Sewing Question? Ask Londa!

I've been sewing for...oh my gosh...47 years!  And, 40 of that in a professional role.  I LOVE to sew!  That being said...I have lots of knowledge to share. Whatever your sewing question...I'll gladly answer - or at least give it my best try!!!  Just COMMENT below, and I'll answer just as soon as possible! _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ 4-18-13  Brook writes... I am making a sort of tight sheath dress in a stretch
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Name Help for new Up-Cycle T’ Knit Top Pattern

I'm deep into 'tender up-cycling' of family garments into tops I can wear. This shirt was one of my mom's favorites. See my 'Memento T' on a purchased raspberry T-Shirt.  I've convinced myself that my design and sewing/embellishment techniques can add to this genre of sewing...so I've decided to make it all into a new Talking Pattern.™   While there are many variables to this type of sewing, complete directions
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Seamstress Work in Acts of the Apostles

[caption id="attachment_2285" align="aligncenter" width="322"] Early 'Sewing Bee' - Priscilla, Aquilla and Paul making tents.[/caption] I absolutely LOVE to read historical fiction - especially Biblical Historical Fiction.  In my quiet time in the mornings, I'm reading through 'The Greatest Faith Ever Known' by Fulton Oursler (1953).  This reading is particularly perfect as I'm watching the series A.D. The Bible Continues on Sunday  nights - NBC. While I have some reservations about
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Logantex Knit Fabrics – My Favorites!

I'm often asked , "WHERE do you get the fabrics for your knit tops?"  My answer:  here and there and everywhere, but two of my absolute FAVORITE fabrics are from Logantex Fabrics.  Watch for them in your stores (yes, I even found some at Walmart one time!), encourage your quilt shops to add just these 2 knits and 'see' if they sell - as I bet they will!  Find them
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Teaching Kids to sew is SEW Rewarding!

Teaching Kids to Sew – Londa’s Techniques & Projects

  [caption id="attachment_2263" align="alignleft" width="150"] Alexa had a great time - see this precious picture she made me![/caption] [caption id="attachment_2260" align="alignleft" width="150"] Christy (and her wonderful Mom) crafted this memento I'll ALWAYS treasure![/caption]   In preparation for an upcoming move/downsizing in the next year, I'm 'cleaning out'.  My heart ached, some tears flowed,  and TEACHING KIDS 2 SEW AGAIN got put on my 'Bucket List'  when I came across precious
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Travel SAFE – ID ON your person!

A friend that travels internationally a lot shared with me her travel wallet back in January - citing that men have their wallets ON them - which makes for EZ identification in case of disaster or medical need.  However, us women lug around a purse.  Think of the AMTRAK disaster of last night - have you heard of all the purses flying around?  On top of all the stress, many
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Slip-Stitch the ‘Sidewalk’ Way….

https://youtu.be/Lo5TPf151cE This stitch is used SEW often!  As I watched  an online class this weekend in my 'down time' after a busy Mother's Day (while hubby was doing the doses!), I thought - "I should share my 'sidewalk method'.... SEW here it is for you! View it - try it - teach it! AND .... of course - SHARE it!


The Lost Art of Dress – Sharing Session 1

I learn so many great things when meeting other 'sewing women' as I travel and teach!!!  One of those blessings was a gal sharing with me in Maitland, Florida in March about a wonderful book she had read all about dressing in America...  The Lost Art of Dress:  The Women Who Once Made America Stylish by Linda Przybyszewski.  I found I couldn't just read it - I reminisced, understood, nodded
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Tension De-Mystified

Regarding Tension - THAT is something you do NOT want when sewing - if you ask me, we sew to REDUCE TENSION.   I always laughed when gals would come into my storefront years ago with their machine - nests of thread on the back side, and insisting that the "bobbin tension was all messed up" - even if it had just been in for service.  UNDOUBTEDLY, I could show
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T-Shirt Re-Birth – Khaki Tie Label T

[caption id="attachment_2208" align="aligncenter" width="208"] A 'jeep promo' T of my late brothers, turned inside out, and added to with lace knit and tie labels.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2209" align="aligncenter" width="189"] Neck Close-up. Base of lace knit, narrow strips of men's ties attached at lap over closure on a V neckline.[/caption] OH OH OH am I having FUN with the concept of 'Re-Birthing' T's - or 'Up-Cycle' or 'Re-Cycle' ...whatever you wanna call
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Joys and Tears in the Apron Strings

Yvonne Cory traveled all the way from Easton, MN to join in on the fun at my recent 5th Annual Creative Get-Away Retreat at the Threads n' Beds Retreat Center in Danville, Illinois.  It was a delight to have her share with us on Friday at lunch about her mission - Aprons! She says 'Every apron has a history' - and that became SO true as she shared just a
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