Sewing 101: Getting to Know Your Sewing Machine

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When I teach the sewing 101 class for Joann’s many ladies come in with machines they have had, sometimes for years, but have been too afraid to take them out of the box. Others have taken it out, looked at it and then promptly boxed it up. When I ask why the answer is usually, […]

Homemade Rotel Tomato Recipe

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This year when planning my garden I decided that I wanted to plant a few extra plants in hopes of canning and freezing up some recipes. I haven’t had to buy canned tomatoes for several years but I was still buying canned rotel. In my mind I was going to can up or freeze enough […]

Husqvarna Viking Ruby Deluxe For Sale

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I have decided to go ahead and upgrade to a commercial machine. In order to make room I HAVE to part with my Viking Ruby Deluxe. I currently have it listed on e-bay here. I bought it new in January of 2014  as a second machine and has been used for 3 hours of embroidery […]

Peeling Tomatoes

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This summer I have had an incredible tomato harvest. I planted a mixture of tomatoes all of which were organic heirloom tomatoes. I have three rows of tomatoes with about 6 plants to a row. Normally the birds get a lot more than they have this year and I usually loose a lot to the […]

Changing the Gauge on your Canner

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When I got ready to start canning this season I knew I was going to have to do something about my current canner.  I had it tested and even though it was still reading accurately every time I use it the gauge fills with steam and becomes hard to read. At first I thought I was going […]

Summer of Tomatoes

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It has been an amazing summer so far! I started my summer off visiting my daughter for her college graduation. A few weeks after I returned my husband and I took an 11 day motorcycle trip last month to The Blue Ridge Parkway and since school is out I have been able to spend a lot more […]

Sewing 101: How To Clean Your Sewing Machine

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 If you’re not sure what pieces you can take out of the machine or how to put them back – consult your owners manual, still not sure contact a professional! When I teach sewing 101 the first thing I go over is the tools of the trade. Then we go over the parts of a sewing […]

ModCloth Gifts for Guys Collection and Summer kick Off

You may not know it, but ModCloth isn’t just for the ladies. They have an awesome selection of dude-approved goods, too!  With Father’s Day just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to find a gift for dad in the Gifts for Guys collection. Don’t forget to mention the Free Express Shipping offer on US orders of […]

Sewing 101: Tools of the Trade

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When I teach Sewing 101 at Joann’s the very first thing I cover are the tools of the trade. You can easily spend a small fortune on tools so I suggest starting with the basics and adding to your sewing basket as you find tools you know you need or want. The tools you need vary […]

Sewlosophy Serendipity Swing Coat and Beret

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 One of the things I do each morning is read through a few of my favorite sewing blogs. Working from home can get lonely and reading the blogs is a way to connect and I usually find some wonderful inspiration.  A few months ago while reading my Bloglovin list I noticed a call for pattern testers […]