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January 2014 Blog Posts (16)

TUTORIAL: Sewing Narrow Hems

I have a confession to make. I am really LAZY when I sew. I mean it. If there is a faster/cheaper/easier way, I will always take that route. 

Circle skirt hems are a great example. First of all, I usually steer clear of circular hems. I have suffered some emotional trauma at the hands of the curving skirt hem, and I generally avoid them. But, when I can't…


Added by Angela L on January 30, 2014 at 11:04am — 4 Comments

Finished the new lining for my vintage faux leopardskin coat!

I’ve finally finished re-lining my faux leopard skin coat!   It has turned out okay, but it was a case of two steps forward, one step back, or in other words lots of unpicking and doing it again!…


Added by Karen on January 29, 2014 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments

Izzy & Ivy's Macy Giggles Dress - Sewing Pattern Review


So, while I wait (impatiently) for my fiberfill to arrive, I thought it would be a good idea to get started on sewing some birthday gifts for my niece.…


Added by Angela L on January 28, 2014 at 2:30pm — 6 Comments

How to Sew Pattern Weights - Free PDF + How To Arrange or Layout Sewing Pattern Pieces

We can make our own sewing pattern weights to keep our pattern paper laying flat on top of our fabric when we are cutting our sewing project out.  Scraps and rice make this project very…


Added by Susan on January 24, 2014 at 12:59pm — 1 Comment

Let's talk about being organized....

I enjoyed looking at Susan's post Sewing Room + Office Space = Clever combinations  and then I went on You Tube and browsed a few more people showing off their Sewing Rooms, to see if I could pick up any new tips.  The problem…


Added by Karen on January 23, 2014 at 6:00pm — 3 Comments'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…


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

Assassins Cloak MiniPost 01

Here are the fabrics and concept sketch for this design and the pattern I've been working on. I'm looking forward to making a…


Added by Bunneah Munkeah on January 20, 2014 at 8:07pm — No Comments

ZigZag Chevron Quilted Valentine Pillow - Free Tutorial by Nicole from Modern Handcraft

A modern Valentine sewing project for your home. The printed fabric is by…


Added by Susan on January 20, 2014 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Molly Chicken's Little Love Bird Sewing Tutorial + Basic Embroidery Stitches Tutorial



I found this sweet sewing tutorial that would be PERFECT for any beginner…


Added by Susan on January 16, 2014 at 4:00pm — 5 Comments

Re-lining a Vintage Faux Leopard-skin Coat - Part Two

It's been a few months now, (last September) and I thought I would share my progress with sewing the lining for my vintage faux fur leopard…


Added by Karen on January 13, 2014 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Sewing Pockets - Seven Styles and Sewing Methods

I've been doing some reading about sewing pockets because I seem to really mutilate whatever idea I have and end up sewing on those plain old patch pockets.  I'm tired of patch pockets and want to try something new.  I'm sharing with you, what I have been able to find today in hopes that you are inspired to sew too! …


Added by Susan on January 13, 2014 at 2:00pm — 3 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,…


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

Made my own Sewing Machine Needle Organizer and Index!

So as I said in my last post, I was very impressed with The Needle Index and wanted something similar for my Machine Needles.  It was a labour of love, but I have done it!…


Added by Karen on January 5, 2014 at 2:30pm — 10 Comments

I've been learning about and sorting out my hand sewing needles!

When people know you sew, they say "I thought you might be able to use this" about all sorts of things.  I was recently given an old sewing box.  It was full of cards of darning wool, vintage wooden cotton reels and lots and lots of needles!…


Added by Karen on January 3, 2014 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

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