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Pin Tucks on Fleece

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.…


Added by Susan on March 7, 2012 at 5:07pm — No Comments

Dallas Fashion Designer Turns $500, One Sewing Machine into Multimillion Dollar International Business

Abi Ferrin Designs Grows 400% Last Year, Offers Fun, Versatile Styles that Help Women Look and Feel Fabulous No Matter What the Day Brings

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…


Added by Susan on February 3, 2012 at 9:20am — No Comments

Tame Your Bobbin Tales Securely

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.…


Added by Susan on January 19, 2012 at 6:00am — 18 Comments

Repurposed fashion show has participants sew excited

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…


Added by Susan on January 18, 2012 at 8:09am — No Comments

What is a Sloper?


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.  



More about…


Added by Susan on January 16, 2012 at 9:18am — 1 Comment

Random Textile Term - Stitch-Bonded Fabric

Stitch-Bonded Fabric - A composite non-woven fabric formed by various methods of stitching through unconnected fibers, using techniques such as quilting or…


Added by Susan on January 11, 2012 at 9:51am — No Comments

Random Textile Term - Sand Washing

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.

Added by Susan on January 10, 2012 at 7:52am — 1 Comment

Random Textile Term - Cloque Fabric

Cloque Fabric:  from the French term for blistered, it refers to any fabric whose surface exhibits an irregularly raised blister or quilted effect.  …


Added by Susan on January 9, 2012 at 6:49am — 3 Comments

Random Textile Term - Faille


"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."…


Added by Susan on January 6, 2012 at 9:25am — 2 Comments

Village Post Bag - ePattern Review

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…


Added by Susan on December 16, 2011 at 7:12am — 10 Comments

News Article: A stitch in time: Lee's business at right place at right time after Katrina and has blossomed

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…


Added by Susan on December 8, 2011 at 7:53am — No Comments

News Article: Designer Natalie Chanin distills the process of making clothes back to its artisan roots

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…


Added by Susan on December 8, 2011 at 7:42am — No Comments

Padded e-Reader Sleeve Pattern Review (ePattern/PDF)

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…


Added by Susan on December 5, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments

News Article: Scholarship for Pattern Maker

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…


Added by Susan on December 1, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

Bento Box Instructions & Pattern by Lark Crafts




Added by Susan on November 17, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Spotlight on Recycled Wool Owl Skirt by ReSweater


Our professional sweater upcycler ReSweater posted a photo (above) of a skirt she recently made out of felted sweaters.  Complete with an…


Added by Susan on November 17, 2011 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Enter the SWN Thanksgiving Table Runner Challenge


Simply create and enter a unique table runner for your holiday table with a place card that mentions (to authenticate your runner) for your chance to win a pair of Silvermark Multi-Purpose Kitchen Shears.


Your entry…


Added by Susan on November 9, 2011 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

"Wandering Pleats" Curtains

For a Bedroom? I'd love to see a tutorial on how to make these.…

Added by Susan on November 4, 2011 at 11:10am — No Comments

Inexpensive Homemade Halloween Costume Ideas: No Sewing & Easy

Christina Gregoire shares some excellent ideas for making inexpensive and easy Halloween costumes for both boys and girls:

For Girls:

  • Homemade Gypsy Costume
  • Cheap Princess Costume
  • Cheap Hula Girl Costume
  • Cheap Ballerina Costume



Added by Susan on October 17, 2011 at 12:24pm — No Comments

Lisa Sorrell Makes Art of Boot Making

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…


Added by Susan on October 11, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

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