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Sew Amazing DIY Vest From a T-shirt - Upcycle

OK – Transforming a T into this cascading vest tickled my brain!   Cruising on Pinterest for upcycle fashion ideas for my upcoming Kids Fashion Sewing Camp, I came upon the photo seen at the left in the image above.  Since I lost a night’s sleep on this, let me explain…

HOW THIS WORKS:

  1. The…
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Added by Londa Rohlfing on June 15, 2017 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Appliqued Summer on the Beach Cushion!



Last year I made this Memories Cushion for myself, inspired by Brian Haggard's book "Embroidered Memories".  The…

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Added by Karen on June 14, 2017 at 3:30pm — No Comments

How to do Knit Hems

How to Stitch Knit Hem

Today, I’m sharing my techniques for hemming a knit garment.  There are many ways to ‘skin the cat’, in this case the ‘cat’ being a knit hem.  What I CAN tell you is that the ‘way’ instructed in most patterns will NOT work!  Simply turning up a knit hem and stitching WILL yield a wobbly mess.  Give this technique a try and I think you might just LOVE it!

 INTERFACE the hem allowance

That means put a knit fusible interfacing the…

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Added by Londa Rohlfing on May 31, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments

THREAD NESTS – The WHY and HOW to Fix on your Sewing Machine

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Thread Nest aggravating MESS is due to…

THREAD NESTS…CURED!  

If your sewing machine occasionally creates these ‘nests’ of thread on the bottom, this is for YOU!  I know for a fact that this ‘machine operator error’ is the KEY to understanding your sewing…
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Added by Londa Rohlfing on May 29, 2017 at 8:30am — No Comments

The Convertible Bag Without Convertible Bits!

I bought this bag pattern a while ago as a possibility for a friend, but she never got back to me to have it made so I decided to make it for myself.   When I was getting bored one day,…

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Added by Karen on May 28, 2017 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

Coordinating Travel Bag Project

My niece asked if I could make her a bag to fit on top of her new wheeled suitcase and I remembered the Take-off Tote sewing pattern by Erin of Dog Under My Desk.  We checked the size to make sure it would fit on the top of her wheeled case, and then went shopping for fabric.…

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Added by Karen on May 28, 2017 at 4:30am — 1 Comment

T-Shirt Throw

EZ T-Shirt THROW Coverlet to Sew

A T-Shirt Throw Coverlet is an EZ memory gift to sew up for giving this graduating season.

Know the Designer?

Sewing Guild friend, Linda brought this delightful T-Shirt Throw that she made with T’s belonging to her son.  Though I’d love to give appropriate credit to the original designer of the idea, Linda did not know – “other than on…

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Added by Londa Rohlfing on May 27, 2017 at 6:00am — No Comments

Quilting, $3.5 billion industry, seeing bolder colors, bling and recycled-bottle batting

Gone are the days when quilting was only a cottage industry!

By Carma Wadley



"Quilting is certainly an art — an art, a craft, a hobby, a pastime, an outlet for creativity, even a form of therapy. But in today's world it is also an industry..."

To read the rest of this article and see more beautiful photos please…

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Added by Susan on May 26, 2017 at 8:25am — No Comments

Add Flounces to a T-Shirt for a Super Tunic

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T Transformed to Tunic

Flounces dress up most anything!

See how flounces added to the hemline and sleeves transform this T-Shirt?  It was a wonderful T for my sewing buddy at Christmas, but I knew I wanted to ‘take it up a notch’.  She found this GREAT plaid…

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Added by Londa Rohlfing on May 25, 2017 at 1:39pm — No Comments

How to Use a Twin Needle | Free Sewing Tutorial from Domenica Tootell

This week I've been been busy redoing my tutorial for how to use a twin needle (also know as a double needle).

I've got a full video twin needle tutorial as well as a photo tutorial with clear photos so I am hoping to be as clear as possible with the instructions and help others be successful with using a twin needle on their sewing machine. …

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Added by Dommy T on May 18, 2017 at 11:30pm — No Comments

How to do a Ladder Stitch - Free Sewing Tutorial from Domenica Tootell

Hi everyone. This is my first post here so I hope I'm doing this correctly!

I wanted to share with you all one of my recent tutorials that has been very popular. It's a video tutorial all about how to do a ladder stitch, which is also know as an invisible stitch or hidden stitch. 

This has been a very valuable stitch to me as it has enabled…

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Added by Dommy T on May 10, 2017 at 12:00am — 5 Comments

Totes Ma Tote Nautical Beach Bag ⛵

I've got a couple of commissions to sew for people going on holiday, this is the first one, a beach bag for May, using the …

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Added by Karen on May 1, 2017 at 6:00pm — 6 Comments

Floral Applique Cushions

A new florist opened up locally (Flowers at the Forge ) and supplied a lovely basket arrangement for MIL's Mother's Day present.  We got talking and I showed her…

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Added by Karen on April 20, 2017 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

Tiger Lily Appliqued Cushion Cover - Embroidery, Patchwork, and the Frill of Gathering!

For the last couple of years I have made an embroidered cushion for my MIL's birthday present. The first one was a pattern I bought from bustleandsew.com but had problems with the sizing both the pattern and…

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Added by Karen on April 9, 2017 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Easter Bunting Tutorial and Downloads

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Added by Karen on April 2, 2017 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

My Seaside Epiphany Bag

The Epiphany (chriswdesigns)…

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Added by Karen on March 26, 2017 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Help needed re Newlook Pattern 6339

Hello all,  



It has been years since I have looked into this site and I must apologize for not visiting more often.  Looks like I'll have to update my photo too!



I am trying to sew together Newlook pattern 6339 but the instruction are not clear and was wondering if anyone can give me a little advise/help?



When I put the pattern parts 1 and 2 together the center fronts do not line up - the same for parts 3 and 4 - which is the back of A or B..This should be easy…

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Added by Chris McDonald on March 23, 2017 at 6:26pm — 5 Comments

Slouchy Recycled Denim Sewing Machine Cover & Accessory Storage

Back in 2012 I made these covers for my sewing machine and …

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Added by Karen on March 12, 2017 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Oliso Smart Iron Products - Comments on the Oliso® TG1600 Pro

 

As modern and traditional quilters and garment sewers, we at Sew What's New prefer to use Oliso Smart Irons for pressing our sewing and quilting projects every day.  In…

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Added by Susan on March 7, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Hot and Spicy Block - Quilt as You Go with Joel Dewberry Fabric

Modern Quilt Block on Vintage Brother Sewing Machine

I intend to use this block as the front of a bag. What kind of bag - I have no idea yet. The fabrics are from Joel Dewberry, and I think there is an orphan strip from a Spring Zing Batiks strip pack in there. I used a scrap of …

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Added by Susan on March 1, 2017 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

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