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Here are the top ten articles for the Sewing Site! These rankings are live and get reset at the beginning of each month, so check back often to see what your fellow visitors are most interested in!
1. Care of Historic Garments
Textiles are among the world's most fragile artifacts. Throughout the centuries fabrics have been treated with chemical solutions meant to enhance their appearances. Silks, for example, were often weighted with metallic salts, mostly consisting of tin or iron. Preservation becomes a challenge.
2. Sun Printing on Fabric
Capture the beauty of summer’s emerging bounty of botanic plants, flowers, leaves, and delicate ferns by using the sun to “print” them onto fabric. The result is a cyanotype that can be sewn into many unique and individual items.
3. Patriotic Favorites to Sew or No Sew
Just a few red, white and blue easy to sew accent items for a backyard picnic or scattered throughout the home make for a very festive and patriotic statement. Individual red, white and blue fabric scraps combine to make for quick to sew or no-sew projects.
4. Sewing Machine Presser Feet
Whether you are learning to sew, returning to sew, or a long-time sewing enthusiast, the use of specialized presser feet that are available for your type sewing machine can make your sewing project quite unique as well as speed along your sewing efforts.
5. Hand-made vs. Machine-made
Sewing is a form of the verb, to sew, commonly to enclose or join securely with stitches while art is a noun giving us the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance. Imagine connecting both!
6. Smocking Techniques
A brief introduction to the various smocking techniques.
7. Sew with Summer Tropical Flair
Sewing for summer weather with airy and breezy cottons, linen types, hand-dyed batiks, Swiss batiste, and brightly colored tropical prints with vibrant coordinating solids all bring to mind those visions of barefoot living and dreamy seaside cabana suppers.
8. Needles, Pins and Pincushions
Needles and pins were once so valuable that women may have had just one fine needle with which to do all their hand sewing. Pincushions, keeping pins and needles secure, were often made of pewter or silver in decorative shapes to display on fireplace mantels - thought to bring good luck to the home.
9. Tote Bags
Floral print fabrics have always announced the arrival of spring. A spring must-have, the adaptable tote bag is coming into its own as a style-conscious accessory and can be made fresh and new for this year using textiles printed in all the glorious colors in vogue for this season.
10. Denim Projects to Sew
The strong, rugged cotton fabric known as denim has a storied history. This legendary cloth is well known as hard working clothing of choice (for its durability), worn as a past symbolic badge of rebellion (American pop culture) or adopted even today by esteemed makers of high fashion clothing.
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