Tips For Sewing Machine Needles And Bobbins

| September 30, 2010

Well, we’re right in the middle of sewing a variety of zippers, and of all times we don’t need to have problems with the thread/needle and/or bobbins is while we’re trying to get the zipper installed! Before you start any sewing project – and most especially those tedious ones like zippers and buttons/buttonholes, make sure [...]

How To Install The “Centered” Zipper

| September 29, 2010

SEWING THE “CENTERED” ZIPPER           Sew the garment seam to the point where the zipper will be inserted (A).  Baste the remaining seam allowance where the zipper will be inserted.  Press the seam allowance open (B).           Place the garment wrong side up (C).  With the zipper open and the correct side of the zipper [...]

How To Use Other Peoples’ Products To Make Extra Money

| September 27, 2010

Unless you’re the type of person who has no intention of making any money from your blog or website (which I’m sure are NONE of us!),  we’re constantly looking for new products to make to sell or new patterns to put online as well as new items to add to our craft fair inventory. Most [...]

Friday Finds: Happy Fall Y’All!

| September 24, 2010

We’re excited about the opportunity to showcase WAHMs and women-owned businesses in our Friday Finds feature.  Each Friday we highlight our favorite sewn, crafted or otherwise handmade products that we find during the week!  Have your own product or a favorite item you’d like to see posted here next week?  Submit your Friday Find for consideration through the [...]

Tips For Using Zippers

| September 23, 2010

We’ve just begun on the series of “zipper” posts, but I realized that before you can really dig into working with zippers I need to throw out a few handy dandy pointers on working with zippers.  Some of these tidbits may be items you already use and are familiar with, but perhaps there will be [...]

Zippers And How To Install Them

| September 22, 2010

            Basically, there are three types of zippers – conventional, separating, and invisible.  Conventional zippers are closed at one end and sewn into a seam that is closed to the zipper placket.  Separating zippers are open at both ends and are sewn into a seam that will open completely.  The invisible zipper is constructed so [...]

What To Do About The Unending Economic Crisis

| September 20, 2010

When my son’s children get mad – don’t get their way – or just feel like throwing a fit about something that didn’t go like they thought it should, my son sits them down and calmly tells them that it’s ok to get angry.  We all get angry from time to time, but it’s what [...]

Friday Finds: Who Gives A Hoot?

| September 17, 2010

We’re excited about the opportunity to showcase WAHMs and women-owned businesses in our Friday Finds feature.  Each Friday we highlight our favorite sewn, crafted or otherwise handmade products that we find during the week!  Have your own product or a favorite item you’d like to see posted here next week?  Submit your Friday Find for consideration through the [...]

Easy Buttonhole Tips

| September 16, 2010

Buttonholes can be rather intimidating, but there are some things that can be done to make them a little easier to do and a lot less stressful! ** ALWAYS practice making a buttonhole or two on a piece of scrap fabric.  By doing a practice one you can see if the fabric will stretch while [...]

How To Make Buttonholes

| September 15, 2010

          Buttonholes for a bodice or shirt can be placed in a horizontal or vertical direction (typically horizontal buttonholes are used for blouses and vertical buttonholes for shirts).  For blouses, the first buttonhole is usually strategically placed at the bust level and the other buttons are spaced up and down from this point; the spacing [...]