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Quilting Solutions

Posted By on April 7, 2016

I love to quilt!  My grandmother taught me how to quilt, my daughter is a quilter and we’re teaching my granddaughters how to quilt.

As I was growing up I remember my grandmother spending her evenings handstitching quilts together.  Two of my favorites that she made (and that I’ve made for my children) are the Beautiful Butterfly Quilt and the BowTie Quilt.   My daughter’s favorite is one that she made while in college – her famous Patch “Puff” Quilt.  Wow – she could have started her own quilting business when her friends saw and felt that wonderful soft puffy quilt!

The important question is – what kind of  special quilting tools/supplies/notions do you use most?

I have my own little “quilting” corner where I keep all my quilting tools/supplies in one place (except my fabric scrap stash which is in another cabinet!).  These are the items I use ALL the time:

The Fiskars Rotary Cutting Set — this  one set includes a rotary cutter, 18″ x 24″ cutting mat and a 6″ x 24″ clear acrylic ruler

3-Piece square cut ruler set – this set has 3 different size squares – 6 1/2″, 4 1/2″ and 3 1/2″ – made of heavy acrylic, and is perfect for most of the quilting squares that I make.

Pyramid cutting ruler – I use this ruler for my quilting patterns that need a precise triangle measurement.  This ruler is designed to cut triangles from 1″ to 6″.

Quilting Glass Head Pins – I like the heads on these pins and, you guessed it — they STAY in my quilting “corner”, so they don’t get mixed in with my regular sewing pins.

Quilt Halo – free motion quilting tool – This tool is designed for free motion quilting, but it is also very useful for the free motion embroidery that I do to personalize items for the grandchildren.  Very useful tool!

I like to hear what YOUR favorite quilting items are, and let me know if you are also passing your quilting skills down to the next generation of quilters.

The above items are the specific quilting items that I use all the time,



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Where Do I Find Pattern Paper???

Posted By on February 18, 2016

This question has been asked of us a lot lately.  I have said previously that you can use old newspapers or cut paper grocery bags and spread them out to make the patterns.  Then, one day I was out of town at my cousin’s house working on a pattern for a member of the family.  Without any pattern paper handy, I tried what I’ve suggested – tried the newspapers — YIKES!  I could hardly tell where my lines were with all the newsprint.  So, we cut and taped together paper grocery bags – that was a little better, but took a bit of doing to get enough bags cut and taped RIGHT so I could make all the pattern pieces.  I’m here to tell you — as I told my cousin — the ONLY pattern paper I use, and now recommend it to everyone (don’t want anymore of you going through what happened at my cousins house)!  I use Pellon’s Easy Pattern 830 pattern paper.  It is 45″ wide and is even washable and dryable.  Once your pattern is made you can keep it forever as this pattern paper doesn’t tear!  Here is what it looks like:

Pellon Easy Pattern Paper

I love Pellon products, and figured I would answer everybody that has the “where do I find pattern paper?” question at the same time!

And while we’re on the subject of making patterns – you’ll also need a “curved” tool.  You can use a French Curve if you have one, but our Curved Ruler was made specifically for pattern making projects.

Happy sewing and pattern making!  I’m hoping these two items will make your projects much easier!

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50% off ALL Business Books!

Posted By on February 9, 2016

Get your year (and finances) off to a great start!  You can start a new business or kick your current business into high gear with this big sale.  No coupon code required – all business books are already discounted.  Sale ends Friday, February 26.

Check out some or all of the following business books, load your cart and the downloadable books will be available immediately upon payment.

Each business manual has all the information you need to start that particular business.  If you or someone you know needs some extra cash, you’re at the right place to get started.

In the “Jumpstart Your Business” book, one chapter alone “Free Advertising…Yours For The Asking” (a case study) can give you $10,000+ worth of advertising for the price of a stamp and envelope. Follow our success strategy and be on the road to financial freedom!

If you are into crafts and make items that everyone would LOVE to have, the “How To Sell Your Handmade Items” will give you specifics on where you can sell them online – and I’ll bet we know some hot spots you haven’t heard of before!

This sale is only through Friday, Feb 26 – no coupon code required!

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Looking For A Sewing Machine To Teach A Child To Sew?

Posted By on January 21, 2016

I have a couple of grandchildren that are begging  me to teach them how to sew.  They are 10 years old, and that’s about the age I learned to sew on my mothers’ treadle sewing machine.  The problem is that my sewing machine is BUSY with all my sewing and craft projects, so I’ve been checking around to see what I could get that wouldn’t be too difficult for them to learn on.  Here’s what I’ve decided on – the Brother CS6000i.  It will be easy enough for me to show them various items then get them started on easy projects.


Brother CS6000i Feature-Rich Sewing Machine With 60 Built-In Stitches, 7 styles of 1-Step Auto-Size Buttonholes, Quilting Table, and Hard Cover


  •  Versatile, value-packed, perfect for a wide range of sewing and quilting projects, accessories are stored inside a compartment on the arm of the sewing machine
  • Select stitches and adjust stitch length and stitch width via settings seen on the LCD display
  • Stop/start button allows use without included foot control. Variable speed control for easily adjusting your sewing speed
  • Jam-resistant Quick-set top drop-in bobbin makes setting and accessing your bobbin thread a breeze. No more fishing for your bobbin thread. Accessories are stored in a compartment on the arm of the machine.
  • Bilingual user manual, 25-year limited warranty, and free phone support for the life of the product.

Here’s the best part: Price is $144.99 (List price $440) AND Free Shipping!!
If you also need an excellent book to help you with your teaching, we recommend the “Learn How To Sew” book.  The book covers the “learning” aspect from start to finish — and gives practice pages to practice stitches (sewing a straight line, sewing in a circle), as well as a number of easy sewing projects that the beginner can jump into.

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How To Sell Your Handmade Items

Posted By on January 19, 2016

How to sell your handmade items


Sewing, crafting, knitting, crocheting, quilting and woodworking are among many categories of “hobbies” that people embark on and end up with beautiful handmade items they can sell. The sky is the limit on what you can make, and then sell for a good profit.

How To Sell Your Handmade Items will get you enthused about selling the products you already make, or get you headed in that direction. We want to help you by giving information on how and where to sell those products that you have made. We have had over 40 years experience in making various products and utilizing many different avenues to sell those products and we’d like to help you sell your handmade items too!

There are some specific websites where you can sell your handmade products and make a great deal of money.  In addition, there are sites where you can sell your patterns, if that’s what you prefer.  We recommend one very highly and we are doing very well selling our product patterns there.

Get this new year off to a good start!  Don’t wait another day – check out this book — the price is only $7.95 and you can download it immediately and get to work today.

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Quick And Easy Gift Ideas

Posted By on December 17, 2015

There aren’t too many days left before Christmas, so I’m thinking that whatever gifts we still have time to make need to be some nice, but quick and easy gifts to make.

The first idea that comes to mind are washcloth slippers – you’ve probably seen them on our PatternsThatFitYou site, as well as our Patterns2Go site.

Free Washcloth Slippers Pattern

Either place you want to visit, the pattern instructions are FREE, easy to follow and very quick to make.  The washcloth slippers are a super gift to give to those in nursing homes, in hospitals as well as anybody else on your gift list.

The second idea for a cute gift is the “anything goes” quilt.  This pattern is also free and available from Patterns2Go.

Super Easy Anything Goes Quilt Pattern

The idea here is to use a length of fabric according to the quilt size you want to make – the fabric should have some designs on it, as shown above, but not be “too busy” with designs.  You will sew the fabric to a backing, put quilt batting on the inside, then do your quilt stitching either around the designs, if they are large enough, or do hand quilting stitches around all or part of the designs to complete the quilt.   This type of quilt is great for children’s quilts or for little girls for doll quilts.  If you have the right type of decorative fabric, this also works very well as a wall hanging to make as a gift.

For additional gift ideas you can check out the patterns at

Do any of you have any other ideas for quick and easy gift ideas????  I’m thinking that a lot of us who really like to make Christmas gifts are getting to where “quick and easy” would sound really good!

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Are Low Sales Affecting Your Self Esteem?

Posted By on December 16, 2015

Are your Holiday sales as high as you’d like them to be?  Are you making sales at all, or are you getting only a few customers per week?

The advantage of working out of our homes is that we don’t have rent to pay on a store building, or spend our days at the store pacing the floor wishing someone would walk through the door.

Some days it’s very hard to keep an optimistic point of view when it appears that we don’t know when the next dollar will come in.

Even though  the economy is taking a hit on all of us, we begin think we are all alone, and start wondering if our work is good enough or perhaps customers no longer like what we make, etc.

A good case in point is something that just happened in our town.  Last weekend our town held  an annual 3 day event and one of the biggest festivals in the entire area.  This festival has been going on for years and gets bigger each year.   According to the paper there were over 200 vendors (artists) coming from all across the country to attend the festival and over 150,000 people expected to attend.   I’m sure the artists all thought they were gonna go home afterwards with wads of dollars from sales!

After the festival ended, the newspaper interviewed several of the vendors/artists to get some feedback on how it went.  First of all, they didn’t get anywhere NEAR the crowd that they were expecting, and those who did attend were “lookers” and not “buyers”.  One artist who had come from another state said she sold ONE painting on Friday, NONE on Saturday and TWO on Sunday.  She had paintings that ranged from $200 to $2,000 — and the three that were bought were all in the $200 range.   Were her paintings poor quality?  Were the paintings something that nobody would want?  Absolutely not!!!  They were beautiful!  One would-be customer came up and wanted the $2,000 painting so badly, but said she just didn’t have the money right now, but would “take a business card” and get hold of her (the artist) later.  The artist said “later never comes”!

Now I would have to say that this particular artist, as well as probably the majority of the rest of them, COULD begin to go into a “low self esteem” slump just wondering why their stuff didn’t sell like it did last year or the year before.  Perhaps even start to think they need to get out of this business.

Now is the time for an ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT!  Yes, the economy stinks, and people are hanging on to every dollar they can.  However, there IS something that you can do, especially if your self esteem is ready to hit rock bottom.

Consider this:  we all have the same 24 hours each day.  We all wake up with the same day ahead of us.  What we decide to do with those hours is up to us individually, not up to the weather, not up to the stock market reports or up to how many sales we made yesterday.   Today is a NEW day, and we need to determine within our own heart that we WILL do something that will make a difference.

If customers are not coming to you, perhaps you could go to them.  I’m sure there are many shut-ins that would appreciate someone coming to them to get their measurements, or to pick up their alterations that need to be done.  If you are making craft items, perhaps you could consign them to a local fabric store where people traffic would be greater than to your home.  Consider what it is that you’re doing and spend a little time thinking about what you could do to add more customers, or get the word out a little more about what you have.  Perhaps you could make a little gift basket of items that you deal with and talk to some local stores about doing a Holiday Raffle — you can get raffle tickets easily, cover an empty peanut butter jar or something similar and make a nice decorative “holiday raffle — $1.00 per ticket” sign.

If you have other ideas, please let us know so we can pass them along to our readers.

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Books Make GREAT Christmas Gifts!

Posted By on November 30, 2015

Today is the perfect day to get your Christmas gift list out and see who all would LOVE to get a book this year!  They’ll be thanking you all year long as they use their new book over and over again!

Those on your list that sew or craft would love you forever for picking one of these super helpful books for them:

Sewing Machine Repair For The Home Sewer

Serger Repair For The Home Sewer

500 Kwik And Easy Sewing Tips

Complete Guide To Treadle Sewing Machines

If your friend or relative has talked about getting into a home business of their own (or perhaps YOU or your spouse), check out these complete business manuals:

How To Start And Operate A Profitable Clothing Alteration Business

Sewing Machine Repair As A Home Business

Sewing For Plus Size Children As A Home Business

Or for the ones on your list that love to wear scarves:

How To Make Scarves and 101 Ways To Tie Them

All of the above books are spiral bound so the gift recipient can easily find the pages necessary for completion of their projects.

Order early and don’t get caught in the Christmas rush!

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How To Organize Your Holiday Gift List

Posted By on November 23, 2015

Normally this space is dedicated to information to help those of us in the sewing business with various sewing / alteration / crafting topics.  However, today, we’re going to talk about helping YOU get organized for Holiday gift giving.

For those of us who enjoy making gifts for family members, friends, children’s teachers, neighbors etc, now is the time to gt organized and figure out exactly what you want to make for each of them.  Each gift must be personally chosen for the recipient, and be something they would actually USE, not just something to be tossed aside later.

Begin your gift making process by writing a list of everybody you want to make a gift for and then list their hobby, what they do for enjoyment or something about their job that they’re very proud of.

After completing my list, I always go to my favorite website, and see what all is available there that might work for some of the people on my list.  There is such a wide variety of patterns in all categories that I usually can find most of my patterns there. You can also head over to to check out the downloadable patterns available.  If there are some chubby girls on your list that you’d like to make a cute blouse for or other items, check out the Plus Size Girls patterns.  The patterns have been made using REAL plus size children’s measurements, so you know the fit will be great for her.  The plus size boys / girls patterns are actual patterns with easy directions to help you make the garments.

After completing the gift list and items to make, it’s time to dig into the sewing room and see what fabrics and notions I have available in order to get started on some of the projects immediately.  As I assemble the necessary items for each project, I put the fabric, notions and pattern into a zip lock bag with the name of the receiving person on the outside.   (If the fabric and notions are too big for a zip lock bag I simply place them into a larger plastic grocery store bag, tie the top and put the name on the outside).  The person’s name is then marked off my list.  I then put the zip lock bags into a small box where they are ready to start working on as I have extra time.  After assembling all I can from my sewing room, I take the remainder of the list to the fabric store to purchase the necessary items for the gifts.  The newly purchased materials are then divided up for the individual gifts, and again I place the pattern and materials into a zip lock bag with the receiving person’s name on the outside.

Within a day or two I have organized and assembled all the necessary items for each person’s gift, and am ready to sit down and start putting it all together.  By starting early I have time to get all the gifts completed between my other sewing projects and ready for gift giving.

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500 Kwik & Easy Sewing Tips – sew faster, better and easier!

Posted By on November 17, 2015

Learn to sew faster, better and easier with this 500 Kwik & Easy Sewing Tips book.  Many of these time savers are so simple, you’ll wonder why you never thought of them before.  500 Kwik & Easy Sewing Tips contains the best of customer hints and tips accumulated over 25 years.  Spiral binding makes it easy to turn to each tip you need at the moment.  This could be the best book in your sewing room!

500 Sewing Tips

D. Bloss, MD wrote to us saying “I was looking through your ‘500 Kwik and Easy Sewing Tips’ book for a particular item, but found so many things I needed that I started putting sticky tabs on the pages of hints I knew I’d need for my next projects.  I have so many sticky tabs throughout the book that I’m wondering how I got along all this time without your terrific book!  Thanks for putting these hints and tips together – they’re great!”

Don’t let another day go by without this valuable time saving and money saving book.  You’ll have the corners turned down on nearly every page so you won’t forget the tips and hints on those pages – or have a book full of sticky tabs like Ms. Bloss does!

“500 Kwik & Easy Sewing Tips” is just $9.95 and is spiral bound so you can get to the tips easily.

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