Pressing Techniques & Equipment

Take a few minutes to watch my video tutorial on pressing techniques AND my personally-recommended equipment needed to do this all-important task that is part of every well-made sewing project.  Everything from expensive irons, to cleaning the sole-plate, and even FREE sewing equipment are included in this video. The most important How-To is:  Press, don't iron!  And, use Steam and the Clapper.  I even explain the beauty in the science
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CHRISTmas Gift Round-Up

One of my favorite ways to celebrate CHRISTmas is sewing gifts to give.  Though sometimes I think it would be easier to just go buy gifts, that just isn't as much fun, and certainly not as meaningful - at least to me.  While I stitch, I contemplate the real meaning of CHRISTmas - that God sent Jesus here to teach us how to live and love. SEW - now that
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Memory/Inspiration Throw Sewing Saga

Finally - the last CHRISTmas present I've sewn this year is finally DONE, but only after MANY necessary changes!  Even my hubby said that I was very persistent with this gift project. Sew...feeling others can learn from the failures I experienced, AND have answers as to how to avoid them in the future, I'm sharing this experience. The PLAN As a soft, cozy 'Memory Throw', my concept was to do
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Gift Sewing Continued…Sewing with a Sheer Knit Fabric

The Fabric It's always fun to come up with a sewn gift of love for my great niece in FL.  This sheer knit caught my eye because of the unicorns on it as I was in JoAnn's one day.  Affirming with my sister that her granddaughter likes unicorns, I purchased just 1/2 yard of this 60" fabric.  On another visit, I found a metallic activewear knit  (60" wide) in perfect
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Simple Machine Sewn Gifts for Kids to Make

My next few posts will be sharing my kid-tested directions for some great gifts.   At the outside, I think 3 hours will accomplish this project, with you guiding the child.  If you have any questions, just text or give me a call:  217-369-4687, and I'll be happy to answer. SEAT BELT PILLOW  Pillows seem to have 'feet' in the car, so strap them to the seat belt with these directions.
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Gift-Making Ideas for Kids to Sew

girl with sewn bird ornament
Since my focus in life these days is teaching kids to sew, and gift-making season is upon us, here is a collection of ideas for you to consider.  Any of these will accomplish BOTH goals:  making a gift and teaching kids to sew.  The BONUS? Planting the beauty of giving gifts they've made themselves in their hearts and minds! Hand-Sewn Gift Ideas SUPER SIMPLE FELT ORNAMENTS    My 6-8/9  yr
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Rolled Jersey Knit Trims

Trendy Detail:  Rolled Knit Trim  How To’s for trimming with knit strips was the subject of my column in Sew News April/May 2018.  When the editors accepted my proposal, I had no idea how much ADDITIONAL knowledge I would gain as I tested and tested and tested knit strips, grain, and rolling. Which Way DO Knit Strips Roll? I always assumed that cross-grain cut strips would be the best, as the most
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Pattern Sizing, Measure Checking & Folding So it FITS Back Into the Envelope

Love to sew CLOTHING?  I have some hints to help make your projects FIT. Take a few minutes to watch this series of 3 videos for the steps I take to begin with.  After years and years of sewing, I know that good fit is a combination of these steps AND tweaking fit AS you sew. Comment below with YOUR tricks, and if this helped you. https://youtu.be/Zt6j51rtONI https://youtu.be/X1D67LnwR38 https://youtu.be/X1D67LnwR38


Memory Doily Headboard

I love lace - especially crocheted lace - ones I remember on furniture in my childhood home.  When I started dreaming up my 'Memory' Guest Bedroom decor, I knew my collection of precious doilies would have to play a BIG part.  Of course, I let my finger do the research on Pinterest, and came up with many ideas.  You can see many of my inspiration pins at my "Linen Decor'
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Vintage Curtain Heading with Crochet-Edged Hankies

As I designed my vintage hanky curtains, I had the idea of highlighting the beautiful crochet-edged handkerchiefs as the 'headings' above the curtain rods. Since I did one panel, and then the other one later after it 'worked', I took photos and made notes as I worked. Hoping you might be inspired to do something like this, my directions for how I did this can be found below.   1.
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