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Sewing Garments with Knit Fabrics - The Surplice Dress

I was pleased with the results of my first experience sewing with knits, so I decided to get straight on with my next project,…

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Added by Karen on January 26, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

Imperial Sewing Machine Model

So I picked up this baby for $30 dollars at a local value village when I thought my Kenmore had bitten the dust. Turns out I was just using a shoddy bobbin with a but on it the was almost invisible to the baked eye. So I found an old rusty one that worked perfectly. Lately I've sewn a bit of leather on my Kenmore but I'm worried I might tire the motor. So I. My online searching for a leather sewing machine I remembered I had a couple of old spares laying around that…

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Added by Erin Alison MacKay on January 17, 2015 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Sewing garments with knit fabrics - The Babydoll

My first knit garment is going to be my version of this Babydoll dress from the book Sew U Home Stretch by Wendy Mullin.  I made the…

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Added by Karen on January 12, 2015 at 7:33am — No Comments

New Experiences Sewing Garments With Knit Fabrics - Surplice Dress and The BabyDoll

As I said in my last post I bought the book "Sew U Home Stretch" back in February 2010. I read it with great interest, and put it on my bookshelf where it has since gathered…

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Added by Karen on January 5, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Best Sewing and Quilting Apps of 2014

“The art challenges the technology, and the technology inspires the art,” said John Lasseter, principal creative advisor of Walt Disney Imagineering and Pixar.  …

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Added by Sookie Lioncourt on December 30, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

My Christmas Stow-it-All (ChrisWDesigns)

My pretty pink bag was lovely for the summer, but it looks pale and wan now.  As I absolutely love the…

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Added by Karen on December 19, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

Rosie Cross-body Bag in Faux Fur Fabric!

After making a couple of Glenda Convertible Clutches, I'm ready to try another pattern by Swoon.  In case you haven't come across them, Swoon Patterns;…

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Added by Karen on December 8, 2014 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

Pattern Review McCalls M6988 Version C: Exposed Zipper Dress

Color Block and Exposed Zipper

I've become a fan of color blocking and exposed zippers. This is my first…
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Added by Renata on November 24, 2014 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

New Pattern Review BurdaStyle 7065

I hope you all had a wonderful week and I know you'll have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Lets take a look at this week's project. They all consist of the color black. It would seem that black and purple are my "go to" color. Below are the fabrics used for this project, along…

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Added by Renata on November 24, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Monofilament hints

OK - Here's a valuable lesson if you have a machine that 'cuts the thread' with a push of the button, as mine (BROTHER Quattro) will. When using monofilament thread, do NOT use the cutter. Instead, raise the presser foot (however that is done), pull work out and cut the thread leaving a plenty long tail coming from the needle. What happens when using the auto cutter is that since monofilament thread is so 'slick', if just slips out when cut to a…

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Added by Londa Rohlfing on November 22, 2014 at 9:42am — No Comments

Gave the First Glenda Bag a Makeover!

I showed my mother-in-law my first…

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Added by Karen on November 15, 2014 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

Made it to Round 2 - Pattern Review Surprise Sewing Bee Contest

Hooray I Made It

How exciting!! Right,  I was 1 of 56 chosen to move onto Round 2 of this contest. Not a bad deal when you consider 140 sewers were in Round 1. It also show how tough the judging is, which means Round 2 is not going to be…

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Added by Renata on November 15, 2014 at 12:25am — No Comments

I've Made Another Glenda Bag! - by Swoon Patterns

Well I liked playing with my first Glenda so much I got straight back in the sewing room…

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Added by Karen on November 13, 2014 at 4:00pm — 4 Comments

Preemie Christmas Quilts

Added by RHONDA LEE MORRISON on November 13, 2014 at 7:15am — No Comments

Easier to See Quilting Ruler - Tip

I am making a couple of 20"x 20" Christmas themed quilts and donating them to babies born premature and also a denim rag quilt for my son. In the process of doing this, as I was using my ruler, I couldn't see the numbers on it, the light was too dim and I need new glasses. So I kept putting the ruler up to the light which after the second time was a little frustrating so I…

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Added by RHONDA LEE MORRISON on November 13, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

My First Glenda Handbag - Pattern by Swoon Patterns

I've been busy looking at fabric and bag patterns recently, and have some new ones to try!  A friend of mine has wanted me to make her a bag with animal print and denim for some time and I found Velboa fabric in …

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Added by Karen on November 10, 2014 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

Holiday Embroidered Fabric Gift Labels - DIY

The stocking advent panel includes six gift labels, and we decided to use them to for the advent calendars and stockings.  I'm adding all the details as you could skip the printed label and just make your own, cutting…

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Added by Karen on November 2, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Pattern Review Burda 6911

Hanging on to Summer?

Yes I said it, one last summer day in Wisconsin. It's not often to enjoy an amazing day like last Saturday! I took the opportunity to cut one last summer tee. I've already used this pattern a few weeks ago to create a dress, but that's for a another post.…

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Added by Renata on October 29, 2014 at 9:30pm — 4 Comments

Making a Vintage Style Christmas Stocking

As mentioned in my post Making the "Stocking Advent" Calendar I was given this 30 year old stocking to copy for my friends' grandchildren.  So this is how I did it, and the instructions I drafted for myself.…

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Added by Karen on October 25, 2014 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

Making the "Stocking Advent" Calendar (by Makower U.K.)

Makower Fabric Christmas Advent Calendars - Mini Stockings Bunting Panel…

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Added by Karen on October 18, 2014 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

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