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Olga Balasa (Ageberry)

Hi, I'm Olga! Sewing is my passion and I hope to share that with you through the articles on my blog.
I have more than 25 years of experience in sewing and making clothes for myself and my family members.
My mission here on the blog is to give you all the resources you need to make your own handmade home and wardrobe.
I want you to feel inspired by what you see here on the blog: create beautiful things that make you happy!
You'll find tutorials on all sorts of projects from beginner to advanced levels so there's something for everyone. My goal is to inspire you with my blog posts so that you can sew more professionally, make your own patterns and be more creative with your fabric choices.
If you want more information about me or my blog please visit my About page.

Prewashing Fabric: Is It A Good Idea?

Is prewashing fabric before sewing necessary? And does the answer depend more on the fabric or on the project? For example, is it more important to prewash your fabric before sewing a dress or before sewing a quilt? You may have heard experienced sewists talk about the importance of prewashing fabric. But what does that mean, exactly? And why is it important? I’ve constructed this entire guide around the topic of prewashing fabric and when it is and isn’t the right thing to do. It’s knowledge you’re going to need if you’re to embark on a successful sewing adventure.

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In The Hoop Embroidery Project: Monster Halloween Treat Bag

Try this In the Hoop Embroidery design if you have an embroidery machine with a 5″ x 7″ hoop. You can make Halloween treat bags with ease using this method and they are super cute too! These would be perfect for handing out sweets or other treats during the trick-or-treat season. You could even use them as gift bags if you wanted to give someone a small present instead of sweets! They’re also great for Halloween parties where people need goodie bags.

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Stitch Witchery: What It Is And How To Use It

Stitch witchery is a strip of tape with adhesive on both sides that is used to create a strong bond between fabric layers. It’s a popular choice for hemming because it’s quick and easy to use. When applied correctly, stitch witchery will create a professional looking hem that will be durable and long lasting. This sewing tutorial will explain what stitch witchery is, how it works, when you would use it, and will answer frequently asked questions.

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Common Sewing Machine Bobbin Problems And Solutions (+Videos)

Do you have sewing machine problems with your bobbins and bobbin thread is bunching up? Check out this really helpful video sewing tutorial on sewing machine bobbin troubleshooting. Learn how to repair your sewing machine at home and find reasons your sewing machine isn’t working properly. Sewing machine maintenance.

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How To Use Fusible Interfacing (Video + Tips And Tricks)

In this video tutorial, I want to talk about fusible interfacing. I will show you how to fuse interfacing to the fabric, what types of fusible interfacing we can use for our sewing and quilting projects, how to choose proper interfacing for a project and what problems you may have while working with fusible interfacing. I am also answering these questions: Is fusible fleece the same as interfacing? Can you wash fusible interfacing? Can you sew through fusible interfacing? How do you remove fusible interfacing from fabric?

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Best sewing machine for intermediate or advanced sewists: tips from the experts

Whether you’re an intermediate sewist or an expert seamstress, there’s no denying the importance of having a great sewing machine. As your skills begin to improve, you may find that your beginner sewing machine is no longer able to keep up with your needs. If you find yourself sewing more frequently or are starting to tackle more challenging projects, it may be time to consider upgrading to a more advanced model.

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