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Project, Threads, Tools of the Trade

Trick or Treat Bag

Whip together this glow-the-dark spider web bag just in time for Halloween. The trick is to find just the right fabric waiting in your stash. The treat is to have just the right tools to turn your ideas into reality in a couple of hours. The project started as a way to show off the TL 2200 QVP Mini on our 6-foot Machine Quilter frame. I found this spider web canvas fabric in my stash and decided to trace the spider webs with glow-in-the-dark thread. We loaded the fabric on the frame and  ...

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Studio Stories, Tips & Tricks, Tools of the Trade

IKEA Hack Curtains

We’re a bookish family. When we moved house, we struggled to find the right place to set up our bookshelves. Consequently, most of our books have been stuck in boxes. We decided to get a custom shelf built to go around the sliding doors that lead to the conservatory. Something a bit like this. But with  curtained sliding doors. Getting the joiner to do the job is taking longer than I’d anticipated. Being fed up with the old curtains, I decided to go ahead and make the new  ...

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Long Arm Quilting, Machine Quilting frames, sewing machines, Tools of the Trade

The Work Horse

This post continues our series on what to look for in a sewing machine that you want to put on a quilting frame. In the first post we considered space. Today we’ll be looking at strength and speed. Professional long arm quilting machines come in two parts. There is a very powerful industrial sewing machine head that does the stitching. This ‘head’ is fixed on a large frame. The frame has 3 fabric poles that tension the layers of the quilt and a tracking system allowing the  ...

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