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 →
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 →
For people who are very fond of creating garments, pinking shears are a great tool to include in your sewing kit. While they may not be the most basic ones needed for starters, it is definitely a must-have for those who have already acquired more advanced skills and have completed … Continue reading →
Knowing good basic sewing skills always comes in handy. But sometimes, challenging fabrics can still be too much to handle. Indeed, what may seem like simple tasks of folding and cutting fabric can become frustrating –not to mention the difficulties that will be encountered when we start running our sewing … Continue reading →
Have you ever sewn fabric flowers? Fabric flower sewing patterns are a fun and easy sewing project for beginners through to expert sewists. I wanted to put together a list of patterns so you could try your hand at these projects. While not technically a fabric flowers sewing pattern.. … Continue reading →
This elastic waist linen shorts project is something that has been requested by quite a few of you by email. I appreciate the kind request. Sometimes I forget that the majority of the readers of this blog are beginners. So sometimes I need to dial back my impulses and to … Continue reading →
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 →
Software for creating sewing patterns is improving all the time. As I invest in some of the new and rather pricey software and the training that goes with it, I’m hoping to create better patterns for you. One of the improvements you’ll see coming up is what’s known as a … Continue reading →
So what is shirring anyway? In preparation for a new project this week, I want to introduce you to a technique called shirring (which is sometimes known as smocking) with a simple practice tutorial. According to Wikipedia, “shirring is two or more rows of gathers that are used to decorate … Continue reading →
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 →
I’ve started to accumulate. Not just fabric, of course, we all need a sizable fabric stash in case of well, a zombie apocalypse or something, where we can’t get out to the fabric shop for a while. I’ve also started to accumulate some sewing tools. Small tools that make sewing … Continue reading →
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