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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: how do you organize/ keep patterns? on: November 17, 2013 02:33:00 PM
I usually buy bulk amounts of inexpensive lightweight fusible interfacing anytime it's on sale or I have a coupon (I can usually get it for $1 or less a yard!) I iron my pattern pieces onto the interfacing and then cut them out- they are SO much sturdier, easier to work with, last so much longer, and aren't such a hassle to put away because I no longer fear I will destroy them accidentally. It's a little extra work and a tiny bit more money but it's SO WORTH IT!
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Teaching kids to sew on: November 17, 2013 02:28:04 PM
Kids need to be talk enough to see what they are doing at the sewing machine itself and their foot must be able to reach the pedal- be VERY careful and watch their little fingers- you don't want them getting anywhere near that needle! The newer Brother machines have a speed control setting that would be helpful to use as well- it prevents anyone from putting the petal to the metal so to speak!
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Two questions, what fabric and what's this called? on: November 17, 2013 02:24:00 PM
You're going to want to use a PUL fabric (polyurethane laminated)- and if you're concerned about them being food-safe, I'd go with one called Eco-PUL... I have no clue about the hinge, I'm sorry!
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Walking Foot--when to use? on: November 17, 2013 02:18:07 PM
Knowing when you should use a walking foot means knowing what exactly a walking foot does- I'm sure you are aware of the feed dogs that are on your sewing machine (the metal plates that move back and forth under your fabric that move it through the machine). The problem with feed dogs is that they are only on the bottom- If you have ever tried to see something super thick that has multiple layers, you've likely seen what happens when the bottom layer gets moved by the feed dogs and the top layer lags behind. A walking foot adds an additional set of feed dogs to the top side of your machine, so that all layers are moved through the machine at the same time.

Use your walking foot anytime you are quilting, sewing many layers or sewing very thick fabric, and as mentioned previously anytime you are sewing slippery fabrics including laminated cotton and/or oil cloth.
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