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Learning To Sew: New Article Series

Coming soon to Lizzsews blog will be an article series, it will be called, learning to sew! This series is going to be geared towards any sewers who are brand new , just starting out , getting back into or even just sewers wanting to go back to the basics ! This series is suited for anyone with an interest in sewing and all ages! I’ll point out keywords you’ll want to know and I’ll explain everything! These articles will contain tons of information and some will be how-to articles!!  Make sure that you have a sewing machine and all the supplies you’ll need and get started! If you’re not sure what you’ll need, head on over to this article, 10 things you’ll need to start sewing! Throughout the series, the list below will continuously be updated as I post new articles and think of new ideas! Articles in the series:     -  Learning To Sew: Sewing On Paper Part  One No Thread    - Learning To Sew: Getting The Machine Ready To Sew    - Learning To Sew: Sewing On Paper Part Two  With Threa
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How to start up a blog with minimal costs

Blogs are a wonderful way to drive traffic to your shop or to even just write for others to read! But sometimes, you just don’t want to spend all of that money on them!  You might be just starting up a shop (if so check out this article! ) and are trying to keep costs low or you just want to share your thoughts and don’t want to spend a whole bunch! Either way, I will share my thoughts on the best way to start up a blog for minimal costs! First, let me start by saying that I’m not a website builder or an expert in that field in any way! I’m just sharing how I started up my blog for in my opinion a very low cost! There are so many options to choose from for creating a blog! There are a few well known free options, Wix, Wordpress.com and Blogspot/Blogger. WordPress and Blogspot will both give you options for a free blog using a subdomain, don’t do it! Subdomains look tacky and just make the URL look too long! Yes, you do have to purchase a domain name to not have the tacky subdomain but

Selling handmade products online

Are you interested in selling your handmade products online? There are so many different handmade products I could be referring to! It could be something you’ve sewn or embroidered (there’s so many different products you can sew and embroider!) Or even something you’ve painted! No matter the handmade product, if you’re interested in selling it, Etsy is a wonderful marketplace to do so! If you use this link right here, you can start up a shop for free! It will give you, (and me!) 40 free listings to start up with! This accounts to $8 USD! A few of my tips for selling products on Etsy:      1. Have good pictures  Pictures are one of the most important aspects of selling products online! This is what your customer sees as the product, for they cannot touch or feel it.      - Take pictures that don’t have a very busy background     - The images should focus on your product     - Show the item being worn, held, used or propped up     - Scale the item, show its size in a photo     - Don’t h

New Years Eve Is Upon Us!

  2020 - what a roller coaster of a year!   We are all faced with the most unexpected of events, Covid-19.  None of us could have guessed that there would be a pandemic! But nonetheless we persevered, And we’ve been getting through this together, Step by step, We wear our masks, social distance, wash our hands and most importantly, we are kind to each other.  2020 may have been a roller coaster, and there was even more than just a pandemic that went on!  But we have all gone through it together, and we will continue to get through this during the approaching 2021.  I started this blog in April 2020, And since then have posted every week at 1pm on Thursdays! That’s 41 articles to date! Each week I have shared troubleshooting tricks, tips, project how-to’s and a few poems too! I’d like to thank every single one of you that are reading this article!  And I’d like to say a huge thanks to those of you who have been reading my articles since the beginning! And I really appreciate those of yo

Merry Christmas Eve!

Up in the North Pole, Lies the special man.  He gives his belly a shake, And laughs until it aches! There’s a blizzard outside, But he has promises to keep! With cookies and milk, This trip should be a breeze, Hopefully the reindeer won’t freeze! He, Santa Claus, rises from his bed Ready for the night ahead! Christmas sewing is - somewhat - enjoyable, And almost always last minute! The sounds of the machine echo Through the house.  From the first to the twenty-fifth, The sewing never stops! We sew tea towels, embroider terry cloths, Make pillowcases and more.  We have promises to keep, And until then we shall not sleep! In the end it’s always worth it,  For the happy faces  Of the ones, who receive the gifts, On Christmas, Are irreplaceable! Excited children wake in the morning to see, Oh where has the elf hidden?! The elf on the shelf will always be goofy, From rolling down the stairs in toilet paper, To ‘elf-ercise’, to a marshmallow bath! For today is the last day for which we see t

How To Sew Tea Towels

Here’s how you can sew a set of tea towels! You can embroider and/or use decorative stitches on these if you’d like to, it’s really up to you! This is a super fun project and makes amazing gifts! These tea towels are a great quick and easy project for all skill levels! What you will need: Cotton, one fat quarter (18” x 21”) Rotary cutter and cutting mat (or scissors) Pins Iron and ironing board  Measuring tape Sewing thread Sewing machine Machine sewing needle, 80/12 Optional: embroidery machine Optional: embroidery thread and tear away or cut away stabilizer Optional: embroidery design Optional: embroidery thread Optional: machine embroidery needle, 75/11 The steps:    1. Iron the fabric.  Tea towels are often 18” x 28” but when making your own you can choose your own sizes. One-quarter of a meter is the perfect size to not waste fabric!    2. If you are not using a fat quarter, cut a piece about 18” x 21” or 18” x 22” depending on how wide your fabric is. After straightening and cutt

How To Sew A Fleece Embroidered Patch Pillow

Here’s how you can create a throw pillow with patching and embroidery! This is a super fun project and makes amazing gifts! What you will need: Fleece, one square of about 17” and 9 squares of 6” Iron and ironing board  Pins Rotary cutter and cutting mat (or scissors) Measuring tape Embroidery thread and tear-away or cut away stabilizer (use wash away stabilizer on top of the fleece you are using is very thick, the fleece that I embroidered on was quite thin so I was able to get away with just tear away on the back) Sewing thread Machine sewing needle and machine embroidery needle Baby Yoda embroidery design from Lizzsews Etsy shop Stuffing  Sewing and embroidery machine The steps:    1. Iron fleece and cut out 9 squares of 6”    2. Hoop the stabilizer, tear away or cut away, I chose tear away.  Pin a square (colour one) to the stabilizer, it’ll take a little bit of work!!    3. Select your embroidery design, thread the machine and begin the embroidery!    4. Sew together the embroide

Machine embroidery poem “stitch by stitch”

Stitch by stitch, the embroidery machine goes, A work of magic I suppose! Our eyes watch with excitement, As the embroidery design comes to life upon the fabric. We impatiently wait to see our final product, Hoping no problems will occur along the way! Stitch by stitch, the embroidery machine goes, From towels to toilet paper,  what’s next? who knows! There’s no end to the items that can be embroidered. The enjoyment doesn’t stop as our eyes watch with excitement, Stitch by stitch, the embroidery machine goes. 

How To Wind And Install The Bobbin On Your Sewing Machine

Interested in sewing? Were you about to start a sewing project and then realized you don’t know how to get the bobbin ready? To be able to sew, you must have both the upper thread threaded and the bobbin wound and installed! In this article, I will guide you through winding and installing the bobbin, step by step.  Please note that not all machines have the same exact way to wind/install the bobbin, although most are quite similar. Your machine should have little diagrams on it on how to wind/install the bobbin and should have numbered thread guides.  Let’s get started! To wind the bobbin, take an empty bobbin and place it on the bobbin winder seat and slide the bobbin winder shaft to the left until it snaps into place. Make sure that you are using the correct type of bobbin for your machine. Place the thread in a cup, on a thread stand or on the built-in thread holder. Pass the thread under the thread guide, under the thread guide cover and over to the front.  Take the thread and pass