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Member since, 7/6/03

Sewing Tip 5/3/13 6:29 AM
Serger tension fix
I was working with a serger and realized no matter how I fiddled with the tension dials, it still didn't stitch correctly. I wrapped the thread a second time around the loops on the thread stand, which made it better. Looking closely at the first thread guides, I saw what appeared to be foam rubb... more...
Sewing Tip 9/4/09 9:10 AM
help for re-beading dresses
I've worked in bridal shops and one thing I picked up was that a piece of soft, napped material on the workbench will hold the beads, make them easier to see, and it's easier to pick out with a needle the exact bead you need.. My colleague went one better. Ann-Marie took a plastic lid and glued ve... more...
Sewing Tip 7/13/09 5:31 PM
matching jean thread for hems
I've done alterations for some time, but few places I've worked had a wide range of of colors in heavy jeans threads. I found a way to cheat a little. I wind a bobbin with a double thickness of thread, winding from two spools at once. When stitched, it looks like heavy-duty thread. I have even u... more...
Sewing Tip 3/14/07 10:26 PM
removable crotch piece for tape measure
I lost my favorite tape measure, and didn't realize until the afternoon I was to measure five people for costumes. It was the only one I owned with the stiff plastic on the end for measuring inseams. I needed one now and wasn't going to the store. I hammered the female half of a snap onto the t... more...
Notion Review 10/21/05 8:21 PM
Other - magnifier/light on adjustable arm.
What is this notion used for? I'm getting old, it helps me see. Did you get your money's worth after the purchase? Absolutely! Is this notion easily available? I puchased it at Staples. Would you recommend it to others? If time is taking it's toll, this might help. The fixture holds a 75-watt bulb, ... more...

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I've done alterations for various clothing and department stores in Portland, Maine for the last 30years, and have recently begun working out of my home as well. I make costumes for community theater... more

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