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Sewing Kevlar Fabric: Everything you needed to know

Kevlar is an incredibly strong material and when used properly can provide a lot of protection. In this post, we’ll discuss sewing Kevlar fabric: it’s uses, sewing tips, and best practices. Sewing kevlar fabric: how to layer it The first thing to bear in mind regarding working with Kevlar fabric is that Kevlar is effective […]

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How to sharpen a sewing needle(and pins, too)

Arguably the most important tool in your sewing machine and indeed your sewing kit is your needle. It can be frustrating to try and sew with a blunt needle, so let’s talk about how to sharpen a sewing needle. How to see if your needle needs sharpening Sewing needles actually have very long lives so […]

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Iron on vs sew on patches(for uniforms and jackets)

A lot of folks like to show their dedication to their favorite band or cause with a patch on their jacket or backpack. Patches look cool and are a nice way to show what you care about to the world. So between iron on and sew on patches, which one is the best? What are […]

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How many Fat Quarters to make a quilt(and how big are fat quarters)

Fabric stores and quilting shops often have crazy deals on bundles of fabric called fat quarters. So when you find one of these too-good-to-pass-up deals, you’ll want to have an idea of how many fat quarters you need to make a quilt. I’ve seen some bundles of 25 quarters for just $25 – that’s an awesome […]

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Best Quilting Magazines and Newsletters(2019 MUST Reads)

Quilting has been around for a long time and is extremely popular, so it’s no surprise that there are some really great publications and periodicals out there. Let’s have a look at some of the best quilting magazines in circulation. If you’re into quilting or you wish to get into quilting these are a great […]

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Boning For Sewing: Everything you need to know

Boning in sewing is used for making corsets or other rigid clothing that needs to hold its shape. In the past, a common kind of boning was steel, but as you can imagine, it was quite heavy and quite expensive! There are cheaper options today, most notably plastic boning. Rigilene boning Rigilene boning is one […]

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Sewing With Fishing Line: Is it a good idea? (you may be surprised)

A question often raised on many survivalist forums is whether it’s a good idea to use fishing line for sewing. What’s the deal with sewing with fishing line? Let’s find out. What is fishing line Fishing line is a tough material designed to withstand the stress of pulling a fighting fish out of the water. […]

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Cost of making a quilt(why do quilts cost so much)

We all love quilts and quilting, right? What’s better than a handmade quilt that has so much love and dedication in every single square and stitch? But if you go to buy a handmade quilt, you’ll need to expect to pay a pretty penny. So what’s the cost of making a quilt, and why do […]

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How to thread an older Singer sewing machine (it’s really easy)

At the Sewing Machine Club we’re huge fans of older sewing machines, so in this post, we’ll take a look at how to thread an older Singer sewing machine. How to thread an older Singer sewing machine: step by step First off, it is useful to understand that all sewing machines are essentially the same. […]

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Sewing machine oil substitute: what can and can’t you use?

A big part of owning a sewing machine is maintaining said sewing machine. A well cared for machine can last for years and years, and just looking at some well preserved vintage sewing machines should prove this to you. You need to oil your machine regularly, but what are some sewing machine oil substitutes? Maintaining […]

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