Good to Know

Date Posted: 6 July 2017  

By the time you've completed your first quilt top, you'll need to choose a suitable batting for your quilt - whether you plan to do the quilting yourself or sendng it away for long-arm quilting.

If you're new in the world of patchwork, you'd probably be shocked when you go to buy your batting for the first time: "Wow - they are so THIN! And so many types - they look all the same."

What to do... Right?

Date Posted: 3 May 2017  

  "I've seen this 'Stirling by Janome' brand of sewing machine and overlocker around - but cannot find them on Janome Australia's website. Are they Genuine? The prices seem too good to be true."   We get this question a lot, especially around Mother's Day. For good reasons. Let me explain. "Stirling" is Aldi's own brand for electronics, made by well-known manufacturers especially for Aldi. Some call them "re-badged" models. Janome makes their sewing machines and overlockers - that means these machines are genuine Janome, technically. You may have also seem the brand "Lumina" - that was also an A...

Date Posted: 28 May 2016  

"I'm new to sewing and don't want to spend a fortune on a sewing machine - which model should I choose?" Since I get this question at least once a week, I thought I'd explain it here for every one :-) At this point, you might be doing heaps of research, and probably starting to get a bit overwhelmed. Amiright? To help clarify, here are three main physical differences that define domestic sewing machine types:

  • Operation: Computerised or Mechanical
  • Bobbin Loading: Top Loading or Front Loading...

Date Posted: 17 March 2016  

  This is a VERY popular question. So if you're wondering the same thing, read on....   So you ask: "How Many Packs do I need for a Queen size quilt?"   Here's the short answer: If you are just stitching the precut pieces together, with no other additional fabrics, then you would need about:

Date Posted: 3 March 2016  

  "What on earth is a Fat Quarter?"   "How come my quilt pattern calls for Jelly Rolls and Layer Cakes? I'm making a QUILT - not baking!"   If you're new to the world of patchwork, you might well be wondering about the same thing :-) precuts-moda-fabrics   So let's look at the most common...

Date Posted: 20 December 2015  





When choosing a dressmaker's dummy, most people ask:

"I'm a size __. Which mannequin is right for me?"

The assumption is to simply go for the size range listed. Right?


Date Posted: 23 July 2013  

Lately, quite a few people have asked me all sorts of questions about various sewing machine feet: what they are, how they work, what sort of foot they need, the differences between the different version, and whether the foot they have in mind will fit their machine. The list goes on.....So here is a brief article, an overview on various foot for your sewing machine - hopefully it will get you thinking about exploring what might be possible with your machine with a new presser foot!
Ok, let's get started (and you can fin...