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Melissa Shields (Home Ec. With Mel)
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Vintage Sewing Machine Foot Pedal Fires and How To Prevent Them
 Hello everyone today we are going to discuss safety. Not the typical use your tools safely kind of discussion although it is probably a subject some of us could use a crash course in due to complacency. No today we are going to discuss our sewing machines....

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True Blue Quilts Book Blog Tour and GIVEAWAY
I'm so excited to be showing off Annette Plog's new quilt book True Blue Quilts.  I'm so thankful that C&T Publishing asked me to be part of this blog hop.  What quilter is going to turn down the chance to see a quilt book before everyone else and be able t...

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Fiber Tuesday 107
Welcome back to Fiber Tuesday!  How was everyone's week? I hope everyone had a great Easter weekend.  We got to see the grand kids Saturday and Sunday.  The littlest one is walking now and is always on the move.  He has fallen in love with our boxer and she...

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Rewiring A Duplex Receptacle On Vintage Sewing Machines
Hello everyone, not long ago we worked through the generic wiring diagram of the basic sewing machine. Today we are going to work specifically on one of the most common wiring styles found in a multitude of various manufactures sewing machines.  Using an el...

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Fiber Tuesday 106
Welcome back to Fiber Tuesday!  How was everyone's week? This has been an exciting week.  I had my first post go viral!  It's amazing!!  The bowl cozies have always been a big draw but it's a steady thing.  The magic 8 half square triangle has brought as mu...

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Hourglass Quilt Block - Any Size You Need
The hourglass or quarter square quilt block is another foundation quilt block.  You find them not only on their own but also in many other quilt blocks.  Being able to easily make them and in any size you need can really expand your arsenal in the quilting ...

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Rewiring Vintage Sewing Machines - Resurrecting Vintage Sewing Machines Part 5
Hello everyone.  My goal today is to show others how to replace the rotten wiring we have all ran across when we get new to us machines. I want to demonstrate enough about the circuit that anyone reading will feel comfortable with their ability to pick up t...

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DIY Sewing Themed Tennis Shoes
I needed, OK I wanted a pair of new shoes.  The thing is I don't do shoes that everyone else has, My shoes are where I really express myself, I even have toe tennis shoes.  I had gotten a sneak peek of Northcott's sewing themed fabric line and I fell in lov...

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Fiber Tuesday 105
Welcome back to Fiber Tuesday!  How was everyone's week? I'm so sad this week.  Fixer Upper season finished up last week.  I've had an absolute blast this past season live tweeting with other fans during the show.  I've met some inspiring people and a few o...

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Six Most Common Sewing Machine Used In Quilting
Hello everyone today we are going to discuss a few of the basic sewing machine feet that we frequently use while quilting. I am not going to begin to try to explain all the different feet available for sewing special purpose seams for the fashion enthusiast...
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