrics come packaged in coordinating strips in a variety of colorways and themes featuring batiks and even some metallic glitz! They're versatile in so many ways for quilts and other projects.  Visit a Moore's location to get a real look at their beauty and get inspired!)

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    We really like the Clover Seam Ripper shown above - click the link or photo to get yours!  It fits so many hand sizes and the grip makes it easy to hold onto for greater precision!

     

  • Sew Steady = Sew Better!

    December 11, 2015

    Except for the very smallest projects, when we sew we usually have fabric falling all over beyond the sewing machine... Think about those quilts, clothing items, large home dec pieces, and more.

    The bigger or heavier or stretchier or more fluid the item, the more it can fight you in the sewing process resulting in less than optimum stitching, and frustration fighting with your project instead of loving your sewing time!

    Our BIG Sew Steady Wish Table will be your new sewing BFF!  (And - it's Made in the USA!)

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    Get one now - Save almost $100!

    The Wish table is so named because it includes the wishes of sew many quilters and sewers alike!  First - it's BIG. Size does matter! A huge 22-1/2" x 25-1/2", it adds support for large projects (and small!) and keeps your fabric moving easily!  Working with knits? Bias? It's especially important to keep these supported to avoid stretching out of shape!

    But it's more than a table --

    The beveled edges are smooth and fabric friendly, no snags or catches and fabric moves easily over the edge.  A 9"x14" compartmentalized notions/accessory drawer is built in so your most needed tools are right there for you without moving away from the machine -

    Sew Steady Wish 5

    Yes - I want it!

    The Circle Sewing Tool is included - you can easily stitch circles from about 2" to over 20", 3/8" apart.  Quilt your blocks with a single or concentric circles for an echo effect.  Use those gazillion decorative stitches for embellishment! You're only limited by your imagination! And you'll have full support from your table as you rotate your fabric!

    Sew Steady Wish 6

    Okay! Put it in my cart!

    Forget looking around for your measuring tape or hem gauge - the Universal Table Grid provides a ruler and grid for easy measuring while you sit at your machine! 30, 45 and 60 degree angles are also marked!

    Sew Steady Wish 4

    This is a time saver - put it in my bag!

    Your table's not going to wiggle while you work - the added Table Lock keeps everything firmly in place -

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    Yes! Let's lock in this special price! 

    And if you'd like to take it to class, a retreat, sewing with friends, or just can't leave it up all the time (we understand sometimes you actually have to use the dining table - for dining!) - we're including the large 26"x26" Travel Bag - FREE!  It has a convenient double zipper, outside pocket and large inside pocket to store your tools!  The table and all it comes with is a $200 value... with the Travel Bag total value is $248!

    Our Holiday Special - get the whole package - for just $149!

    Your table is custom made to fit YOUR machine.  Sewing machine - or serger! Sew - if you're using your serger (and if you're not come see us so we can figure out how to make that happen!), you need one of these for your serger too!  Knits and costume fabrics will be especially easier!

    Just click the photo or link below and we'll make your holiday wish come true!

    Sew Steady Wish 1

    Save nearly $100 - Order NOW!

     

     

     

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