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The key to fantastic sewing is not only knowing all the techniques, but also using the right supplies. These are the best sewing tools for working faster with more professional results! Love them! www.cucicucicoo.com

The best sewing tools for happy sewing (part 1)

The key to fantastic sewing is not only knowing all the techniques, but also using the right supplies. These are the best sewing tools for working faster with more professional results! Love them! www.cucicucicoo.com

My readers frequently ask me for recommendations about sewing machines, fabric and sewing tools. I could talk on and on, day after day, about my favorite products, but alas, that’s not very practical. So instead I’ve decided to create a series of posts called Cucicucicoo Recommends to answer these questions. Be sure to check out the rest of the series here!

Want recommendations for the best sewing supplies? This extensive list suggests the most useful notions, fabrics, machines and books for your sewing habit! www.cucicucicoo.com

I already wrote a few months ago about how to choose your first sewing machine, and today I want to talk about what I consider to be the best sewing tools for both beginner and advanced sewers that will make your sewing projects easier and more professional-looking.

Of course it’s of utmost importance to know the basics of sewing to create fantastic sewn clothing and objects, so if you’re just starting to learn, I highly suggest you take a look at my free Learn to Machine Sew course. You can often tell the skill of a seamstress by the quality of her work. However, certain tools and notions can make certain techniques so much easier to master, and give an edge to those who use them.

If you’ve ever set foot in a fabric shop, you’ll have noticed that there are about a gazillion sewing supplies. Some are tools that you really truly need to sew while others are optional items that you can do without, but that will make your life much easier. In each category I will explain which supplies are absolutely necessary and others that you can wait to procure if you’re just starting out sewing, but that I do suggest getting at some point or another.

So enough chit chat, let’s get right down to the Cucicucicoo-recommended best sewing tools! Read more

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Make a cool and snuggly accessory from your family’s old T-shirts, even if they’re ripped or stained! This tutorial shows how to cut up shirts and piece them together to create a colorful and unique infinity scarf! www.cucicucicoo.com

Refashion Tutorial: Make a T-shirt Infinity Scarf

Make a cool and snuggly accessory from your family’s old T-shirts, even if they’re ripped or stained! This tutorial shows how to cut up shirts and piece them together to create a colorful and unique infinity scarf! www.cucicucicoo.com

Some people are obsessed with clothes and have overflowing closets. Other people obsessively buy shoes and have dozens and dozens of them. I, myself, have a thing for neckwear. Except for the hottest, most humid summer months, when I can't bear to have anything on my skin, I love the feeling of having something around my neck. I have tons of … Read more

Are you sick of arguing with your kids over screen time? Provide them with stimulating fun without batteries! These 17 fantastic non-electronic games are perfect for young children with limited or no reading or math skills!

17 Non-Electronic Games for Young Children

Are you sick of arguing with your kids over screen time? Provide them with stimulating fun without batteries! These 17 fantastic non-electronic games are perfect for young children with limited or no reading or math skills!

Nearly all parents I know these days complain about trying to limit their kids' screen time. They're always on their tablet, or gaming device, or smartphone. If not, they're using the computer or zoning out in front of a TV. I can't help thinking how different these kids' lives are than mine was when I was growing up! Why do kids need so much … Read more

Having trouble with wavy seams, snapped thread and holes in your homemade knit garments? These 10 tips will help you overcome problems and you'll be sewing knits perfectly in no time! Check it out at www.cucicucicoo.com

10 tips for sewing knits perfectly

Having trouble with wavy seams, snapped thread and holes in your homemade knit garments? These 10 tips will help you overcome problems and you'll be sewing knits perfectly in no time! Check it out at www.cucicucicoo.com

When a person learns to sew, the first projects are always with woven fabric. When you go to a fabric shop, you'll notice that most fabrics are woven. And when you browse sewing projects on Pinterest, nearly all of them use woven fabric. But take a look at your own wardrobe, or that of your kids. I'm willing to bet that you have a pretty high … Read more

Learn how to make homemade pick up sticks (Mikado) from skewers, with a DIY pouch to hold them. Printable playing instructions included! A perfect gift for kids and adults! Tutorial by www.cucicucicoo.com

Make homemade pick up sticks (with carry bag)

Learn how to make homemade pick up sticks (Mikado) from skewers, with a DIY pouch to hold them. Printable playing instructions included! A perfect gift for kids and adults! Tutorial by www.cucicucicoo.com

Toys are too complicated these days. I sometimes hear parents saying that their kids get bored if their toys don't make sounds or light up, or aren't animated or interactive games. And of course all these electronic toys and games cost more and break really easily. I sometimes feel like an old fogey, but seriously, do children really need all … Read more

10 reasons why you should make your own costume instead of buying one: lessons learned from my mother. www.cucicucicoo.com

10 Reasons to make your own costume

10 reasons why you should make your own costume instead of buying one: lessons learned from my mother. www.cucicucicoo.com

The one question that I get asked in every interview I've ever had is what or who my creative inspirations are. I usually give a different answer every time because I am inspired by so many people, places and things. But my first creatively inspirational input was without question my mother. (Hi, Mom!) As a single mother bringing up three kids … Read more