Do I Need a Heavy Duty (HD) Machine?

One of the questions I get asked the most often is whether or not a heavy duty and/or all mechanical machine is better than a standard sewing machine. Many people find the concept of a heavy duty (HD) machine very appealing, but aren’t sure if it’s necessary for their style of sewing.

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Free Tutorial: Reusable Makeup Remover Wipes

Recently, Brenda was searching for some easy ways to be a little more environmentally friendly every day. These little reusable makeup remover wipes are the perfect solution to those convenient but wasteful makeup remover wipes. Make up a dozen or two of these squares, then use one every night with a bit of your favorite facial cleanser.

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How and Where to Use Decorative Stitches

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Welcome back to Sewing Machine School! For a lot of modern sewing machines, it’s common to have decorative stitch options, from scallops to stars to simple swirls. These stitches can add a lot of character to projects with minimal effort, but how do you use them?

The mechanics of using decorative stitches varies from machine to machine– always check your manual to see what the specifics are before you jump in and try one out.

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Mushroom Family Sampler Gera Cross Stitch Kits

Mushroom Family Sampler Cross Stitch Kit on Linen at Pink Castle Fabrics

These little ‘shrooms from Gera designer Kyoko Maruoka are the perfect cute and quirky intro to cross stitch samplers! A free pattern from Lecien, we love it so much we decided to make kits so you can start stitching right away.

Since everyone has their preference, the Gera Cross Stitch kits come in both Aida cloth and linen variations.
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