Friday Finds: Orange You Glad It’s Halloween?

| October 29, 2010

Orange is such a beautiful fall color and this just happens to be perfect timing to highlight one of fall’s most exciting color tones!  Thanks for visiting our Friday Finds feature where we highlight our favorite sewn, crafted or otherwise handmade products that we find during the week!  Have your own product or a favorite item [...]

Christmas Season Is Right Around The Corner

| October 28, 2010

October is just about gone, so we’re heading right into the Christmas Holiday season.  For those of us who enjoy making gifts for family members, friends, children’s teachers, neighbors, etc, now is the time to get organized and figure out exactly what you want to make for each of them.  Each gift must be personally chosen [...]

How To Measure Hems

| October 27, 2010

         The last item in constructing a garment is putting in the hem.  There are a variety of hems that can be used on your finished garment.  You will find a number of hemming stitches and instructions for them in the next section.           Before any hemming can be done, you will need to mark [...]

What To Do With Empty Thread Spools – Part 2

| October 26, 2010

A few weeks I posed the question of what to do with all the empty thread spools that I’m accumulating.  To show you what I’m talking about, here’s a picture of PART of my empty spool stash — this picture has spools from one box (130 spools) and I have a couple more boxes with [...]

How To Market Your Products

| October 25, 2010

We have repeatedly talked about finding / making / coming up with products to sell.  If you can make the best kitchen decor items in your town, maybe it’s time to start making them to sell!  Same thing applies if your holiday decorations get “oohs” and “aahs” from all your friends, relatives and neighbors, perhaps [...]

How To Make The Most Of Your Sewing Time

| October 21, 2010

I don’t know about you, but I often get myself so strung out on multiple projects that I sometimes wonder if I’ll get any of the projects finished!  If you have children or grandchildren you may find yourself in the same situation as I get into — NEVER make a skirt or pair of shorts  [...]

How To Sew A Separating Zipper

| October 20, 2010

Sewing A Separating Zipper           The separating zipper is best sewn in before any facings or hems are in place.           To begin (A), machine baste the opening closed, then press the seam open.  Finish the seam if necessary with a zig zag stitch.  With the wrong side up, position the closed zipper face down [...]

Do You Sell At Craft Fairs And Festivals?

| October 19, 2010

Fall seems to be the season for all types of festivals and craft fairs.  In our area there are shrimp festivals, seafood festivals, honey festivals, heritage festivals and sausage festivals, just to name a few.  In addition several area churches hold annual craft fairs during October and November. A local craft fair might be a [...]

How You Can Build A Successful Niche Website

| October 18, 2010

We’ve talked in the past about finding a “niche” for your business and the reason for building a niche business – either online or offline.  If you have products that are very unique that you just “happened” to come up with because of a need in your own life, you can be assured that other [...]

WHAT?? My Sewing Machine Needle Is In Backwards?

| October 14, 2010

Have you ever been so frustrated with your sewing machine you’d like to throw it out the window?  Ok, take it in and get it fixed — after paying the high dollars for repair, did the repairman at the shop bother to tell you that the only problem was that you had the needle in backwards?  [...]