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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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How to use a snap template

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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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How to Ruler Fold Wide Fabrics

There is an awesome tutorial here on how to ruler fold quilting cottons. But if you are like me and have lots of fabrics that are 60″ or more inches wide (not 44″ like quilting cottons) you have to figure out how to make it work. I promise its easy!

First up lay your fabric out nice and flat. This is a 70″ wide fabric and is 2 yards long. I have the 2 yard length left to right in this picture.

Fold the edge closest to you up 1/3 of the width of the fabric

Now fold the top down the other 1/3 of the width of the fabric

Now you can ruler fold. Lay your ruler on the end of your fabric. I like a 6″ ruler for my fabric but you may find a different size works better for your shelfing than the 6″

Fold the end over your ruler

Now keep rolling your ruler until you have almost all the fabric rolled up

It should look something like this

If you are like me and want it really neat you will fold the end in like this

Fold over the rest of the way

Slide your ruler out

Now fold your long log of fabric in half. This is a side view. This is a thick fabric so yours will likely end up thinner.

And this is what you will see from the front

There ya go! You just ruler folded a cut of wide fabric!


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Serging A Butterfly Fitted Cloth Diaper

I am a super perfectionist.  Some of my friends were having issues serging fitteds, so whats a girl to do but make a video of how to serge the hardest of all fitted styles!  Enjoy the video 🙂


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How to care for your cloth diapers

So my post today is based on the wonderful article found here.  This article really breaks down a lot about cloth diapering.  But it is a LOT of info to read and absorb.  And sometimes hard to decipher how to put the different things into work.  So here is my cloth diapering for dummies version!

The scariest part of cloth diapering is the wash.  The rest is so close to disposables that you wont really notice a difference.

  • Ok so baby just peed in their cloth diaper, toss it in your diaper bucket.  Baby pooped?  If they have started eating solids you will want to get that poop off.  And really it is NOT that scary!  I lay the poo down in the toilet and let it soak for a couple minutes that just swish around.  Everything typically comes off really easy when I do this.  Now toss in the diaper bucket.  Not to hard huh?
  • You do not want to leave diapers sitting more than 3 days, 2 days is preferable.  If you leave the diapers sitting to long the fibers start to break down.
  • Ok, time to wash what do I do?  Dump your diaper bucket into your washer.  It can be helpful to do a prerinse or soak to help loosen the pee and poo from the fibers.
  • The oh so scary soap, you need to have that ready.  The soap I uses is ecos from costco.  I like the super short ingredient list, and my diapers always come out clean.
  • Use the full amount recommended for your washer.  Many diaper companies will say to use half the amount but you really NEED the surficants in the detergent to get all the pee and poo off.
  • If you have stinky or ammonia smelling diapers you likely need to use more soap.
  • Ready to wash?  My wash routine is a HOT wash with an extra rinse.  Followed by a run through the dryer on high.

Having smell issues and the laundry soap just isnt cutting it?  The following are some things that can be greatfully helpful.

  • Vinegar – it is a natural laundry softener as well as being great for killing bacteria and sanitizing
  • Baking Soda – As a base it can help cut down acidity in the diapers
  • Dawn Blue Dishsoap – This is what you use to ‘strip’ your diapers. As a degreaser it will help loosen anything off of the fabric and help your diapers preform better.
  • Bleach – I do not recommend using bleach on any sort of regular basis.  It will eat away at the fibers in the long run.  BUT if your child has a yeast infection or other bacterial infection this is going to be the way to go.
  • The SUN – Is an amazing thing!  It can naturally help kill bacteria on the diaper.

This is a pretty general overview, but it really can be that easy!  The most important thing with washing cloth diapers is establishing a good wash routine from the start!

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