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Need to organize an old jar of buttons?

July 27, 2010 in General, Tips & Tricks

I have a tin of buttons that belonged to my great-grandmother. I've wanted to use them, but was unsure of the size of each. I don't mind mixing, matching, and guessing, but I wanted to sort them by size, and didn't know what size to label each group. I found this chart for button sizing at www.karimeaway.com: http://www.karimeaway.com/files/buttonsizingchartexpanded.pdf I printed it at 100% ...

An easy way to ruffle without a ruffler foot

June 8, 2010 in General, Tips & Tricks

Don't think you can't add a ruffle to that perfect dress or pair of curtains for your kitchen.  All you need is some embroidery cotton or even dental floss.  Yes, I said dental floss.  It actually works very well because the material will slide easily.  In order to gather your material, set your machine on the zig-zag stitch.  You can ...

by diane

Decorative Stitches

May 13, 2010 in Tips & Tricks

Many people sew to express their creative side. A way to bring an old garment back to life is to add texture with a built-in decorative stitch from your sewing machine. You might also try using a twin needle for a double row of stitches. Place the decorative stitches on hems, cuffs or around the buttonholes. Your garment will be ...

by Kendra

Hemming Pants Crease?

May 21, 2009 in General, Tips & Tricks

Have you had trouble removing the crease from a hem that you have just let down? Try spraying the crease with an equal mix of white vinegar and water, then press the crease with a pressing cloth. It that doesn't work, try using the vinegar straight.  But, before using, test it on a discrete part of the garment first to ensure ...

by Kendra

Bias Tape Maker

April 28, 2009 in General, Tips & Tricks

Its no secret that I'm not a fan of bias binding. Between burning myself with the iron while pressing and pricking my fingers while pinning, its safe to same that I strongly dislike bias binding. Previously I posted a blog in reference to a few helpful websites about bias binding. These websites were great at teaching me how to cut the ...

About to commit sewdultery?

April 27, 2009 in General

There must be someone like me out there. As soon as I get stuck on a project, I want to give up and start a new one. I'm in the middle of making a tunic (started, ahem, in the fall) and have gotten stuck in a tricky part of the project. Seriously, this is no excuse since I work with super ...

by Kendra

Design Hacks

April 24, 2009 in General

Machine embroidery doesn't have to be a simple plop-and-drop on a boring towel, bib or other blank. The Sofia, for instance, has some great editing features built-in, so you can make your emboridery as unique as you are. Urban Threads has created a tutorial on ways to "hack" your embroidery designs using your embroidery machine. Their Design Hack ideas help you go from ...

by Kelly

Knowing Right verses Wrong

April 10, 2009 in Tips & Tricks

Are you sewing with a piece of fabric that is hard to tell what side of the fabric is right vs. wrong? Look to the selvage edge to help you determine the best side, then put a safety pin on the right side of each fabric piece as you cut it out. This will help eliminate confusion as you construct ...

by Kelly

Press for Success

September 9, 2008 in Tips & Tricks

After pre-washing fabric, be sure to press it! Having the fabric smooth and free of wrinkles will help the accuracy of your cutting. And remember to achieve more professional results on your sewing projects, you need to press the seams as your working on the project, not just when you're finished.
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