Debbie Shore Offers eBook ‘Half Yard Gifts’

Sewing guru Debbie Shore has provided the latest in her “Half Yard” book series. With 22 projects to make and give, each using a half yard or less of material, these projects range from pincushions, bags and paperweights to aprons, kneeling pads and tool belts. Advice is given for customizing the projects.

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Repairing Damaged Needlework


Damaged needlework need not be assigned to the garbage. If the piece is significant then you can salvage it using any number of HTC interfacings. Several of the fusible interfacings act as a foundation layer that keeps the piece from fraying further or being pulled out of shape. This can extend the life of the piece for many years. For this demonstration we will stabilize a small square doily that has been ‘dog-chewed’.

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The Long Thread Offers Squirrel Friends Applique Project


Ellen at The Long Thread blog has provided a quick no-sew applique project. Offering templates for one or two squirrels, instructions and materials are provided so you can add these appliques to T-shirts, aprons or whatever takes your fancy.

HTC Retail’s Trans-Web, 4000-7, , is a versatile fusible interfacing that is ideal for appliques and can be machine washed and tumble-dried, making it perfect for a project like this.

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Mary Fons Offers New “Quilt Scout” Blog

Fons Quilt Scout

Mary Fons has announced that she is starting a new blog dealing with all things quilting related.  “The Quilt Scout” will provide a blend of news, commentary and stories, all in Fons’ unique voice.

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Choose Tailor’s Pride Sew-In Hair Canvas For Suits, Hats

HTC Tailor's Pride  Hair Canvas



Tailor’s Pride,#87009, is ideal for any garment or project that needs crisp shaping. Made of 41% acrylic, 19% hair, 16% polyester, 15% rayon, and 9% cotton, this sew-in hair canvas is 23 inches wide. Its medium weight makes it suitable for dry-cleanabletailored suits, ties, and hats.

Offered by HTC, it offers stability on the crosswise grain and fluidity on the lengthwise grain. It springs back into shape when crushed. It can be preshrunk with the use of heavy steam or a dry cleaner can steam it for you.

It has a wonderful drape and offers structured, yet flexible support. It comes in natural on a 25-yard roll.

HTC Retail Division is a full line supplier of materials for stabilizing embroidery, interlinings for sewing, and a variety of craft materials. It sells through a national network of home sewing and embroidery dealers.

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If I sew fast enough, does it count as aerobic exercise?

If I sew fast enough

Nothing Is Better Than Sewing

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HTC Retail Offers Pattern-Ease Nonwoven Tracing Material

HTC Pattern Ease 2mb April 2014Preserve your original patterns by using HTC Retail’s Pattern-Ease, #3100, to make durable copies. It’s made of 80% polyester/20% cellulose so it will not tear easily, and it is strong enough to be used repeatedly and last for years.
You can trace on this material in pencil, pen, or chalk to design or duplicate a pattern that is then used to cut out the appropriate material. It also can be run through an inkjet or laser printer or copier.


For support, it can be used as a light interfacing for sewing projects or as a stabilizer for light embroidery projects.

For embroidery, Pattern Ease adds body and support to fabric during machine stitching. Simply tear away when the work is done. It can be machine washed on warm and dried at a low setting. Iron on the permanent press setting.

Strips of Pattern Ease under seams will stabilize and keep fabric from getting caught in the machine. It also prevents seams from puckering. This white material comes on a 46-inch wide bolt in a length of 50 yards. It is stronger and more opaque than standard paper products.


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Enter Your Design In The American Sewing Expo

2011_PFF_Winners Sewing Design Contest

The American Sewing Expo recently announced its 2014 contest called the Fashion Design in Half Scale Challenge. This Challenge is to create a garment on a half scale dress form. The theme is Fashion Icons thru the Ages. An icon can be defined as someone known for wearing, designing or having a strong influence on fashion.

Participants must purchase a $99 kit that includes the official half scale dress form and a special code to participate in the online sew-a-long. The online portion is hosted by 2013 ASE Teacher of the Year and award winning Fashion Designer, Joi Mahon.

Contestants will be judged on fashionable interpretation of the theme, originality, creativity, technique and construction. Prizes will be awarded to winners.

Fill out your entry form by August 1, 2014. Entries and winners will be on exhibit at the 2014 American Sewing Expo starting September 26, 2014

American Sewing Expo

September 26-28, 2014

Novi, Michigan entry form and rules

Discover Fun Themed Buttons At

Buttons can add so much to a project or outfit. Find the perfect button, whether it be a locomotive, an angel, or a fish skeleton, at this button and bead bonanza online store. Go to