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Blanket Stitch On Your Serger

Download PDF Worksheet You can create a stunning blanket stitch quickly and easily on your serger - all it takes it three threads. I used Robison Anton Superbrite Poly Floss on this sample, and Maxilock nylon thread. Ask your local dealer if they have the RA thread at their store. You can use this stitch... continue reading

Two Color Decorative Stitch

Need to finish a raw edge in style - Try a 3-thread, 2-color decorative stitch. It's fast and easy. You can use this stitch to spruce up the edge of receiving blankets, wool jackets and so much more. Please let us know what you think about the video - Just leave a comment below. Download... continue reading

Serger 4 Thread Decorative

Ever wondered how you could add a great decorative stitch to heavy seams or the edges of fabric - try a 4-thread Seam using decorative thread and your serger.  We used Robison Anton Rayon Floss, but you can use almost any kind of decorative thread to do this. Please let us know what you think... continue reading

New York New York

The Garment District It's great! Yes, Mood was nice and they have a ton of fabric and trims, but in each and every cranny of the garment district you'll find fantastic trims, fabrics, buttons, heat press vinyl, zippers, buttons and more! It's not that mood was disappointing - there were just so many shops with... continue reading

Embroidery & Sewing Needles

There is a lot of fantastic engineering behind the design of a needle. We won’t cover that all that engineering here. Let's start with some needle basics: #1: Always use a good quality needle. I am partial to Schmetz needles, but there are other great brands out there. #2: Fine fabrics should be sewn with... continue reading

My Favorite Pesto Recipe

There is nothing like the smell or taste of fresh basil. My neighbor makes fun of me because almost every garden bed has some form of basil in it. I love basil and I always have a lot of it in the summer. Did you know that basil boasts numerous health benefits because of it’s... continue reading

Community Gardening – Kind of

It's nice living in town and getting to know your neighbors. When I working I just didn't have time to get to know anyone. I was rarely home.  So since I have been home and have a small terrier, I have had the opportunity to become friendly or friends with many of the neighbors simply... continue reading

Serger Video 5 – Threading

For the most part, sergers are threaded in the same manner. Upper Looper, Lower Looper and then the needles. There are some sergers that auto thread, but you should still understand how to thread in the event you want to use heavier decorative thread. Please do not let the Elna machine scare you off from... continue reading

Monogram Etiquette

One of the things I get asked a lot is about monogramming. Most of the questions are about placement - but there are two things that need to be considered regarding monogramming - Placement and Etiquette. Let's look at etiquette first so that we can use monogramming to create the perfect monogram. His and Her... continue reading

Round & Round We Go Update

We're making some progress on the rug  - BUT - I did it wrong -and I like the results. The only problem is rippling. What did I do wrong? Well, the original instructions say to stitch in the center needle position, which creates a seam in the middle of the folded strip. I did what... continue reading