Tuesday, April 28, 2009

A Notion About Notions

When you take up quilting, there are many notions, or items that will make your task easier and more fun. These specialty items are available online, in craft shops, department stores and quilt shops. While not all are necessary, they really do come in handy.

Metal-edged rulers are used when creating templates and when cutting cardboard and fabric with a rotary cutter or knife.

Metre rules are used with set squares to cut lengths of fabric.
Set squares are used to measure accurate right angles and are used with metre rules to cut lengths of fabric.

Tape measures are flexible measuring tools used for measuring lengths of fabric.
Pair of compasses are used for drawing circles.
Vanishing markers crate special marks that will fade n contact with water.
Dressmaker's wheels and chalk are used to directly mark fabric. The chalk will brush off.
Dressmaker's scissors and shears are used for cutting fabric only.
Paper scissors are used for cutting paper.

Embroidery scissors are small, sharp and often decorative scissors that are used in quilting to cut thread and trim fabric.
Pinking shears have serrated blades. They are used to create decorative edges and prevent fraying.

Rotary cutters are used with a cutting mat. They are great for cutting multiple pieces that are exactly the same, at the same time. Rotary cutters are available in different sizes. Small cutters work best for cutting curves and a few layers of fabric. Large cutters cut many layers at a time and are ideal for cutting long straight lines.

Cutting mats are made especially for use with rotary cutters. They protect both the tabletop and the blade. Mats with printed grids are useful for cutting right angles.
Quilter's needles are used for hand sewing appliqué and patchwork. Betweens are used for making smaller stitches.

Crewel needles are used for working embroidery stitches.
Quilting pins are longer than dressmaker's pins and pass through several layers of fabric easily.
Safety pins are sometimes used in basting quilt blocks together.
Beeswax is applied to quilting thread before stitching so that the thread passes smoothly through the fabric.

Thimbles are essential for hand quilting. They are used to push the needle through several layers of fabric at once. Many styles are available. Some quilters and sewers collect thimbles.
Unpickers-or rippers are used to remove stitches.

Irons are used for pressing patchwork seams and to remove wrinkles from fabric.
Embroidery hoops are used while quilting. Wooden frames are usually used for hand quilting. Plastic frames with metal spring closures are used for machine quilting.
Ribbon may be used to embellish appliqué or crazy patchwork. It may also be used to edge a border. Ribbon may be velvet, satin or manmade material.

Trimmings such as fringing, pompon tape; tassels and flat ribbon tape may be used to make unusual edgings or to embellish a patchwork piece.
Lace can be used to embellish appliqués.

Quilters' gloves offer protection when using rotary cutters and needles.
Needle threaders make threading needles a breeze.
Any of the notions listed above would make a great gift for your favorite quilter.

Friday, April 3, 2009

"Learn Exactly Repair Sewing Machine At Home! In 30 days Or Less ....Guaranteed!"

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Dear Friends,
Let’s hear Tony talking about his project
My name is Tony and I started my own sewing machine business 25 years ago. At that time, I had little knowledge of repairing sewing machines. I can well remember looking around for someone to teach me all the ins and outs, all the tricks of sewing machine repair.
But unfortunately no books were available! After 21 years in this business, I have decided to write down all my hard-earned knowledge and tricks-of-the-trade in this step-by-step book.

I want to teach other people how to do their own sewing machine repairs at home for themselves or as a business. As we all know, sewing-machine repair is one of the fastest growing businesses in the world today.
Newspapers, women’s magazines, dry-goods stores, high schools and colleges are all encouraging millions of American women to do their own sewing, not only to make their own slacks, suits, shirts, sweaters, etc, clothes, but also to make nice clothes for their husbands, sons, or boyfriends. Statistics now show the tremendous growth in the number of women who make their own family wardrobe. The latest figures show that over 89 million American women, because of the high costs of ready-to-wear garments or the undesirable workmanship of store-bought clothes, are now making almost all of the clothing for their families. Now is the time when a sewing machine specialist can write his or her own ticket. Never before has the money-making opportunity been so great in this field, if you know what you're doing. And this is not to mention, it is also a very prestigious occupation.But that’s not all.
Most of these women find true enjoyment and satisfaction making the family wardrobe on their own sewing machine. So it is only natural that the demand for excellent service on sewing machines is on the upswing and growing by leaps and bounds. Think of it! Eighty-nine million or more sewing machines, not including another 10 million sewing machines in schools of all sorts, (such as grade schools, high schools, colleges, schools for the deaf, the handicapped, all across the land, just to name a few). And what about the sewing machines in hospitals, prisons, homes of correction, tailor shops, women’s shops, children’s homes and old folks’ homes … the list could go on and on!All these sewing machines need service at least once a year and quite possibly four or more times each year.
I'm well aware that some women are forced to return their sewing machines to repairmen time after time trying to get it fixed properly. Not all, by any means, but many so-called sewing-machine specialists, simply do not have the knowledge or the know-how to correctly set up, adjust and retime the modern sewing machine. I've seen sewing machines come out of repair shops in worse shape than they were when they went in, and I am sure that thousands of women could say "Amen" to that statement. So for the above reasons, I decided to write a complete guide to sewing-machine repair and teach people how to repair their own sewing machines at home. On the very first day, you will find that our simple training method is amazing.
I assume that you have had no previous experience with the repair of sewing machines. However, if you have had experience, you will learn how to use your knowledge to the best advantage. Your training will be practical from first page to the end of the book. It is based on the proven methods of the top sewing-machine technicians.I will teach you everything you need to know.
Admittedly, the book is predominantly about sewing machines with just four of the 70 pages pertaining to. have gone to great lengths to include sharp and clear pictures along with the copy, so there is no need to flip pages back and forth in order to find the picture that goes with the text. There will be pictures of many different sewing machines, as well as illustrations of sewing-machine pails, proper adjustments, cleaning, and timing, etc. It's clear, and it's simple.

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