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Secrets Of Sewing

Secrets Of Sewing

 is a comprehensive sewing instruction program with over 300 pages of vital sewing information. To help you maximize your learning, it comes with a helpful work book designed to guide you step by step to learn to sew.

Secrets Of Sewing Workbook

In addition to the core textbook and work book, there are several very useful bonuses that you will treasure for years as you learn to sew.

My Sewing Dictionary and software helps you learn to sew

Sewing Dictionary

is a vital tool for you as you learn to sew. There are many specialty terms used in sewing, quilting, and crafting that have special meanings. My Sewing Dictionary provides both a PDF ebook format and an easy to use sofware that makes it easy to acces the definition and explanation of each sewing term.

The Rotary Cutting Guide enables you to learn how to sew quickly and easily.

The Rotary Cutting Guidebook

Many beginning sewers overlook the special skills and details involved in laying out patterns as well as cutting out patterns and fabrics. The Rotary Cutting Guidebook reveals the vital secrets you need to learn how to sew and cut out your projects.

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How To Sew With Right Needle

To the Point -
The Importance of
Needle Choice

Choosing the correct needle plays a big role in machine quilting. All too often problems like thread breakage, skipped stitches, bad tension and such, are simply the result of selecting the incorrect needle for the quilting job at hand.

A bit of knowledge about needles can save a lot of strife.

At first glance, a needle appears to be a sharp thing with a hole in it for the thread. Look closer and you will see that a needle is made of much more: * The shank is the part that goes into the machine, * The shaft is how thick the needle is.

There is a scarf which is a little indent in the back of the needle where the stitch is formed, * The groove on the front hugs or protects the thread as it goes through fabric (or quilt).

Needle sizes range from 60/8, which is very fine up to 120/19, which is large and heavy duty.

Remember, the lower the number the smaller the eye and the finer the needle and the higher the number the larger the eye and the thicker the needle.

Before making your needle choice you need to take into account what thread you will use (is it thick, thin, rough or smooth) and then what the needle will be pushing through (weight and type of fabric, appliqué).

If you have difficulties when machine quilting consider the following needle suggestions:

Quilting needles have a very thin point and are the best choice for general quilting. Jeans/Denim needles are very strong needles with a very stiff shaft (for strength), a very sharp point and a slim eye. This needle is a good choice if you will be quilting through something very thick and/or appliqué pieces that have used Vliesofix to bond them to the quilt top.

Embroidery needles work with embroidery threads (i.e. rayon threads, etc.) The needle has a large eye and a specially designed scarf for these very threads. Metafil / Metallica needles are meant for metallic threads. Choose this needle if your thread has a rough texture. Does the texture of the thread feel lumpy or bumpy? If so this needle type is the ideal choice as the eye is very large and is Teflon-coated to stop friction.

Topstitch needles are perfect for the heavier weight threads and when all else fails! This needle is extra sharp, the eye is very long and the front groove is deep. Having a very long eye means that the needle shaft is not necessarily thick and therefore does not put large holes in the quilt.

If your quilting stitches don't have a quality look about them or you have breakage, skipped stitches, tension problems, etc - it might be as simple as changing the needle you use!!!

About the author:
Since discovering quilting ten years ago Bev McClune has become a professional machine quilter, a tutor of machine quilting and a partner in a patchwork and quilting business - Country Fabrics and Quilters of Toowoomba, Queensland. Bev is a featured tutor at Quiltfest, an annual quilting festival which promotes the art of patchwork and quilting. Visit Country Fabrics and Quilters online at .

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