Category Archives: Sewing tips and tricks

Spring into accessories, sew a Bohemian tote.

With signs of spring, it’s time to look over our wardrobes. Consider bohemian style totes to add some flavor to your outfit combinations. Bohemian style is the ultimate in expressing yourself. Ethnic and folkloric prints, rustic textures, dangly fringes, sparkly trims and beads, all can be considered when creating a bohemian tote. An...
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Try out sewing with a one seam project

Does trying out a new skill such as sewing ever cross your mind, but then the “perfectionist” in you halts any attempt at trying? Hey, less than perfect results are ok! Some imperfection can be accepted as folk art, a current trend. If the discomfort of a learning curve makes you want...
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Ruffle lots? Sew using a ruffle accessory foot.

To add extra girlyness and romance to an outfit, ruffles often are the solution. That’s why a gathering foot is one of my “can’t live without” sewing machine feet.       Below is an old simple sewing machine I use exclusively for ruffling.   The tension and the stitch length are...
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A sleeveless tunic: Will make many!

Just taking a minute to tell you about a trend I’m buying into: sewing knits. After having found a classic basic pattern that I tweaked to my personal preferences, I went shopping online for knits. Wow, there sure are a lot of wonderful choices! When hunting for knits, I ran...
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Fine tuning a sewing pattern

There are certain fashion shapes that you may find you wear often. If you find a pattern that resembles that shape, it’s worth the time investment to adjust that pattern exactly to your preferences. A simple knit tunic can be such a piece.   This is a photo of a basic knit sleeveless tunic...
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