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Featured Blog Posts – August 2009 Archive (46)

PLEASE HELP: bobbin case is in need of repair?

How can you tell if your bobbin case is in need of repair? I have a feeling that my problem is with either the bobbin case or the needle plate. I have a babylock Ellure. The "safety device" has been activated and the handwheel won't turn freely. I broke two needles prior to the error message,so now what? I am in tears trying to resolve this?

Added by Jamie Johnson on August 31, 2009 at 5:43pm — 1 Comment


So glad to be here and have a perpetual show and share available to click on and admire. You are all so talented and creative.

Added by Angie Nudge on August 31, 2009 at 12:15pm — No Comments

Slown Down

I believe God slowed me down on my new pattern development by sending the flu. Or - really, that I got the flu and that's what I'm interpreting it to mean. Alsoi n the middle of moving my elderly mother from the nursing home where she landed a week ago to a really nice assisted living situation. Anyway - below if my last jacket design for the current pattern. Left to do: test my directions for this one by making another jacket. Then - write the directions for real, and do the taping....sure… Continue

Added by Londa Rohlfing on August 31, 2009 at 4:07am — 3 Comments

Laptop Cover

Recently there was a "flying" cat who dashed across the table and knocked my laptop on the floor. Since then I haven't been able to close it properly so I decided to make a cover for it. In my stash of completed blocks that have never made it into a quilt, I found 18 blocks perfect for this. The colored fabrics are hand dyes I did about 10 years ago and then made these small 4 1/2" blocks. It slips over the monitor section and has the same design on… Continue

Added by Lynne Demeter on August 30, 2009 at 11:13am — 3 Comments

Improv Patchwork: A Jazzy Approach To Quilting

By ALIX BOYLE Master quilter Denyse Schmidt is just like most of us when it comes to starting a new project: She's plagued by doubts, second-guesses herself and procrastinates.

But Schmidt always triumphs over these demons and produces some of the freshest contemporary quilts available today. In addition to creating couture, custom quilts, as well as a line of more accessibly priced quilts, Schmidt is committed to teaching other quilters to get out of their own way. With a… Continue

Added by Susan on August 29, 2009 at 7:39am — No Comments

Sewing Machine Hoax Stitches Up Saudis

Hoaxers tricked hundreds of people in Saudia Arabia into believing their old sewing machines were worth a fortune as they contained a mythical substance.

Saudi newspapers published pictures of people proudly posing at traditional markets next to Singer machines said to contain red mercury. The English-language Saudi Gazette newspaper said some buyers were willing to pay up to 200,000 riyals (£35,000) for an old Singer sewing machine proven to… Continue

Added by Susan on August 29, 2009 at 7:32am — No Comments


I am getting into making handbags to sale. Do you know of how I would go about saling my handbags ? These are some real nice handbags that I came up with.

Added by Jennifer Howell on August 28, 2009 at 7:04pm — No Comments

BAck to Designing Today - Sewing IS Therapy!

I haven't uploaded photos from today's design session yet, but it sure was good to get 'back in the saddle' on this pattern. Since last Thursday morning, I've been at my Dad's side as we took my mom to the hospital, and now into a nursing home. Alzheimer's is a very, very exhausting and challenging disease to live through with a loved one. I'm very grateful for online support groups!

My mind got to hit STOP on all those concerns and I reached a new level of being in touch with God's… Continue

Added by Londa Rohlfing on August 25, 2009 at 10:42pm — No Comments

Know your weaves

by Wendy Kaufman

As a serious sewer, there are things you need to know about the fabrics you use, so that you can achieve the look you want. One of these things is knowing the weave of your fabric. Think all you need to know is how the fabric looks in your hand when you buy it? Not even close. Fabric weave (let alone content) determines future fit and even how it sews up. You have already proven this to yourself every time you buy jeans. You try… Continue

Added by Susan on August 24, 2009 at 6:00am — No Comments

Painting with fabric: Quilting can bring income, pleasure

By Tamera Manzanares A complex array of red, orange and rust tones mesmerize while telling the story of a devastating wildfire. The elaborate patterns are pieced together in a quilt inspired by the Hinman fire near Clark seven summers ago. The piece, which hangs in the Steamboat Lake State Park visitor center, was designed and created by Jo Morrison and Jo Stack. Invoking beauty and awe, the quilt is one of many… Continue

Added by Susan on August 24, 2009 at 6:00am — No Comments

sweaterpants for baby

i loved this idea, i going to make my grand-daughter some, lots of them, and i have some old sweaters waiting.

Added by Barbara Jackson on August 22, 2009 at 8:09pm — No Comments

Vintage Sewing Pattern Lingo

"Up for bid is a lot of three vintage dressmaker patterns: M1021, New York Designers Collection, ff, uc, complete; lfvv, uc, ff, printed, mint condition, Paris Original, circa 1950s, Pierre Cardin, V2075 w/label; and Dior, lfvv, cut, vc, complete, Paris Original, V2911." Eh? No, it’s not top-secret navy code or a new texting language designed by teens to stump curious parents rambling through their children’s cell phones. It’s the language of online buyers and sellers of… Continue

Added by Susan on August 21, 2009 at 6:14am — No Comments

Sew stunning: Teens bring fashion show to life, thread up, with help from fashion great Anne-Sara Odor


Anne-Sara Odor stood amid a clutch of young fashion designers spelling out the details of their upcoming runway show and asking them to select the music to accompany their models' walk. "There are going to be hundreds of people here and invitations sent out, so we want the show to be stunning," she instructed. "It will be hard work, but it will be really fun." A former vice president of women's design at Abercrombie and Fitch, Odor has… Continue

Added by Susan on August 20, 2009 at 11:20am — No Comments

Sewing Lounges: The Starbucks For The Seamstress

by Calandra Ferguson Sewing lounges, a Starbucks for sewing enthusiastic of sort, is a modern day twist of the home sewing room and an

old-time sewing circle. A community space for sewers looking for some method of sharing their combined creative passions, nourish creativity and gather together to share common experiences and feed their stitching souls. A sewing lounge isn’t a fabric or sewing machine store. In fact, there might not be anything to buy, except for an offering of… Continue

Added by Susan on August 20, 2009 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Start business

Well, I'm thinking positively about starting a sewing business. I'm thinking to start small. Like making backpacks for teens. I have 2 teenage sons. Sew, I'm going to make my 16 year old son one and see how it goes from there. (The easy packs they use now at school, not the ones that the rest of the world uses).

Does anyone think this is a good idea?

Added by janel10 on August 19, 2009 at 11:01am — 5 Comments


Swap-O-Rama-Rama is a clothing swap and series of do-it-yourself workshops in which a community explores creative reuse through the recycling of used clothing.

The Swap When you attend the swap bring at least one bag of your unwanted clothing and a small donation (each swap varies depending on available funding). Every swap begins with a giant collective pile of clothing, the unwanted clothing of all who… Continue

Added by Susan on August 19, 2009 at 7:00am — No Comments

Designer Patterns

Has anyone had a pattern that no alterations have to be made to? and if so from whom? I am so tired of clothing that does not fit right. Some of the most common alterations which is easily fixed; shoulder too long, across front too wide, armhole(armscye) too low/too big and the most trying, the nape to waist too long so there's always a bunch of fabric right there. Would like all your feedback.

Added by Claudette Grant on August 18, 2009 at 12:52pm — 2 Comments

Amy Butler Nigella Yoga Bag - Free Pattern Download

Amy Butler offers this free

Nigella Yoga Bag.pdf download. I absolutely love this project! Yoga bags can be very expensive. Make and customize your own with this free pattern download. If you make this bag please post a photo to share with Sew-What'! We'd love to see the finished bag. Sleek and practical. Ideal for taking your yoga mat to and from classes, or stowing it away at home. Sewing… Continue

Added by Susan on August 18, 2009 at 1:30am — 1 Comment

Darted Collar Version of CHOSEN Creative Sweatshirt Jacket Pattern

This one was fun! Re-cycling the sweater (a favorite from a Mexican vacation) that my husband inadvertently 'felted' was really pretty easy. This is a VERY unique collar, and tomorrow I'll be testing it out in a woven fabric as well. I'm thinking that collar will need to be cut on the Bias. Over and over again, I'm convinced how absolutely competely NECESSARY it is to have a stash of fabrics! the grey on this jacket and the brown binding are opposite… Continue

Added by Londa Rohlfing on August 17, 2009 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Amy Butler Portfolios - Free Pattern Download

Here is an excellent project offered by Amy Butler. The portfolios are designed to hold and organize cards, gift tags, paper crafts, or sewing tags! A lovely gift idea. Instructions and measurements included.
SweetGreetingsPortfolios.pdf Download

Added by Susan on August 17, 2009 at 8:51am — 1 Comment

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