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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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Ruby The Bear Rug

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Ruby The Bear Rug

As of today, I have a ONE year old - time NEEDS to slow down, seriously. I've decided to make this cozy Ruby the Bear rug for her present (and maybe for myself!).  I mean how cute is this for a little hang out spot in the living room? Sew you wanna know how much time it's going to take? About 3 hours, plus a little time to vacuum up the yak remnants! I wanted to make this look more like a teddy bear. Also, I think the sand color will hide our dog's hair a lot better - I'm all about practicality....

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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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Traveling Checkerboard

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Traveling Checkerboard

This project was such a fun one! I can't wait to use it this summer while out camping or even on the deck. Sew you wanna know how much time it's going to take? About 2-3 hours for the full project Will luck be on your side? This horseshoe print is fun for the back of the checkerboard. Finished Size: Approximately 19"x 19" I kept it simple with the quilting of the checkerboard, just doing a back and forth following the parallel seam lines of the checkerboard. Tips to avoid the dreaded seam ripper: -Take the time to press the playing top,...

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Tips and Tools: Sewing Machine Needles

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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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