Pass Along Your Love of Sewing – Teach Children How To Sew

| February 26, 2015

What a wonderful feeling it would give you to teach someone about your passion of sewing!  Not only would you feel proud of that person’s accomplishments, the person doing the learning would feel “on top of the world” to have created something unique and useable. If you’re wondering where you could begin, start with some children – your […]

DARN That Hole!

| February 24, 2015

Oh No!  My favorite and most expensive wool skirt got snagged and left a hole – is there any way you can fix it for me?  Have any of your customers called and asked you that question?  And what did you tell them?  “Sorry, but I can’t fix holes in woolen garments.”  That little hole […]

How To Make Fringe

| February 19, 2015

Fringe can be put on just about anything, from home decor items such as pillows and table coverings to clothing garment items like head scarves, jean jackets, sweaters and more.  Oh, I know you can buy some types of “fringe” by the yard, but it doesn’t come in every color under the sun, and most importantly, […]

New Life For Daddy’s Old Shirts

| February 18, 2015

Have you ever thought about renovating old clothes to make new garments?  If some of your customers are going through hard times, but still need sewing done, you could try various renovating projects ahead of time, just to see what you’d feel comfortable doing, then offer those services to your customers.  There are many “renovating” […]

Working With Plaids and Stripes

| January 22, 2015

Do you tremble a bit when a customer brings in stripes or plaids for you to work with?  Are you a little uneasy and just “hope” you’ll be able to do a good job? Plaids and stripes are not that difficult to work with when you know a few rules, and most especially if you […]

Buttonhole Elastic

| June 30, 2014

Buttonhole elastic is a wonderful product. I don’t think I could do without it. Buttonhole elastic can be used in waistbands of maternity clothing – is easy to expand the waistline as needed. For me, I use a LOT of it for my grandchildren’s clothing.  We have quadruplet grandchildren- 8 years old.  The little boys 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 […]

Jiffy Grip Fabric

| November 16, 2013

Jiffy Grip non slip slipper sole fabric         Jiffy grip fabric has non slip rubber raised dot grippers on one side that makes it a perfect fabric for bottoms of childrens footed pajamas, house slippers and children’s soft sole leather shoes.  Other uses for this fabric includes gluing it to lamp bases to protect furniture, put […]

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 […]