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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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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Fibers of Love – Beautiful Sharing of Stitching Skills

[caption id="attachment_2189" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Trish could hardly contain her enthusiasm as she shared about Fibers of Love...[/caption] Discovering what you were 'put on earth to do'  is a question many of us face as the days and years go by - especially as our families grow up and move away.  At my 5th Annual Creative Get-Away Retreat held April 22-26, 2015 at the Threads n' Beds Retreat Center in Danville,
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Interfacing…De-Mystified

  If you have ever experienced problems like those below...the 'culprit' is your lack of knowledge regarding INTERFACING! wobbly, stretched out garment edges and buttonholes collars that just refuse to press out properly bubbling of certain areas on garments –shapeless, stretched out necklines..garments that look ‘tired’ after just a few washings show-through seam allowances, interfacing edges, etc. hems that ripple, and aren’t properly ‘weighted’ inner body details that sag –
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Secrets to Non-Scratch Invisible Zippers

Love the look of invisible zippers, but not the 'itch' of the top against your skin?  Well - me too!  I purchased 2 pair of nice trousers at Chico's about 5 years ago and have LOVED them.   Magnifying glass in hand, and everything turned right side out, I found several techniques that I share in my Zipper Manifesto.  The complete Manifesto is just $10 - PDF immediate delivery and
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Share your Creative Sewing Skills….at Church!

I thought I had 'blogged' about this another year, but I can't find it - so I thought it would be good to share anyway - this time on my Blog, and on Facebook, Pinterest, etc.  I loved using my creative sewing skills many years ago to make some church banners.  I have no idea if they are still used, or are hanging in a closet -at the church,  but
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Pencil Bags for Operation Christmas Child

Talk about a 'green' project!  AND another wonderful way that our sewing machines and our skills can make something useful for those who have next to nothing out of something about to be pitched.  My friend, Loretta just posted this at the Operation Christmas Child - East Central Illinois Facebook Page. "One of our friends (Maggie Roberts) was in the right place at the right time to save hundreds (800
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Chico Shopping & Snooping Report – March 5, 2015

[caption id="attachment_2112" align="aligncenter" width="557"] YES! I bought each of these for $19.99!!![/caption] I not only 'Snooped', I BOUGHT!  Run to Chicos NOW gals - as there are DRASTIC markdowns on great things available!  I brought home these 3 sweaters - all in my favorite colors - for $19.99 each!  The moss green sweater is a 'jacket' - VERY long.  The multicolor one goes GREAT with some jeans in my wardrobe,
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Shirred T’Shirt Tunic

I love to be inspired by ready-to-wear.  This shirred top 'spoke' to me enough to purchase it down in Houston last fall.  It is commercial chain looper shirring up the center, through v neckline to the shoulder, and up the sides.  3 rows in each location, then seamed wrong sides together at center front and center back and side seams.  That's IT! Since one of my episodes for Series 900
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Men’s Shirt Components

[caption id="attachment_2083" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Men's shirt components from which to chose at a great men's store in San Francisco.[/caption] These wonderful men's shirt components display are from a great store in downtown San Francisco when my hubby and I were there during Bernina University in June 2013. I do so appreciate the detail and workmanship in men's shirts! The unique store was in an old bank and this display was
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History of Dorcas Societies – A Valentine for Sewing Women

In my quiet time this Valentine's morning, I read in The Greatest Faith Ever Known by Fulton Ousler the following - his interpretation and added treasures to our scripture found in Acts 9:32-43 "And in Joppa there was a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas."  The news of Peter's healing of Eneas came to Joppa just about the time that Tabitha breathed her last.  Her family
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