Tips & Tricks - 3/15 - Totally Stitchin

Making an Applique Letter with MasterWorks III

January 1, 2013 in Tips & Tricks

import font9 This is my first tutorial using print screen images, so, forgive me if it needs some work! If you own the program MasterWorks III or are looking to purchase it, check out this nifty aspect of the program. I learned this little trick from a co-worker! You can import a true type font and make it a large letter applique! First, you'll ...

Basic Satin Bridesmaid Dress Hem Tutorial

November 19, 2012 in Tips & Tricks

IMG_1279  This hem is so simple! These guidelines are intended for a floor length satin gown that needs a little hemming. You will need a Baby Lock Serger (or you can overcast with your Baby Lock Sewing Machine). The picture below is the underside of a manufactured rolled hem of a bridesmaid dress. The hem is one circle (there are no ...

How to Machine Embroider on Towels!

November 18, 2012 in Tips & Tricks

IMG_1256  Embroidered towels make great Christmas gifts! There are a few things you should take care to do when embroidering on towels. Use a 14 or 11 embroidery needle. You'll need a tear-away or wash-away stabilizer and what is called a topping (click here for topping products). A topping is used on top of the plush fabric you are using and ...

How to use a Rolled Hem Foot

November 18, 2012 in News, Tips & Tricks

IMG_1228   Sew pretty rolled hems on garments and ruffles with the rolled hem foot with your Baby Lock Sewing Machine (of course, this technique can be used as well with any sewing machine that offers the hemmer foot accessory)! I used three different examples to show the different fabrics.  First, when making rolled hems, you'll need to iron up the bottom edge about a ...

The Invisible Zipper Foot

September 19, 2012 in Tips & Tricks

ESG-IZF_1_med The first time I placed an invisible zipper in a garment in high school, I used a regular zipper foot to sew it in place. When I worked at a machine shop and was introduced to this awesome little invention, the invisible zipper foot, I was amazed. I, personally, think that it makes sewing in invisible zippers so much easier! I ...

More Fabric Savvy

August 6, 2012 in Find It / Buy It, General, Tips & Tricks

077777 I know I've mentioned this book before, but, I think it is a must-have for a seamstress who works with many different fabrics! I love it; it's been so helpful! Sandra Betzina's More Fabric Savvy offers expert advice, tips, fun facts and fabric information on several different types of fabric. When I was in fashion school, it just happened to be ...

T-Shirt Remodel into a DRESS!

July 17, 2012 in News, Tips & Tricks

tshirtremodel1 Just stumbled upon this blog tutorial this morning on how to re-sew an extra large t-shirt into a cute dress...how neat is this?! Makes for a pretty cheap dress! Follow this sewing tutorial (click "tutorial" to link over to the project) at her blog, Diary of a Mad Crafter! It looks pretty simple and she said it took her under 2 hours! Picture ...
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Fun with MonogramWorks

June 15, 2012 in General, Tips & Tricks

photo (2) I have many out of town friends who have been asking me to monogram items for them on my Ellure Plus. I found a way to show them samples of the fonts/options in the software I have, MonogramWorks.  I create their monogram in a variety of fonts on one screen in the program and take a picture of my computer screen.  I ...

My Biggest Sewing Bloopers

May 10, 2012 in General, Tips & Tricks

LUFS2007 When you're first learning to sew, usually a lot of mistakes are made (and for a lot of people your patience level through it all often determines whether you'll continue sewing)...although, they still occur throughout the career of a seamstress, I'm sure, like sewing something on the wrong way, etc. Somehow, many projects bring new challenges anyway. Whether it's a ...

How to Take-in a Gown at the Zipper

April 20, 2012 in Tips & Tricks

IMG_0460 Often times, when a dress needs taken in, it can be cinched in at the zipper. Many dresses are different, but may be similar enough to follow these directions. Use these as a guide, but, make sure you inspect how your garment is made and how to put it back together when complete!! This particular garment has no lining, but ...