Why Sew? Here is Londa’s answer…

Even though sewing is increasing in popularity, many people get a blank look on their face when I tell them my business and what I teach.  Why sew?  Well - I have my answers that I share in this video.  Watch and see if you agree.  I welcome your sharing in the Comments below why YOU sew! https://youtu.be/Bd71fDNRaog

Back to School for Sewists: All About Proper Machine Threading and Thread

threading sewing machine
I couldn't believe what I was reading and learning about thread and threading a machine once I started selling sewing machines!!!! I wonder how I EVER sewed with any success at all before I learned all this 'good stuff' as a dealer from 1990-2003. Here are 2 more of my recent videos I've recorded to get this info out of my brain and into yours...(is that part of getting old
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Fly Front Zipper How-To Sewing Video

fly front zipper how-to
Fly Front Zipper How-To Video I've just taped a new video on my technique for sewing a Fly Front Zipper. Enjoy watching. https://youtu.be/neRwcc8yYxs For just $6, enjoy my written step-by-step directions for ALL zipper types as found in my Zipper Manifesto. You'll learn : a centered application where the zipper doesn't peak and there are NO diagonal drag lines lapped application that is 'slick as a whistle' how to make invisible
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Yoga Band Knit Skirt

Yoga Band Knit Skirt
This simple ‘flippy’ easy-to-fit skirt is a favorite of the girls here in fashion sewing classes at the studio. I’ve developed and refined these directions to enable success for even a beginning sewing student. This skirt is easy to make any length, and crosswise stretch in the yoga band top accommodates growth in my young students - and will also serve well during weight fluctuations for all ages. The Top
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Canvas Tote for Teaching Kids to Sew

Canvas Tote Bag
I've just finished testing/writing directions for this easy Canvas Tote.  It will be one of the first projects in my upcoming Sewing Camp.  I found the Canvas 'Outdoor Fabric' really quite easy to stitch.  It will also serve to get across the learning point that heavy fabrics need larger, SHARP needles for stitching...and to stitch SLOWLY through lots of layers! Find the complete directions for the Canvas Tote at this
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Memento Tops: Up-Cycle Sewing

Creating clothing YOU can wear from those in your family who have passed on...or even with 'finds' from your local thrift store equals FUN and CREATIVE Sewing!  Watch below for how I go about it and some of my favorite garments. For more of my HOW-TO's, I also have a pattern with even more designs... Up-Cycle Memento Tops.   Find the immediately-available PDF version HERE. https://youtu.be/9Y0be5ZCodY

Couching – My Favorite Embellishment for Sewing

Londa teaches couching
Absolutely!  My favorite embellishment in sewing is COUCHING.  Defined:  laying down a yarn or heavier thread and attaching with invisible zig zag over top.  I do this with invisible thread in the needle, regular thread in the bobbin.  Watch this clip from my recent episode on It's Sew Easy - a PBS sewing series. Here are links to the favorite invisible threads I use.  Clear for lighter couched yarns, Smoke
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Shortening a Dress with Back Vent – Hand Catch Hem Technique

Last week, I shortened a slim ponte knit dress for a friend by shortening it as needed. This video shows how I did this, demonstrating my favorite hand hemming stitch, the Tailor's Catch Hem. I also show how to properly fold/press/trim in the hem allowance area around the back vent that needed to be changed to a back slit. This was a pretty rushed job, and my grandson did the
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Dress Form Collage Door Hanging

dress form collage door hanging
A YEAH Day with the completion and hanging of my Dress Form Collage on my Studio door!  Here's a picture of my final project, but hop over to my NEW Blog to read the complete post HERE.  I even have gathered all of my 'leftovers' plus supplies in a product HERE if you want to try to grab it before anyone else... [caption id="attachment_6788" align="aligncenter" width="2093"] Dress Form Collage Door Hanging[/caption]
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Tilton Butterfly Tunic: Vogue 8691

It was a joy to stitch up this lovely rayon/lycra digital print fabric that I ordered from marcytilton.com using her Vogue 8691 pattern. I just cannot seem to sew without snapping pictures because the teacher in me is just created to share my sewing experiences, so here we go....   Below, you'll find pictures of the final front and back of my Butterfly Tunic. I felt the print needed some
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