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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. Sewing with Felted Wool
As the warmest days of summer are replaced with the cooler days of autumn, thoughts turn to back to school days, upcoming harvest fairs and fall festivities. A great time to bring out the woolen garments of prior cold seasons that may no longer fit well but may still have a useful recycled life.

2. Fall Prims to Sew
Prims are a form of folk art - handmade decorative crafts assembled from fabrics of muted gingham, plaids, natural linens, tea-colored muslin, and burlap. Often accented with weathered boards, punched tins, and tied with twine of jute or raffia - prim crafts suggest a nostalgia for times past.

3. Autumn Favorites to Sew
With the last of summer lingering, and the approaching cooler weather signaling the coming autumn, our sewing projects take on a compelling urgency. Like squirrels foraging for winter, we search the fabric stores and our own fabric stash for just the right complementary autumn colors.

4. Napped Fabrics
A fabric with "nap" has gone through a manufacturing finishing process that raises the fiber ends to the surface where they are then shorn, brushed or simply left upright. This creates a sculpted surface texture as the raised fibers all lie in one direction.

5. Fabric Dresses Up Small Storage Containers
Ideal for seasonal decorating, functional and practical as a fabric scrap recycle undertaking, softly gather fabric and batting to pouf out and around a reusable storage container to provide a quick and easy cheery home decor or gift giving project.

6. Smocking Techniques
A brief introduction to the various smocking techniques.

7. Free Pattern for a Quilted Bread Warmer
Free pattern for a vintage style quilted bread warmer with assembly instructions. Makes a wonderful hostess or holiday gift.

8. Garment Facings
Facings are those fabric pieces, usually the same as the fashion fabric, at times of a contrasting fabric, generally seen on the inside of a garment. They finish off an opening, usually a neckline or sleeveless armhole, but also for a shaped hem, slim skirt vents, shirt front or jacket opening.

9. Free Teddy Bear Patterns to Sew
This article contains many links to free patterns for sewing teddy bears.

10. Sewing Machine Thread Jams
It happens to all machine sewers - you're sewing your fabric and all of a sudden your machine seems to stop advancing and jam just at the machine's throat plate. You find your needle and bobbin threads in a knotted bunch at the fabric seam just under the presser foot. Probable cause and solutions!



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