Tips & Tricks - Totally Stitchin

How to Add a Corset Back to a Wedding Dress

July 24, 2014 in Tips & Tricks

Totally Stitchin': How to Add a Corset Back to a Wedding Dress This is so cool! I've done a lot of bridal gown alterations and from time to time a dress is too tight or the bride just wants to replace the zipper with a corset back and they're so pretty! I used to make my own lace-ups (which, typically takes forever) until I had someone mention they had seen pre-made satin ...

Taking in a Beaded Garment

July 9, 2014 in Tips & Tricks

Totally Stitchin': Taking in a Beaded Garment This tip for taking in a beaded garment rocks! You'll want to pin it for later :) Beading is so pretty, but, if you sew a lot, you know that when it comes to taking something in that is beaded, it can be a pain! You typically have to remove the beads where you'll be taking in, breaking the strand of thread ...
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Summer Sewing with Knits

July 4, 2014 in Tips & Tricks

Learn easy tricks for sewing with knits and improve your summer sewing. The Sewing Loft Hello Totally Stitchin' fans!  Heather here for our first Friday date. Have you ever wanted to infuse your wardrobe with a few custom pieces but didn't know where to start? Well, summer is actually one of the best times to explore the world of apparel sewing.  The silhouettes are forgiving, the color assortment is endless and the fabrics are just plain ...
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Learning to Sew

June 6, 2014 in Tips & Tricks

Learning-to-Sew-Feature Hello Totally Stitchin’ fans! Heather here from The Sewing Loft, stopping by for our first Friday visit! Today, I would love to chat about something kinda personal. Learning to Sew How did you learn to sew? Did your mother or maybe your Grandmother teach you? Or did you have the option to take an elective class at school? For me it was a ...

Easily Add a Ruffle Detail!

May 20, 2014 in Tips & Tricks

Totally Stitchin': Easily Add a Ruffle Detail All my daughter wants to wear these days are dresses...she's 3 and very opinionated! :) We went through her closet and tried on the dresses for fit because, you know, they grow so crazy fast. Some of the dresses from last year still fit, some too small, and some fit but were just too short. So, instead of buying new ...
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Easy Tips to Take the Scary Out of Serging

April 4, 2014 in Tips & Tricks

Easy tips and tricks to help take the scary out of serging. Hello Totally Stitchin' fans, It's Heather here from The Sewing Loft and I'm super excited to be spending some time with you!  Over the next few months, I'll be sharing fun sewing tips, tricks and even exciting finds from all around the sewing world. Since April is National Serger Month I thought it would be fun to share a few of my favorite tips.  These tips ...

Satin Binding Baby Blanket

February 20, 2014 in Tips & Tricks

Totally Stitchin': Satin Binding Baby Blanket I just recently had some sewing students request to learn how to sew satin binding onto a baby blanket...and, though I had sewn many a binding, I had never tried out the pre-made satin binding. So, I got to experiment for baby Griffin! Bah! I love it so much! There are many tutorials out there, but, here is the one I ...

Adding an Invisible Zipper to a Pillow

January 22, 2014 in Tips & Tricks

Totally Stitchin': How to Insert an Invisible Zipper into a Pillow 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, ...

How to Add Piping to a Pillow

January 2, 2014 in Tips & Tricks

Totally Stitchin': How to Add Piping to a Pillow Piping is a fun embellishment to add to a pillow that you're making! Here's a few tips and tricks on how to add piping to a pillow! (Also, the tutorial for this throw pillow is coming soon!!) To start, you'll need your piping (pre-made or the piping you made) and the front fabric for your pillow. Start somewhere on the bottom and pin ...