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Massachusetts USA
Member since, 2/16/08

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Pattern Review 2/5/10 8:57 AM
Burda - 7616 PANTS
BrianSews reviews Burda 7616 Pattern Description: A semi-fitted slacks pattern. View A is a basic pant with welt pockets and in-seam front pockets, View B adds cargo pockets and side zippers at the leg openings. I worked with View B Pattern Sizing: The sizing on these goes from a US 36 to 44 bu...more...
Pattern Review 1/17/10 7:21 PM
McCall's - M5676 Parlor Pets
I included a slideshow and video for this review but the main points are made in text so you can get the gist of the review however works better for you. Pattern Description: Stuffed Dog Pattern Sizing: One size Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing...more...
photo Sewing Tip 10/4/09 5:17 PM
Replace your mechanical pedal with an electonic one!
So I had a flash of inspiration last week. I love vintage sewing machines, what I don't love is the way the foot pedals work. They're mechanical and usually use carbon or wire wrapped resistors that don't provide consistent power through the travel of the pedal. Excess power that doesn't go to th...more...
Pattern Review 10/4/09 2:22 PM
Burda - 8135 Jacket
Pattern Description: This pattern contains both a lined blazer style and unlined zippered front men's jacket. I didn't take a lot of close up photos of these projects because it was my first time sewing both view A and B so the details area little rough. When I sew view B with faux fur then I'll ...more...
Book Review 7/18/09 5:27 PM
Shirtmaking Techniques
David Coffin's DVD on shirt construction is a companion to his book on the same subject that I've also reviewed. I think it's safe to say that Coffin is known in the sewing community as an expert in this field. If you're interested in sewing shirts then I highly suggest you expose yourself to ev...more...
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Besides one dress shirt back in 2003 I really started sewing clothing in the summer of 2008. I was irritated that I could not find a good swimsuit that fit properly and cost less then $50. I realize...more

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