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January 2011 Blog Posts (49)

Spot Fusing vs. Block Fusing Interfacing, a Modern Tailor's Method {TUTORIAL}

Block fusing is a method that many modern tailors and home-sewists use to apply interfacing to fashion fabric yardage before the pattern pieces are cut out. Have you ever struggled keeping the interfacing layer from…


Added by Susan on January 31, 2011 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Windy City Knits Cowl Neck

Check out these Cowl Necks, what a nice idea. I'm always too hot in a bulky turtle neck sweater but I like the style so these are perfect, when it gets too warm just slip it off. Wear one under a blazer or your winter coat.


Added by Kim on January 26, 2011 at 5:54pm — No Comments

Family Life


My granddaughter had a PTA choir performance last night.  First graders are so cute!  My daughter-in-law didn’t tell me about the performance, but my son called me yesterday afternoon to see if I was coming last night.  I asked what he was talking about and he told me.…


Added by Jana on January 26, 2011 at 10:04am — No Comments

I'm happy, =)

Woohoo!!  I'm very, very happy. 


Very releived.


  I have met my deadline, and I have completed the 70th anniversary bed runner. I'm taking it to my firend tomorrow.

The problems I had were solved by lots and lots of very careful pinning before sewing, quite a bit of unpicking, quite a few cups of tea and even an hour away from the work to watch some fav tv programme. 

Then, it all came together and I took photos of it, but have had a lot of…


Added by Judith Mercer on January 23, 2011 at 4:34pm — 1 Comment



Added by Shannon on January 23, 2011 at 8:48am — 1 Comment



Red & Brown work so well together it creates such a rich color combination. I used the SEE & SEW APRON PATTERN # B5125.



Added by Shannon on January 23, 2011 at 8:30am — 1 Comment


This rag quilt was created for an Auction for a young lady to help cover cost of tuition for college. She is an exchange student here in Northern Maine. I think the color combinations and prints work well together to give it a vintage look. There are so many great prints in Flannel. I started with an 8" block and did a 1/2" seam on all sides. This made it a finished…


Added by Shannon on January 23, 2011 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Info or Carla on angels

Ok,… Continue

Added by CoraKiceniuk on January 21, 2011 at 4:50pm — No Comments

Little flower girl

Ok this little thing started out from a comment between a friend and I about the lilies of the field from Matthew. The lily evolved quite nicely I think

Added by CoraKiceniuk on January 21, 2011 at 2:29pm — 2 Comments

Video Tutorials

Susan just wanted you to know that I absolutely loveeeeeeeee the videos you are showing now! they are sooooooo informative. I had nooooo idea that a flat felled seam was so simple to do! thanks so much for all the informative things you do for us! Linda

Added by Linda on January 21, 2011 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Wanted in Dallas: A Brother enthusiast to instruct me at home on my Brother Quatro 6000D

Anyone in Dallas who would like a temporary instructing job doing what you love.  I would like to have a skilled Brother Quatro 6000 user to work with me on my new Brother embroidery machine.  I live in North Dallas and would love to work with a skilled sewer/embroiderer familiar with my equipment.   Carrying the machine and all the accessories to the dealer is back breaking!

Added by Mary Anderson on January 20, 2011 at 3:11am — No Comments

Simple Handbag Video Tutorial (With Drop-In Lining)

I opted to publish this tutorial within the blog as it is recorded in three separate parts, and I wanted some continuity with respect to navigating from the first video, to the last.  


Grab your coffee and watch these videos to learn how to make this awesome bag!





Added by Susan on January 19, 2011 at 4:00am — 9 Comments

10 Easy Steps to Applique {Tutorial}

Does the word "applique" intimidate you with it's French origin and the thought of ... well, whatever might be involved? Fear not, SWN members!  Here is her awesome crash course in applique.…


Added by Susan on January 18, 2011 at 4:30am — 1 Comment

Instructions for making a mock roman valance

This is a very popular style valance, that works with any size window.  I like to hang mine about 4" above the window and make it aproximately 4" wider than the window (including frame). If you have curtains, you will want to adjust the width of the valance to accomodate them.  The finished length can be anywhere from 10-16", depending on the height of the window.  A good rule of thumb is to have your valance aprox 1/5th the total length.

These instructions are for a…


Added by Nicolette MacCallum on January 17, 2011 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Mending and re-styling Aprons

I'm getting ready to mend some aprons and sew up some 'new' ones that I have re-styled from a few dresses.  I use the dress front as the apron, and add necklines and a sash.  It's lots of fun too.  I'll post some pix when I get… Continue

Added by Jen O on January 17, 2011 at 10:15pm — No Comments

Shot Day!

Monday's are yucky days.  I take a shot every Monday that makes me feel like I have the flu.  At the moment, My fingers are hurting the most.  My body is acky and I'm cold.  I will take any suggestions that help with Flu like symptoms.  The good news is I'll feel like I'm getting over the flu tomorrow.  Just tired but okay.  But in thr mean time...I am taking Naproxen to help with the fever acky feelings...any suggestions?

Added by Jana on January 17, 2011 at 4:42pm — No Comments

Denim Applique: Unique Jean Pant Legs Tutorial

The design was so easy to put together, Jenny of "Wildcards" thought someone else might like to try. And if you’re like her when it comes to your feet, you just might like…


Added by Susan on January 17, 2011 at 6:00am — 9 Comments

Sew what: Sons show 'fashions' prowess

By JoAnne Beiermann

There are certain images a mother can't ever forget. Like the time not long ago when I walked into the middle school after school to find my seventh grade son hunched over a sewing machine.


"Wow!" I said. "Do you know what you're doing?"

"Shh!" he said. "I'm trying to make this hem straight!"


As if that wasn't shocking enough, a few minutes later Cole was at the ironing board, pressing the same…


Added by Susan on January 16, 2011 at 6:13pm — No Comments

Designer to host three-part seminar for sewing guild


1/15/2011 11:33 PM


Staff writer

The CSRA chapter of the American Sewing Guild has a seminar and workshop for stitchers who are ready to get creative.

The guild sponsors the "Sew" creative seminar and workshop,…


Added by Susan on January 16, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

I'm not very happy =(

I'm not very happy; indeed, I am most frustrated with my latest project.

I have to applique on some letters I have cut from a piece of alphabet material. They are lovely, almost, art deco type style, in squares.

Dead easy, I thought, squares, so I cut each letter out that I needed, put some freezer paper and tucked the seam allowance round and ironed it in place.

Then I tacked (or basted) them to the freezer paper to ensure they would stay.

Then I joined them up in the words… Continue

Added by Judith Mercer on January 16, 2011 at 4:26pm — 2 Comments

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