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Hints for Sewing with Monofilament Thread

One of THE most fun things I do to embellish my clothing is to couch threads.  Read on for some super hints to couch without tears!



The 3 brands of Monofilament Thread I like and recommend are :

  1.  YLI - Wonder Invisible Thread (nylon on a cross wound small cone:  $4.20 for 1500 yards)
  2.   Superior Threads - …
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Added by Londa Rohlfing on July 28, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Sewing with Faux Suede - 'City Slicker Advanced' (ChrisWDesigns)

When I made my City Slicker (Advanced)  I noticed in the instructions this picture of one Christine had made in faux suede.  I…

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Added by Karen on July 22, 2015 at 3:30pm — No Comments

2 Ready-Made T's + Embellishments - NEW Top!

 Armed with some favorite summer colors,  ready-made T'shirts in Lime and Aqua, I set out to 'play'..... But first, I cut the Lime T-shirt apart (I started with an XL), and RE-Cut it using my Londa's Terrific 'T Knit Top Pattern.  This great top-seller is available both PDF for those of you who can't wait, AND …

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Added by Londa Rohlfing on July 11, 2015 at 3:58pm — No Comments

EZ Swimsuit Cover-Up

I’m always on the look-out for quick & EZ garments to sew, and this one is SIMPLE<  SIMPE< SIMPLE!!!   

Fabric:  2 yards of 45″ (could be wider if desire and fabric comes wider) soft fabric.  The ‘Twist Wrap” I purchased ($10)  was a poly sheer print.

Simple strapped holes at each upper end...

Simple…

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Added by Londa Rohlfing on June 23, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

"Let's Celebrate with Cake" Hand Embroidery and Applique

I was in the mood for some more embroidery, so I sorted through my pattern collection and came across this one for a fabric picture by Bustle & Sew.  As I have a friend who bakes cakes for the local tea rooms and special occasions, this one struck a chord!…

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Added by Karen on June 14, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

Sewing With Silk - a Simple Pillowcase + Free Tutorial

My cousin Amanda …

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Added by Karen on June 8, 2015 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

How Not to Sew a Lined Shoulder Tote Bag!

A couple of years ago I made this reversible shoulder tote for a friend.  I like a shoulder bag as it leaves my hands free, but I'm not bothered about it being reversible so long as it's lined.  …

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Added by Karen on June 1, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Floral Overload Dress ~ Phoebe Couture

Phoebe Couture ~ McCall's M6518

 

Don’t Like Floral You Say!

In my last video I said I didn’t like floral fabrics. Well that was a lie :), I do love floral. It’s just that floral patterns are already busy. When you make a dress it will definitely be loud. I don’t have a…

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Added by Renata on May 26, 2015 at 11:00am — 5 Comments

The Malvarosa Dress Project (Pauline Alice Sewing Patterns)

I like reading the garment sewers blogs and looking at the indie patterns.  When I found myself repeatedly going back and looking at …

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Added by Karen on May 25, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

Embroidered Burlap Mini Tote Bag + Appliqued Poppy

 

I had a request to make a little mini-tote in jute (a.k.a. hessian/burlap) or oilcloth, and decided to try it out with some…

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Added by Karen on May 19, 2015 at 5:00pm — 4 Comments

Laundry Hamper Makeover!

One of my nieces asked if I could recover her old Laundry Bin for her.  She had removed the old tatty one and was left with a wooden frame with flimsy balsa wood…

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Added by Karen on May 10, 2015 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

Join the Irregulars, Become an Occasional Blogger!

"What are the Irregulars?" I hear you ask. Well, it's someone who likes to post the occasional blog, without having to commit to a regular one, because I read this article...

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Added by Karen on April 28, 2015 at 2:30am — 2 Comments

Long Arm Oven Mitts with a Free Pattern from So Sew Easy

I saw this free PDF sewing pattern for a…

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Added by Karen on April 27, 2015 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments

I've Finally Completed My Sewing PhD - The Pink Tulle Petticoat Project - Butterick 4788

Last year I had six Projects Half Done, and made a resolution to finish them all within the year.  I failed.  I only finished five of them,…

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Added by Karen on April 21, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Summer Sewing for Sunny (and rainy) Days

Okay, it's Saturday, and that summer beach bonfire is not going to happen unless you can find something besides fleece and rubber boots to wear. Sound familiar?



Living in Southeast can be a big wardrobe hassle when the sun sneaks up on us. We love the weather, but our closets don't! So, why not do like our mothers taught us, and create or…

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Added by Susan on April 16, 2015 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

Notepad Organizers Sewing Project (PDF Pattern from DogUnderMyDesk)

I don't know about you, but I seem to have collected a vast selection of sewing patterns, both paper and in PDF formats.  Some of them I confess I don't know why I bought them, or when (if ever) I will get to use them. Others eventually come into use, when I suddenly decide I need something and have that light bulb moment "I've got a pattern for that!" and dig it out.…

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Added by Karen on April 12, 2015 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

Trapeze Blouse Sewing Project - McCalls Pattern #5881

I bought this used pattern in a charity shop, as it reminds me of my favourite summer top. It's for a 'trapeze shaped blouse' in two lengths with front button fastening, five different neckline and collar variations and patch…

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Added by Karen on April 5, 2015 at 4:00pm — 9 Comments

Embroidered 'Summer Gypsy' Cushion from Bustle and Sew

My MIL will be 87 this birthday, and I decided to embroider her a cushion.  I had already bought this "Summer Gypsy Cushion" pattern…

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Added by Karen on March 22, 2015 at 3:30pm — No Comments

My Rustic Heirloom Embroidered Waistcoat

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Last year when I was learning about all the different kinds of sewing machine needles available, I came across the Wing or Hemstitch needle.  Never having heard of it, I did some research and found out this is used for Heirloom embroidery.  I also read that 'Machine Embroidery' means the computerised designs done by the specialist machines, but embroidery using a normal sewing machine is referred to…

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Added by Karen on March 15, 2015 at 5:30pm — 5 Comments

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