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Organise your Sewing Machine Needles!

Download pdf tutorial A4 or US Letter Size

Download pdf organizer pages A4 or US Letter Size (including new spare pocket page)

Link to free tutorial to make Binder Cover (download on that page)

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Bonnie commented on the blog post 'Pattern Drafting from Ready-to-Wear Class - PART ONE'
"   You did a great job!!!!  Much Better than I did  when I tried from someone else's directions. Think I'll try again using push pins and make a pin board like you did. That would be a lot easier than a cardboard…"
Oct 4, 2018
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Sep 30, 2018
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Classic Frame Satchel with big bobble frame

Pattern by Upstyle (Etsy)Fabrics from changfabrics.com
Sep 25, 2018
A blog post by Karen was featured

Pattern Drafting from Ready-to-Wear Class - PART ONE

I bought this course with Steffani Lincecum a while ago, and finally felt ready to try it.  The item I am going to rub off is a simple sleeveless blouse, with a box pleat in the centre of the back, small gathers into…See More
Sep 25, 2018
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My First Rag Rug!

I went to the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace again last October.  One of the stalls I visited was "Ragged Life" where I met Elspeth Jackson the owner.  She kindly signed a copy of her book "Rag Rugs, Pillows and More" for me and we chatted about the Rya Rug I had made back in the 70's and the rising popularity of "Rag Rugging".WHAT IS RAG RUGGING?It is a British tradition…See More
Aug 18, 2018
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My First Rag Rug!

I went to the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace again last October.  One of the stalls I visited was "Ragged Life" where I met Elspeth Jackson the owner.  She kindly signed a copy of her book "Rag Rugs, Pillows and More" for me and we chatted about the Rya Rug I had made back in the 70's and the rising popularity of "Rag Rugging".WHAT IS RAG RUGGING?It is a British tradition…See More
Aug 17, 2018

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I am an awesome:
intermediate sewer
My sewing interests are:
handbags, garment, doll making, embroidery, hand sewing
I sew as a:
hobbyist
I am interested in learning how to:
a) actually use the stuff I have bought over the years, b) get more things right first time and c) fit more sewing into my day!
My sewing machine(s):
Domestic, Serger
The brand(s) of my sewing machine(s):
Janome
I am interested in patterns such as:
ePatterns, Independents

Karen's Blog

Pattern Drafting from Ready-to-Wear Class - PART ONE

Posted on September 18, 2018 at 11:30am 1 Comment

I bought this course with Steffani Lincecum a while ago, and finally felt ready to try it.  The item I am going to rub off is a simple sleeveless blouse, with a box pleat in the centre of…

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My First Rag Rug!

Posted on August 17, 2018 at 5:00pm 0 Comments

I went to the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace again last October.  One of the stalls I visited was "Ragged Life" where I met Elspeth Jackson the owner.  She kindly signed a copy of her book "Rag Rugs, Pillows and More" for me and we chatted about the Rya Rug I had made back in the 70's and the rising popularity of "Rag Rugging".…

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The Half Moon from the Lunar Collection (chriswdesigns)

Posted on July 18, 2018 at 6:00pm 0 Comments

I have been admiring the many versions of The Lunar Collection by Chris W Designs for quite a while, and eventually decided to try the medium sized Half Moon version to see how I got on with it as it's a big bag and looked like a long sew.

The fabric I wanted to use is an…

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A Dog Lover's Bag - A Glenda Convertible Clutch!

Posted on June 23, 2018 at 11:00am 1 Comment

I bought a load of fabrics when I went to visit my cousin last March, and decided it was time to start using some of it.  The first fabric I want to use is this dog print cotton duck canvas fabric by Peter Horton Textiles.…

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At 3:18am on May 16, 2017, Alison Heath said…

Thanks Karen, I had no idea you had such a wonderful sewing environment set up, very pleased to be here

At 2:41am on August 24, 2016, Geraldine Young said…

Merci Karen, my French is far from perfect! Thanks for the welcome and looking forward to learning a lot more from peeps on the site!!

At 9:03am on July 6, 2016, Crystal Fritts said…

I did use the link, that is where I got my pattern from, but I did not see on there anywhere about how much material to use. Thank you so much!

At 4:22pm on March 1, 2016, Sharon Maynard said…

I can't get over those bags! I absolutely love your bags.

At 3:19pm on February 8, 2016, Sharon Maynard said…

I just saw the pin cushion tutorial. Thank you! I am going to try and follow the instructions without using a pattern -- I'm not much for patterns, but I do like to freestyle stuff (which probably explains why my projects turn out as they do!)  

At 10:32am on January 23, 2016, SH said…
No that is not correct. I may have misunderstood the question.
At 1:13pm on January 16, 2016, Sharon Maynard said…

Thank you for the tip on posting the link to my blog.I love the bags shown in your photo section!!! Learning how to make bags is on my "things to learn" list. Right  now, I'm still leaning how to cut straight lines for quilts (I'm not joking about this). I hope to sew well enough to be able to create fabric coasters for tea sets for gifts and swaps.

At 3:32pm on August 28, 2015, Leslie Hinton said…

how can we report spam/phishing

At 8:50am on August 22, 2015, Pam keith said…

Thank you Karen. I'm looking forward to expanding my knowledge and this site looks like it will help quit a bit.

At 2:34pm on August 21, 2015, Dawn Haigler said…
Thank you very much for the warm welcome. I'm looking forward to exploring & discovering all your site has to offer.

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