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Featured Blog Posts – June 2010 Archive (13)

new sewing machine???

I am considering getting a new sewing machine. I only have 8....don't you think I need another? LOL. Anyway, I bought my Bernina on eBay, took it to the Bernina dealer and had it serviced. Also bought my Janome online, and it was new, so I didn't have to have it serviced right away. I sewed a LOT on it. Took it to the Bernina dealer, and had it serviced, (oiled, all that good stuff). I have my Janome serger, which I am not yet ready to part with it. I also have my Elna embroidery… Continue

Added by Sherri on June 20, 2010 at 12:06am — 6 Comments

First sewing room!

I'm so excited. I have been working on setting up my sewing room for the past week and it is about done. The only problem is the room that I made it in is a darker blue. It was this color before I decided on that room. I am thinking of changing it to a mint/light green. I am new to sewing and by reading up I see it should be lighter in color to help with the light. My mother was getting rid of 3 book shelves so I inhereted those. I went to goodwill and found a decnet desk for $7.99!!! I ordered… Continue

Added by Megan Carney on June 16, 2010 at 10:16am — 1 Comment

Mixed Feelings.... Do I love or hate knit fabric?

I have been working with jersey knits lately. Although I love the look and feel of quality jersey fabrics I have not decided if I like sewing them.
Question what are your tricks to working with jersey? Do you have a love hate relationship with knit fabrics?
My biggest dilema right now is with using twin needles on knits. I keep getting skipped stitches. Is it a tension thing in the bobbin?

Added by Patricia McClain Osborne on June 15, 2010 at 2:23am — 14 Comments

Eco-Friendly Fabrics - Fashion School Experts Examine the Pros and Cons of the Top Green Fabrics

It wasn't long ago that clothing made with eco-friendly fabrics brought up images of treehuggers in burlap. But with ever-growing demand for clothing made from sustainable fabrics, more top designers are embracing the environmental trend. So which fabrics are truly eco-friendly? So many manufacturers are jumping on the bandwagon, we've asked a panel of fashion school experts to guide us through the choices. The fact is, even if a garment is marketed as eco-friendly, the label doesn't… Continue

Added by Susan on June 15, 2010 at 2:00am — 1 Comment

Outdoor Fabrics Make Summer Living Easy

When it's warm and you want to be outside, you want your outdoor living made easy. Outdoor fabrics have vastly improved our lifestyle because they are very durable and easy to clean. However, there are some fabrics that are more durable then others, and I have often wondered why. I spoke with an expert, Garret H. Smith, VP of Operations at the Robert Allen Group.…


Added by Susan on June 14, 2010 at 10:11am — No Comments

"Tee" Time, Anyone????

I have just finished reading all of the comments about the shirts I have made and the bags. I am simply overwhelmed! Thanks to everyone! I was skeptical to begin with about this venture into tee shirt land.... But, I started out digging through my son's closet and finding the Old Navy tee that he just wouldn't wear, or didn't know how picky they are???!!!! Anyway, after that one, I used another one of his that he didn't wear. Then, I decided I wanted to go to the…


Added by Sherri on June 11, 2010 at 10:11pm — 3 Comments

A home-sewing revival: the return of Clothkits

By Clover Stroud…


Added by Susan on June 10, 2010 at 6:37am — 5 Comments

The Skirt that was a Shirt

This was once a size 12/14 dress shirt that was hiding out in the recesses or our son's closet...just begging to become a skirt for my 11 year old daughter. I'm in a skirty mood now for some reason, so this project was extra fun. The best part about this one is that it has raw edges exposed which is cool looking and requires no serging or…


Added by Birdie on June 9, 2010 at 7:30pm — 9 Comments

Monkey Shines Quilt

Just finished this quilt for my first grandchild, due any time now. We're all anxiously awaiting his arrival. My daughter picked monkeys for the nursery theme and I took it from there. I just love the little monkeys in the center of each star. I call it Monkey Shines, hope it becomes his favorite.…


Added by Karen Quick on June 8, 2010 at 8:44pm — 1 Comment

Is a Home-Based Sewing Business For You?

By Linnea Rein

<1. A physical place either in your home or store front that will accommodate all the equipment required for your business. You must be able to leave your machines up if you work on a full-time basis. Your working area needs to have the appearance of being clean and organized.

<2. It is important to have a…

Added by Susan on June 6, 2010 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

Confessions of a Zipper Virgin

* cringe* I've never installed a zipper - there, I admitted

it, along with all my other sewing shortcomings in previous posts. Not only have I neglected installing a zipper, I've avoided it like the plague. I keep old zippers I've cut out of a variety of discarded clothes, in a jar

for looks in… Continue

Added by Birdie on June 3, 2010 at 9:30am — 6 Comments

Make a Handy Sewing Caddy - Tutorial

Finished Size: 7” high, 13” wide, 6” deep, 15” handles

Wouldn't this be nice with some Amy Butler fabric? Yeah!

Materials Needed:


Added by Susan on June 2, 2010 at 7:00am — 10 Comments

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