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How to Sew Your Own Piping

December 18, 2013 in Tips & Tricks

Totally Stitchin': Make Your Own Piping Of course there is pre-made piping, but, when you can't find what you want...make your own with this little tutorial! *This tutorial is to create piping from woven fabric.* Supplies: Sewing machine Piping cord: I used 8/32" (see step 4 for a picture) 3/4 to 1 yard of fabric, depending on how much you need Matching all-purpose thread. We need to cut bias from fabric to create ...

Sew a Button with your Machine!

December 11, 2013 in Tips & Tricks

IMG_1603 Most Baby Lock Sewing Machines come with this magical little foot! Sew buttons on in a snap with the Button Fitting Foot. Follow the instructions here to learn how to quickly sew a button on with the Button Fitting "M" foot (for your Baby Lock)! It's so much faster than hand sewing! You can even sew on a button that ...

How to Understitch?

November 13, 2013 in Tips & Tricks

Totally Stitchin': How to Understitch So, you've gotten to the part in the pattern where it says to understitch. What is understitching? Glad you asked! Understitching is when you sew the lining only to the seam allowance. It's typically at the neckline and armholes, but, not limited to that. It's essential purpose is to keep the lining rolled back behind the outer fabric so that ...
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Snip and Rip a Straight Edge

September 30, 2013 in Tips & Tricks

Totally Stitchin': Snip & Rip Technique While working on curtains with my mom this past weekend, she shared a little tip to snip and rip fabric to create a straight edge. So, I thought I would pass it along! I had six yards of fabric and I wanted two 85" panels. I kept measuring and pinning only to find that my measuring (or my pinning) wasn't accurate and no where ...

McCall’s Baby Carrier Pattern Hack

September 6, 2013 in Tips & Tricks

Totally Stitchin': McCall's Baby Carrier Pattern Hack I was sifting through my kazillions (yes, that's a real word...maybe) of patterns, weeding out the ones I no longer want, when I found one I had forgotten about! Because I have a 5 month old, this little number (below) would come in handy...and I just happened to have some more superhero fabric lying around (which is so fun when, ...

Can’t find the backing you want?

August 8, 2013 in Tips & Tricks

sheet set Have you ever been in search for the quilt backing you think should be so easy to find, but can't find it in the fabric stores!?! It can be so frustrating; I was sewing a t-shirt quilt for a friend and gave them the choice of a dark gray micro-plush backing (thinking that it would be easy to find). I looked ...

Don’t Forget to Stretch!

June 28, 2013 in Tips & Tricks

Totally Stitchin': Don't forget to stretch! As we all know, whether you're cutting, sewing, pinning, etc., using those fine motor skills in your hands can tire those wrists out (especially with those thick fabrics or heavy projects)! So, take a break every now and then and stretch those wrists out! When I was in an Anatomy and Physiology class in college, my professor said if you ...
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Notching and Clipping Hills and Valleys

June 5, 2013 in Tips & Tricks

Totally Stitchin': Hills and Valleys 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 ...
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Minky Fabric Tips

May 23, 2013 in Tips & Tricks

Totally Stichin': Working with Minky Minky fabric can be hard to work with and sometimes frustrating. So what better than a few minky fabric tips to help you out! 1. Minky doesn't shrink after being washed so you can "buy and sew". Just remember, if you are sewing it to other fabrics such as flannel, you must still wash your other fabric. Otherwise, your project may ...
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The Secrets To Shirring

May 1, 2013 in Sewing Basics, Tips & Tricks

IMG_6788 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 ...