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Sew Decorative – Quick and Easy Home Dec Projects

Looking for some quick and easy home decorating projects? The Sew Decorative book from the editors of Sew News magazine can help you out. Whether you’re looking for place mats, pot holders or table runners, the Dining in Style chapter will entice. If you’d rather make things for your bedroom and bath, there’s a grouping […]

The Sewing Bible One Stop Sewing Reference

As its name suggests, The Sewing Bible by Ruth Singer is a one-stop sewing reference book–all 306 pages of it! Whether you’re looking for step-by-steps of practical techniques like seaming, hand stitching or mitering corners, you’re likely to find it in this tome with large detailed color photos. In addition to the practical construction techniques, […]

Redwork from The Workbasket – 100 Designs for Hand and Machine Embroidery Complete With CD

You may remember The Workbasket magazine from years past…it was a handy primer for needlework and crafts, often complete with iron-on design transfers. Like many sewing resources of eras past, it’s no longer published, but this contemporary book, Redwork from the Workbasket by Rebecca Kemp Brent, brings the flavor back to life–with a modern twist. […]

Upcycled Accessories – Sewing with Plastic

The subtitle of this Upcycled Accessories book explains it all–“25 Projects Using Re-purposed Plastic.” Sewing, you say? YES…plastic can be sewn. Author Tracie Lampe reuses food packaging, store bags, bottle labels and a host of other plasticized things to create toys, shopping bags, totes, lunch bags, wallets, journal covers, aprons and a host of other […]

Buying a Used Sewing Machine

I want to buy a sewing machine, but I can’t afford a new one. What should I look for in buying a used model? Buying a used machine can be a great idea, especially if you’re new to sewing and not sure what you’ll really need as your interest develops. It’s also economical and many established […]