Check Out the New Modern Seamster Magazine for Free

| June 30, 2009

Amidst rumors this week that Sew Simple magazine is about the join the ranks of the numerous publications that have shut their doors since the downturn in the economy, I am delighted to have learned about Modern Seamster, a hip new magazine that combines the “worlds of fashion, sewing, music, art and culture, all through […]

Naming Your New Business or New Product

| June 29, 2009

If you’re wanting to open a business or have come up with an idea for a new product, one of the most important things you have to think about is what to name the business or product.The first thing that comes to mind in naming a business or product may be a “cutsy” name, like “The Sewing […]

Purses and Bags

| June 28, 2009

We have talked many times about reuse, redo and recycle, and I’m beginning to believe an entire craft show product line can be made out of recycled items.  Our customer waiting area has more “recycle” items for sale than “new fabric” items, and our customers are loving it!The purse from placemats, were originally intended to […]

Make Your Own Grocery Tote Bag

| June 27, 2009

A few days ago I read in our newspaper where there is a push to charge customers for bags at the grocery stores and regular shopping places like Wal Mart, etc.  Apparently the plastic bags are not only filling the landfills, but floating everywhere in the world, getting caught in the fences around the land […]

Spotlight on Rebecca Ray Designs

| June 26, 2009

Rebecca Yuhasz Smith started her Rebecca Ray Designs handbag business about eleven years ago, but says she feels like an overnight success, even though she’s been working at the business for years.  A couple of years ago she says her business made $24,000, but that all changed pretty rapidly when she won the Country Living […]

Ten Random Sewing Tips

| June 25, 2009

***I often buy old garments at garage sales or consignment stores just for the fabric so I do a lot of ripping and altering.  Single sided razor blades are great for this task since you don’t have to be delicate, but whether using a razor or a seam ripper, they get dull pretty quickly.  Try […]

Our Shape-A-Dart Tool To Be In Sew News Magazine

| June 24, 2009

Some of you are already aware that we’ve been working on something big here – well now we’re ready for the big reveal! Sew News magazine took a liking to our exclusive Shape-A-Dart tool that is used to quickly change the cup size of any pattern. It’s Sarah’s own patent pending design and we’re super […]

Free Embroidery Designs

| June 23, 2009

It seems that every business, regardless of whether it’s alterations, sewing, embroidery, crafting, or similar types, can always use a little boost when it comes to ideas for new ways of doing things, new ideas for products, new ideas for creating designs, etc.We’ve mentioned adding embroidery and monogramming to your business as a way of […]

Changing Patterns For Creative Uses

| June 22, 2009

Awhile back we had a lot of our readers write to us to let us know how they were using our men / women pajama and nightshirt patterns and making jogging outfits and shorts outfits out of them, and now we’ve had another round of creative ideas using another of our patterns — the Sports […]

Popular Book Cover Ideas

| June 21, 2009

Book covers are always a popular item to make and give to your “reading” friends, as well as for yourself!Jennifer Paganelli, at All People Quilt, has a great tutorial for a Journal Cover that you can make easily.  She says to forget about buying  those expensive journals, instead you can create a reusable cover to fit […]