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Embroidery Machines 101: How to Use Them and What to Make

Martha Stewart

"I only recently got into machine embroidery. My introduction to them started when I was sent a Brother sewing machine that had an embroidery attachment and, once I completed my first embroidered project, I fell in love! I will admit that I was a little nervous at first since I had never used this kind of functionality on a sewing machine before, but once I read through the manual and got comfortable with the frame and settings, it was easy."

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Here's How to Clean, Oil, and Maintain Your Sewing Machine

Martha Stewart

"Remember: You should clean and oil your sewing machine depending on how much you use it and the types of fabric you sew. If you sew quite often and use fabrics that "shed" like velvet, then you will need to clean your machine much more regularly. If you are a light to moderate user, then you can clean your sewing machine once every few months. The rule of thumb is that if you hear squeaking or clinging and see build up, then it is time for a refresh!"

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All of Your Questions About Sewing Machine Needles — Answered!

Martha Stewart

"When starting a new project, you will pick up a few key items: the sewing pattern, a spool of thread, and some fabric. And if you're using a sewing machine, you can't forget about the sewing machine needle! Different types of fabric require different sewing machine needles."

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5 Questions to Ask Yourself When Buying a Sewing Machine

Martha Stewart

"There are many things to consider when thinking about getting a new machine. Start your shopping research by asking yourself these five crucial questions."

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"Cool Running" with BurdaStyle

Trash To Couture

"When I saw Burda Style's "Cool Running" set it was only fitting as a runner that this be my first try at making my own active wear. Since the boom of athleisure I've been interested in trying a few myself but it can be somewhat intimidating at first. Being a runner who trains consistently I value pieces that offer comfort, support, and function. Bonus points for style and design. This pattern set checks all the boxes I look for in active wear. "

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Fleece Sweatshirt Sew-Along with BurdaStyle

Spoonflower

"This pattern was so much fun to sew and the fleece makes it so warm. I have worn this sweater on winter walk and always when I go skating. It keeps me warm and colorful!"

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You'll Want to Snuggle in This Fluffy Infinity Scarf All Winter Long

Martha Stewart

"Layer it with a sweater, jacket, or blazer for a fashionable look."

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Don't Panic! Here's How to Fix a Snagged Thread

Martha Stewart

Have you ever caught your clothes on a sharp object or edge that created a snag in your fabric? It's the worst. We have all had this happen to our best sweaters and knits, but there's a very quick and easy way to fix a snag!

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Alison Swimsuit Sew-Along with BurdaStyle

Spoonflower

"Here we are at part three of our Alison Swimsuit sew along! This is the third and final part, so when you are finished with these steps you are done and can start wearing your own. This last part is all about sewing the bands and fitting the suit to your body."

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Here's What to Do if Your Sewing Machine is Skipping Stitches

Martha Stewart

"Make this a rule for yourself: new sewing project, new needle. Sewing machine needles can become dull after about 7 hours of sewing, and a needle that's dull, bent, or simply old can easily make your stitches skip. At the same time, make sure that your needle is in all the way, if you don't loosen the screw all the way before you insert, then your needle may by to low. Not only can this make stitches skip, it can actually damage your sewing machine."

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Where Are They Now? Nora Abousteit

Shatterbox

"Remember Nora? She co-founded the online sewing community BurdaStyle and travels the world speaking about innovation at tech conferences like DLD and Picnic. It’s just another day at the office for Nora as she grows the company and sets her sights on book publishing!"

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Easy Summer Fashion With Prices to Match

The New York Times

“In the summer there’s a lot more to choose from, so I buy more things,” said Lindsey Ibarra, managing editor at BurdaStyle, a magazine for sewing enthusiasts."

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This Week's New Offerings at BurdaStyle

The Straight Grain

Man, turn your back on BurdaStyle.com for a week and they get flooded with new patterns!

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BurdaStyle.com

Christie B.

"After coming across this website the other day, I must say I'm addicted. Its the best web site about offering you free sewing patterns and tips. " "I recommend this site as a definite must see."

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Giveaway season in Blogland

School of Crafts

The [BurdaStyle] website...has a [ridiculous] amount of inspiration from creative individuals from around the world.

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Show and Tell: BurdaStyle Competition

Etcetorize

I'm sure any of you who are sewers are familiar with the burdastyle site. It's an amazing place to get sewing tips, free (and/or inexpensive) patterns, advice, and showcase your own projects.

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Easy Sunday Sewing Project

Shakesville

I decided to warm up with an easy project, based on this terrific tutorial from open-source sewing site BurdaStyle. The tutorial gives clear instructions for converting trousers into a skirt. I used a nice pair of khakis (Ralph Lauren "classic chinos") that I got very slightly used on eBay for $7. The pants didn't fit properly, so I never wore them. I think I will now:

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Kasia Take 2

Nikkishell

Thanks for all your lovely comments about my Heidi dress. It's my favourite dress pattern at the moment and i would like to make another although i have so many other things to make that i'm not sure when i will get around to it. My favourite skirt pattern right now is the Kasia skirt from BurdaStyle, designed by Kasia.

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BurdaStyle How-To: Make Your Love Bloom Forever

The Storque

Our friends over at BurdaStyle (the online community for open-source sewing patterns) recently put up an absolutely charming (and easy) how-to. Learn how to make beautiful and simple ribbon or fabric flowers! Make a bunch and have lovely flowers that bloom on and on! As always, all projects and patterns on the site are copyright free, so you can sell what you make from them. This is a perfect project for Valentine's Day or a wedding in need of some handmade touches.

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I see London I see France

Angry Chicken

"There is a nice free pattern here at BurdaStyle for a similar pair of tap pants and a top that would be super sweet to sleep in. Its styling is different than these, it uses a casing for the waistband, but I am all about lingerie elastics and edging with lace."

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