Aug 10 2015

The other day I ran into the local fabric store for a spool of thread and was hit with the summer clearance sale.  So many pretty stripes and prints to choose from, but this striped seersucker is the one that spoke the loudest to me.  I loved the […]

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Jul 8 2015

Up-cycling is the new term we are hearing these days.  When I was a young mother with little money my mother-in-law suggested that I look at my husbands old shirts as a source of fabric for our little boys.  She called it “Using what you have on hand.”  […]

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May 27 2015

Rick rack is inexpensive and wonderful when used as a trim to add  detail to a garment.  But if you are a woman of a certain age, you might have grown up thinking that it’s main purpose was for hiding the crease made by an old hem line.  […]

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May 22 2015

When one of our team members was ready for a new sewing machine, a good machine, a machine you don’t have to fight with, a reasonably priced machine, this is what I recommended.  A Babylock “Rachel”.  Although I am not true to only one brand I find the […]

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Apr 23 2015

Just in case you are a new blog reader or haven’t memorized years and years of blog post, I thought I would share one of our most popular post.  I hope this gives you the confidence to try working with lace! Stitching lace insertion to fabric is the […]

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Nov 19 2014

Bow ties are a quick and easy project and suitable for whatever mood you are in!  Only a bit of fabric, ribbon, and Velcro are needed.  Grandda was more than willing to donate his old Christmas tie for the project and was quite proud of how well it […]

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May 15 2014

When laying out a pattern, the grain of the fabric will have the stripes running up and down. While in an upscale boutique I spotted the stripes on the yoke running horizontal.  My first thought was, “That is wrong.”  My second thought was, “That is different, and I […]

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Jan 9 2014

Before embroidery sewing machines were available, I enjoyed adding simple applique’s to my children’s outfits using a few basic tools.  A scrap of fabric, machine embroidery thread, “Heat n Bond”, and a heart shaped cookie cutter were all that were needed for this simple heart.  I set the […]

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Jul 18 2011

Since “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words” I thought that I would share a few pictures while constructing a smocked Jon-Jon. The smocking design for the elephants are mine and will be available on the blog shortly. Anna and I wanted them to look like animal cracker […]

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