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Snoop Shop for Creative Sewing Details

TSTfrntcover COMMENT to share where you go for your ideas - or if you just come up with them all on your own!  I find shopping gets my creative juices flowing, pics help save those ideas, and then they become my 'jumping off' platform.  On my 'TO DO' List for this week is to group/organize my snoop-shopping (which includes Pinterest, by the way!) …

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Added by Londa Rohlfing on January 4, 2016 at 11:17pm — No Comments

His and Hers Pillow Covers - Gift Pillowcase Sewing Project & Sofa Pillows

One more gift done!  Family member requested for she and boyfriend to which I replied, "OK, but SOFA pillow covers."  However, I actually did make them to be regular bed pillow cases with just the snip of a few slip stitches, should this relationship come to the fulfillment of marriage.:)…

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Added by Londa Rohlfing on December 22, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

Londa's EZ 3 to 5 Tiered Skirt

Nothing prettier than a tiered skirt for a lady ... or little girl! Here are my FREE directions - found at the FREE INFO page on my website. Just share - with my website as the source, and send me photos of what you create!

Pretty Quick & EZ IMHO.  …

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Added by Londa Rohlfing on August 4, 2015 at 12:16pm — No Comments

Hints for Sewing with Monofilament Thread

One of THE most fun things I do to embellish my clothing is to couch threads.  Read on for some super hints to couch without tears!



The 3 brands of Monofilament Thread I like and recommend are :

  1.  YLI - Wonder Invisible Thread (nylon on a cross wound small cone:  $4.20 for 1500 yards)
  2.   Superior Threads - …
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Added by Londa Rohlfing on July 28, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

2 Ready-Made T's + Embellishments - NEW Top!

 Armed with some favorite summer colors,  ready-made T'shirts in Lime and Aqua, I set out to 'play'..... But first, I cut the Lime T-shirt apart (I started with an XL), and RE-Cut it using my Londa's Terrific 'T Knit Top Pattern.  This great top-seller is available both PDF for those of you who can't wait, AND …

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Added by Londa Rohlfing on July 11, 2015 at 3:58pm — No Comments

EZ Swimsuit Cover-Up

I’m always on the look-out for quick & EZ garments to sew, and this one is SIMPLE<  SIMPE< SIMPLE!!!   

Fabric:  2 yards of 45″ (could be wider if desire and fabric comes wider) soft fabric.  The ‘Twist Wrap” I purchased ($10)  was a poly sheer print.

Simple strapped holes at each upper end...

Simple…

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Added by Londa Rohlfing on June 23, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Elastic Thread Techniques: Bobbin and Chain Looper

Preparing for both my new DVD set on sewing knits, ‘STRETCHING YOUR KNIT SEWING KNOW-HOW‘ AND a new episode for It’s Sew Easy Series 900 on Elastic Thread, I’ve learned even MORE since my last post!  Below is a chambray (woven) peasant-type top I designed.  It features cover hems…

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Added by Londa Rohlfing on February 11, 2015 at 10:16am — 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 — 1 Comment

Quick and Easy Bathroom Decor - Trimming Towels

We are starting to ‘spruce up’ our family home in preparation for down-sizing sometime in the future.  Since wallpaper is now ‘out’, my hubby surprised me by stripping the paper in the bathroom on our first level while I was gone on my last business trip!    That being done,  I had to ‘take action’.  This last weekend I painted and stitched and now it is done!  Since I take photos almost constantly as I sew and design creating my pattern…

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Added by Londa Rohlfing on August 17, 2014 at 6:00pm — 3 Comments

Londa's Hints for Shirring with Elastic Thread

Londa’s Hints for Shirring with Elastic Thread

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Added by Londa Rohlfing on June 20, 2014 at 4:18pm — No Comments

Londa's Fly Front Zipper Application - with Talking Directions!

LONDA'S OWN FLY FRONT ZIPPER APPLICATION

 

I have made this application FREE and utilized in social marketing to market the amazing value of my Talking Patterns™. 

For the talking instructions for this application, please go to this FREE Gallery:

There you will Find ALL the photographs AND my talking directions waiting for you!!!…

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Added by Londa Rohlfing on February 12, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Sometimes...it's Better to BUY clothing & Pressing Hints

K – so DD gave me a Groupon for $50 for Christmas (for which she paid just $25) at Coldwater Creek.  So yesterday I ventured out there before making my final packing decisions for my upcoming trip to the Northwest to present at 2 stores.  Searching through the store, I eyed this nice ponte knit pant in one of my SWAP colors:  Teal.  They fit just pretty great actually, so since the deal was $79.99 marked down to $49.99 and then 40% off that made these pants come to just $29.94!  At $12.99…

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Added by Londa Rohlfing on January 22, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Put Pressure Foot PRESSURE to Work!

As I stitch, and continue to learn how to really utilize the awesome features of this Brother Quattro 3, a feature I'm falling in love with - and have never had before - is presser foot PRESSURE. Hitting the notebook icon in the lower left corner of the screen, it is normally 3 - which when attaching Lastin Clear Elastic as a stay in a shoulder seam as shown in the lower piece in the photo - really puts too much pressure on it,…

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Added by Londa Rohlfing on January 11, 2014 at 4:01pm — No Comments

All About Denim

Reading in the Vogue patterns Magazine October/November 2013 all about Denim - as there seems to be so much 'out there in our sewing realm' lately about sewing  your own jeans.   Though I'm not personally inspired to spend my time doing this - my friend/assistant Carol always amazes me with her wonderfully-fitting, various color personally created jeans!  I admire it all - just no time in my 'to do' list to spend time on it.  However, the entire textile aspect of it all…

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Added by Londa Rohlfing on December 18, 2013 at 9:44pm — No Comments

Adorned Sweatshirt Jacket - Bobbin Work and Shelltucking

On this grey jacket, I did less embellishment (FAR less) than on the Chili Red Adorned Jacket. This jacket features creative use of sewing machine capabilities like Bobbin Work and creating a Shell-tucked edge. This jacket took approximately 8-10 hours to execute. I used the Brother Quattro 4 machine - on which…
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Added by Londa Rohlfing on December 11, 2013 at 10:48am — No Comments

No More 'Dog-Eared' Pillows!

A few years ago, I decided to attack some of the ‘projects’ for around the house to spruce up for the Holidays and to get some items off my ‘To – Do’ List!  One of those was to create some new pillows to go with a chair I had just re-covered, and to brighten up a dull sofa.  I LOVE saving $ – and from the scraps from my re-upholstery – and a remnant I picked up at a chain store, a little piping, some pillow forms, and an afternoon – I made 3 pillows that would…

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Added by Londa Rohlfing on November 8, 2013 at 1:12pm — No Comments

Durable Patch Pocket How-To's

Perfect Patch Pocket…Tailor Approved

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Added by Londa Rohlfing on July 10, 2013 at 8:48am — No Comments

SWAP update - Cheri's Reversible Jacket and More

SWAP Update: Cheri’s Reversible Jacket and Aqua Jacket

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Added by Londa Rohlfing on May 28, 2013 at 12:18pm — No Comments

Long Genesis Too Jacket on Sweatshirt Base

one!  Here is my newest jacket – from my very basic popular Genesis Too pattern design where the lower ribbing is used for the neckline finish.  The extra long length is a result of using polar fleece to create yokes in the front and the back, thereby yielding more sweatshirt ‘fabric’ from the 2XL sweatshirt for the length.  My technique for this can be seen and heard at…

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Added by Londa Rohlfing on May 15, 2013 at 7:21pm — No Comments

How to Lengthen a Sweatshirt for a Jacket

I'm HOME, and sewing/designing/writing like a crazy woman.  Here…

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Added by Londa Rohlfing on May 10, 2013 at 12:45pm — 1 Comment

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