In Sewing…..Pressing Matters

| June 3, 2015

To achieve the professional look in sewing, it is absolutely essential to press as you sew.  In addition to the iron and ironing board, it is helpful to have pressing cloths and a tailor’s ham. Fiber, texture and thickness of the fabric determines how the fabric is pressed.  Fiber content dictates the temperature of the […]

Stains…..Be Gone!!

| June 1, 2015

For the most part, you know if you’ve spilled something on your blouse or dress; however, when you have five grandchildren running around the house, most of the time you have no idea what has spilled on the clothes.   I’m here to tell you that if you simply throw those clothes in the washer […]

How To Cut New Facings

| May 13, 2015

If you have done some altering and changing along the neckline and/or sleeve edges, the facing pattern that came with the pattern will no longer be usable for the changed neckline or sleeve.  You will need to cut new facings that will fit the changed area, as shown in the following diagrams.       […]

Altering Store Bought Patterns For Overweight Children – Abdomen

| April 23, 2015

Large abdomen (stomach) is one of the main problems with plus size children, overweight children and obese children.  A large abdomen will cause skirts and pants to be too short in front and cause skirts to ride up in the front.               To correct the store bought (commercial) pattern, […]

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 […]

Sewing Machine Repair Book Now At Amazon!!

| September 12, 2012

Now that we are all involved with fall sewing projects, this is NOT the time to have problems with your sewing machine! We are THRILLED that our “Sewing Machine Repair for the Home Sewer is now available at Amazon!!   This has been our most popular book of all time, and has helped literally thousands and […]

How To Save Money On Store Bought Patterns

| June 27, 2012

Many times it takes MORE time to alter a store bought pattern so it will hopefully fit than it takes to actually SEW the pattern.  We all have our particular “adjustment” areas — hips, waistline, bust issues, etc.   How often have you FINALLY gotten a pattern to fit right and actually look good, when the […]

Save Money With Fabulous Fabric Finds

| December 10, 2010

This post is to pass along some information about how and why I stock up on fabrics this time of year.  Each of us that are in a sewing related business have a tendency to use a LOT of certain types of fabric.  For example, those who are in the quilting field, whether it’s regular bed […]

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 […]

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 […]