October 20, 2016

Not many kids will fit perfectly into the average age/size range. Compare your child’s measurements with the chart on your pattern and choose the best fit size.

  • For tops, dresses and coats choose the size that is closest to your child’s chest measurement.

  • For b...

October 12, 2016

Once I have purchased fabric I go home and give it a wash. It is a ritual for me and a headache for the husband as I put most washed fabric into the dryer on a delicate cycle. Very rarely do I put made clothes into the dryer, I only have one for drying/preshrinking fab...

July 1, 2016

Tailor Hams, what are they?


A tightly stuffed shape used when pressing curved areas of clothing, such as darts, sleeves, cuffs, collars, or waistlines. 

I purchased a basic ham (looks like ham shape) great for shaping and pressing at the same time, super stuff tight, pe...

June 14, 2016

Vilene, what is it and why should I use it?

Vilene Interfacing is a non-woven fabric which is used as an extra layer in a garment to provide shape and support. A non-woven fabric means it is not woven or knitted, but instead created with a web of fibres, similar to felt...

June 27, 2014

okay…so… i am sara, a mother of 3 girls, wife, sister, friend and small business owner. i was one of three children to parents who let you create be it with dirt ( wee gardener), food or crafts. long list of craft skills: knitting, crocheting, early patchwork, sewing,...

June 15, 2014

fabric nap, no its not having a sleep, it is the way the fabric has been made, the direction is was knitted or woven. some fabrics have a definite nap like velvet which brush one way its smooth and brushed the other way its like bed hair! some not obvious at all. until...

June 7, 2014

start with a machine that can sew straight stitch, do a bit of zigzag, set up to do buttonholes, has the ability to do a running stitch ( like a wavy line in straight stitch) and has the capacity to use a twin needle (it will have a second thread spool). straight will...

June 7, 2014

we know we have to keep an eye on the oil in out car to maintain it. same goes with your sewing machine, check out that manual and find out what you need to do for yours to keep it ticking over. start a routine of doing the maintenance at the start or finish of your se...

June 7, 2014

needles, sharp or ballpoint that is the question. sharps are for woven fabric. for my Bernina I use 70 for silky slippery thin fabrics and 80 for medium weight and a 90 for heavy duty overalls (patching the old boys zippers every week) or jeans when hemming. I know the...

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