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Sewing Tip 8/16/11 11:59 AM
Tired of re-measuring scraps
I got so tired of looking at my fabric stash and wondering if I had enough fabric for a project, so one day, I decided that I would stop the insanity and organize a bit. All I did was write the measurements on scrap paper and attach it using 2" straight pins. On my silk/delicate pieces, I hold t...more...
Sewing Tip 6/15/11 2:58 PM
Use old can-cans for mermaid tail dress
I am performing onstage in an early 1900s (My Fair Lady-esque) outfit, and it's supposed to have a mermaid-type tail. For the life of me, I couldn't figure out how to get that much bulk using only tulle. It collapses and squishes so flat that even at $1.09 per yard, I was struggling with purchasing ...more...
Sewing Tip 5/25/11 12:55 PM
Clear tape for holding down trim
Use clear tape for holding down trim or other small parts, especially when working with teensy pieces like button loops. For example, I made button LOOPS (not holes) for a sleeved underdress (Simplicity 2573). Deciding not to face or line the sleeves, I simply turned over a 1/4" hem (using 1/8" and...more...
Sewing Tip 5/25/11 12:44 PM
Cleaning thread fuzz from a sewing machine
If you sew lots of different fabrics, you may end up with high- or low-pile fuzzy fabrics that leave nasty fluffy buildup inside the workings of your sewing machine. Leave this stuff long enough, and it'll choke your baby (aka your sewing machine)! If you do end up with a clump of fluff, just grab...more...
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