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Are You Sure You Know Where You Are Stitching When You Sew?

By Marian Lewis

Are you really sewing 5/8" seams or is it slightly more or less?

If you are following the markings on your sewing machine throat plate, I hate to tell you, but they aren't 5/8", etc.

The toes of your regular presser foot are not a good guide for 1/4" seams either. Check them out and you will see that they are generally more than 1/4".

There is one exception to this that I know of and that is the "little foot" that was made especially… Continue

Added by Susan on June 21, 2009 at 8:50am — 3 Comments

Stop Backstitching When You Sew! Eliminate That "Homemade" Look

By Marian Lewis

When you sew, why do you backstitch when you begin and end a seam?

Most of you backstitch because someone on your sewing learning path said you should do that to keep your seams from coming apart.

Well, now, I want you to forget that reverse button and listen to some common sense stuff!

When you backstitch, you go forward, back and forward again, right? That puts 3 layers of stitching at the beginning and end of every… Continue

Added by Susan on June 21, 2009 at 8:42am — 13 Comments

Are Your Kids Saying, "I'm Bored?" Teach Them Some Sewing Skills This Summer

By Carol Boles

I’ve been sewing since I was a teenager and still do. Over the years I’ve made everything from curtains to quilts - even the purses I carry. Summer has barely begun, even so you’ve probably already heard, “I’m bored.” So, why not introduce your older children to sewing while teaching them a skill they will use the rest of their… Continue

Added by Susan on June 20, 2009 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Sleeper Sofa Covers

I'm looking for quick and easy ways to cover a sofa sleeper. Our is still good for sleeping but the sofa and cushions need help desparately. I would like to make a cover for it out of sme durable fabric that can stand dogs laying on it but can easily be removed when needed for sleeping. It needs to be really really simple and not sewn to fit just something I can cover for everday wear and still look neat and comfortable to sit on.


Added by Bonnie Collins on June 18, 2009 at 10:45pm — No Comments

Sewing Tip: Create A Cork Top Table

By Marian Lewis

When you are sewing, rotary cutting mats are great for cutting with a rotary cutter. However, when you are cutting slippery fabrics, it is difficult to keep the fabric where you want it.

Here is a sewing tip on how you can make your own non-slip cutting mat.

Use cork sheeting as a non-slip cutting mat when you are sewing and cutting silky, slippery fabrics or anytime you are cutting with dressmaker shears. The fabric doesn't move around like it… Continue

Added by Susan on June 11, 2009 at 12:56pm — 8 Comments

Sewing Tip: Raise Your Table Legs

To help prevent back aches, raise your cutting table up higher by placing tall cans like juice cans under each leg. This helps tremendously.

If you want to permanently raise the legs of your table and the legs are tubular, you might try PVC pipe. Put caps on the ends of the pipe or use casters to keep the legs from marking the floor.

©2009 Marian Lewis - All Rights Reserved 1st Step To… Continue

Added by Susan on June 11, 2009 at 1:01pm — No Comments

Sewing Tip: Steady Your Sewing and Overlock Machines


Use a square of cork sheeting under your overlock-serger or sewing machine to keep it from moving around when you sew. This is also good on the floor to keep your foot pedal from sliding around.

©2009 Marian Lewis - All Rights Reserved 1st Step To Sewing Success

Marian Lewis is a sewing instructor and the creator of an amazing new…

Added by Susan on June 11, 2009 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

Sewing Tips - How To Sew More Professional Looking Top-Stitching

By Marian Lewis

Here is a sewing tip to add to your sewing techniques book.

Learn how to sew more professional looking top-stitching at the sewing machine using your regular sewing thread.

Use the same…


Added by Susan on June 12, 2009 at 1:30am — 14 Comments

How Much Bias Binding Can You Cut From A Square Of Fabric

By Marian Lewis

If you have been frustrated in the past trying to figure out how much bias you need and how much fabric you need for it, here is a simple formula to help you determine just how much bias you can cut from a square of fabric no matter what width of bias you want.

Keep this handy in your sewing notebook for future reference.

Bias Formula To Determine How Much Bias You Can Cut From A Square Of Fabric

1. Multiply the length… Continue

Added by Susan on June 16, 2009 at 6:01am — 11 Comments

Sewing Tips - How To Sew An Easy Centered Zipper

By Marian Lewis

There are a number of sewing techniques on how to sew a centered zipper. But, this is probably the simplest way to save you from the frustration of having to rip it out and sew it over.

Here are some sewing tips to help you:

First of all, purchase a zipper longer than you actually need to avoid stitching near the bulk of the pull tab. You can use any of your longer zippers in your stash, too.

Preshrink the zipper. This helps… Continue

Added by Susan on June 13, 2009 at 2:00am — 7 Comments

New Diamond

I have just received a new Husqvarna diamond. Any tips on good beginner projects to get me started on this incredible machine???

Added by Warna on May 18, 2009 at 9:22am — 1 Comment

The Beatles Quilt

I'm working on this for my son. Today is his 24th birthday and I'm only half done. Look carefully, and you'll see the Beatles fabric in the diamonds.

Added by Juryizout on May 14, 2009 at 9:40pm — 3 Comments

smocking at ER

Smocked a bishop gown waiting at ER for stitches in my leg! If only I could just sew up my leg too... My family jokes I can sew anything!

Added by Suzie Lambert on May 29, 2009 at 1:20pm — No Comments

My Embroidery Machine

My husband gave me a Brother Enthusiast Embroidery Machine for Christmas. Yesterday, I used the embroidery mode for the first time...(sorry, that it took me so long). It just looked so complicated that I was afraid to jump in and do it. Now that I have done one design, I am excited about doing more. I added an applique to a denim skirt yesterday. One of my friends suggested that I put the same applique on all of the gores...there are eight of them. I am considering doing it....

I… Continue

Added by Brenda Ashcraft on May 29, 2009 at 4:21pm — 1 Comment

A New Adventure

In the past I sold on Ebay did quite well actually, but w/ a move and surgery I stopped. After moving to Florida I decided to try and sell locally. It was a bad experience. Actually, I did quite well, but the owner of the shop decided it was a good idea to close and disappear with my things and owing me money. Stupid mistakes lesson learned. Anyway after 2 years of getting over being burnt I have ventured down that road again. Thank-you Piper for renewing my passion! I have an agreement with a… Continue

Added by Rosalie on June 2, 2009 at 7:00am — 6 Comments

How to Use Digital E Patterns For Sewing Clothes

by: Laura Marsh

E-patterns are just like normal sewing patterns, although there is one main difference, you will buy and e-pattern as a digital format either as a download or on a CD, where as a normal sewing pattern is printed on thin tissue paper.

Many of the major sewing pattern companies are starting to offer their patterns in digital format, normally there will be a saving on the cost for the consumer, as the company doesn't have to pay for the printing costs. Apart… Continue

Added by Susan on May 27, 2009 at 7:46am — 1 Comment

How to Make Cloth Napkins, Simple Sewing

By Mary Wilkins

As long as you have a sewing machine, they are simple, inexpensive and take almost no time to make. Cloth napkins are easy on the environment and are really very little trouble -- you just toss them in the wash with the rest of the laundry. We have tons of them at home that we've made in all kinds of fabrics. Making lots insures you never run out.


1 yard fabric per 4 napkins

sewing machine, needles and… Continue

Added by Susan on May 25, 2009 at 1:30am — No Comments

Getting Your Sewing Room Organized

Needlework is one of the most cost effective and fun hobbies a person can have. The person creating the needlework focuses on a pastime that is both creative and relaxing at the same time. When the work is completed there is a beautiful creation that can be worn or used in the home as a decorative item. As time requires everyone to live a busy and chaotic lifestyle this type of hobby is becoming more and more scarce. If you have the time and patience you can…


Added by Susan on January 13, 2009 at 6:20am — No Comments

Make a Circular Tablecloth

by Mary Wilkins

The look of a nice tablecloth on your table can create a warm, welcoming feeling. Here's an easy, quick simple one I made in about 15 minutes for a round table.

1. Measure the width of your table and add 24 inches. This is your working measurement and will give you about 11 inch drop around the table.

2. If your chosen fabric is not this wide, you will be making your tablecloth in panels.

3. Stitch panels together if need be, using 1/2"… Continue

Added by Susan on May 23, 2009 at 1:00am — No Comments

How to Make a Quilted Table Runner

By Mary Wilkins

This easy, quick runner will set the mood for any celebration at home. Even a beginner at sewing can make this little runner for the coffee table or mantle. You could use themed fabric such as Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Graduation, Father's Day etc.


24 (2 inch) squares of bright fabric

24 (2 inch) squares of light fabric for contrast

the border fabric is (4 inch) strips of dark fabric -- top and bottom… Continue

Added by Susan on May 22, 2009 at 6:00am — No Comments

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