Friday, August 21, 2009

The Big 4

If you are new to sewing, you might have seen “The Big 4” while web-surfing and wondered just what it means. 

The Big 4 refers to the 4 commercial pattern companies that you can find at most chain fabric stores: 

  1. Simplicity,
  2. McCalls,
  3. Butterick
  4. Vogue

The fabric chains tend to run these on sale from $0.99 to $3.99 about once a month.  You can browse the pattern books at the store or on-line to get those creative juices flowing.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

A Thread on Threads

Questions about which thread to choose?  Why not start with the folks who make the thread…

Coats and Clark Threads Advisor

This great table helps you choose the thread and needle appropriate for many types of fabrics you might use.