Category Archives: Tips and Tricks

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Kill Me Now! I Have to Change out the Thread Color on My Serger!

Ain’t that the truth? Serger threading is nothing less that absolutely, positively mind bending. You get bent outClick here to view the full post »

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Blast from the Past: Invisible Zipper Tutorial

I’ve decided that every now and then, it would be nice to have a blast from the past post – meaning a postClick here to view the full post »

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Enter Simplicity 1654 Fitting Muslin

First things first. I did rub-off a pattern for my Garnet Hill inspired dress. I then proceeded to cut out fabric, sewClick here to view the full post »

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How to: Sew & Attach a Patch Pocket

I know, I know. It’s been a seriously long space of time since I did a tutorial. I love tutorials and at oneClick here to view the full post »

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Focus on Fit: Pattern Review

This is something that I always do before I start out on a new pattern. Always. Pattern Review is such a great resourceClick here to view the full post »

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Focus on Fit: Suggestions for Pattern Size Picking

OK, so my last post went over the system that I use to pick pattern size. It’s the one that I prefer for myself (Click here to view the full post »

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Focus on Fit: Picking Your Pattern Size (updated)

Hey everyone! This post has been updated (updates in italics) with regards to the questions being asked! Also thanks soClick here to view the full post »

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Focus on Fit: Starting with a Basic Sewing Pattern

So what do I mean by “start with a basic sewing pattern/build a collection of basic patterns?” When I thinkClick here to view the full post »

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Plaid Jacket Chronicles: Prepping the Pattern Pieces

Mahahaha! And you thought I wasn’t going to finish this series just like everything else I’ve been doingClick here to view the full post »

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Understanding Lining Fabric + Resources

This is a follow-up post to this post and again, if you don’t have Easy Guide to Sewing Linings by Connie Long,Click here to view the full post »

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Sewing Library: Easy Guide to Sewing Linings

I get a lot of requests on how to create linings for various types of garments. Friends, I could write a book on thisClick here to view the full post »

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Plaid Jacket Chronicles: Planning the Plaid

Hip Hip Hooray! We are finally to the stage of making final decisions about planning the jacket. In this video, I’Click here to view the full post »

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Repost – On Fabric Stashes: a Cautionary Tale

I did this post back in May for Christine Haynes and for those of you who didn’t read it, I decided, why notClick here to view the full post »

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Plaid Jacket Chronicles: Match-ups

For today’s installment of the Plaid Jacket Chronicles, I thought I would go over something that I wish I couldClick here to view the full post »

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Plaid Jacket Chronicles: Picking a Pattern for Plaids

Sorry for my absence last week. Gosh, the week seriously got away from me and it was all I could do to keep above waterClick here to view the full post »

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Plaid Jacket Chronicles: Finding the Dominant Stripe

With plaid fabrics there comes the additional factor of whether or not your plaid has a dominant stripe and how that canClick here to view the full post »

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Plaid Jacket Chronicles: a Peek into my Plaid Stash!

Today, for fun, I thought I would share some of my plaid fabrics with you. There are so many plaids out there (much moreClick here to view the full post »

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Using Fusible Web

Today I thought I would tell you about some of the uses that I use fusible web for. Don’t know what fusible web isClick here to view the full post »

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Hype

I wanted to give a little blurb today about a notion that I used in my Craftsy class – fusible web. There are manyClick here to view the full post »

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On Pants/Trousers

After my Season Opener Pants post, I received several comments and lots of emails on pants. I posed a question on myClick here to view the full post »

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How to Trace Sewing Patterns

I distinctly recall my first purchase of a Burda World of Fashion magazine (which by the way, is now BurdaStyleClick here to view the full post »

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Containment

Sewing is messy. Am I right, or am I right? As such, I continually look for ways to contain projects these days. Here&#Click here to view the full post »

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Crafty Monogamy

Lauren, I totally stole your slogan here. The outpouring of “one project at a time” love really rocked myClick here to view the full post »

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Easy Peasy Sew-In Clothing Labels

I have a certain fascination with clothing labels and I’m not talking about the size labels either. When I getClick here to view the full post »