Drapery & Curtains

Cork Fabric from Portugal

I have fell in love with Cork Fabric from Portugal, it is soft and luxurious.

Made a few hand bag as gifts and this week I made a decorative pillow with the cork fabric and made the weltcord from cork fabric as well.  Natural Cork Fabric Pillow

What Makes Cork Fabric so amazing?

Cork is harvested from the Cork Oak tree, which grows primarily in the West Mediterranean Basin. The cork used in our cork fabric comes from sustainable forests with strict harvesting regulations that are in place to protect the valuable resource and regulate the quality.

When the Cork Oak has reached 20 years of age, the bark is stripped from the tree by the hands of a highly skilled harvester. That tree is then marked so that it will not be harvested for another 8-10 years.

The Cork Oak is the only tree that benefits from the removal of its bark and, since it regenerates, it is truly an eco-conscious and sustainable natural resource. In fact, the same tree can be harvested every 8-10 years for over 200 years! Once harvested, the tree absorbs about 5 times the CO2, making harvesting an important process in reducing greenhouse gases.

Cork-treesOnce the cork is harvested from the Cork Oak it is boiled, dried, shaved into thin sheets and sealed with a non-toxic sealant. Once the cork fabric is complete, it is stain-resistant, water-resistant, scratch-proof, hypoallergenic, antimicrobial, lightweight, incredibly soft, and flame retardant.

Home Sewing Depot now offers over 30 beautiful Cork Fabric Choices and many patterns to use with Cork fabric.

Do you have Questions about Cork Fabric?

Do I need an industrial sewing machine to sew cork fabric?

No, it sews wonderfully on any standard sewing machine.

What else do I need to know about sewing with cork?

We suggest using a fresh, sharp needle with each new project, and we personally use an 80/12 or 90/14 Microtex needle and I love the Titanium needles because of their strength.

Teflon feet are often recommended but you can use a standard or rolling foot. Play around with it and see what suits you and your machine best. If you are sewing through several layers you may need to make adjustments accordingly.

Wonder clips. Wonder clips. Wonder clips. You will NOT want to pin your gorgeous cork fabric (and it would be difficult trying to)!

A longer 4-5 stitch length works well for most projects.

Can I embroider my cork fabric?

Absolutely, and it’s just so beautiful!! You can see a few examples over on our Instagram.

How do I clean my cork fabric?

While cork can be dry cleaned, it is NOT machine washable.
Cork fabric can be wiped down with a clean gentle cloth, a little liquid soap and water.

Can I iron my cork fabric?

Cork fabric can crease, which is why we send it to you rolled, sealed and protected. Ironing is NOT recommended, and finger pressing will work great for most sewing projects.
It’s best to avoid heat of the iron needed with fusible interfacing, so sew-in stabilizers are great for more structured projects.

Just a few more photo of cork fabric from Portugal.

cork fabric by the yard Natural Cork Fabric touch pro gold fleck corkCork Pillow Top

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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.

 

RE-THINKING THE IRON

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.
THIS IS WORK?

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

Pre Order Today!  Will ship by Sept 30th – Oct 5th   Click Home Sewing Depot

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Folding Square Ruler Holiday Giveaway

Week 3 Folding Square Ruler Holiday GiveawayFolding Square Ruler Holiday Giveaway

Congratulations to Shana Griffin of Minden, LA on winning our 3rd week of Holiday Giveaways.   Shana won our new Polycarbonate Folding Square Ruler, guaranteed not to crack, chip or break!  She also won Sewing Seasons Greeting book, Sewing machine ornament, 2″ glass head pins, invisible marking pin, Kai scissors.  Total Value $91.00

 

 

Styrofoam Cornice Kit

DIY Styrofoam Cornice Kit

Trying to decide how to add the finishing touches to your living space without breaking the bank?  Decorate on a budget with a Styrofoam cornice kit, just assemble, decorate and hang.  The cornice kit can span up to 50 feet wide and is as light as a feather to install.

The Do it Yourself, No Sew Styrofoam Cornice Kit looks like a custom made cornice when finished.  It is light weight polystyrene sections that are adhered together with low temp glue gun or I  have been using Craft & Hobby Tape, when finished the cornice looks like it was professionally made. The best thing is, you can say I Made It!  Mounting brackets are provided for every thirty-two inches of cornice so there is no sagging or dipping with the Styrofoam cornice kit.

The Styrofoam Cornice kit is available in 3 heights and 2 styles.  The Avalon in the most popular style, perfect for all rooms in your home.  The exciting part about the cornice kits is that is very easy to change the fabric and create a seasonal look to your decorating style.  The Cosmo is a flat contemporary style of cornice and is only available in a 15″ height.  The cornice kits also have corner and bay window extensions available to match the Avalon Style.

We decorating or covering the cornice it is best to look for patterns that are railroaded so you can cut one long piece of fabric for each section.  If you are using 54″ wide fabric you can just fold under the fabric and match the pattern.Railroaded Fabric

Railroading refers to the way a fabric , usually a pattern, is milled.  Normally a bolt of fabric features the top of a pattern going up the roll.  However, a railroaded fabric will have the top of the pattern going across the roll.  This provides a continuous roll of the pattern, making it possible to upholster a large sofa, cushion or draperies without creating seams or a break in the pattern.

Head over to Styrofoam Cornice Kit and get our special Free Shipping.

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How to Use Fast Set Metal Grommets

Have you tried Fast-Set Metal Grommets?

Fast-Set Metal Grommets also known as EZ-Set Grommets are perfect for draperies, curtains, shower curtains, purses, handbags and totes.    The are so easy to use and stay in place no matter how much you tug and pull on the totes.

Many crafter’s and purse experts are using the metal grommets because the keep on holding! much better than Dritz plastic grommets that you find in hobby stores.  The Fast-Set Metal Grommets were designed for professional drapery workrooms to use when fabricating clients draperies, with out the expensive cost of buying a large grommet setter and dies for the setter.

Grommet Ideas for Handbags, Purses and Beach Totes

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How about a few Fun Grommet Pillows?

Square Grommet AccentsBeautiful Linen Pillow with GrommetsTan and Navy Grommet PillowGreat Grommet Ideas

 

 

 

 

The greatest thing about Fast Set Metal Grommets is that the grommet is set and crimp together to is stays in place.  The Fast Set Metal Grommets are available in round, square and 6 colors – Matte Nickel, Polished Silver, Frost Silver, Antique Brass, Antique Copper & Black

Using a hand Grommet Setter is required with the Fast-Set Grommets.  Fast Set Grommet Setter for # 12 Grommets

Self-aligning grommet setter for use with #12 EZ-Set round and square grommets only.
Use with carpenter’s hammer or rubber mallet to quickly and easily set grommets into drapery panels, curtains, pillows, purses, & totes.

Below you will view the step by step photos of setting your Fast Set Metal Grommets with the self-aligning grommet setter

 

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