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October 12 2021
5 Reasons Why It’s Beneficial to Teach Children How to Sew

By: GoldStar Tool

Sewing is handy to know for stitching up a tear in a shirt or teddy bear or replacing a button. Teaching these simple things to children will not only teach them lifelong valuable and practical skills, but it may also open the door to a world of creativity. 

October 07 2021
DIY Halloween Table Runner Made from Scraps of Material

By: GoldStar Tool

Halloween novelty fabrics are fun and often brightly colored and will bring some fall colors inside. What better way to add a touch of Halloween than by this table runner, which is quick and easy with your sewing machine? You can also use Halloween cloth scraps you’ve been saving.

Pick a striking fabric for the back, and it can be reversible. Depending on the material you use, it may shrink a little when you wash it, so cut it a little bigger. 

Preparation: Select and Cut Fabrics 

If your batting or fabrics are rumpled, iron them on a low setting. Remember, some batting has adhesive, so don’t iron that side. 

Cut the batting and the back fabric (make the back fabric slightly larger than the batting). You can customize the size for any table; any size is a cinch with a sewing machine!

Cut the strips from a mix of brightly colored fabrics and more neutral fabrics. How big you cut them and how many depends on your runner’s size. 

Putting It Together

Putting everything together doesn’t take too long. 

Putting Back and Batting Together

Center the batting on the wrong side of the backing. If your batting has adhesive, iron the batting on with a high setting. If there’s no adhesive, use a quilter’s spray glue. 

Arrange your fabric strips on the backing and batting, then trim the ends. 

Stack the Strips

Starting with the center strip, make two strip stacks in the order they are on the back一 one going right of center and one going left. 

Use Your Sewing Machine

Starting in the center, pin the first strip from the right-side pile to the back. 

Sew a ¼-inch seam down the right edge to secure the strip to the batting and back. 

Press open the seam (careful not to melt the batting). Pressing helps the strips lie neater and flatter, which means the lines will look cleaner. 

Using a left-side pile strip, do the same thing (pin, sew, press). 

Repeat with all the strips, alternating sides. 

Quilt

To quilt, start in the middle. Using the strips as guides, sew toward the right. 

Come back to the middle and go left. 

Alternate until complete. 

Square off the raw edges. 

Finish It Up

Bind the edge with the sewing machine and give it a quick wash. Now you have a unique and decorative Halloween runner!

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October 05 2021
Your Complete Guide to Singer Sewing Machines

By: GoldStar Tool

Singer has a variety of sewing machines specialized for different applications. This article briefly overviews Singer sewing machines to give you an idea of options.

September 28 2021
Upcycle Your T-Shirts to Nightgowns

By: GoldStar Tool

Upcycling is a fun process for you and your family. Take the kids or your spouse, thrift some t-shirts, and make yourselves new pajamas! It's easy, fun, and you get to spend quality time with your fam! Learn more on the process here.

September 23 2021
7 Tips on Becoming an Independent Sewing Contractor

By: GoldStar Tool

Is finding jobs to grow your independent sewing business something you struggle with? Many people need clothing repairs, custom jobs, alterations, and custom items such as hats, bags, etc. To connect with them, you need to have and know how to use the right advertising tools to target the audience you want. 

September 21 2021
Eco-Friendly Reusable Makeup Removers Pads

By: GoldStar Tool

If you wear makeup, you likely buy disposable makeup remover pads all the time. Not only are you spending money on something you will use for a few minutes and then throw away, the product ultimately ends up in the landfill. Learn more about how to make reusable ones here!

September 16 2021
A Complete Guide to Start Your Sewing Hobby

By: GoldStar Tool

Sewing clothes and other things used to be a trying chore in years gone past, especially before the sewing machine. Today, sewing is a creative, relaxing hobby that many enjoy. Perhaps you have thought of trying it but don’t know where to start. Learn more here!

September 14 2021
DIY Dryer Sheets from Scrap Fabric

By: GoldStar Tool

Dryer sheets have chemicals and perfumes that transfer from your clothes, sheets, and towels to your body, and some of these can irritate certain skin types. Moreover, traditional single-use dryer sheets cost money and end up in the landfill, where they take years to break down. 

September 09 2021
Are Sewing Machine Needles and Threading Needles Different?

By: GoldStar Tool

Like hand sewing, sewing machines rely on sewing needles. There are a dizzying array of sewing needles in different sizes and shapes. So much variety and so many options can be a bewildering challenge for anyone looking to buy their first needles. Just as difficult as threading the actual needle!

September 07 2021
DIY Colorblocking Pillows

By: GoldStar Tool

Colorblocking pillows are an easy DIY sewing machine project to add accent colors to couches and chairs. Mix and match colors and fabrics to keep a rotating variety of colors and patterns to match the season, holiday, or your preferences. 

September 02 2021
Celebrate National Sewing Month with GoldStar Tool!

By: GoldStar Tool

National Sewing Month celebrates and recognizes the creative joy and self-expression of sewing that millions do year-round. Across the nation, there is a sort of “open house” of bloggers, online stores, retailers, individuals, and schools that use the month to renew interest, hold sales, inspire and be inspired, expand their knowledge, and celebrate this fine craft.  

September 01 2021
National Sewing Month Giveaway With GoldStar Tool!

By: GoldStar Tool

Now that it is National Sewing Month, how do we celebrate?! With a giveaway of course! Here at GoldStar Tool we are taking our love for sewing and celebrating our loyal customers with 20 $50 gift cards to GoldStar Tool! 

September 01 2021
Celebrate Labor Day 2021 With a GoldStar Tool 5% Sale!

By: GoldStar Tool

GoldStar Tool and Labor Day have one thing in common: we like to celebrate the contributions and achievements of our hardworking Americans! From September 1, 2021, to September 7, 2021, we will celebrate the hard work with an end of the summer sale of 5% off the entire site (exclusions apply).

August 26 2021
Why Does My Needle Keep Unthreading?

By: GoldStar Tool

There’s nothing more frustrating than hitting your stride only to have to stop and re-thread a needle. While it’s not a fun experience, it’s good to know you’re in good company with this struggle. There are a few common reasons this might be happening that are worth considering.

August 24 2021
Baby Bib Tutorial

By: GoldStar Tool

This DIY bib doesn’t take long to create and promises to be a lifesaver. It’s so simple to create that you might find yourself tempted to design an entire collection. In fact, making a bunch of bibs this way doesn’t even require a sewing machine if you’re not comfortable using one!