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Susan's Blog – March 2012 Archive (7)

Lining a Jacket - A Tutorial

Many patterns feature jackets that don't have linings. But if you are used to wearing one with a lining, you will know the advantages. A lining covers up all the unsightly seams inside and eliminates the need to finish those seams. A lining helps the jacket keep its shape better. It provides more warmth if you need it. And, one of the nicest things, the lining makes the jacket slip on and off with ease over any item of…


Added by Susan on March 13, 2012 at 5:00am — No Comments

Machine Embroidered Jacket - Kwik Sew 2809

I don't have a fancy embroidery machine. I don't even have a new model machine. Most of my sewing is done on a 30-stitch Kenmore manual machine or on a semi-industrial Bernina that I purchased two years ago for production sewing.…


Added by Susan on March 11, 2012 at 5:00am — No Comments

Thread Education!

What would you say to someone who told you: "I love to watch TV but my TV only gets one channel so that's all I watch. I'd really like to watch other channels but the reception just isn't very good. I'm afraid if I adjust the antenna too much, I might break it."  

My response would be: "Are…


Added by Susan on March 8, 2012 at 5:00am — No Comments

Side Seam Pockets Sewing Lesson

Many patterns call for pockets that are sewn right into the side seam. If these are well-done, they lie flat against the body and don't break the line of the skirt or pants. But sometimes, these pockets stick out from the sides and the result is not so pleasing. How do we sew these guys in the best way possible?…


Added by Susan on March 8, 2012 at 5:00am — No Comments

Shirring Tutorial

Shirring is the process of sewing with elastic thread in the bobbin in order to elasticize…


Added by Susan on March 7, 2012 at 6:08pm — No Comments

Pin Tucks on Fleece

Using a twin needle is something we usually associate with heirloom sewing for making tiny pin-tucks; or we think of hemming knits with a twin needle. But polar fleece can be sewn with a twin needle for some spectacular results.

Pin tucks on fleece are as easy as inserting and threading a twin needle.…


Added by Susan on March 7, 2012 at 5:07pm — No Comments

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