Reference Sheets, Guides & Tips
PDF Downloads in the Following Areas
(New Additions Frequently)
The Second Golden Rule
Sewing Machine Basics
What Can A Piece of Fabric Tell You?
* Post by iKnitQuiltSew
Thread Guide by Coats & Clark
Standards & Guidelines - Craft Yarn Council PDF
Pressing Ham & Sleeve Roll - NEW! FREE Pattern!
Special Stitches, Tips & Tricks
Pin Tucks, Gathers & Pleats
Know Your Feet (Presser Feet)
Using Your Snap Tools
Stitching on knits or woven fabrics – Stretch Stitch/Zig Zag
Pressing While Sewing
Pinning and basting
Restore Frayed Fabrics & Carpets
Sewing Machine Needle Guide - Schmetz
Zipper Pocket - How To Install
Alterations: Tapering Jeans
Alterations: Taking in Button Down Shirts
Basic Tools - Let's Get Started!
Quick reference on the basic tools you will need for hand sewing and learning to sew your first project on a sewing machine. It is advisable this be the first step - learning what your basic tools are and their purpose. Once you have an idea of the basics, it is advisable to learn about your sewing machine through its manual.
Click the picture to download Tool Basics in PDF.
*Click HERE for the Hand Sewing Needle Guide.
Sewing Machine Basics
The basics of care of your machine and tools needed to keep it running smooth for years to come.
Click HERE for PDF Guide
Sewing Machine Care: A Penny's Worth of Advice to Save Hundreds Later
Fun and informative post on basic care and troubleshooting problems with your machine.
A quick guide to sewing terms with some uncommonly heard or used terms.
If you know of any that could be added, I invite you to submit them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Click Dictionary to Access PDF Guide
Reading Crochet Charts
Taking the mystery out of the meaning of all those little symbols. Make your favorite crochet patterns with this easy to read guide. For extra assistance, download the PDF guide from the Craft Yarn Council.
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Pillows Made Easy!
Fill in empty spaces or make hanging out comfortable with your own pillows! Click the pic for a guide to make your own pillow covers, or check out these links:
Martha Stewart: 3 Ways to Make A Pillow Cover
Jezebel: Turn a T-Shirt Into A Pillow
BH: No Sew Pillows
Amy Butler: Gum Drop Pillows
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Double Wedding Ring Quilt
Free McCalls pattern and template plus tips I learned while making this work of art! Use the tips to assure success with your DWR Quilt!
* Click HERE for Pattern and Template
Handy Sewing Tool!
Keep your pins and snips close by with this practical and useful sewing tool.
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