Buttonhole Cutter Set

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For straight and keyhole buttonholes. Cutters make sharp, clean cuts for professionally finished buttonholes. The circular cutter can also be used for cutting English eyelet embroidery. Made with hardwood handles and hardened steel blades.

Set contains Buttonhole Cutter Knife, Circular Cutter Punch, and Hardwood Apple-Shaped Cutting Block in a plastic bag.

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Ecclesiastical Sewing

Mary Mulari’s husband, Doug, is Mayor of Aurora, Minnesota. In February 2019, Mary went with him to a Regional Minnesota Mayors meeting up north, in a small town called Baxter.

While Doug was attending seminars, Mary was free to explore the town. Much to her surprise, she stumbled into a very unique sewing business. It wasn’t a charming quilt shop … or a sewing machine dealer. The sign said Ecclesiastical Sewing. Hmmm…

Mary’s has a pretty amazing career in the sewing industry, AND she’s a lifelong Lutheran. But she never thought about a mash-up between sewing and religion becoming a viable business.

So, whose idea was this?

The heroine of this sewing story is Carrie Roberts.

Like many of us, Carrie learned how to sew when she was a child. By the time she entered college, she was working part-time at a fabric store. She loved making display garments, and she became an accomplished seamstress. In 1982, she was accepted into the costume design program at the University of Minnesota. The classes in costume, fashion history, design, tailoring, draping, and flat pattern design took her skills to a whole new level.

Her first attempt at sewing religious vestments came during those college years. She was attending a church on campus, and the pastor asked if she could create a stole for him.

Remembering that first effort, Carrie says, I said yes, but I had no idea what that might entail. There were no stole patterns. So I created a pattern from one of his other stoles. I didn’t know what was used on the inside, so I selected a lambswool interfacing. There were no embroidery machines, no designs, and not much to work with. I saw an image of a lamb in an old vestment catalog, so I traced that lamb and using a combination of hand embroidery and machine satin stitching, created an emblem. The stole turned out okay, but I didn’t really know how it should be. My pastor wore that stole for years. Later that summer, I also created a chasuble for him. There were no clear patterns, no instructions, and finding fabrics in the correct colors was impossible. This was 35 years ago, there was no internet, no access to worldwide shopping, vintage books, designs, or patterns. I knew nothing of shoulder slant or how the shape should be.


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Needle Facts: Needle Anatomy

The SCHMETZ needle is one of the most important parts to your home sewing machine.  Your machine simply cannot operate without a needle, right?  Insert it wrong and your machine will not work.  Use an incorrect needle and your stitches will be less than desirable.  Use a dull or bent needle and you risk damaging your machine, fabric and thread.  In other words the SCHMETZ needle is an essential work horse.


When was the last time you looked at . . . I mean really looked closely at your sewing machine needle?  Let’s look at its parts:

From top to bottom:

Butt:  The very top of your needle has a  beveled edge for easier insertion into your machine.

Shank:  Home sewing needles have a flat shank for perfect positioning in the needle bar in relation to the hook.

Shoulder:  The transitioning area between the shank and the blade.  Look for color coding here.

Blade:  The length of the needle.  Needle size is determined by measuring the bade width.

Groove:  Along the needle blade the groove cradles and guides thread to the eye of the needle.

Scarf:  The indentation above the eye that allows the bobbin hook to smoothly grab the thread under the throat plate to create a stitch.

Eye:  The hole through which thread passes.

Point and Tip:  The first area to penetrate fabric in stitch creation.  The point and tip length, shape and size vary according to needle types.

There’s a lot of engineering that goes into the creation of this little 2″ piece of steel!



Needle Facts: Burrs

Think a needle lasts forever?  Take a look at this used needle.  On the left with our naked eye the needle point looks sharp.  Now magnetize that same needle a 1,000 times for a close up.  Look at that GIANT burr and those striations.  What is this needle going to do to your fabrics and thread? 

Dull Needle Close Up

 . . . . Shred or break threads, skip stitches, damage fabrics, create uneven stitches, and your sewing machine sounds “funny.”  The solution is so easy and cost-effective: 

Change Your Needle!



The History and Impact of 4-H

(Originally published in SCHMETZ Inspired to SEW #76.)


Since 4-H began more than 100 years ago, it has become the nation’s largest youth development organization. The 4-H idea is simple: help young people and their families gain the skills needed to be proactive forces in their communities and develop ideas for a more innovative economy.

In the late 1800s, adults in the farming community did not readily accept new agricultural developments. But university researchers discovered young people were open to new thinking and would experiment with new ideas and share their experiences with adults.

The passage of the Smith-Lever Act in 1914 created the Cooperative Extension System at USDA and nationalized 4-H. By 1924, 4-H clubs were formed and the clover emblem was adopted. The four H’s stand for Head, Heart, Hands, and Health.

Chances are, even if you were never a member, your life has been impacted by 4-H in many ways, especially if you love to sew.

For starters, if not for 4-H, we might never have known Nancy Zieman. Can you imagine a world without 30 years of Sewing with Nancy?


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