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Felt

Sweets Sewing for Play

Kitchens

Storage Ideas to Get Sew Organized

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home & style simple projects 37

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Embellish it

Spice up your belongings with a touch of buttons and trinkets

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Sew Green

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Charming Touches

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Personalize it

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Pin Cushions

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Nimble Thimble

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Obi inspired pillow

Recycle old clothes, transform an old sweater into a new bag Add stitches to homemade cards for a sweet touch

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Make a set of aprons, place mats, overn mitts table runners and napkins for your kitchen

sewing corner

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Serging Ahead

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107 Sewing on the Go This season’s books that will keep your fingers nimble when your thumbs aren’t in thimbles

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Pretty & Pink

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Perfect Curtains

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Tapestry for All

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Heat up the Kitchen

Padded hanger comes with hidden zipper and pockets Learn the secrets for perfect curtains with beautiful folds Turn tapestry into creative projects for your house

Top Ten Products

We’ve tested these ten sewing products so you know what’s hot and what’s not this spring

115 Q&A Reader questions answered by our favorite sewer Elsie Marley 120 Smart & Savvy Favorite ways to sew and save 124 Crafty Contest See the baby booties readers made for the winter contest

departments 12

Editor’s Letter

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Contributors

128 Credits & Shopping

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editor’s letter

handmade with love

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tipstechniques

Follow that Thread Remember the days before you got serious about sewing? Here is a wealth of knowledge about sewing threads.

Spun Threads

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By Regina Falange

How is Thread Made? Another popular size measurement of system, particularly in how embroidery thread is Thread Weight. Since almost embroidery thread is a very two-ply construction it is generally believed 1.Thread Weight equals the very count number (the first number) as in the Cotton Count System Thread made from continuous thirty it filaments are stronger and have higher tenacity than threads 2. Two-Ply made from staple fibers duh fibers rock. Another popular size measurement system, particularly embroidery of thread Weight. Since embroidery thread is two-ply construction gene believed that Thread Weight equal the count number (the first number) as in the 3. Cotton Count System he Thread made from the continuous it filaments are stronger and have a higher tenacity than threads made from staple fibers duh fibers rock. Thread made from continuous it.

Filament Threads

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Textured Threads

Synthetic Threads

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tipstechniques Thread Types

Thread Weight

Another popular td size measurement system, particularly of in embroidery thread is Filament. Since the most embroidery color thread is a two-ply construction of twists an it is generally Textured believed that the thread Weight equals count number as in the Cotton Count System dajinaji oyshes Thread types Synthetic made the from the many continuous it filaments are stronger and made from staple deaf fibers duh fibers rock have sew.

This may seem like the million dollar question, but in general all good ips sewing threads have in common good sewability, good seam performance and in the case of decorative threads, aesthetics. Several characteristics of contribute to these attributes and are regularly measured and monitored by most thread manufacturers. of course on needles is doing in this brochure about thread, but the one relationship between needle and thread is crucial to successful sewing or quilting. As important as it is to select the needle for the fabric, it is equally important to select the proper needle for the or other “thread� problems are the result of or improper needle selection rtant to select the proper needle for the.

What to Look For... Elongation This amount of thread stretches before it breaks. Threads high elongation will give greater seam elasity, but can cause poor loop formation Cotton thread. Uniformity Imperfections or defects in thread are thick and thin places that can cause sewing problems. The most ish fa common imperfections are: knots, slubs, neps, dropped ply, dropped filament and singles dummy kinks dummy copy. Lubricity This is the frictional characteristic of thread as it passes through the sewing machine and knots, slubs, neps, dropped filament Strength The amount of force required to break a knots, slubs, neps, dropped ply, dropped filament thread. This is a character can be Tenacity the breaking strength of a thread adjusted for thread size. Tenacity is measured in grams/denier. Twist A thread with too little twist may fray and break, one with too much can cause snarling, looping and knotting oh joy shiro yuu wah.

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Theres should be flexible, strong, have a good twist. Tenacity and elongation is also important when pick.


tipstechniques All about Color Brightness This is the amount a thread stretches before it breaks. Threads high elongation will give greater seam elasity, but can cause poor loop formation Cotton thread has very little, if any lorem ipsum et alsun sarang ditsum ferbers. Fade Imperfections or defects in thread are thick and thin places that can cause sewing problems. The most ish fa common imperfections are: knots, slubs, neps, dropped ply, dropped filament and singles dummy kinks dummy copy thread dye. Dye This is the frictional characteristic of thread as it passes through the sewing machine and ipsum aoi gazette Spun ilps polyester thread, made from polyester fibers cut to the same length as cotton staple, was introduced as a substitute. Texture The amount of force required to break a thread. This is a character can be measured several the breaking strength of a thread adjusted for thread size. All spun threads are made up from lorem ipsum et disum alsun staple fibers that are spun into single yarns and then plied together make a fine sewing thread.

Thread Durability All sewing threads begin as simple yarns. Twisting together short fibers or continuous filaments produces these yarns. This process known as singling twist is responsible for the strength and flexibility, which is essential in all any good sewing thread. When two or more yarns are combined to make the thread, reverse twist together add balance. The individual yarns or plies would separate as they pass through the needle and the tensions discs of the sewing machine. After the whole construction, the thread is finished to enhance its suitability for various typ. through the needle and the tensions

All Threads are created Different Throughout most of the twentieth of century, cotton thread was the ipsum industrially and in the home. When synthetics were developed, yes it was only natural to emulate the sewing characteristics of cotton. The ore spun polyester thread, made from polyester fibers cut to the same length as cotton staple, was introduced as a substitute for cotton. All spun threads are made up from staple fibers that are spun to into single yarns and then plied to make sewing thread. the all-purpose, Maxi-Lock Coats, the Premium Serger Thread and all other cotton threads are examples of spun thread. All spun threads have a of more fuzzy surface, which gives them a soft hand and a nice lubricity characteristics. They also offer excellent sewing performance, but lack the strength of continuous the filament threads yarns and then plied together to make good sewing thread. Notions & Things

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tipstechniques

Needle-ology101 Sooner or later most crafters pick up a needle to mend. Using the right needle for your projects makes everything run smoother. By Katherine Blair

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Sharps are the

most common for hand sewing. They have a rounded eye, just large enough for a thread to pass.

Embroidery

needles are very similar to sharps. These needles have large eye for thicker flosses and yarn.

Make pincushions to keep track: denim cushion for denim needles woven fabric for woven needles.

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Tapestry

needles have a blunt point and a big eye. They are made to pass easily through tapestry and canvas.

Quilting

needles, are short and sharp. Their thinness help them pass easily through heavier fabrics.

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tipstechniques

Notions Book Floss cards

Embroidery floss cards are velcroed and removable for colorful threaads.

This handy book keeps your sewing notions at hand in a stylish and convenient way. This project is fun to make and versatile. Make your own with spring’s hot bold prints. By Elsie Marley

Ribbon

Pockets

Large pockets hold bigger notions for convenient access.

A convenient ribbon to keep an extra pair of scissors or reading glasses at hand.

Pen & Pencils

Keep pencils and pends close to mark up your projects.

Scissors

Clear cut sections for scissors to keep them safely stowed

Do-It-Yourself Find this pattern and other tips online at www.sew-crafty.com You can also share photos of your our design on our online gallery.

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Pin Cushion

Built in pincushion keeps pins close by.

Needle Book

Fold-out needle book holds a variety of needles so you can have the right one for you project.


Easy as a piece of Pie! (from top)

Apple Pie, Raspberry Tart, Blueberry Tart, Strawberry Tart. Patterns and instructions can be found online at www.sewcrafty.com Spring 2009 Patterns Index and Gallery.

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felt sweets

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STEP TWO FILLING & FRUIT

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STEP THREE CREAM TOPPING

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LUCIOUS STRAWBERRY TART

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Cupcakes for all. A great way to celebrate every day occasions in the play house, or just to have at hand. The possibilities are endless with so many frosting. 90 Sew Crafty Spring 2009


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Magazine design for publishing project class. Sew Crafty is a craft magazine concentrating on the art of sewing.

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Magazine design for publishing project class. Sew Crafty is a craft magazine concentrating on the art of sewing.

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