Monthly Archives: August 2014

You Asked For It – Piping

Oh. my, there aren’t too many things that confound beginners like piping. Done right, piping can take a project from bland to Wow! On the other hand, nothing screams “loving hands at home” quite like poorly sewn piping. The important … Continue reading

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More Zippers – Invisible zippers with no lining

Given a choice of what kind of zipper I put in a garment, I will always reach for an invisible one.  I like the way they disappear into the seam. Whether it’s in the back, on the side, or up … Continue reading

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You Asked For It – Skirt Plackets

There’s no one right way to make a skirt placket, but there are things we can look for when we decide if a method will work for us.  The first thing seamstresses look for when we check out a skirt … Continue reading

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Zippers – Part One

Centered, No Lining Zippers are a wonderful invention. Think about all of the buttonholes you have to make to replace an 18″ zipper.  My 1881 White treadle sewing machine has a zipper foot. Without a doubt your sewing machine has … Continue reading

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You Asked For It – Boning

  My youngest son was getting ready to go to kindergarten, and I knew when he entered first grade, I was going to attempt to return to work full time. To get me and the family accustomed to my going … Continue reading

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Seam Finishes – Hong Kong Seams (Bonus – How to Make Continuous Bias Strips)

  If you’re making a jacket or a coat for yourself or your little one, you don’t want to line it, but you want the inside to be as lovely as the outside, a Hong Kong seam finish may be … Continue reading

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You Asked For It – Cutting Out a Pattern

Learning to cut out your pattern is where it all begins. Good fabric is expensive, and it’s important to know how to cut it to minimize how much you use. But it’s also important to cut it so the very best … Continue reading

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