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Overview of how to adjust the 1034D serger

I have had a lot of people request more info on how to adjust their sergers for different types of fabric.  I hope this video helps you become more comfortable with your serger and be able to sew more variety of items with it!

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Swatch Buddies – A girls best friend!

The past May I got the fun (kidless) joy of going to the Portland Spring Quilt Market.  While there I came upon the coolest sewing idea I have ever seen, SWATCH BADDIES!  Upon getting to play with these super cool cards I immediately had ideas going through my head on how to use them with my sewing business.

Swatch Buddies are 1″ x 2″ hard plastic cards with a hole punched in one end.  You use their double sided adhesive tape (which is AWSEOME!) and stick it to back of your fabric.  Trim around the tape with pinking shears, peal off the back and stick to your card.  The Swatch Buddies also come with stickers for the back of the cards that make it easy to label your card with yardage, fabric name, and store you bought it at.

The Swatch Buddies are ideal for bringing fabrics for projects to the store with you to be able to color match.  Ensuring you never buy the wrong color again!  I personally am using Swatch Buddies to bring samples of all of my fabrics to the local farmers market with me.

For more info on purchasing yourself some Swatch Buddies go to http://www.swatchbuddies.com/servlet/StoreFront

Now for some pictures, I will have many more pictures to come later but this is just a teaser :p

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As many of you know I am a cloth diaper maker.  The above sample is JUST of my cotton velour colors.  I still have a lot more swatch buddies to make!

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Have fun getting your Swatch on!

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Why ruler folding is worth it

So a while back I did a post on how to ruler fold wide fabrics.  And now I am going to show you how all of that folding will pay off.  My husband is in the process of finishing up my very own craft room.  It is to the point now where I can actually put my fabric up on my beautiful new wall to wall shelfing!  And since I have been prepping for this day for the last 5 months, when he finally got my shelves up I had all my fabric up and pretty within a day!  If you want to know how to fold them like this please go here

And needless to say I LOVE my new craft room and cant wait to move the rest of my stuff back in!

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150 Fan Giveaway!

Here it is! My 150 fan giveaway! AND if I hit 200 fans before the giveaway closes on 4/20/2012 I will give away an additional suprise prize to another person! There are multiple ways to enter too! Have fun 🙂

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I am having problems getting the rafflecopter site to work with my blog. until then you can go to my facebook page TheCraftEGal and use the Giveaway tab located directly under my cover photo. Thank you!

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How to apply snaps using a snap press

I don’t think I would be able to make as many diapers without my snap press. Pliers are great for those on a budget or for traveling with but just don’t get as good of a press as the snap press does. Part of the pics and instructions for this are the same as with snap pliers because it takes the same prep work 🙂

For this tutorial you will need your snap press, snaps, diaper outer, reinforcement fabric, and awl. This is my pretty red snap press 🙂 please ignore my very ashy fireplce in the background. I like to keep my press on my fireplace hearth because I can lean on the handle without hurting my back.
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You will also need something to reinforce your snaps. I am using a scrap piece of PUL cut to size and a glue stick.
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Mark snap placement. I poke a small hole in my pattern then press gently with a marker like a stencil.
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Apply glue to your scrap.
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Press in place to the WRONG side of your diaper cut. Allow to dry.
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Now take your awl. And this is a very important step, it will prevent funny puckering. Poke your awl through both layers.
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Now take your cap. You know that one with the pokey prong to it. Take that and poke it through your fabric where you poked the hole with your awl.
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For this tute I am using my stud die but it works the exact some for sockets.
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Press your stud up into your die.
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Now take your cap which is already in your diaper outer and place it over your bottom die. Making sure that loose fabric is out of the way and the cap is centered.
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Now press down on your handle of your snap press. I pull the handle down until the stud is on the cap then lean on my handle.
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Tada you have placed a snap! Now keep on going!
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Have fun snapping!

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Hootarific!

I am seriously loving this Babyville Boutique TM PUL! So much so that I went and bought another yard of the OWLS even though I don’t NEED more 🙂 And to say it sews like butter is way under stating it. I was being a bit pic lazy so you get a group shot of all of them. I love how the coordinates go so well together too! It makes it very easy to sew a very cute diaper for your little one. On to the pictures!

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The diaper on the right has been through the wash 5 times already and still looks brand new! Some of my diapers have been through a lot of washes and have zero fading! I even had to soak a FOE one in bleach and forgot about it and even though the yellow FOE bleached out to white the print is still bright and clear as can be 🙂 Love it!

(bleaching is NOT recommended for PUL but my daughter had a yeast infection so it was a last resort!)

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Gearing up for a special project!

I have a very special aspect of the new Babyville Boutique TM line that will be released at Joanns Craft stores in September.  In getting ready for my special project I am finding my sewjo!  Not only have I finished 2 diapers to sell:

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I have also finished 2 diapers for my daughter using the new Babyville Boutique TM fabrics!

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Like what you are seeing?  Check out the Babyville Boutique Facebook page for more!

Well that is all for the moment as I should really get back to sewing while I have the sewjo flowing!

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