Quilt Batting: Get to know your wadding for Quilting

By the time you’ve completed your first quilt top, you’ll need to choose a suitable batting for your quilt – whether you plan to do the quilting yourself or sendng it away for long-arm quilting. If you’re new in the world of patchwork, you’d probably be shocked when you go to buy your batting for…

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Janome Stirling Review – What Kind of Sewing Machines Are They?

  “I’ve seen this ‘Stirling by Janome’ brand of sewing machine and overlocker around – but cannot find them on Janome Australia’s website. Are they Genuine? The prices seem too good to be true.”   We get this question a lot, especially around Mother’s Day. For good reasons. Let me explain. “Stirling” is Aldi’s own…

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How to Choose a Sewing Machine – a Beginner’s Guide

“I’m new to sewing and don’t want to spend a fortune on a sewing machine – which model should I choose?” Since I get this question at least once a week, I thought I’d explain it here for every one At this point, you might be doing heaps of research, and probably starting to get…

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Pre-cut – What Size Quilt Does it Make?

  This is a VERY popular question. So if you’re wondering the same thing, read on….   So you ask: “How Many Packs do I need for a Queen size quilt?”   Here’s the short answer: If you are just stitching the precut pieces together, with no other additional fabrics, then you would need about:…

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Pre-cut Fabric Explained

  “What on earth is a Fat Quarter?”   “How come my quilt pattern calls for Jelly Rolls and Layer Cakes? I’m making a QUILT – not baking!”   If you’re new to the world of patchwork, you might well be wondering about the same thing   So let’s look at the most common types…

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How to Choose the Right Mannequin: based on Your Body Measurements

      When choosing a dressmaker’s dummy, most people ask: “I’m a size __. Which mannequin is right for me?” The assumption is to simply go for the size range listed. Right? Well – Not Exactly. Here’s my standard answer: “Dress size can be unreliable, because they often vary from brand to brand. Instead…

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A Quick Guide to Your Sewing Machine Presser Feet

Lately, quite a few people have asked me all sorts of questions about various sewing machine feet: what they are, how they work, what sort of foot they need, the differences between the different version, and whether the foot they have in mind will fit their machine. The list goes on…..So here is a brief…

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