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Topstitch Needles Best Needles

The Right Sewing Machine Topstitch Needles

Using the Topstitch needles will make sewing a breeze. I have been using  Topstitch Needles (titanium coated needles) in all of my machines for years.  Using the right sewing machine needle is most important.Topstitch Needles

Titanium-coated needles have been available for longarm and industrial machines for many years but these are the first titanium-coated Topstitch style needles made for home machines. They  have partnered with Organ Needle Company (Japan) to bring the latest technology of titanium-coated needles to the Topstitch and Microtex style for home machines.

Because these titanium-coated needles have an ultra thin coat of titanium nitride, they will stay sharper longer and outlast any current Topstitch or Microtex needle on the market.

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Understanding the Sewing Machine Needle by Superior Threads

One of the most significant parts of today’s home machines is often the least appreciated and most obscure – the needle. A sewing machine needle is a slender strand of metal, shaped to precision, which delivers thread to the machine to create a stitch. We spend thousands of dollars on the most advanced machines, acquire the best digitized designs, use the most lustrous thread, and the most beautiful fabric to produce our projects. But all too often this is all for naught because we either use an old, worn, damaged needle or we use the wrong needle for the fabric. Needles can be damaged by normal use. You don’t have to hit a pin while sewing to damage your needle. They can become dull, bent, damaged or get misshapen eyes through normal sewing. All these contribute to frustrating thread breaks and a frayed look on your finished projects. The best advice we can give is this: When you start a new project, start with a new needle. It’s the least expensive part of a superior finished project. Overall, a clean, well functioning needle will result in sharp, well-shaped stitches. Needles are inexpensive and easy to change. Keeping a good topstitch needle in your sewing machine is one of the easiest, least expensive ways to improve your embroidery and sewing projects.
Needle Points

Needles fall into three primary categories — ball point, sharp, and rounded-sharp. It is important to use the correct needle. Ball point needles are designed to avoid making holes in knit or loosely woven materials. The cross fibers which constitute the knit or loosely woven materials are relatively far apart as compared to those in tightly woven materials. If a knit strand of thread is cut with a sharp needle, it produces a hole that will enlarge when the loose fibers pull back from the cut. To prevent this, the ball point needle is designed to push aside the individual strands of the knit. This assumes that the ball point needle point is in good condition. Sharp needles are designed for woven fabrics. Because of the tightness of the weave, individual cut fibers will not pull away and make holes. For this exact reason it is important not to use ball point needles on wovens. The blunt force of a ball point will tear through the fibers and actually pull them in the process, resulting in uneven, irregular embroidery and damage to the fabric. Sharp topstitch needles can be used on all wovens as well as dense fabrics such as leather, vinyl, canvas, etc.

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No Sew Roman Shade Instructions

Easy to follow No Sew Roman Shade Instructions

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Step by step how to create a no sew roman shade.  Free Instructions – Download Here

No Sew Roman shades can add accents, warmth and ambiance to any room.   They are great window coverings for any life style.  Use tailored panels, to create the softness around functional No Sew Roman Shades.   Perfect for small window and we offer hardware up to 19′ wide. You can down load the new sew roman shade instructions and use them as a guide to make a now sew roman shade.

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Instructions Include:

  • Roman Shade Styles
  • How to Measure for Shades
  • How to Calculate Fabric
  • How to Pattern Match Fabric
  • Work Area – Square Fabric Shade
  • Step by Step Instructions for Making Shade
  • Cord Placement & Cord Locks
  • How to Install a Roman Shade
  • Child Safety Safety Measures for Safe Shade
  • Child Safe with Ring Locks
  • No Sewing using Sealah Tape Adhesive
  • Fast & Easy you can make a shade in just a few hours

Don’t be afraid! Start Today covering your windows with safe shades using our No Sew Roman Shade Instructions.

Ring Locks

Use Ring Locks® in conjunction with the Fashion Wand™ to insure fashionable, compliant, Cordless
Safe™ window coverings.RingLock
Features & Benefits

  • Saves significant time and money
  • Eliminates dangerous loops
  • Prevents crocking
  • Transparent components do not detract from your design
  • Creates perfect flat folds with every lift
  • Meets current safety regulations outlined by the ANSI

WCMA standards when used in combination with our Fashion Wands

Home Sewing Depot offers all the supplies needed to fabricate a no sew roman shade

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Velocity 200IR – Pre Order Today

I love my new Velocity 200IR Iron.

The best iron ever!  The iron has truly been worth the wait, even if it was 2 years.

Best Hand Held IronTHE MAGIC
With a patented two heating elements design, the Velocity 200IR pre-heats the water before it reaches the heated soleplate. This guarantees continuous steam even at low temperatures which means delicate fabric like wool can be ironed safely.


Velocity 200IR Home Sewing DepotCOFFEE BREAKS
Our advanced auto shut off bypass feature allows the user to bypass the built-in 8 minute auto shut off and use the iron continuously. This is a great feature for our sewing & quilting project friends.


Steeam... magic Velocity 200IRHOW EASY IS THIS?
By simply placing your hand on the handle (and having the steam button in the on position) the Velocity 200IR springs to life with the most wonderful, voluminous steam you have ever seen in a steam iron.


Tempted to cook with itYOU WILL BE TEMPTED TO COOK WITH IT
Like the finest cookware, the Velocity 200IR features a next generation anodized aluminum soleplate which enhances gliding on all types of fabric.



The all new Velocity 200IR compact vapor generator iron is the ultimate expression of our iron know how. The Velocity 200IR thinks (and more importantly acts) like a pro iron. Water is heated internally so it turns into steam before it even reaches the sole plate (like our pro models). The end result is a steam iron that doesn’t leak and doesn’t spit water and delivers continuous steam that will astonish you.

The goal of all irons is to get out of the way and let you get your ironing done. No other iron allows you do this better than the Velocity 200IR. From its easy to use sensor touch handle to its super glide and scratch resistant anodized aluminum soleplate, the Velocity 200IR is the finest home iron you can invest in.

  • 8 minute auto shut-off
  • Auto bypass shut off feature
  • 1800W heating element
  • 1.25 cups (300 ml) water capacity
  • Anodized Aluminum soleplate

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Duvet Cover Snap Fasteners

Duvet Cover Snap Fasteners

Does your duvet insert slide to the bottom of your duvet?  How to keep the duvet insert in place?

Easy as pie with Duvet cover snap fasteners!  Sew the fasteners on each corner of the duvet and the insert and I recommend 2 snaps on each side, the bottom and top of the duvet.

Duvet Snaps can be purchased at Home Sewing Depot.  Duvet cover snap fasteners

Here is a duvet we made several years ago, the insert always stays in place because we used duvet snaps on each corner and 2 on each side and 2 on the top and bottom of the duvet.

Duvet Cover with Duvet Snaps

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Using duvet cover snap fasteners will prevent the shifting of the duvet insert. You should sew the duvet cover snap fasteners to the insert and the duvet.

Sew Duvet Snaps

Sew all the corner snaps on first and then divide the space between the corners by 3 : Example 120″ wide divided by 3 =40″ so your snaps would be snaps would be sewn 30″ apart.   90″ Long and the snaps would be 30″ apart.

Sewing Duvet Snaps


Turn the duvet cover wrong side out and sew the snaps on at the seam lines.  Sew the snaps to the duvet insert approximately in the same place or close.  There will be some wiggle room between the cover and the insert.

How to turn the duvet right side out with the duvet cover snap fasteners?  Snap all of the snaps together then start from the opening and fold the duvet back over the duvet insert, turning it right side out.  Turning the bottom layer as you go, you will eventually have the right sides showing and the insert in place on the inside of the duvet.

Below are pictures of a mini duvet and duvet insert with Duvet cover snap fasteners sewn to both the duvet cover and the duvet insert.

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Create Covered Buttons with a Button Kit

Create Covered Buttons using Gross Grain Ribbon

I love to accent pillows and bedding with when I create covered buttons.  This is the least inexpensive way to add professional looking accents to your DIY Projects.  I can remember my grandmother having a button box and cutting buttons off every old shirt or garment.  Today we have many options for cute stylish buttons and will share how to make a covered button using gross grain ribbon.

Using a button kit is easy and inexpensive.  What about sizing when using a cover button kit?  The most popular in home decor are the #36 =7/8″ button, #45 = 1 1/8″ button, #60 = 1 1/2″ button and #75 = 1 7/8″ button.

All of the button kits include a button presser and setter for hand setting your decorative buttons.Button Kits

How to create covered buttons with gross grain ribbon?  as easy as 1.2.3.  Start by selecting a small width of ribbon that will fit the width of your button.  The angle and design is up to you… but we crisis-crossed out ribbon with orange gross grain ribbon on this sample button.

Selecting a light weight fabric is best when using gross grain ribbon to make a covered button, a fabric that doesn’t ravel is important as well.

I like to use craft & hobby Sealah tape to tape the ribbon in place.  Sealah tape will stick to most anything and is not messy to use.  It’s a double sided adhesive that is available in many widths for your ribbon. Great way to create covered buttons.

Next cut your fabric into a circle about 1/2″  to 3/4″ inch larger than the button.

Tape Ribbon to fabric

2. Trim Fabric to Cover button

The next step is to center the fabric on to the button shell and place the shell into the rubber button mold.  The fabric should gather up like a little pouch. Then tuck in the fabric and cover it with the button back.

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Place the button back into place and set the pusher on the button back. I will normally snap into place but there are times you will need to use a rubber mallet to tap the button back into place. You will hear a small snap when the back seats against the shell.

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Use your imagination to create beautiful custom buttons for accents and details on your home furnishings. Here’s a set I made for my grandson’s room.
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Continuous Bias Welt Cord

Cutting Continuous Bias Welt Cord

Making Bias Welt Cord 400When cutting continuous bias welt cord for Home Decor projects I’ve found myself having to cut and sew yards of bias strips to cover the welt cord for my projects. The original way of making bias strips- which my mother taught me-was simply too time consuming. With most of my work being performed on=site in my customer’s home, and having limited space to do my work, I needed to come up with a quicker method. After scanning books and watching a few slipcover videos, I have devised a way to make continuous bias cord in a quick, more efficient manner.
1. Cut a piece of fabric 18” long from a piece that is 54” wide. See Illustration 1.
2. Fold the fabric in half with the wrong sides out. Sew on all three sides using a ½ “ seam allowance. Snip two opposite corners and draw a line diagonally from corner to corner. Cut on this drawn line, from corner to corner, making sure to cut ONLY the top layer of fabric. See Illustration 2.
3. Flip fabric and do the same thing on this side. Draw the diagonal line, connecting the two UNSNIPPED corners, and again, cut ONLY the top layer of fabric. You will also nip these two corners, as you did in step 2. See Illustration 3.
4. Pull open fabric where it has bee cut. Lay fabric flat (as shown in the drawing) with wrong sides out. This will actually be a tube, which must lie flat. Trim the raw edges of the fabric square with the folded edges. See Illustration 4.
5. Draw lines 1 ½” apart to make 5/32 “ welt cord with a ½ “ seam allowance. If the welt cord is bigger (3/16” or ¼ “), you will need to make the strips wider. (1 ¾” or 2”). Draw lines from top to fold, but stop 3-6” from one of the folds, as designated by the dots in Illustration 5. Cut on these lines to make strips. DO NOT cut past the dots on the fabric. If you cut all the way through, from one fold to the other, you will have just cut out circles!
6. Open the fabric that you have cut. There will be a section that has not been cut. Lay this as flat as possible on the table. Take a straight edge and draw a line DIAGONALLY from one line to the next. You will actually be skipping down one line. DO NOT draw a straight line; you will have circles as a result. After all lines are marked diagonally, and then cut. Make sure you cut ONLY the top layer.

Cutting Continuous Bias Welt Cord

Presto! Like magic, there should be nearly 18 yards of continuous bias welt cord  strips to sew around 5/32” welt cord.

Hints: With this method, one can make continuous bias welt cord out of rectangular scraps by sewing four sides of the fabric. Or, this can be done with smaller pieces of fabric for only one or two yards of bias.

Products I like to use when making continuous bias cord:

• Clear plastic ruler (6” x 12”) for straight edge
• For drawing lines, I like to use a flat carpenter’s pencil
• Scissors are 11” long (or use a Chickadee cutter)
• Fiber welt cord (500 yard put up)

Cutting Continuous Welt Cord





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How to Make Photo Memory Pillows

How to Make Photo Memory Pillows for gifts and friends

One of my favorite teaching projects is to make photo memory pillows for friends and family.  My 4 year old grandson said “I’m so proud of Grandma for Making this Pillow”  Photo Pillows are a great way to share memories of fun times.

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Ink Jet Photo Fabric

Photo Paper Printing

It’s As Easy As 1.2.3
Print, Peel and Sew Photo Memory Pillows
Follow the directions on the package for printing and then you are ready to sew!

1.Frame your photo with any 1/8” or 3/16” decorative cording with lip.

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2. Tips for sewing square corners with lip cord: While your needle is in the down position fabric cut into the lip along side of the zipper fo

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3. While the needle is in the down position, pivot fabric to sew around corner and continue sewing the cording to the next corner and repeat on the remaining corners to frame the photo

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4. Press the cording towards the back of the photo.
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5. Place the photo on the center of the pillow fabric. Measure all 4 edges to insure it is placed in the center.
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6. Pin the photo in place. Attach the photo by stitching in the ditch. (Stitch between the edge of the photo and the decorative inside edge of the trim cording).

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Viola’! Your photo is stitched to the pillow front!

N Finished Photo Pillow
Purchase the Photo Paper online at www.homesewingdepot.com and receive free printed instructions.

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Rolled Hems – Dreamstitcher 787

Perfect Rolled Hems with the Dreamstitcher 787

The Dreamstitcher 787 portable serger is a great performer. 2-3-4 thread  Dreamstitcher 787
flexibility, robust design and build quality, easy to use
threading, and a wonderful, smooth ride. Economical enough
for home use, robust enough for light commercial use.
Why spend hundreds of dollars more for features that you will
probably never use? The Dreamstitcher 787 has all of the functions that home
sewers and commercial users have asked for.

• Opens up for easy access to lower looper
• Differential feed for stretchy fabric
• Roll edge stitch
• Automatic thread trimmer
• Color coded threading
• Individually tested and
sewn-off before shipping

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DIFFERENTIAL RATIO 0.7 – 2.0Sew Rolled Hems with the Dreamstitcher 787
DIMENSIONS – NET 12.5” x 11” x 13”
WEIGHT – NET 20 lb – 9 kg
SHIPPING DIMENSIONS 15.25” x 12.75” x 13.75”
SHIPPING WEIGHT 26.5 lb – 12 kg


Maven 100IS Home Steam Iron


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• Lifetime boiler tank warranty
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Maven 100IS Details

CSS Single tank boiler
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CORD LENGTH 67” – 1.7 m
STEAM HOSE 67” – 1.7 m
NET WEIGHT 7.25 lb – 3.3 kg (with iron)
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PRODUCT DIMENSIONS 12” x 8” x 10.5”
WARRANTY Limited 1 year, Lifetime Tank


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