Breaking Bad (sewing habits)  2

Breaking Bad (sewing habits) 2

Continuing where we left off last week on BAD SEWING HABITS.  Again thanks to The Sewing Society and Sewing with Scraps for all the valuable information.

We will dive in with old worn-out rotary blades.  Your best work starts on the cutting table. Using an old blade not only is dangerous, it can cause skipped threads, shredded edges, and wonky cuts.  

While we are on this topic CUTTING ON THE SAME SPOT ON YOUR CUTTING MAT wears out your expensive mat in a hurry.  Come on you are a bright intelligent sewist!!  You can mark the spot on your fabric with a small cut then move the piece of fabric to a different, fresh spot on your cutting mat.  I have even used painter tape over the numbers on my cutting mat and re-numbered.  

HUNCHING WHILE YOU CUT AND SEW talk about bad for your health!

Do you have bad posture while sitting at your sewing machine or when leaning over your table to cut out fabric? That’s a bad sewing habit because it will hurt your back and make you feel fatigued faster. Pay attention to your posture so you can sew longer.  

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Available Monday, May 15 is the Hexi Pillow.  Adding a little pizazz to the duvet cover and to the decor.

We have plenty of coordinating fabric to keep you happy with this cozy space. Chateau Sew & Sew is waiting to help you.  Call or come by.  

Remember to check out Monday’s, May 8 free PDF the BoHo Pillowcase  Come back next week we will be discovering new tips and tricks.

Happy sewing 

Karen and Susan

Roasted Fennel With Tomatoes


Core and thinly slice 2 fennel bulbs; chop some of the fronds. Peel the cloves from 1garlic bulb and toss with the fennel and fronds, 1 quartered lemon, 3 tablespoons olive oil and 1 teaspoon each salt and sugar on a baking sheet. Roast in a 500 degrees F oven until golden, about 20 minutes. Toss in 1 pint grape tomatoes; roast until the tomatoes burst, 7 more minutes.