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Nancy's Tip of the Month


2016 Tips


December Tip of the Month
Nancy's Tip of the Month If youíre not going to use your fabric purchase right away, write the yardage on an Avery label (or another type of sticker) and apply to the fabric. It will save time when youíre mulling through your fabric stash, determining if you have enough yardage for your next project.

November Tip of the Month
Nancy's Tip of the Month Every time you sew or quilt look for some small way to improve the process.

October Tip of the Month
Nancy's Tip of the Month Write the pattern number or book reference of your project inside the hem or another inconspicuous area, using a permanent fabric-marking pen such as Pigma Pen. That reference might come in handy some day!

September Tip of the Month
Nancy's Tip of the Month A seam sealant like Fray Check is a must to seal all serger thread tails or edges. If squeezed directly to the fabric, you may get more than you bargained for. Apply the sealant to a Q-tip and then dab your fabric for greater control.

August Tip of the Month
Nancy's Tip of the Month Cut elastic to the needed length after inserting it into a casing. It will be easier to handle and less elusive!

July Tip of the Month
Embroidery Tip: To soften the edges of outlined embroidery designs, use grey, brown or navy thread instead of black. The edges are defined but much less harsh.

June Tip of the Month
Nancy's Tip of the Month Make it a habit to clip the corner of fabric that youíve prewashed. This little demarcation will save you time and your sanity.

May Tip of the Month
Nancy's Tip of the Month Teach your kids or grandkids to sew on a button and fix a hem. Give them a small sewing kit when they leave for college. (If they can master texting, they can certainly sew on a button.)

April Tip of the Month
Nancy's Tip of the Month To save time later, wind several bobbins of thread before starting a project.

March Tip of the Month
Nancy's Tip of the Month Donate aged fabric to a charitable sewing group. If you havenít used it in five or more years, itís likely you never will. Youíll feel good about cleaning out your fabric stash and the recipients will appreciate the donation.

February Tip of the Month
Nancy's Tip of the Month Thank the person who taught you to sew or quilt.

January Tip of the Month
Nancy's Tip of the Month Use a calendar to quickly keep track of what youíve sewn or quilted in a year. Pin a swatch of fabric at the date completed along with a few notes. You might amaze yourself with what you accomplished in a year.


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