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September 2010
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Thursday Tips

We’re going to be starting a new category here at SewingBusiness entitled “Thursday Tips”.  We’re collecting sewing and craft tips from everywhere to pass along to our readers, and we’d love to have you send in your favorite tips as well to pass along.

Today’s tip is no surprise — September is National Sewing Month, and we’d like to encourage all of you to dig into your sewing supplies and get started on sewing something special.  You could also take it upon yourself to teach someone to sew.  In this economy teaching someone, old or young, to sew could make all the difference in whether that person or their family could get some new clothes, toys or home decor items this year!

Many cities and towns don’t have fabric stores and I know that some of you have to travel quite a distance just to get to a fabric store.  We know the feeling because in our town (which is not small, by any means), all the fabric stores except one have closed within the past few years.

Our suggestion to you is to check out the online fabric stores, such as Jo Anns, or — these are the two that we purchase fabric from on a regular basis and have always been very satisfied with the fabrics.  You can also get a variety of fabrics from an assortment of vendors at ebay.

Are you looking to purchase a new sewing machine or serger?  Again, the online store we’d recommend is AllBrands, which carry a wide variety of sewing machines, sergers, notions, etc.

If you already have a sewing machine and/or serger and would like to learn how to repair your sewing machine, or at least keep it running smoothly so it doesn’t “die” in the middle of your sewing project, we’d recommend you check out the book, Sewing Machine Repair For The Home Sewer.

Good luck on your sewing projects!  And remember, we’re looking for some great tips from our readers – you could be first!

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