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On The Cutting Table – Your New Sewing Directory

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How is it almost June already?! I'm finding that this year is disappearing so quickly, I really can't keep up! It has been an exciting few months for On The Cutting Table. The website went live in February and I welcomed some fantastic businesses to our sewing family. I have been in awe of the support and encouragement I've received from the lovely women running these businesses, it really has been amazing!

Now, lets meet our businesses! 

SewSquirrel

At SewSquirrel you can find beautiful fabrics, findings, laces and elastics to make your own lingerie and activewear. SewSquirrel also stocks a great range of bra making kits and patterns. See more.

 

 

JillyAtlanta Patterns

At JillyAtlanta Patterns you will find the most beautiful, timeless sewing patterns. Each pattern has detailed instructions and photos so you can be sure to create something beautiful every time. See more.

 

 

handbag-hardware-australiaHandbag Hardware Australia

Handbag Hardware Australia has a great range of hardware and patterns to make your own bags. You can also order hardware kits for a range of bag patterns, taking the guesswork out of choosing your hardware (great for newbies to bag making like me!). See more.

 

 

Make Modern

This modern Australian digital quilting magazine is packed full of quilting patterns and inspiring stories, with new issues releasing every 2 months! See more.

 

 

Bella Sunshine Designs

At Bella Sunshine Designs you will find gorgeous PDF Patterns for girls & ladies and great sewing tutorials & tips on the blog. See more.

 

 

one-thimbleOne Thimble

One Thimble is a digital sewing magazine. Each issue is full of quality sewing patterns for kids and adults, inspiring articles and tutorials. See more.

 

 

utopian-threads-pastel-fabricUtopian Threads

Utopian Threads (previously known as Muddy Ruffles Fabric Addiction) has an amazing range of quality fabrics including designer cottons, knits, and bundles. You can even pre-order new release fabrics so you know you'll have it in your hands as soon as possible! See more.

 

 

fabric-bundleThe Next Stitch

Here you can find a great range of fabrics including linens, quilting cotton and cotton lawn. The Next Stitch also stocks patterns and offers block of the month programs and fabric club. See more.

 

 

Competitions & Giveaways

I recently held our first competition over on our Instagram page @onthecuttingtable. A beautiful fat quarter bundle of Tilda Bumblebee fabric was up for grabs and the lucky winner was Ali from Arabesque Scissors. Ali has already put her fabric to good use and made an absolutely stunning quilt! See it on her blog here.

What's up next for On The Cutting Table?

I have some exciting plans for the future of On The Cutting Table. Sewing is my passion. I taught myself to sew and spent many hours searching for patterns, fabric & supplies. My dream is for On The Cutting Table to become the place to go for all of your sewing needs. From finding where to buy that perfect fabric, to sewing patterns for any occasion, to quilting, tutorials, how-to's and inspiration. On The Cutting Table is really coming to life and there is so much more to come!

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If you'd like to know about future giveaways, sewing news, tips, inspiration, sales and promotions, pop your name & email down below!

Join our Family!

And of course, if you a business and would like to join our sewing directory, simply click here to register your interest or send an email to hello@onthecuttingtable.com and I will be in touch!

Happy sewing!

Bec xx

 

 

BENEFITS OF SEWING FOR CHILDREN

 

Sewing is a great activity for children aged 8 and over and you can often find school holiday workshops or even classes that run weekly during the school term that cater for children.

When sewing children have to concentrate and focus on what they are doing.  They need to follow instructions to use the pattern, copy and cut the pieces and to sew it all together.  Their brains are challenged and their creativity and individuality can be enhanced during this process.  Their self-esteem can be greatly strengthened when they have finished their project and they have created something amazing.

There is a lot of learning going on but they probably don't even realise how much!

It is best to start with simple projects so that they learn the basics.  A good place to start is with a pillowcase as this is simple and easy to make.  Once this has been mastered they can move on to a library/tote bag which is another simple project.

Once they have learnt how to add a zipper to their project then they can move on to cushion covers and pencil cases and even a simple skirt.  Shorts are also easy to make as are pyjama pants.

Children will be able to create their own clothes and bedroom accessories as well as gifts for family and friends.  They will feel a great sense of achievemennt and will be learning a valuable life skill.

I highly recommend looking into sewing lessons for your child, and don't think that it is just something for the girls, boys can definitely give it a go as well.

 

 

STORAGE IDEAS FOR YOUR SEWING SUPPLIES

It doesn't take long for your small stash of fabric to turn into Mt Everest, or for your few bits and pieces of lace and trim to really accumulate.  That's why sewing room storage is so important, plus the more organised that you are the less time you will spend looking for things so the more time that can be spent sewing...win/win!

Here's a few tips to help you with your sewing room storage:

  • Organise your fabric by colour and size and store in clear plastic containers so you can easily find what you are looking for.
  • Glass jars with lids are a great way to store buttons, ribbons, lace etc..  Again store them organised by colour.
  • Keep your pattern pieces organised by storing them in individual clear resealable plastic bags.
  • Tool boxes or fishing tackle boxes make great storage.  These usually have multiple sections and compartments of differing sizes so that you can store you smaller items safely.
  • Pegboard attached to your sewing room wall is perfect for keeping you organsied,  Use it to hang your scissors, rotary cutter etc..  You can even use it to keep your thread and bobbins organised.
  • Shelves are a necessity for your sewing space.  You can use them to store smaller sized containers, spools of ribbon, jars etc..

So there you have a few tips to keep your sewing room organised.

Happy sewing!

TIPS FOR BUYING A SEWING MACHINE

 

If you are new to sewing you might be thinking of purchasing your first sewing machine.  Here are a few things to consider to help you in the process.

USAGE
Firstly you will need to think about how often you will use your sewing machine and what you will be using it for.  For example, if you will just be doing a bit of mending and simple sewing like tote bags and clothing then your requirements will differ to if your usage was going to be on a daily basis with a focus on quilting or embroidery.
Keep in mind that your intended usage now may change in the future so be aware of this if you think this could be likely.

BUDGET
A sewing machine is a major purchase so you will need to consider your budget.  How much you can afford to spend will obviously affect what sewing machine you can ultimately purchase.
If you have a very tight budget it might be worthwhile shopping around and looking out for sales.  It can also be a good idea to buy a second hand machine through your local sewing machine dealer, or even look out for a quality used machine on eBay or Gumtree.
It is advisable to shop around and to compare brands and to compare what additional extras are included in the purchase.

STITCHES
The number of stitches available on some machines can be overwhelming so it is a good idea to have an idea of what stitches will be essential for you.  Some of the most popular stitches that you will probably need are straight stitch, zig zag, button hole and blind hem.
You will want to be able to adjust the stitch lenght and stitch width so these are important features to look for.

SPECIAL FEATURES
There are a multitude of special features available on some machines which can definitely increase the price.  There are four special features that I would recommend that your machine has.
1.  Automated needle threader - because we all know how frustrating it can be trying to get that thread through the tiny hole of the needle!
2. Adjustable speed control - this enables how to control how fast/slow you sew
3. Multiple needle positions - this means that the needle can be moved to the left and right which is extremely useful for zippers and top stitching.
4. Auto thread cutter - whilst not an essential feature to have you will definitely love it if it is available.

FEET
Again your requirements here will be dependant upon your planned usage, for example, if you intend to use your sewing machine for quilting then you will need a walking foot, a spring action foot and a quarter inch foot.  If you will be using your sewing machine for sewing clothes then you will be on the look out for a zipper foot and a button hole foot.  It is a good idea to find out the cost of additional feet should the need arise for you to purchase them at a later time.

 

So there you have a few things for you to consider before making your purchase.  As I said a sewing machine can be quite a major purchase so I definitely recommend that you do your research on brands, packages, inclusions etc...  

Good luck with your purchase and happy sewing!