What Basic Sewing Machine Embroidery Stitches Can You Find On Your Machine?

What basic sewing machine embroidery stitches can you find already on your machine?  In some machines, these types of stitches are also known as decorative stitches.  Most machines come with a series of these stitches, on my machine I’m fortunate to have many more than I thought. I am the … Continue reading

Anti Pickpocket Bag: FREE pattern, tutorial, and video sew-along

anti pickpocket bag

This is my take on an anti-pickpocket bag made of fabric with twisted handles.  I’m calling it Helsinki and here’s the backstory to this design: As many of our regular readers know, I was recently away on vacation with my family.  During the break, we managed to visit the Bernina … Continue reading

The Placket Pattern & Tutorial – For The Tailored Shirt Look

placket tutorial

This is the placket pattern & tutorial.  A placket is a detail often used in tailored shirts and blouses. This is one of the skills that will raise your sewing to the next level. But first, let’s make sure everyone knows what we’re talking about.  According to Wikipedia: A placket (also spelled placquet) … Continue reading

Fit and Flare Dress – Free EASY Pattern & Video Tutorial

fit and flare dress pattern

This pattern  is a reprint it was first published in 2014 . I have another free dress pattern for you this month.  I managed to pick up a couple of nice ponte knits in my local fabric store – shock – and wanted to use them right away so I … Continue reading