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Tips and Tools: Pillows

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Tips and Tools: Pillows

To figure out just how much fabric it takes to make a pillow you need to know how big your pillow form is.  If you are buying new the packaging will tell you.   If you are recovering a pillow, check the tag on the pillow for a size.  Otherwise measure the pillow with a cloth measuring tape as best you can.  Whatever the dimensions are cut your fabric the width by 2 times the height.  For example if you are using an 18"x18" pillow form.  You would need a piece of fabric that is 18" wide x 36" tall,...

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Tips and Tools: Seam Gauge

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Tips and Tools: Seam Gauge

Back to the basics again this week!  Do you have one of these yet?  It's called a seam gauge and it's basically a 6" ruler.  The part that makes it extra useful is the little blue guide.  It moves up and down the ruler to help you keep hem lines straight while you're pinning or pressing them.  It might seem really simple, but sometimes it's these simple inexpensive tools that can make the sewing process go so much smoother which will mean you end up with better results.  If you don't have a seam gauge, I highly suggest you get...

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Tips and Tools: Using Chambray

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Tips and Tools: Using Chambray

 We thought we would use our Tips and Tools this week to tell you all about...Chambray (pronounced sham-brey) is a woven cotton fabric. According to Dana Willard's book Fabrics A to Z "chambray is made by weaving colored threads through a white weft (similar to denim), which results in a pleasing "watered down" shade of the original color.  Think of it as adding white paint to a bright pigment."  One of the benefits of a woven fabric is that the back side of the fabric can often be as lovely as the front.  It may be a slightly different shade...

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Tips and Tools: Rotary Cutters

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Tips and Tools: Rotary Cutters

We got this question from an awesome customer of ours..."I bought lots of fabulous Modern Textiles fabric, but now I'm scared to cut it! I don't want to ruin any of it! Could you please give some tips for using a rotary cutter?"  We would love to!  To make sure we are all on the same page, let's start with the basics.  A rotary cutter is a tool that houses a circular blade that rotates to cut a continuous line.  It works great to cut fabric, but it's really just one component of the process.  A self healing cutting mat...

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Tips and Tools: Sewing Machine Needles

Tips and Tools

Tips and Tools: Sewing Machine Needles

We hope you gain some valuable sewing knowledge from our tips and tools posts.  Have a question or a tip or tool you just have to share?  Please send it our way.  Message us on our Facebook page or send us an e-mail at info@modern-textiles.com This week we would like to share a little bit about sewing machine needles.  Every machine has them,but not everyone might understand just how important they are to the final outcome of your project.  Sewing with a dull or bent needle can cause enlarged holes in your fabric, make uneven or loopy stitches, and can even...

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