You know how you sometimes fall in love with a particular pattern and then you find out it’s not available in your desired dimension? Such a heartbreaker. What if we tell you that there are a few ways that you can modify a quilt pattern to fit your desired dimension … Continue reading →
Do you ever have one of those Ah Ha moments? After sewing around 2 1/2 years now, and forever lamenting at my local sewing shop about the terrible lack of nice colorful buttons, I was standing near the till waiting for pay when I spotted just what I needed! Ta dah … Continue reading →
I made some shorts last year, quite some time ago now, from a commercial pattern. A Simplicity I think it was. Not to speak ill of the large pattern companies, but well, they clearly assumed I knew how to sew a fly front zipper and that therefore they barely needed … Continue reading →
You’ve heard me moan on and on before about my early fitting issues with commercial patterns. Some All of those early issues were my own fault – in many cases, I simply didn’t know how to pick my correct size from the pattern or I used the wrong fabrics. If … Continue reading →
I’ve been working on some new bag ideas and one of the areas of bag-making that has been a bit of a puzzle to me until recently is how to close the top of the bag. Of course, not all bags need to be closed. Some simple tote bags are … Continue reading →
So you have a basic purse pattern or have a pattern that includes a basic slip pocket and you would like a zipper pocket. Not a problem – this sort of thing can usually be added to any bag. You can add them on the outside like in the Nautical … Continue reading →
Most garments you sew are going to need some kind of hemline, and there are lots of options to choose from on how to achieve that. Many of them depend on the type of fabric you are sewing. A knit fabric would require a different approach than a wool or … Continue reading →
We’ve been looking at seams and seam finishes in order to get a good looking result on our seams both inside and out. Today, one of my favorites – the overcasting stitch. Where to use Overcasting stitches The overcasting stitch is one of the most versatile on your machine. My … Continue reading →
It seems there is more ways than one to sew a French Seam. Continuing on in my quest to learn more about the various types of seam finishes and getting a nice neat result on the inside of my projects, I’ve been reading several tutorials and books on the French … Continue reading →
Looking again today at how to get a nice neat finish on the inside of your projects. This isn’t one technique that might immediately spring to mind and it’s certainly not right for every project, but if you look closely you’ll be surprised how often you might find it on … Continue reading →
I was drawn to the idea of printing on fabric when I saw some amazing memory quilts shared by one of our readers in the sewing chat group. She used vintage family photos to create unique quilt blocks for her breath-taking quilts that will surely become treasured family heirlooms. Sadly Facebook … Continue reading →
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