Shape-A-Dart – Fits Patterns to YOUR Cup Size

| August 14, 2014

For a fit that flatters – use the Shape-A-Dart on commercial patterns to adjust the cup size to YOUR cup size.         Why use Shape-A-Dart? Misses size patterns are made with a standard “B” cup and half sizes are made with a standard “C” cup. If you wear a Misses size pattern […]

Variations Of Thread

| August 11, 2014

Thread, in all its variations of color, weight, fiber and twist, has but two ideal destinies — it should end up as the unobtrusive way to hold something else together, or it should become the conspicuous, decorative, highly visible feature of something else.  Those two extremes, with no middle-ground role, are what all the variations are […]

How To Use Fold-Over Elastic

| June 23, 2014

Fold over elastic has many uses, and is very easy to use.  This is a stretchy trim with a knitted-in foldline, so that it can be used as a binding and lie nice and flat. The biggest advantage is that it S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-S! Fold-over elastic comes in a few different widths, a rainbow of colors, and […]

Projects For Cold Days!

| January 23, 2014

You’d think here in the “sunny” South, temperatures would be such that we could be working/playing outdoors all day.  Not this year!!  Temperatures here in Florida are supposedly going to drop to around 20 degrees tonight.  Now, being from Nebraska originally, I understand you all are saying – “what’s your problem?  That’s warm compared to […]

Sewing For Men and Boys In Your Life

| November 8, 2013

When was the last time you tried to sew for your husband, teen age son or a boyfriend and simply threw up your hands and said “forget it!”  Those broad shoulders or extra long muscular arms can be a nightmare. Or, is the problem similar to what my brother calls the “Dunlop disease”.  He says […]

How To Make New Sleeve Styles From One Basic Sleeve Pattern

| November 4, 2013

If you’re in a sewing business, whether you sew for children or for women, you can impress your customers by letting them know you can “change up” their pattern by making different sleeve styles than just the one that came with the pattern.  A basic short sleeve pattern is great, but by changing it to […]

How To Adjust Your Sewing Machine Tension

| October 16, 2013

Have you noticed when you’re changing from one project to another the thread all of a sudden starts to loop, get tangled in the bobbin area or other crazy things?    The fact is that as you change projects and start sewing on different weight materials, you should test the stitching on a piece of scrap […]

How To Make A Custom Fitted Skirt For An Overweight/Obese child

| October 9, 2013

Skirts are a very easy clothing garment to make, however “easy” becomes “difficult” or “impossible” when you’re dealing with making clothing for the plus size/overweight/obese girls.  The answer to this dilema is to make the pattern using the CHILD’S measurements, and not the “standard” measurements the commercial pattern companies use.  The only measurements necessary to […]

How To Alter Skirt Patterns For Plus Size/Overweight Children

| October 2, 2013

Regardless of what size pattern you buy for your plus size/overweight child, there are always changes that need to be made.  Sometimes a single change will do it, and other times there may be 2, 3, 4 changes necessary before the store bought pattern will actually fit the plus size child.  We are starting a […]

Do Your Blouses and Dresses Bunch or Wrinkle In The Bodice Area?

| September 25, 2013

Misses size patterns are made with a standard “B” cup and half sizes are made with a standard “C” cup.  If you use a Misses size pattern and wear an “A”, “C” or “D” cup bra, your bodice will be baggy (A cup) or tight with wrinkles (C or D cup).  The same thing applies […]