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How Often Should You Replace Hand-Sewing Needles?
We all know that a sewing machine needle should be changed after every eight hours of sewing, but we don’t often hear a standard for hand-sewing needles. That's because the answer is a little more nuanced. Read more below.
How Long Does Thread Last?
Sewing thread does expire eventually. Read more below to discover all the factors at play. Then take the simple test to see if your thread is still good!
Start a New Year of Sewing Off Right
We all love to start the new year off right, especially when it comes to our sewing lives. Here are 10 items to help you begin the year refreshed, inspired, and enthusiastic about your projects! None of these to-dos will take very long, but they'll have a big impact on the amount of joy quilting will bring you in the upcoming year.
Where to Donate Quilts for Charity
Quilters are some of the most generous people we know! Using your talents to help those in need can spread love and cheer in your community. If you've never donated to a sewing charity before or are looking for new ways to share your talents, we have a few tips to consider and suggested charities to get you started!
Start a Sewing Self-Care Ritual
Sewing can provide a much-needed break from our multitasking, hurried, digital-centric lives. Slowing down and working with our hands helps to quiet some of the noise, allowing for more mindful and stress-free living. In this video, staff members share a few ways they make sewing part of their self-care routine.
Upgrade Your Sewing Tools
Simple upgrades to your most-used tools can make the sewing process easier and more enjoyable. In this video, our staff shares recent upgrades they've made in their sewing rooms!
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Tips for Tackling a Tedious Sewing Task
We all have those dreaded tasks in our quilting lives – the ones that hang over our head and make us feel drained just thinking about them. But there’s a large body of research that suggests we’ll be happier, less stressed, and more creative if we buckle down and get that task done! In this video, our staff is sharing the tasks they've been putting off and how they're conquering them.
Hang Quilts with Command Strips
Joanna shares tips for hanging quilts on your wall using 3M Command Strips.

The Benefits of Handwork

Give yourself a health break: Pick up some stitching and become mindful of the benefits of simply slowing down.