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Serging, Sweet and Simple

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Serging, Sweet and Simple

The Serger- Why would you need one? I bought my first serger in 1984.  Back then compared to what we have now, it was pretty primitive. Today, most sergers use standard sewing machine needles (the same as for your sewing machine).  They’re easier to thread, and there are models that are pretty inexpensive. For many years the Juki 654DE has been my favorite.  It’s reliable, threading is straight forward (if you can do dot-to-dot, it’s all color coded), and the functions are easy to use.  Recently we added a new serger to our line-up, the Juki 2000.  I still love...

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An Introduction

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An Introduction

Welocome to “Follow My Thread”!  This blog is to share what’s going on at my shop, The Sewin’ Asylum, in Sun City, AZ. Our story- I guess it starts with me.  Hi!  I’m Erica Doyle.  I have my degree in fashion design, but I don’t think I really wanted to be a designer.  I actually wanted to promote sewing- WHAT???  Yeah, sewing!   I loved it!  But in 1990 when I graduated, sewing was not exactly the cutting edge hobby.  But I persevered!  After a brief stint with Palmer & Pletsch in Portland, Oregon where I learned some magical secrets for...

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Q-Zip-Bag

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Q-Zip-Bag

Q-Zip-Bag?  What’s in a name?  Well, this bag is a basic bag, but I came up with the new and improved directions during our quarantine this week.  It’s an easy bag to do, the zipper is trouble free, and you can play with quilting it too. Let’s get started.  This is a great stash buster, and here’s what you’ll need: 1 fat quarter coordinating thread fusible fleece (a 9″by 18″ piece) 9 inch zipper Helpful items will also include a walking foot and a zipper foot Cutting: Cut your fabric to an 18″ by 18″ square (piece A) the scraps...

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