Turn Your Home Sewing Machine Into a Commercial Workhorse

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Turn Your Home Sewing Machine Into a Commercial Workhorse

First of all, notice my aqua Singer, circa 1970's, that I found a couple of months ago at the Salvation Army Superstore for $10.00. Serviced and cleaned up, it's one of my favorites. Now, on to the matter at hand; one drawback to sewing home furnishings with a lightweight machine is that it's difficult to get the durability you need from plain old All Purpose thread. What you really need to get the job done right is

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How to make just about any kind of window covering you can imagine

by DIY Maven

 

Image of a finished roller blind

MWT and I did a little kitchen remodeling over the holidays. The new sleek look demands new window coverings. I shopped around a bit yesterday but was summarily disappointed in my offerings. The windows' dimensions would do better with custom products, but, as we know, custom is expensive! So, I'm leaning toward DIYing my own, which means exploring the inter-tubes for inspiration. In doing so, I came across the most awesome-est site. It's called

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Curtain Tops 101

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Curtain Tops 101

Making window treatment decisions can be a daunting task. The official terminology of styles and how they attach to the rod seem to vary depending on who you talk to. If you're thinking about ordering drapes or making them yourself, this little primer will help steer you in the right direction. 

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How to make grommet drapes.

by DIY Maven

How to make grommet drapes.

Making grommet drapes is much easier than it sounds. You just have to know how to sew a straight line and install grommets. The example pictured puts another twist on the panels by sewing on a couple of borders, which look great, but are an option you could skip. To forgo sewing altogether, you could just buy a simple pair of ready-made curtains and install the grommets! For the entire tutorial, visit jcarolinecreative.com.

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DIY: Ten Minute Grommet Workshop

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 04/23/08

While helping a friend with her booth for a trade show, we learned how to install grommets simply and frustration-free.  If you need grommets installed for a craft, drapes, shower curtains, drawstring totebags, or your handsewn tent, DO NOT think that a grommet kit from a fabric store will be sufficient. Try to get a semi-industrial kit from the hardware store.  They are heavier duty and the pricing is more reasonable.  If you really want the...

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