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Recent Pattern Reviews


Sewing Tip 2/17/14 12:13 PM
fitting yourself
Although I have a regular digital camera, I've found that the most convenient (and fastest) way to check the fit by myself is to use the built-in camera on my iMac computer using Photo Booth. I click the button, quickly assume the desired pose and wait for the time delay. Although this does not give...more...
Sewing Tip 8/23/13 5:26 PM
threading needles
I sometimes use the magnifier on my sewing lamp when I need to thread a hand sewing needle, but it never occurred to me that it would be useful when threading one for the sewing machine. The trick here is to orient the needle (my machine needs the flat side to be at the back) and thread it using the...more...
Sewing Tip 2/1/13 10:08 PM
Cleaning lint from sergers
I have found that the easiest and most efficient way to clean the lint from my serger is to use a pipe cleaner. Because the pipe cleaner is long and flexible it can go into those difficult to reach spaces and the lint will adhere to it for removal. I was amazed to see how much it would pick up.more...
Sewing Tip 1/29/12 5:33 PM
elastic guide
I had problems threading wide elastic into casings using the time-honored large safety pin method. The safety pin held the center of the elastic with no problem, but the side edges curled up and got caught on the inside of the casing. I found that if I used two safety pins inserted at right angles a...more...
Book Review 1/21/12 12:41 PM
The Complete Photo Guide to Perfect Fitting
(This book was previously reviewed by Sharp, so I will try not to repeat information which was covered there) I purchased this book from Amazon after seeing a couple of Sarah Veblen's short videos. I am someone who needs to know the "why's and hows" before I feel comfortable attempting a task. This...more...
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I was originally a biologist and worked in a lab briefly before I had children. I've been sewing since I was a child making doll clothes and stuffed animals on my mother's treadle Singer. Over the yea...more

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