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    How to Clean your Serger

    Do you clean your serger regularly? Are you afraid to find out just how much fluff has accumulated inside? Some of my sewing friends have told me they never clean the thread-lint build-up inside their overlock machine because : they don’t know it even CAN be cleaned at home or that it SHOULD be cleaned….regularly….more if you use fleece or minky…. or that it’s pretty simple to take the cover off of a serger and put it back on One comment I hear a lot is that it’s scary! “That rapidly moving super-sharp knife is bad enough when the machine…

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    Scrunchies the Easy Way

    “No woman who works at W Magazine and lives on Perry Street would be caught dead at a hip downtown restaurant wearing a scrunchie!”  Carrie Bradshaw, 2003 (“Sex and the City”) …………………………………………………. Proof that what goes around, comes around. The…

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    My Snaps Journey

    Like many sewists, I started making apparel using any pattern that did not require closures. Zippers were out of the question, and buttons and snaps were intimidating because their placement needed to be spot-on equidistant from each other to avoid…

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    Trueing the Shoulder

    Quick post here: I just downloaded a new pattern release with a square neckline, which I love…..however the neckline wasn’t trued at the shoulder front-to-back. “Trueing” is the finishing step in patternmaking that ensures seam corners measure 90-degrees (a “true”…

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    On Creativity versus Copying

    Question: If you knew how to draft patterns, would you use that talent to bring your own ideas to life, to create anything in your imagination….or would you copy somebody else’s unique vision? …………………………………………………………………………. In the endless sea of beautiful…

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    An Ode to Schiffli Embroidery

    Yesterday I took my daughter, who is studying character design and visual development, to see “Toy Story 4”. We were both mesmerized by the detail in every visual aspect of the film, from textures to backgrounds, which have become so…

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    “What is deadstock fabric, and where can I get some?”

    (Continued from my previous post about sustainable fabric sourcing: https://7pinedesign.com/sustainable-fabric-shopping ) About half of my sewing projects are made with non-traditional fabric: materials not originally meant for the home-sewing market: upcycled vintage linens upcycled wedding gowns “deadstock” fabric People ask…