June 5, 2013 in Tips & Tricks
One of the first tips my mom shared with me when I started sewing was the importance of notching and clipping hills and valleys. It is such a simple thing to do but makes a huge difference in your finished product. It helps the fabric lay correctly when you turn it right side out. Take a look at what I ...
May 1, 2013 in Sewing Basics, Tips & Tricks
After spending more time than I would like to admit, I have finally learned the secrets to shirring! I read blog after blog and tip after tip. All pointed me in a different direction and none of them gave me the scrunch that is needed in shirring. I would line everything up, think it was perfect and bam! another perfectly ...
April 17, 2013 in News, Stitchin Women
Our list of amazingly talented bloggers is constantly growing, and today we’re pleased to welcome Heather Valentine to the Totally Stitchin’ family. We love Heather’s unique style and creative spirit, and she loves “reclaiming creativity” with her Baby Lock machines.
Heather does most of her sewing on the Baby Lock Ellisimo Gold, but she also has an Imagine serger and a ...
January 11, 2012 in Tips & Tricks
Once I find a pair of jeans that fit right, I do almost anything to never throw them out. Luckily, this mostly involves patching holes as they spring up. Here are some tips for better patches:
When the hole is in an awkward place for something decorative or bright, I'll use a scrap of fabric cut from the hem, facing, bottom of sleeves, ...
April 15, 2011 in Projects
This fun bag is cute and environmental friendly! Instead of using grocery bags that harm the planet only one time, you can use this bag over and over again to bring your gorceries home. Another plus, this eco bag is incredibly easy to make!
November 1, 2010 in General
Topstitching is one of my favorite ways to highlight a particular area of my project -- its functional and decorative.
One way to achieve great topstitcing is to use interfacing with your fabric. Interfacing provides a stable background for the stitches and helps keep the fabric from stretching.
You should also use the correct presser foot, to help make accurate stitchin easy. ...
October 5, 2010 in General
A few months ago, after a reply to a Facebook post, I was invited to the Baby Lock corporate office to meet with the people behind Baby Lock.
I never knew that their home office was almost in my back yard.¬† Upon my arrival, I hear ‚ÄúGus‚Äôs Pretzels are here‚Äù (a St. Louis favorite soft pretzel stick), everyone decked out in ...