Tips & Tricks Archives - Totally Stitchin

How to Hem a Chiffon Evening Gown

May 4, 2016 in Tips & Tricks

Well, hello there, Totally Stitchin' friends! Want to learn how to hem a chiffon evening gown or formal dress? Jump right in and watch my 3-part video series! And, if you want to take this skill a step further, take my online sewing class where we'll talk about more fabrics and hemming methods (read on to learn more)! When I was in ...

DIY Replacement Insoles

January 29, 2016 in Tips & Tricks

Hello! Is it not so annoying when the fabric on the insoles of your kiddos shoes start peeling out of a perfectly good shoe? My 5-year-old won't wear them any more! So, I put myself to the task of easy DIY replacement insoles! I will say I tried a fusible/sticky stabilizer first that is made for applique and it didn't quite work ...

How to Shorten a Zipper!

January 8, 2016 in Tips & Tricks

Ever accidentally purchased a zipper that was ridiculously long for the sewing project you are working on? Or perhaps, you just happen to have the same color zipper that you need on-hand, but, it's just too long! Just shorten that zipper! How, you ask? It's very simple, actually! We just need to create a new stopper so that the zipper doesn't separate ...

by Tori

Embroider Buddy® Tips and Tricks

November 12, 2015 in Tips & Tricks

Totally Stitchin': Embroider Buddy Tips and Tricks Have you heard of the Embroider Buddy® products? They are the cutest things you've ever seen! They are stuffed animals (they have other products too!) that you can easily add embroidery to. Here's the run down from their website: 1. Unzip the Embroider Buddy®’s invisible zipper and remove the pillow pouch. 2. Insert the hoop front or back and embroider. 3. Pop the ...

by Tori

11 Must-Have Sewing Supplies

October 14, 2015 in Tips & Tricks

Totally Stitchin': 10 Must Have Sewing Supplies New to sewing and unsure what you need to stock your sewing space with? Well, keep reading for a list of my must-have sewing supplies that will get you going on your sewing journey. Every sew-er has their specific preferences when it comes to sewing necessities, but today I'm sharing my oft-used and favorite sewing supplies! Keeping all of these things on ...

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'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 ...

How to Create and Sew a Vinyl Pocket

July 1, 2015 in Tips & Tricks

Vinyl pockets are perfect additions to a bag or fabric bin! If you are making this to stitch to a gift basket of goodies, you might include a gift card in the pocket. If you are using it for storage, it's nice to write what is stored within the bin on a small piece of paper and stick it in ...

The Easiest Way to Hem Tulle Layers Evenly All At Once!

May 15, 2015 in Tips & Tricks

Hello hello! How are we doing? What are you all sewing these days? Any of you in a season of sewing for a wedding?? My sweet 4 year old is a flower girl in 3 weddings this year, so, be on the look out for some fun flower girl dress tutorials!! If you need one in the mean time, here's ...

How to Use the Serger Elastic Foot

March 27, 2015 in Tips & Tricks

The Elastic foot accessory that you can get for your Baby Lock serger is...wait for it...AWESOME! Seriously, it makes applying elastic so easy! Why? It does all of the elastic pulling for you and it's so smooth and pretty when done correctly! So, I'm going to show you how to use it! I used the elastic foot on the Baby ...

Cover Hemming with the Ovation

December 29, 2014 in News, Tips & Tricks

Hello hello! We're going to talk Cover Hem stitching today with the Baby Lock Ovation Serger (and you can follow this tutorial with the Baby Lock Evolution, as well)! It is super convenient to have the cover stitch available on your serger! I am going to show you how to set your machine up for the Cover/Chain stitch. It takes a little ...
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