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My Top 10 Sewing Tools

April 15, 2013 in Tips & Tricks

Totally Stitchin': Working with Minky Just a few of my favorite things! When you are new to the sewing world, there are a few tools that will come in handy and make learning a little easier. Keep reading to see what I think are the top 10 sewing tools when getting started! 1. Sewing Machine- If you are going to start sewing, you need a machine! ...

Project Embellishment Idea

April 11, 2013 in Tips & Tricks

IMG_0179 Embellish your serged blanket (or any project) using a Ruffling Foot on your sewing machine! It's easy to add a ruffled ribbon to your project for a unique touch, so read on to see how to accomplish this.  This can be applied using the Ruffling Foot, but can be applied with a sewing machine gathered piece of ribbon as well (or purchased pre-gathered ...

Thats a “Fishy” Way to Applique!

April 4, 2013 in Tips & Tricks

fishy I'm not sure the technical term for this technique, but for today we'll call it snip and tuck...sound good? When using this type of applique, do not use fusible interfacing.  You can use batting if you'd like or an extra piece of fabric for more depth. This technique works great with both big and small shapes. Any chance I get, I love to ...

Basic Applique Embellishment

April 3, 2013 in Tips & Tricks

IMG_0193 You can easily add a cute little applique to your baby gifts or other projects, and I am going to show you how with this little tutorial! May I just add, I'm not an expert on sewing machine applique, but, it's fun and it looks cute! If you have any tips/ideas or other techniques you'd like to share, please kindly ...

3 Ways to Gather Fabric

February 6, 2013 in News, Tips & Tricks

il_fullxfull.224340340 If you are new to sewing  and want to learn how to gather fabric or want to check out some extra gathering tips, read on! Here are 3 detailed methods of gathering! Baste Stitching 2 Rows Zig-Zag over a Ribbon or Heavy Thread Gathering with a Serger First, we have the most common method of gathering (used more for lightweight to medium fabrics). Baste Stitching 2 ...

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 ...