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3 Ways to Applique!

July 29, 2015 in Tips & Tricks

Applique is so easy and fun! And, it's a great way to quickly add fun details, texture, and/or color! It is often used on kids clothing, but, don't limit yourself there...you'll find it on all kinds of sewn items: bags, quilts, adult clothing, table runners, and more!   Check out the tutorial video below to see 3 Simple Ways to Applique! I'll ...

Ruffled Diaper Cover Tutorial (Part 2)

April 15, 2014 in Projects

Now, that your Diaper Cover Part I is almost finished we can start on the fun ruffling part! We'll use the Rolled Hem stitch on your Baby Lock Serger and then, the Ruffler Foot on your sewing machine (or you can always baste and gather)! Head on over to the National Serger Month website for Part 2 of the Ruffled Diaper ...

Adding an Invisible Zipper to a Pillow

January 22, 2014 in Tips & Tricks

So, now we're going to tackle the invisible zipper (you'll need an invisible zipper about 1" shorter than your cut fabric measurement...so, if I cut my fabric 16" x 16", I'm going to look for a 15" invisible zipper...you can also get a longer one and shorten it)! Last week, I showed you how to do a centered zipper with ...

Inserting a Centered Zipper in a Pillow

January 17, 2014 in Tips & Tricks

Totally Stitchin': Inserting a Centered Zipper in a Pillow Zippers are a nice addition to a pillow because when the cover needs a washing, it's easy to remove, cleanse, and replace! And, they're really not that difficult! So, the picture below shows a centered zipper on the left and the pillow on the right has an invisible zipper! This tutorial is to show how to insert a centered zipper. So, ...

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How to Install a Centered Zipper

May 24, 2013 in Sewing Basics

    We're back with another Sewing Basics post today! This time, you'll learn how to install a slot, or centered zipper. Click here to download the instructions!            

3 Ways to Gather Fabric

February 6, 2013 in News, Tips & Tricks

If you are new to sewing  and want to learn how to gather fabric or want to check out some extra gathering tips, read on! Here are 3 detailed methods of gathering! Baste Stitching 2 Rows Zig-Zag over a Ribbon or Heavy Thread Gathering with a Serger First, we have the most common method of gathering (used more for lightweight to medium fabrics). Baste Stitching 2 ...

Basic Satin Bridesmaid Dress Hem Tutorial

November 19, 2012 in Tips & Tricks

 This hem is so simple! These guidelines are intended for a floor length satin gown that needs a little hemming. You will need a Baby Lock Serger (or you can overcast with your Baby Lock Sewing Machine). The picture below is the underside of a manufactured rolled hem of a bridesmaid dress. The hem is one circle (there are no ...

How to Machine Embroider on Towels!

November 18, 2012 in Tips & Tricks

 Embroidered towels make great Christmas gifts! There are a few things you should take care to do when embroidering on towels. Use a 14 or 11 embroidery needle. You'll need a tear-away or wash-away stabilizer and what is called a topping (click here for topping products). A topping is used on top of the plush fabric you are using and ...

How to Take-in a Gown at the Zipper

April 20, 2012 in Tips & Tricks

Often times, when a dress needs taken in, it can be cinched in at the zipper. Many dresses are different, but may be similar enough to follow these directions. Use these as a guide, but, make sure you inspect how your garment is made and how to put it back together when complete!! This particular garment has no lining, but ...

Swimsuit Sewing Part I

February 22, 2012 in Projects

I'm just going to admit that I am by no means an expert on making swimsuits, but I do enjoy the challenge for myself. So, it's a project I can have fun with and they don't take that long (especially after you've made a couple)! They can also be a lot cheaper!! You can use general polyester sewing thread. You'll ...
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