Using a twin needle is something we usually associate with heirloom sewing for making tiny pin-tucks; or we think of hemming knits with a twin needle. But polar fleece can be sewn with a twin needle for some spectacular results.
Pin tucks on fleece are as easy as inserting and threading a twin needle.…Continue
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DALLAS, Feb. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- When Dallas native Abi Ferrin launched her fashion design business in 2006 with $500, a single sewing machine and a mission--to help women overcome the notion they must suffer in uncomfortable clothes in the name of…Continue
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I found this excellent sewing tip and had to share it with you!
Try cutting pieces of 7⁄8-inch transparent plastic tubing just wide enough to fit over your bobbin thread, but in between the bobbin casing sides. You can get tubing (clear plastic hose) at the building supply or hardware stores. The tubing is inexpensive, is available by the foot or in 6-foot lengths which can be cut easily with scissors or a craft knife.…Continue
Runway Repurposed competitors Karen Rex, right, and 13-year-old daughter Emily Rex work on Emily's dress, which as required is coming together from parts of three existing dresses. The fashion show will be held Feb. 12 at…Continue
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A sloper is a trial pattern, a custom-fitted muslin or paper pattern which has been altered for the individual. Slopers are created through trial and error, using pattern making software, and other methods.
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Sand Washing - A finish process in which garments are washed in a bath containing sand or another abrasive to produce a soft hand and a frosted appearance.
Cloque Fabric: from the French term for blistered, it refers to any fabric whose surface exhibits an irregularly raised blister or quilted effect. …Continue
"A soft, slightly glossy woven fabric made of silk, rayon, cotton, wool, or manufactures fibers or a combination of these fibers and having a light, flat crossgrain rib or cord made using heavier yarns in the filling rather than in the warp."…
A classy, unique, and extremely versatile pattern by Emma of "Charlie's Aunt" is inspired by the simple elegance of 1940s fashions but with a modern twist. The “Village Post” is easily constructed with dart shaping, over-the-shoulder strap, bow trim. The zippered internal zip pocket keeps valuables safe and separate from the rest of the bag. This PDF pattern has 12 pages – six pages including…Continue
PASCAGOULA, Mississippi -- Beverly Lee parlayed a lifelong love of sewing into a successful small business, one that draws its lifeblood from the city's industrial base and, ironically, grew by leaps and bounds after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
"We've really been blessed," said Lee, who runs Stitches by Lee out of an unassuming wooden workshop near…Continue
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Decades ago, chef Alice Waters opened Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley, Calif., kick-starting a national trend toward eating, sourcing and celebrating fresh, sustainable, locally grown organic foods.
In a small northern Alabama town, up towards the Tennessee border, Natalie Chanin has been trying to do much the same thing for fashion: distill the process of…Continue
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As some of you know, I am crazy enough to have five children in my household. All but one are teens. They are all pretty darn tech savvy and love the "toys" that come out every year. I've been thinking about Christmas gifts for them and I think that they all will get an e-reader, I don't know which one I will get them yet, I still have…Continue
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A former Blenheim woman has won a coveted business scholarship to help take her online sewing pattern company to the next level. Katie Brown started Papercut Patterns last September after noticing a gap in the market for modern versions of dressmaking patterns.
The easy-to-follow patterns are printed on recyclable brown paper and can be hung when cut out, just as you would find in a professional workroom, making customers feel like their own fashion designer. The…Continue
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Our professional sweater upcycler ReSweater posted a photo (above) of a skirt she recently made out of felted sweaters. Complete with an…Continue
Simply create and enter a unique table runner for your holiday table with a place card that mentions Sew-Whats-New.com (to authenticate your runner) for your chance to win a pair of Silvermark Multi-Purpose Kitchen Shears.
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Christina Gregoire shares some excellent ideas for making inexpensive and easy Halloween costumes for both boys and girls:
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Lisa Sorrell spent her childhood wearing dresses - not cowboy boots.
Now the internationally acclaimed boot maker creates one-of-a-kind, custom boots that take more than a month to produce. Her skill and family story are part of a PBS documentary series, "Craft in America," airing Monday.
"What I loved about boot making - I was raised in a very conservative little church, where the girls all wore long hair and dresses - my favorite thing…
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