Choosing the Right Zipper
Posted: October 7th, 2013 | No Comments »
A truly underrated invention, the zipper revolutionized the clothing industry, making just about everything easier to put on and take off. The modern sewer can easily learn how to work zippers into their projects. Here are some basic terms and guidelines to get things started.
Parts of a Zipper
Tape – the fabric, often polyester, that the zipper is mounted on. The color of the tape should go well with the project it’s being used for.
Teeth – the two sides that interlock to open and close the zipper.
Slider (or pull) – the moving part that slides up and down, attaching and detaching the teeth.
Stops – located at each end of the teeth to stop the slider from falling off the zipper.
Types of Zippers
Nylon Coil Non-Separating Zipper
A non-separating zipper only opens up completely on one end, making it ideal for dresses, pants, and compartmental accessories like purses.
1-Way Separating Zipper
A separating zipper opens all the way up on both ends. It’s perfect for a jacket or zip-up sweatshirt. We carry YKK Vislon Fastrak zippers that align easier and drop in from the side.
2-Way Separating Zipper
A 2-way zipper has two pulls, which allows you to open a garment from the top and bottom at the same time. This is great for outerwear that you may want to open up at the bottom from time to time for a little extra breathing room.
Sizing a Zipper
Sizing the right zipper for a project can be tricky. They’re measured from one stop to the other, not including the surrounding tape. You can shorten a zipper by sewing a stitch for a new stop if need be. This is often necessary for custom projects. The width of the teeth may vary from zipper to zipper.
Check out Northern Thread’s wide selection of zippers and start working them into your sewing!
Looking For a Gift for Your Fabric and Yarn Loving Friend?
Posted: August 15th, 2012 | No Comments »
For those of you who have friends that love to knit, quilt and sew, you might need some help finding that perfect gift. You think, “I could get them yarn… Well, they have yarn.” Or, “I could get them fabric… Well, they already have fabric.”
While that may be true, you can be certain that they’d love more yarn and fabric. But, there are other things that could work too, to show that you care.
For example, check out this nice looking tote from Barbara Lavallee called the “Knitters” tote:
This would work perfectly for any of your knitting friends to transport their things, and it has a fun design on it as well.
You might also consider this Stitch Happy Fold n’ Go Notions Box:
This item features four compartments for taking craft equipment on the go, and it folds to stay compact during travel.
Just take a look through our gifts section and you’ll be sure to find great gift ideas for quilters, knitters and craft-lovers of all sorts!
Check out Northern Threads’ Iron Selection
Posted: June 15th, 2012 | No Comments »
Clothing irons have come a long way since their invention somewhere around the first century BC.
What used to be a hefty solid piece of flat iron metal now comes in many electrical varieties for the purpose of steaming fabrics and making you look nice for the work day.
So, we wanted to highlight the high-tech clothing irons, offered by Northern Threads for your next quilting or general craft projects. Right now, we offer 6 Rowenta steam irons, which come in a selection of price ranges and with accordingly different features.
The base model, a compact travel steam iron, offers both portability (including a travel bag) and reliability with stainless steel plating and the option for vertical steaming.
The mid-ranged model, dubbed the Rowenta professional iron, offers a 3-way smart auto shut off system, self cleaning and variable steam levels.
The highest grade model, the Rowenta pressure iron and steamer, offers high-powered continuous steam, large water tank, variable steaming, an extra long hose & cord and more!
So, Northern threads offers a variety of irons to meet plenty of needs. Rowenta provides a quality product and you have plenty of options to choose from!
Embroidery On Your Phone!
Posted: May 9th, 2012 | No Comments »
Anyone who has a smart phone knows that you can find and app for just about anything these days. So, why should those of use who like quilting, sewing and crafting things in general be excluded?
Apparently the people at Pfaff asked the same question:
Pfaff now offers two apps for the iPhone. The Embroidery Art iPhone App allows users to pick a design, choose from 15,000 thread colors to customize the design and refer to it in their embroidery endeavors. You can even save the designs for future reference!
The second app is this:
The 5D Thread Match App. With this app, you can take a photo of a project or use an old photo, then zoom into a color that you want to match and the app will find the exact thread for you!
So, download the apps and get to work on your next project! Also, ask us about pricing for our Pfaff sewing machines to go with the apps. We also carry Singer machines, as well as both Singer and Pfaff accessories!
Olfa Ergonomic Rotary Cutter
Posted: April 30th, 2012 | No Comments »
I wanted to do a highlight of this Olfa Ergonomic Rotary Cutter, because I find it so helpful in my quilting projects.
You’ll notice the ergonomic, pizza-cutter design, perfect for making precise cuts in quilting fabric. Scissors definitely have their use in quilting, in fact I recommend having both scissors and a rotary cutter. However, for those long cuts, scissors can cause a lot of issues and, as you know, even the tiniest mistake makes a ton of difference in the overall shape and size of the quilt.
So, definitely check out this rotary cutter from Olfa. They come in three sizes and feature a variety of replaceable blades:
We carry only the best fabric cutting tools and craft supplies. So, make sure to keep checking in to see what we have available for your next project!
The Right Zipper
Posted: April 20th, 2012 | No Comments »
When you work on a project that requires a zipper, you need the right kind. The truth is: one zipper won’t do for every project. For example, if you need one for a handbag, check out the YKK “Snip, Zip & Go” zippers. Terry Atkinson designed these for easy modification of length, in order to fit any sized bag. Plus, they come in a variety of colors, so they’ll fit any design you can come up with!
YKK has even developed a special zipper for active wear. Made of durable and bulky teeth, these will outlast any sports or activities you might do in your clothing.
A 2 Way Heavy Weight Brass Parka Zipper is a very durable zipper that will hold up in extreme cold temperatures. Ideal for outerwear vests, jackets, parkas and heavy duty accessories.
So, make sure to get the right zipper for your project! We have more than just these available for your projects, so contact us if you have any questions about our services!
Lickity Grip is a must have!
Posted: April 5th, 2012 | No Comments »
While I was looking around for some new notions I stumbled upon a product called LickityGrip. The name peaked my interest so I did some checking around to find out what this LickityGrip stuff was and here’s the scoop.
LickityGrip gives added grip for better control while sewing or piecing. It helps you shuffle fabrics quickly and accurately for perfect alignment. Quickly get that one thread exposed on the bottom layer for precision piecing. LickityGrip is a beader’s blessing! Whether picking up, positioning, weaving, shuffling, stringing or threading beads. LickityGrip gives added control and allows you to grasp beads and filaments or threads more firmly. LickityGrip is a scrapbookers true love! It helps you effortlessly grasp, shuffle or place tiny embellishment, die cuts, trims, papers and photos. LickityGrip has no odor, is acid free, hypoallergenic, non-staining, not greasy, gummy or sticky. This product was developed by a quilter/crafter for quilters and crafters.
I just had to order this this fantastic product for the shop so I could share my new find with everyone. I think once you try LickityGrip you will agree it works great! What a great holiday gift for yourself and quilting/crafting friends. Stop by the shop and check it out for yourself. We have a sample container on the front counter.