Recycle CapriSun Containers

| August 31, 2008

A couple of years ago my granddaughter, then a senior in high school, made CapriSun purses.  Small purses, just what all the girls wanted, and she sold TONS of them!  She sold them for $15 each, and had a waiting list for them.  Now if I’d been smart, I would have watched her make them, written […]

Two Buttonhole Sewing Notions

| August 30, 2008

Everyone who sews has a drawer or basket full of handy little sewing notions. tools and gadgets - most of them are necessary tools, and some are just there because they looked like they’d be nice to have, so we bought them.Today I’ll talk about two handy little tools that I find very handy to have.  First […]

Clothes Designer’s Work Goes to the Dogs

| August 29, 2008

Jenni Ruffini is finding that money goes to the dogs.  The Decatur native lives in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where there is a market for her dog clothes.A June graduate of the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, she seemingly has found a niche in the designing business.  “Women spend hundreds of dollars on dog clothes around […]

Janome Celebrates 50 Millionth Machine & Announces Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition

| August 28, 2008

Recently celebrating the production of their 50 millionth machine, Janome America, Inc., a leading manufacturer of home sewing machines, takes another revolutionary step in the sewing industry with the introduction of the Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition (MC11000 Special Edition). This versatile machine is three sewing machines in one with new advanced features and options […]

Scissors, The Cutting Edge

| August 27, 2008

Scissors play a very important part in the sewing process, and are not something to be thought lightly about. When a scissors’ blades slide by each other, the resulting cut can be the intended one or a disaster, the outcome largely predetermined by the scissors’ design, construction, strength and suitability for the task being performed. […]

Finding Your Niche Market by Accident

| August 25, 2008

How can you possibly find a niche market by accident, you ask?Think about it.  When was the last time you needed or wanted something and couldn’t find it?  I can guarantee that if YOU are looking for something and can’t find it, there are many others looking for a similar item as well!There is a […]

What’s All The Fuss About Bias Tape Makers

| August 24, 2008

I’ve found the GREATEST tutorial about how to use a relatively new tool — bias tape maker.  The tutorial is at NicoleMDesignBlogspot, and it’s a FABULOUS tutorial!  My next purchase is going to be one of these handy little tools! So what’s all the fuss about Bias Tape Makers…? …They will CHANGE YOUR LIFE, that’s […]

Darn It! Company Makes A Profit Fixing Others’ Messes

| August 22, 2008

Darn It! Inc. is a company that solves other businesses’ problems with messed-up apparel orders, distribution difficulties and warehousing needs.  Their slogan is “Your problem is our business”.  Darn It!, which started with a handful of employees, now has 110 full-time workers in 175,00-square-foot rented space  but the company will be moving to its new 314,000 square […]

Vera Bradley Announces New Plant and 490 New Jobs

| August 21, 2008

Vera Bradley Designs Inc. announced Friday it is in final negotiations to lease a New Haven building to house an expanded in-house sewing staff.  The expansion – part of a long-term strategy – will add 490 new jobs to the company that designs and manufactures quilted cotton handbags, luggage and accessories. Vera Bradley executives first […]

Are You Using The Right Thread?

| August 20, 2008

All of us that are in the sewing, clothing alteration or crafts businesses can get a little “lazy” sometimes and neglect some of the basic rules of sewing, such as changing our sewing machine needles, or making sure we’re using the right thread for the project at hand. Thread type is chosen for its compatibility […]