S – T – R – E – T – C – H — How to Sew with Knits

Versatility – Comfort – Stretchability – Scary – – All of these words describe today’s knits. There is a large variety of these fabrics on the market today. Knits are used in everything from lingere and swimwear to slacks, tops and dresses and everything in between. We all love to wear knits. But sewing with knits – that’s where the word “scary” comes in. If you’re like me sewing with knits has always been a real challenge. I’ve always been one who just sewed and embroidered on the “easier’ fabrics, putting off until another day those hard-to-do things. (I venture Read More


Put Down the Staple Guns and Duct Tape, Gentlemen, It’s Time to Sew

Having been raised in an era when boys played sports and girls played house, I know there are far too many men who do not know how to sew. Even the simplest button replacement sends them to their wife, mother or closest alterations shop. Sewing is more than about buttons, though, and men will find they can save money and time, if they learn some basic sewing skills. Gender molds have been broken somewhat for future generations. Record numbers of girls and women are playing sports and we are seeing more boys and men learning to sew. Gone are the Read More


Understanding Your Sewing Machine Warranty

In the world of small appliances, the sewing machine stands apart in that it is still manufactured to last. Unlike many modern electronics that cost under $500, it is still economically feasible to repair a sewing machine that is no longer in working order. For this reason, it is very important that you read and understand the warranty that comes with your sewing machine. I am not an attorney and this is not legal advice. Most of what I have written here is just common sense, but in this world of throw-away electronics, it is worth taking a look at Read More


810 Stitches? Why? SEW Much Fun!

Most of today’s sewing machines come with a variety of stitches — from 1 straight stitch to 800 or more! It’s kind of like “chocolate and vanilla” – everyone likes something different. I want to entice you to spread your wings and consider enjoying your hobby a lot more, if you have not already done so. You may not realize what time savers some of the stitches can be or just how easy and enjoyable they are when working on a project. UTILITY STITCHES There are many “utility” stitches built into most machines. These are the stitches that you will Read More


Q: Who Needs A Serger? A: Everyone Who Sews!

I cannot imagine sewing without my serger! If you don’t own one you are missing out on one of the most wonderful machines available to sewers today. A serger, such as the Bother 1034D, does not replace your sewing machine, but it is a fantastic addition and one you will use with almost everything you sew. It will make every project look clean, neat and professional. In addition, many of the so-called, routine garment making procedures, can be eliminated. A serger can trim and finish the edge of your seams all at once. No longer will you have to fold Read More


Product Review: Singer 4411 Heavy Duty Sewing Machine by Betsy Muse

For a portable heavy duty sewing machine, the Singer 4411 packs a punch. At 1100 stitches per minute, this little powerhouse sews up to 60% faster than comparable machines. The heavy duty metal frame provides stability for this lightweight machine while the powerful motor sews through the toughest heavyweight materials. Don’t let its power intimidate you. This machine is easy to use. It was rated as best for beginners by Good Housekeeping. If you are purchasing for a beginner, you may find these tips useful. While it is great for beginners, many experienced seamstresses have chosen the Singer 4411 for Read More


How To Pick the Best Sewing Machine for a Child by Betsy Muse

Teaching a child to sew can be extremely rewarding, especially when you see how proud they are after finishing their first project. Children as young as six are capable of using a sewing machine with close guidance and supervision. At some point, when their budding hobby takes off, they will be asking for a sewing machine of their own. When that time comes, will you know how to pick the best sewing machine for your child? If you are in the market for a sewing machine to satisfy the budding seamstress or haute couture fashion designer in your family, there Read More


This Month’s Book Review: Alabama Studio Sewing + Design: A Guide to Hand-Sewing an Alabama Chanin Wardrobe by Betsy Muse

My library of sewing, embroidery, and crafting books is overflowing the shelves. At this point it takes a special book offering unique patterns and tips to gain a place in my library. The newest embellished wardrobe pattern book by Natalie Chanin is one of those special books that is a joy to add to my collection. Every year I select a small project to make for friends and family for holiday gifts. The embroidery and beading techniques taught in Alabama Studio Sewing + Design: A Guide to Hand-Sewing an Alabama Chanin Wardrobe will help me make this year’s gifts that Read More


How to Turn Your Love of Sewing Into $$$$$ by Linda Weaver

What could possibly be more fun than to turn your favorite hobby into a profitable business? Many of us can’t imagine making money doing what we love the most. I am living proof that it can happen! Follow me as I take you through a variety of exciting steps to point you in that direction. HOW IT ALL STARTED Many days after school I came home to a really pretty dress or a petticoat my Mother had sewn for me. She would lay it out across my bed for me to see when I walked into my bedroom. I also Read More


Best Sewing Machine Features by Linda Weaver

I’ve been sewing for all but 7 years of my life! (A long, long time.) Sewing is just part of who I am. If you are reading this Blog, you probably have the sewing bug, too. My first machine was given to me by a Mr. Clause, on a Christmas morning, when I was eight years old. It is (I still have it) a hand-cranked toy Singer sewing machine, about the size of a small toaster oven. I started my sewing career making doll clothes. My seams were all on the outside of the garments, but I thought they were Read More


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