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Sunday, June 7, 2015

Sewing Seamstress - Are You Looking For Inspiration For Your Next Sewing Project?

Finding Inspiration For Creative Sewing And Unique Clothing

As much as any of us loves to create and sew our own designs, we may get stuck once in a while with grasping that certain idea in our minds. It is there, we know it is there, somewhere in our mind, but we just haven't gasped it. So we think we must keep our nose at the grindstone lest we may miss that inspirational idea! There is nothing to be concerned about because inspiration is everywhere and in every direction we would choose to look or see. There are no limits to creativity! Let the shapes, sizes, shades, colors, and textures around you shape and feed the thoughts and ideas of the designs in your mind.

Fashion and sewing ideas do not have to come from fashion and sewing alone. Fashion Designers get their ideas from events, movies, art, books, their environment, or politics. I once visited a historical museum and left with a page full of ideas that I wrote down as I was walking through the museum. Thoughts and ideas started coming to me because I was enjoying my environment and was relaxed without alot of effort to my thoughts and ideas.

-Imagination From Imagery

You may be looking at nature, fabric, food, or anything else that may inspires you.  Hold these images in your mind and choose one or more of these items that you think are beautiful in their own way and that you resonate with. They don't have to or may not be related to fashion at all. Keep these items in your mind as you go about your daily life. Eventually some of these image may come across your mind as possibilities for designs that you imagined. Imaginative imagery can be very powerful in any of your creative endeavors. If you would like to know more about how powerful imagination can be, you can find a great book about it here.

-Increased Awareness

Pick any object and observe for it a period of time, it doesn't matter how long a period of time, just enough time for you. It may only be 10 minutes of your time. As you look at an object of your choosing, think about how some part of the object could be incorporated into clothing. The color, shape, texture, or lines of the object contribute to your ideas about your clothing design.

-Observation

Take a measuring tape, pad or piece of paper, with pencil or pen and go outside. Make a circle with the measuring tape over any surface. Focus and stay quiet and observe everything in the circle for twenty minutes. After twenty minutes have passed, write down everything you saw or felt from looking into the circle. If twenty minutes is not enough time to get a feeling, or to be able to see anything in the circle,  spend more time looking into the circle.  The more you look, the more you will see in the circle. It will simply come to you since you are focused and relaxed. Do this as many times as you like on a regularly basis. This method will increase your creativity in your mind. You go from nothing in your mind to every idea in your mind this way.

Thoughts do become things when we are creating. We can find the best ideas from out of nowhere that will take us everywhere that our imagination will take us. Looking at fabric prints online without a chief aim will ignite ideas for ourselves. I have looked at wrapping paper for gifts and came up with very unique designs.   There are no limits to creating, the possibilities are endless because no one ever has the same idea about anything. Let your mind run free! A Sewing Seamstress always comes through with a unique sewing design of her own! You can find the perfect fabrics for your creative sewing projects here.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Sewing Seamstress: Preserve Your Vintage Sewing Patterns Longer By De-Acidifying Them

Sewing Seamstress: Preserve Your Vintage Sewing Patterns Longer By De-Acidifying Them



You can find many Vintage Sewing Patterns on eBay at great prices here! There are vintage sewing patterns from the 1920s all the way to the 1990s. Preserving your vintage patterns is half the battle of keeping vintage styles at your finger tips, the rest of the battle is finding more vintage sewing patterns to add to your collection of vintage sewing patterns. Vintage sewing patterns are a part of our history in style and fashion that should never be lost or forgotten!

Sewing Seamstress: How To Properly Store Your Vintage And Current Sewing Patterns

Vintage Sewing Patterns

Shop to your heart's content for all the wonderful vintage sewing patterns you would like on eBay! Take advantage of the availability of vintage sewing patterns on eBay at prices that cannot be beat! Create your own one of kind fashion and style combining vintage styles with present day styles to make your own statement in the fashion world! You can find 100s of Vintage sewing patterns here!


Thursday, April 2, 2015

Preserve Your Vintage Sewing Patterns Longer By De-Acidifying Them


How To De-Acidify Your Vintage Sewing Patterns

Vintage Sewing Patterns are novel for their nostalgia, their styles, and quality of clothing that can be created from them! Sewing Seamstress has posted previous articles about Vintage Sewing Patterns, however, this article will help you keep and store your Vintage Sewing Patterns for a much longer time by preserving them. Some sewing patterns have an acidic content in the paper; other sewing patterns were made without an acid content on them based on the type of paper and ink print on them.  Acidic sewing patterns tend to deteriorate much faster than non-acidic paper. They can be de-acidified so that you can properly store them to preserve your Vintage sewing patterns for many future uses. (http://sewingseamstress.blogspot.com/2015/03/how-to-properly-store-your-vintage-and.html)

To de-acidify your Vintage sewing patterns you will need an Acid Test PH Testing Pen that can be found here,  and Krylon Make It Acid Free Spray in a can found here.  You will take the Acid Test PH Pen and mark a straight line any where on the envelope of your Vintage sewing pattern. The line you have marked will dry in different colors. Below is what the different colors mean in regards to the acidity of your Vintage Sewing Pattern envelope.

A purple line means the Vintage Sewing Pattern is not acidic.

A green line means the Vintage Sewing pattern has some acid in it.

A yellow line means the Vintage Sewing Pattern is very acidic.

If you have a purple line on the envelope of your Vintage Sewing Pattern you will not need to use the Krylon Make It Acid Free Spray, however, if your marked line has dried to either the green or yellow line you will be required to spray your Vintage Pattern Envelope with the Krylon Make It Acid Free Spray.   The Krylon Make It Acid Free spray will neutralize the acidic Vintage pattern envelope. Please spray your Vintage sewing pattern in a well ventilated area so that you do not inhale fumes. The best bet is take your Vintage Sewing Pattern envelope outdoors or in a well ventilated area so the fumes can quickly leave the area. Let your Vintage Sewing Pattern envelopes dry, then properly store them in plastic ziplock bags, and file them in your filing cabinet.

If you have vintage newspapers or comic books you would like to preserve, you can perform this test on them also to preserve them. You simply follow the same instructions for them as you would for your Vintage Sewing Patterns. You will store the newspapers, newspaper clippings, and comic books the same way as you would your Vintage Sewing Patterns to preserve them. Paper does not last forever, so helping the paper in this way ensures you will have your favorite items around much longer. If you liked this article, and would like to read more articles like it, you can subscribe to this blog for more upcoming articles filled with information to help with your sew creative projects and needs. 



Tuesday, March 31, 2015

What Is The Difference Between Organic And Inorganic Fabrics?


How Is Organic Fabric And Inorganic Fabric Treated?

There are new kids on the block for fabric besides cotton. There is now hemp fabric and bamboo fabric! Hemp and and bamboo fabric are natural fibers that are treated without chemicals. They are grown without fertilizers and pesticides. Bamboo fabric and batting is an extremely quality fabric and batting. Bamboo batting is much more warmer on quilts than cotton by comparison.

Bamboo grows without chemicals or pesticides because it does not need them to grow with. Bamboo plants are the fastest growing plants in the world. Some cultures call bamboo, trees, if the plants are being used for wood.  Some bamboo species can grow 35 inches in 24 hours. Since bamboo grows so fast it is a more economical source for fabric, food, and wood. Bamboo is a strong fiber, so anything sewn or made from bamboo will have a longer life than most other fabrics of it's type. Bamboo is naturally anti-microbial, hypoallergenic, and mold resistant. The finished product of bamboo fabric does not need to be coated with formaldehyde like conventional fabrics do to preserve it for shipping, storage, and retailing on the shelf. You can find organic bamboo fabric here.

Hemp does not exhaust the soil and leaves it in excellent condition for succeeding crops. Hemp, because of its height, dense foliage and its high planting density as a crop, is a very effective and long used method of killing tough weeds in farming by minimizing the pool of weed seeds of the soil. So with hemp being an effective weed killer for other crops, hemp does not need pesticides or herbicides to grow it's own crop since it drowns out other weeds and vegetation around it. Hemp is an extremely durable, UV resistant, absorbent, fast-drying, and hypoallergenic fabric. Hemp is made into knits, silk, linen, and muslin fabrics. It is made into twine, rope, and yarn as well. You can find organic Hemp fabrics here.

Organic cotton is grown organically without fertilizers and pesticides. However, since inorganic cotton is not a food, inorganic cotton crops are saturated with insecticides and pesticides more so than what a field of wheat would be. Be sure to wash your cotton fabrics before you handle and sew them. 

Most conventional fabrics are treated with formaldehyde after they have been dyed and are ready to be retailed. This is so that the fabric does not mold or discolor while it is being shipped and stored. If you have ever walked into a fabric store and smelled something you could not identify, it could be the formaldehyde the fabrics are treated with. Most assume it is a new smell associated with new fabrics, however, it is a new smell of formaldehyde on the fabrics. As soon as you receive your fabrics on bolts or in cuts, store them in an area where you will not be exposed to the fumes of formaldehyde until you are ready to use the fabric/s. Formaldehyde is drying to your skin so either use gloves, or wash your hands after handling the fabric/s, then apply moisturizer to your hands.

If you have not tried, or considered organic fabrics, along with hemp and bamboo fabrics, you may want to try them. There is a difference in the way they feel and appear as you are shopping for your fabrics. Organic fabrics are healthier for you and for our environment. Please comment on your experiences with organic fabrics in the comment box of this blog. If you like this blog article, and would like to read more articles from this blog, please sign up for future articles pertaining to fabrics, sewing, and sewing techniques to keep yourself sharp in your sewing skills.






Saturday, March 28, 2015

How To Properly Store Your Vintage And Current Sewing Patterns



How To Ensure The Life Of Your Vintage And Modern Sewing Patterns
 

Vintage is back in sewing patterns! That includes sewing pattern companies reproducing some of their sewing patterns of the past now. The beauty about sewing pattern companies reproducing some of their vintage sewing patterns of the past is that the sewing patterns are multi sized for many sizes in one pattern. The original vintage sewing patterns have one size in each sewing pattern envelope. 

Although it is fascinating to buy the true vintage sewing patterns for their authenticity. The modern vintage sewing patterns with multi sizes in them, enables you to use them for the rest of your life. This is  provided you take care of your patterns, in properly storing them and protecting them in the right pattern sleeves designed for sewing patterns.

It is important to properly store your vintage and modern sewing patterns because you will want to keep each pattern together with it's pieces. It does no good to have a partial sewing pattern that is missing pieces in it. You will want to keep the cover envelope and the instructions for the sewing pattern together as well.

You will want to store all of your sewing patterns in a moisture free environment to avoid mold on your sewing patterns, especially for your vintage sewing patterns. A sewing pattern protector will be able to keep dirt and grime away from your sewing patterns as well. The best protector for your sewing patterns is a 6 X 9 zip lock bag to place your sewing pattern into. The zip lock bags are acid free and you want an acid free protector for your sewing patterns, especially your vintage sewing patterns. You can find yourself a fair supply of 6 X 9 zip lock bags here.

The best way to file you covered sewing pattern is upright into a metal or plastic file cabinet by filing them loosely in the order of your choosing. Sewing patterns are stored loosely to be able to breathe. Your sewing pattern file cabinet should be in a low light, cool, well ventilated area or room of your choosing. Avoid heated areas to store your patterns as heat will lighten the print on your pattern pieces and it's cover.

You can find vintage sewing patterns online in their original and authentic envelopes for very reasonable prices here.  Vintage sewing patterns are very popular for nostalgia and uniqueness in design. Some vintage sewing patterns are considered an antique, which rightly they are, for some are over 100 years old and still intact!  You can find vintage sewing patterns at estate sales, garage sales, and some online stores selling vintage sewing patterns. There is an income possibility for someone who has vintage sewing patterns or has access to them by retailing them online to those who are looking for them. Your gold may be in vintage sewing patterns!

You can use vintage sewing patterns with modern sewing patterns by combining them to create a unique design of your own.  You can change the collar of a modern sewing pattern for a collar of a vintage sewing pattern and have created a one of  kind garment all of your own. Styles come and go all the time.Trends change every year, however, I think we are entering an era where style means anything goes irregardless what the trend may be set at. Clothing may well be what someone decides is their own style and makes their statement about themselves without following trends. This is part of the beauty of vintage sewing patterns and retro clothing. You can create and express yourself with DIY clothing. There are many classy retro styles that can be combined into today's styles and trends.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

How To Make Your Own BiasTape



 Do It Yourself Bias Tape For Uniqueness And Originality

Bias tape is one of my favorite items in sewing. I use it for so many projects. Although I or you can buy it at the store or online, it is so easy to make yourself! Bias tape is a trim and a binding. Bias tape can be made in different widths with the 1/2" being the most popular.  Bias tape can be 1/4' wide, 1/2" wide, 3/4" wide,  or 1" wide. There is a single fold and a double fold bias tape. Double fold bias tape can folded in half to apply around edges. Single fold bias tape is used as a stay on a seam so that the seam does not give or stretch on knits after sewing. Double fold bias tape is used more than single fold most of the time.

Bias tape is predominantly made from cotton fabrics used for quilting, however, you can use your choice of fabric type for your bias tape as long as it is cut on the bias to give your fabric some stretch. Bias tape can made from silk or polyester as well. What I like about Do It Yourself Bias Tape is that is can e made from any print of fabric you like such as small florals, plaids, solids, geometric prints, and stripes for example. Whatever project you are sewing can be beautifully coordinated with the bias tape print or solid you have created yourself.

Bias tape is used on quilt bindings, bib edges, children's clothing to finish neck edges and sleeve edges,  adult clothing for sleeve and neck edges, tote edges, pot holders, straps on a garment, blanket edges, tablecloth edges and any else you can think of to use for finishing edges in style.  Bias tape is made from fabric cut on the bias grain of the fabric, or at a 45 degree angle, so that the bias tape has some give or a small amount of stretch to it so that is can be applied around a rounded neck edge or sleeve edges with ease. If bias tape is cut from the selvage or straight of grain side of the fabric there will not be any give or stretch to your bias tape for a neck edge, but can be used as a stay on stretch seam. The straight of grain bias tape is perfect for a stay on a seam.

You will need two things to make your bias tape, your fabric or a fat quarter used in quilting and a bias tape maker such as shown in the image at the beginning of this article. You will want to cut 2" strips from the bias of the fabric you have chosen for your bias tape. You can use scissors or a rotary cutter and ruler to cut your strips of fabric.  The 2" strips may be cut in portions that can be sewn together with a 1/4" seam allowance. This 2" strip of fabric will make a 1/2" double fold bias tape using a 1" tape maker.

You will want your bias tape portions sewn together to make a complete straight piece of tape, not a tape with an angle to it like an elbow seam or to look like a V shape, but a straight tape. If you see that your strip of fabric looks like a V, apply both sides of the strip of fabric together going opposite directions so that you end up with a straight piece of fabric strip. After you have completed the construction of your tape of fabric, you will want to insert it through the tape maker that folds both edges of the tape. As the folded edges of the fabric come through the tape make you will want to press the folded edges in place with your iron. You will continue in this way until the complete length of the fabric strip has folded edges all the way down.

Now that you have both edges of the strip of fabric folded you will want to fold the fabric strip in half  to make a double fold for your bias tape. You will want to fold the strip so that front side is slightly shorter than the back side of the fabric strip and then press in place with your iron. This is so that when you sew your bias tape on to your garment neck edge there are no gaps or holes from missed stitching on the other side. After you have completed making your bias tape you will want to wrap it around a piece of cardboard, or plastic strip to organize your bias tape and to keep it neatly in place until you use it for your sewing needs.

There is an income opportunity with making bias tape. Making bias tape from many fabrics and prints is very profitable by selling it online to those who need bias tape who are otherwise too busy to make their own bias tape. Many seamstresses would love to be able to purchase one of a kind original bias tape to save them time and effort in their own sewing, especially if they are professional seamstresses who sew for the public. The working woman who sews on weekends would love to be able purchase a one of a kind bias tape, as well as the weekend quilter. It saves these ladies time so that they can finish their projects on the weekends. Not only can you make your own bias tape to suit your needs, you can make it as a part time income to sell online. It is actually very relaxing and simple to make bias tape.

If you are a seamstress who would prefer to purchase your bias tape there are many choices you can choose from online or at a fabric store for bias tape. Bias tape can be purchased in bulk or in small cards. You can find ready to purchase bias tape here. There is also a bias binder presser foot you can purchase to snap onto you sewing machine, designed to sew bias tape easily to insure a perfect stitch line on your bias tape. You can purchase the bias binder foot here. You can find a complete kit with all sizes of the bias tape makers along with a bias foot binder here. Your bias making tools can be in one place with this bias tape kit. You can also give bias tape as gifts to your sewing friends.

Below is a video demonstrating how to DO It Yourself bias tape.


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Purchased Bias Tape - http://goo.gl/E4jyJX






Monday, March 23, 2015

Sewing Seamstress: Maxi Dresses - Easy Sew And Easy Wear For All Body Types

Maxi Dresses - Easy Sew And Easy Wear For All Body TypesSewing Seamstress: Maxi Dresses - Easy Sew And Easy Wear For All Body Types

Maxi Dresses - Easy Sew And Easy Wear For All Body Types

The Trendy Maxi Dresses Are Back!

The beautiful Maxi dresses are trending for this year in many wonderful styles that compliment any body type. The Maxi Dress can be dressed up or dressed down depending on the occasion the Maxi Dress is being worn for. Maxi Dresses are full length dresses, while some are tee length or mid-calf length. Maxi Dresses are made from knits, jersey, cotton, polyester, silk, or challis. Maxi Dresses are for day or evening and some of them can be worn from day into evening to be stylish all day long. Maxi Dresses are worn at many summer time parties and some are worn to walk along the beach. I have worn a maxi dress for shopping and errands, and a meet up with friends for lunch. A Maxi Dress can be enjoyed around the home as a relaxing lounge wear.

A Maxi Dress can be worn with heels and accessories to dress up the Maxi Dress. With the legs not showing,  the cleavage can be played up in a Maxi Dress with a layered necklace, matching earrings, and a coordinating purse with heels in good taste. The Maxi Dress comes in countless designs, or you can sew your own Maxi Dress in your own unique one of kind design to make a statement that is unique to you. That is the beauty of sewing. A Sewing Seamstress does not have huge labels on our clothing and we do not sew anything that looks like what someone else is wearing. A Sewing Seamstress can be totally herself and express herself in her one unique way with her Maxi Dress. If you aren't a Sewing Seamstress you can find ready to wear Maxi Dresses here in an assortment of styles.

A Maxi dress, worn for day wear, can be worn with low heeled shoes or flats with coordinating jewelry, a hat, and a tote. I like to sew a matching tote with my Maxi Dresses. While I am produce shopping,  I have something to carry my produce in at the Farmer's Market that coordinates with my Maxi Dress. I  wear my hat for sun protection with my Maxi Dress. A Sewing Seamstress can sew her hat to coordinate with her Maxi Dresses just like her tote.  I have some matching light short sleeved jackets I can wear over my Maxi Dress as well for sun protection on my shoulders. There are so many things that can be sewn to wear and use with your Maxi Dress. I like the Bo-Ho type of Maxi Dress for my day wear, while I like an elegant Maxi Dress for a more formal appearance.  Below is an image of a Maxi Dress with accessories to give you idea for your own Maxi Dress of the way you will want your own Maxi Dress to be. There are no limits to your own design of a Maxi Dress! Be creative and imaginative in expressing your style!



The type of fabric you choose for your Maxi Dress depends on how you want your maxi Dress to fall on your curves. A Maxi Dress can leave alot to the imagination depending on the type of fabric you choose to sew your Maxi Dress in. Challis and silk drape easily over body curves as well as lightweight knits and cool summer time jerseys. You can find some beautiful jersey fabrics here. Silk and challis may cost a little more, but are well worth it for the difference it makes for your Maxi Dress. Anyone looks good in a Maxi Dress, don't let anyone tell you otherwise!  

Some Maxi Dresses are made with zippers or buttons, and some are made to simply pull over your head for easy wear. It is up to you for what you will want for your Maxi Dress. There many sewing patterns to choose from for Maxi Dresses. You can choose one or as many as you would like, or make your own maxi dress sewing pattern. You can find Maxi Dress sewing patterns here. What will you be sewing for your Maxi Dress?

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Is Used Clothing A Trend, Fad, Or Going Green?


Why Are Used Clothes So Popular?

As a Sewing Seamstress I am always keeping up with fads, trends, and styles to see what is kicking with the public eye and what appeals to the public. As I was Cyber Traveling I was seeing quite a bit about used clothing, or as some term it, "recycled clothing." I tend to question everything that goes on around me, so I began to look at used clothing wondering why used clothing was so popular.  I was thinking that some may like Vintage clothing for costumes, or some used clothing could be used for heavy duty chores without ruining otherwise good clothing. I was close, but I found that there are many good reasons for the popularity of used clothing.

Used clothing is not something that was recently started. eBay has been a very popular site for selling Vintage and quality used clothing past and present. There are many thrift stores who sell used clothing and they are always busy I saw this past holiday season. In my Cyber travels I see that some websites are specifically selling used or Vintage clothing and have a thriving business with used clothing.

As I was have been viewing everything in regards to used clothing, I had to share my discoveries about it with everyone. I could see opportunity for anyone who would be interested in the used clothing business as a full time or part time income online. It has a low start up expense by going through someone's own closet and starting there. Someone can let friends and family know they would like to have their clothing they no longer use to add to their inventory, or visit garage sales for pennies to add to their inventory. Other places to check for used clothing would be estate sales, storage companies renting storage units who would love to find new homes for abandoned clothing, divorce sales, or community thrift shops themselves.

Once you have your starting inventory of used clothing you will want to go through the clothing checking for imperfections, stains, or any need or repairs. Next you will want to wash your used clothing. No one can catch a disease from used clothing, but it is a good idea to make sure your used clothing inventory is clean and pressed and perfectly presentable and appealing to the public for whatever reason someone has for purchasing used clothing. It only makes sense to do this. After washing your used clothing you may need to do some repairs to the clothing such as replace buttons, replace zippers, sew up an open seam, or stitch a hem back in place. This is a plus in the success of selling your used clothing. Retailing used clothing is just like retailing new clothing as a business and should be viewed as such. You will want your inventory very appealing to the crowd you intend to attract. Here is a very good link to read for cleaning and disinfecting used clothing for your inventory. http://www.howtocleanstuff.net/how-to-disinfect-laundry-without-bleach/

Used clothing is also viewed as Re-Commerce. Second hand clothing gets a new life and a second chance! Some websites are curated to carefully select and show clothing that are of a certain aesthetic and quality of clothing to make it convenient for the shopper. eBay helped reduce the stigma of buying used clothing, but many online websites have humanized the buying and selling process of used clothing. I'm certain there will be many more online websites specializing in certain styles and designs of used clothing.  

Here are the reasons I found for the popularity of used clothing below:

-Used clothing is cheaper.

-Purchasing used clothing saves the environment by going green with recycling used clothing.

-Younger generations like Vintage clothing to wear that is different than everyone else.

-Using Vintage clothing for costumes to parties.

-For the person who is not a Trend Follower and wants to make their own statement in style.

-Make cut clothes from old clothes to have a one of a kind design of clothing.

-Being a kid at heart buying used clothing.

-Buying Vintage without a company name or logo plastered on the garment.

-Buying used clothing to sew craft projects with or to make quilts.

-Buying used clothing to Go Green to save the environment from clothing deteriorating in a dump yard.

There are many possibilities with used or Vintage clothing. Used or Vintage clothing may be the way for you if you are looking for a way to make money or add income to yourself if you love clothes! eBay has paved the way for used clothing for many years and could possibly help you to start  on to your way for online sales of used clothing by opening an eBay store for used clothing. Vintage clothing would be most appealing to me since I am a child at heart and would love to play dress up in Vintage clothing such as a Flapper Dress.  
 
















Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Sewing Seamstress: How Do I make My Own Piping For My Sewing Projects And Garments?

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How Do I make My Own Piping For My Sewing Projects And Garments?






Making Your Own Piping From Your Choice Of Fabrics

Piping can be store bought in small packages or by the yard in the trim or notions department at fabric stores. Although purchasing piping can be more convenient, it can also cost as much as your fabric per yard to buy. It depends on which is more important to you at the time. When I sew my projects I like my own originality and one of kind designs so I like to make my own piping cord.

Cording is used on garments, pillows, upholstery, yokes on western shirts, sleeve cuffs, and many other projects that someone can imagine for embellishment on a project or garment. Piping can be a contrast color, a light color, a contrast print, or the same color and print of a project or garment. Piping can be made from a different type of fabric other than the fabric of the project or garment being used.

Piping is made by cutting a strip of fabric from the bias of the fabric in a 1 1/2" width. The cording is placed in between the wrong sides of the bias strip of fabric, the fabric is folded over, and then the fabric is sewn next to the cording with a special foot called a piping foot. The finished piping will look like what the image is above in this article. The self made piping is then placed inbetween  the  right sides of the project or garment and sewn into the seam of the project or garment. Here is a video to illustrate how piping is made and how it is sewn into a project or garment.


Piping is very simple to create and make for your own garments and projects. It takes a little extra time and effort, but it is worth it for your finished project for your originality and unique touch to your projects and garments. Below is an image of piping used around a pocket that is a contrast to the fabric used for the garment.


Piping is very cute in doll clothes and in the hems of pants too. Piping can be added to anything where you would like an accent or to add more flair to your project or garment. You can find cording to make your self made piping here along with a piping foot for your sewing machine if you will need one. What will you be making your piping for?

Monday, March 16, 2015

How Do You Make Perfect Pleats And Ruffles?

                                        Using A Ruffler Foot For Perfect Pleats And Gathers

There are many sewing projects that require pleats and gathers in them. Some of these projects include dresses, curtains, aprons, skirts, doll clothes, costumes, smocking, and baby clothes just to name a few. The old fashioned way was to sew a long stitch into the garment piece and then pull the back string of the stitch by hand until the desired length of the gathers were achieved to complete the assembly of the garment. It is nice to know how do it by hand in the event someone does not have a ruffler foot, however, with the ruffler foot it not only saves time and effort, it makes the most perfect and beautiful pleats and gathers for a more tailored garment. The pleats and gathers are evenly spaced without any guess work or measuring as you go along. Every Sewing Seamstress will want a ruffler foot in her sewing room as a tool of her trade!

Learning how to use a ruffler foot is easy and finding a ruffler foot for your sewing machine is easy. There are some ruffer foots made specifically for the make and model of your sewing machine, and then there are ruffler foots that can be universally used on any make and model of a sewing machine. A ruffler foot may look complicated but it is easy to learn to use. Once you have mastered the ruffler foot you will not trade it for any other way to make pleats and gathers in your sewing projects. Here is a video that shows you how to install and use a ruffler foot.


Once you have the hang of using a ruffler foot, you can fly through your sewing projects that require pleats and gathers! One of the projects I like to use a ruffler foot for is "smocking." Smocking can be done by hand or it can be done by machine by using the ruffler foot first to make your pleats, then top stitch with decorative stitches on top of the pressed pleats. Here is video that demonstrates how to "smock" using the sewing machine.


"Smocking" is used for baby dresses, children's heirloom clothing, and doll clothes. Some doll clothes using "smocking" are used for 'Vintage" doll clothes that will become heirloom doll clothes. So as you are "smocking" by machine you can consider that your finish project may become an heirloom to the purchaser or recipient of your project. "Smocking" can used on adult clothing for sleeves and peasant tops that is most beautiful when it is completed. Smocking is a type of embroidery that is used to gather fabric so that it can stretch. Smocking was used before there was elastic. You can find out more about smocking and it's history in this link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smocking.

I've used the ruffler foot for pleats for curtains that turned out perfect and I got many compliments on my curtains. Anyone can pleat with confidence when they use the ruffler foot when ruffles and gathers are required. I use the ruffler foot for doll clothes, skirts, formals, dresses, aprons, or anything else that requires ruffles or pleats. It saves me alot of time and my pleats and gathers turn out exacting as I need them to be. You can find a ruffler foot for your sewing machine here. What will you be sewing with your ruffler foot?


Link for a Ruffler Foot: http://goo.gl/2MkR37


Thursday, March 5, 2015

A Cutting Table For Your Sewing Room


How A Cutting Table Helps A Seamstress

The way a seamstress cuts her patterns for her garments is very important. One half of the job of completing a garment is in the cutting out of the garment from the chosen fabric the garment is be made from. The sizing and measurements of the pattern should be exact before the garment is sewn. A sewing seamstress is careful to measure the bust, waist, hips, waist length, and sleeve length of the person wearing the garment before she begins to cut out the pattern from the fabric. It takes some extra time to make sure the measurements are exact but it is well worth it for the finished garment after it has been sewn, and it reduces time in alterations after the garment is sewn as well.

A sewing seamstress may not always be cutting out garments, she may be cutting out pieces for quilting or cutting fabrics for crafts. There will need to be a level surface for her to lay her fabrics, trims, pins, scissors, measuring tapes and gauges out in front of her so she coordinate her fabric prints and colors. A seamstress will spend a lengthy time in cutting and coordinating her fabrics for whatever task she has at hand. If a seamstress is spending this lengthy period of time in undue bending at the waist while she is working she will feel some discomfort in her back. This is where a sewing room cutting table is very helpful for a sewing seamstress. It is a flat level table of which she can lay out her fabrics and sewing tools all in front of herself. The sewing room cutting table will save strain on her back since she will not have to maintain a constant bend at her waist while she is cutting her fabrics.

A comfortable height of a sewing room cutting table is 36 inches. The surface of a sewing room cutting table should be laminated and smooth so that fabric lays flat and even and will not get caught any where on the cutting table to cause a snag in the fabric. A sewing room cutting table is very important in cutting out fabric for garments in order to keep the grain of the fabric even. When the fabric is laid out correctly and evenly, then cutting out the pattern for the garment will turn out as it should.

A sewing room cutting table is not just for sewing it can used for hobbies, art, or crafts. It makes many projects more enjoyable! If you have visited your fabric store, you have seen how comfortable and convenient a cutting table is for the clerks who measure and cut the fabric for you at the fabric store. It is the same convenience and ease for a seamstress at home. A sewing room cutting table is a tool of the sewing room for a sewing seamstress. There are different kinds of sewing room cutting tables. There is a fold up cutting table to help save space for easy storage in the sewing room, and there is a sewing room cutting table with drawers and cabinets underneath the table to help store more of a sewing seamstress tools and notions for her sewing projects. They are very handy to a sewing seamstress. You can find a sewing room cutting table here.

A sewing room cutting table is more efficient when there is  a table cutting mat on the surface of the cutting table. The cutting mat helps protect the surface of the cutting table and has a grid on the mat to help a seamstress measure her fabrics and cut her fabrics evenly. A grid on a cutting mat  is very handy for quilters! It helps keep cutting lines clean and evenly measured for accuracy of the finished project at hand.  A seamstress has everything she needs just a like a fabric store when she has a sewing room cutting table and a cutting mat! You can find a cutting mat here.

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

That 70s Look! Sewing Retro Tube Fashions And Garments Using A Serger

We live in wonderful time where we can wear whatever era and type of fashion we would like to! We can even mix different types of fashions and make a one of a kind fashion statement of our own. That is the beauty of sewing, we can make anything we want to the way we want it. My observations are that past eras such as the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s clothing fashions are making a comeback with a different flare that is more suitable to the present time.

One of the fashions I still love today are "Tube Fashions." Tube Fashions are straight skirts, tube tops, straight jumpsuits, or straight dresses without a flared skirt.  They are simple, fast, and easy to sew and to wear! Most of these garments do not require fasteners such as zippers, buttons, or snaps. Some straight skirts on the other hand may require a zipper and button fastener depending on how it is made.

I like the Retro Tube Fashion Jumpsuits! They are made from cotton types, challis, jersey, silk types, polyester types, or linen types.  I wore them alot in the 70s as a teen. They are so comfortable and can be sewn with any print of fabric of your choice. I liked going to parties wearing a long Tube Jumpsuit. It can look like a long dress, but is actually a pant legged jumpsuit. The Tube Jumpsuit can be worn with a tied sash or a belt around the waist. I am presently sewing myself a long and short Tube Jumpsuit for the summer season. My notions are thread, fabric, and elastic for the waist and that's it! I am sewing Simplicity Pattern 1355 which you can purchase here. This pattern comes in multiple sizes so you can fit your jumpsuit any way you want to.  I used stretch cotton and light weight jersey for the jumpsuits for the summer season.

They are sewing up fast since I have an industrial sewing machine and a serger. The serger cuts and sews the seams at the same time which gives the inside of my garments a store bought appearance with it's finished seams. Finished seams are seams that have been cut and sewn with a stitch to keep the raw edges of the seam from raveling.

 Sergers are much easier to come by than they used to be, and are reasonable in price than they were thirty years ago. Sergers are a common household piece of sewing equipment for the home seamstress during this time. Not only do they finish raw seams as they are sewn, but if you are sewing stretch knits, it will sew the stretch knit with a stretch stitch. Sergers sew at an accelerated speed than a conventional sewing machine enabling you to complete your garments in a matter of 1 to 4 hours depending on what type of garment you are sewing. The serger is excellent for stretch knits with it's stretch stitch and so convenient to use without much of an adjustment to use the stretch stitch. A serger enables you to sew a rolled hem for your garments which is a plus in saving you time in your sewing. You can find a quality serger here.

For my Tube Jumpsuits I finished the raw edge of my interfacings with the serger and all of my seams are finished seams from using the serger.  A serger is the perfect machine to use with my Tube Jumpsuits! When I wash my Tube Jumpsuits the seams will not fray, ravel, or become ragged since they are finished seams. French seams also prevent seams from raveling as well, but require more in sewing time if someone would like to use a french seam. French seams are a neat and very professional finish to sewing seams of any garment. A French Seam is most commonly used with formals and wedding dresses.

If a serger is not available, then a simple zig-zag stitch to finish the raw edge of the seams can be used too.  I used a zig-zag stitch for my seams many years before I had a serger. It is true no one will see the inside of our garments, but knowing our garment was made with perfection both on the inside and the outside is a feeling of great satisfaction as well as quality to our garments. How will you be sewing the seams on your jumpsuit/s?

Monday, February 9, 2015

The Wonder Of Clover Wonder Clips - Clip And Sew Where You Need It!

There are times when sewing that anyone will feel like they need more than two hands to maneuver and hold their fabric or sewing project as it is being sewn through the machine. I have certainly felt that way a number of times! I am happy that there are wonder clips when straight needles will not suffice!  Wonder Clips are curved on the top and flat on the bottom for easy feeding by the presser foot. That is one of the reasons they are called "Wonder Clips." Straight pins can offset the timing of your sewing machine if the sewing machine needle hits the straight pin holding the fabric in place. If you do not know how to set the timing on your sewing machine, then you would have to pay a visit to your local sewing machine dealer to reset the timing on your machine which does incur a cost for setting the timing on your sewing machine.


Wonder Clips are a great alternative to pins, especially when working with heavy weight fabrics, piles, and vinyls. The clips can hold layered sections of sewing projects such as handle connectors to handbags and piping without distortion. Wonder Clips can also hold quilt binding while sewing. These clips have a wide opening for holding multiple layers of fabric. They won't damage or distort the fabric.

The clip base is flat for easy feeding to presser foot with 1/4" and 1/2" seam allowance markings on the base. I like to use Wonder Clips for holding pleats on skirts, curtains, and the sleeves on men's shirts. Wonder Clips have a firm grip on the fabric and they are excellent when used on quilting projects. Wonder clips do not damage or distort the fabric. They should be a necessary tool of anyone's sewing room. I use Wonder Clips frequently when I sew formal dresses so that the formal stays perfect without any flaws on it from sewing the formal.

Wonder clips come in different sizes and  quantities in a package. It depends on your sewing project on what size of wonder clip you will need. A heavier fabric or multiple layers of fabric will need a larger wonder clip while a less thicker fabric will require a smaller wonder clip. The smaller wonder clips are handy in holding small bows in place while you are hand sewing them in place or gluing them into place. I use them for holding trim such as lace in place while I sew. They are good for holding craft projects in place after gluing until the glue is dried. You can find some Clover Wonder Clips here for your sewing needs. They are for everything from sewing to arts to crafts!

Clover Wonder Clips Source - http://tinyurl.com/ojp6xcw

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Easy Sew And Wear Knit Garments - Simple Knits For A Simple Lifestyle!







Sewing Your Knit Clothing:

I like to wear garments that are easy to wear and easy to take care of.  In a busy lifestyle I want clothing that I can slip on without a zipper to zip or buttons to button. Since I have traveled in my work, it is a plus not to have to worry with a broken zipper or lost button to replace in my travels. When I have traveled with knit clothing, I rolled my garments and placed them in my suitcase so that they did not wrinkle. I had ample room in my suitcase to pack everything I needed with knit clothing. I simply unrolled them and hung them on the hanger in my room. Knit clothing is easy to take from the washer to the dryer to the hanger without any wrinkles. Knits are soft and comfortable against the skin and fashionable. Tops, blouses, dresses, t-shirts, children's clothing, hoodies, slacks, sleepwear, light jackets and more are made from knits.

There are different types of knits to use for garments. You can find knit fabrics here.  My favorite knit fabric is jersey knit. It has give and stretch to it of the right amount. It is a common knit to sew and wear. I enjoy many tops, blouses, dresses, and slacks made from jersey knit. I use the stretch stitch on my sewing machine with jersey knit so that my garment gives with me as I move. The stretch knit is a very small looking zig-zag stitch on your machine. You can check your sewing machine manual to see which stitch is the stretch stitch on your sewing machine. You can use the stretch stitch with sewing a stretch knit by slightly stretching the knit as you are sewing the seam through the machine. If you have a serger, you can also slightly stretch the knit as you are sewing the seam through the serger.  You will want  stretch in the arm hole seam, the side seams, the sleeve seams if there are sleeves in the garment, and in the garment hem. Your garment will give as you put it on with a seam that stretches. If your seams do not stretch and give then the seams will break as you are stretching the garment to put it on.

 You will not want any stretch in your shoulder seams so you will  place a one half inch seam tape on the stitching line of the shoulder seam so that there is no stretch in the shoulder seam. This stabilizes your shoulder seam. A shoulder seam with stretch would cause the garment to droop over the shoulders. There isn't any bulk in the shoulder seam by sewing it with seam tape in the stitching.

You will use a sewing machine needle specifically for stretch knits.  The package for the needle will state stretch needle or jersey needle on the package. A jersey needle is for light weight loosely woven knits.  You can find a jersey needle here.  A stretch needle is used for more closely woven knits such as jersey knits or stable knits. You can find a stretch needle here.  I change my sewing machine needle for every 8 hours of sewing I do on my machine so that my needle is always sharp and a good needle never effects the timing of my sewing machine. A sharp needle while you  sew on your sewing machine will help prevent any snagging on my garment as well.

You will want to use a sewing pattern specifically for sewing knits. The sewing pattern will state what types of fabric to use for the garment you may be admiring to sew. If the sewing pattern states fabrics such as a woven  cotton, challis, or some other stable cotton type of fabric then that is not the sewing pattern to use for your desired knit garment. Your knit sewing pattern will state stable knits, jersey knits, polyester knits, etc.

Knits come in varied solid colors and prints. Some knits have luxurious colors and print patterns to them. Knits are in various weights such as light weight, medium weight, or heavy weight knits depending on the season you may be sewing your garment for. Polyester thread is a good choice for sewing a jersey knit garment with. Some knits require interfacing with them, so you will want to choose an interfacing that is designed specifically for knits. The interfacing for knits will feel like a light weight stretchy type of interfacing much like the knit you are sewing. Interfacing for knits is called Tricot. You can find Tricot interfacing here. You will want to use interfacing that match the colors of your knit fabric, such as a dark color knit will require a black Tricot interfacing and a light color knit will require a white or ecru color Tricot interfacing.

If you are a beginner of sewing knits, you can begin with a simple knit project to sew and gradually move on to other more detailed knit projects until you are familiar with sewing knits. There are many easy knit sewing patterns to choose from that make very fashionable tops and garments with. Children's t-shirts are easy beginner project for sewing knits. Once you have the hang of sewing knits for children's t-shirts you can sew many of them in day! You can find knit sewing patterns here.

Monday, February 2, 2015

How Do I Love Thread? Let Me Count The Ways!


I keep all kinds of sewing thread on hand. I live in a rural area so I cannot drive down the street to purchase some thread when I run out, so I keep sewing thread in abundance at my home. I like to have the various kinds of sewing thread and all the colors I can imagine on hand. I almost have my own thread and fabric store in my home with what I have on hand at all times. I have different kinds of thread for the various fabrics I have. I have a preference for certain kinds of sewing thread for certain sewing projects. I use spool sewing thread for my sewing machine, and I use cone sewing thread for my serger.

Cotton thread is a strong thread. It will not break easily on a garment or a sewing project. Most quilters use cotton thread on their quilts for the strength and durability of their finished quilted project. Cotton thread when held up in the light will have fuzz on the thread. If you are in doubt of what type of thread you have, you can hold the thread up to the light to see the fuzz to verify it is cotton. There is an exception to this rule, some cotton thread is coated or glazed. It will be thick and wirey when it is a coated cotton thread. Coated or glazed thread will also gum up your sewing machine. I do not use it. This type of cotton thread is for hand sewing on quilts than for machine sewing. I use cotton thread when I sew denim, welding hats, cotton fabrics for decoration purposes, or cotton sewing projects as examples. If I want my sewing project to last long I use one hundred percent cotton. The fuzz on the cotton thread will produce lint in my sewing machine bed case, but I clean it out with a brush or small vacuum attachment specifically for my sewing machines. Cotton thread will shrink like cotton fabric and will fade like cotton fabric, that is why I like to match cotton fabric with cotton thread.

Polyester thread is another strong thread. It does not have fuzz on the thread strand when held up in the light. Polyester thread is made from polymer resins. It either looks like cotton or has a high sheen like silk. Polyester thread does not fade or shrink like 100% cotton does. Polyester thread is suitable for any type of sewing project. It is also becoming one of the most popular embroidery threads for embroidery machines. I use polyester for sewing polyester fabrics, stretch knits, and stretch fabrics that require neat and uniform top stitching that will last a long time.

Rayon thread is one of the popular embroidery threads for embroidery machines. I have use both polyester and rayon threads in my embroidery machines. Rayon has a smooth finish to it's embroidery design, but unfortunately does not last as long as polyester embroidery thread.  Rayon needs to be maintained with care in washing your garment or project. It usually best to hang dry sewn projects with rayon so that it will last longer.

Nylon thread is a synthetically produced thread. It looks and feels plastic to the touch. It does have it's use in sewing projects, however, over time it will yellow and become brittle from repeated washing and drying. Washing and drying nylon thread dries nylon thread out. Nylon thread is used for invisible stitches on a garment or project.

Metallic or plastic thread isn't actually thread.   It is made from thermoplastic with an aluminum coating which is then cut into thin strips with a laser and wound. It must be completely unwound to be used and must be sewn with a metallic needle. I seldom if ever use metallic or plastic thread in my sewing projects.

Silk threads are used in many kinds of embroidery. A good example will be the Victorian crazy quilts. Silk threads absorb dye extremely well and it sews smoothly without breaking. It has the strength of polyester and stability of cotton. It also has a distinct sheen due to which it is costlier than the other varieties. Silk thread is wonderful to use, however, it is more costly. When choosing silk thread for my sewing projects I sew formals and bridal gowns with silk thread to suit the occasion of the formal dresses I sew.

Wool thread is an animal fiber which has a soft look when stitched, and does not reflect a lot of light. It has a soft texture. It is used for a ‘homespun’ effect. I have used wool thread for wool shirts or skirts.

It is essential to know and understand your threads for your sewing projects so they match the durability of the fabric and the thread. My customers love me for my clothing and hats because they last so long. My garments and projects last so long because I carefully plan each sewing project with the appropriate thread and fabrics for their garment/s.

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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Why Do I Like Vintage Fabrics And Vintage Sewing Patterns?





 I not only like Vintage Look Fabrics and Vintage Sewing Patterns, I love them! There is nostalgia to anything Vintage. I also love Vintage cars and trucks. It is not necessarily that anything Vintage is more simpler, because it certainly is not always the case, but it is the class and character of anything Vintage that I like. I collect antiques that I fill my home with, and so it goes with Vintage Fabrics and clothing I sew from Vintage fabrics. I like to step out of the present into something past to make a statement of my own style that is in the present. It is like reinventing the past, adding a dose of present, and creating a new style all of it's own. Such is the beauty of creating and being an artist of the needle!

I have been busy sewing Vintage wedding dresses from Vintage Look Fabrics and Vintage Sewing Patterns. I like to take from one pattern and add that pattern to another pattern to make an original style that I like. Any bride would like to have an original bridal gown. Designing in this way saves me time in sewing  instead of making my patterns from scratch all the time. I love the 1930s and 1940s era of clothing along with hair styles that leaves a lot to the imagination and hints of romance that flirts with the mind.

I used to shop a website that was dedicated to Vintage sewing patterns. The website is no longer available because it sold it's inventory of vintage sewing patterns. Vintage sewing patterns are not easily found, but when they are found online, in garage sales, estate sales, and antique shops it is smart to buy them. I have purchased vintage sewing patterns for adult clothes, children's clothes, and doll clothes. I still keep a look out for vintage sewing patterns on many online sources such as Amazon, eBay, and small business online websites.

Vintage look fabrics can be found on many online stores and websites. Many fabric manufacturers and textiles have been re-creating vintage fabrics due to demand for them. I like to combined vintage fabrics with modern fabrics to have a complete original design. This combination of vintage fabric combined with modern fabric makes a one of kind garment for women, children's, and doll's clothing. Some of the vintage fabric is used for costumes for plays and theatrical entertainment to make the costume more genuine for the part of the play or theatrical part. Halloween costumes are made from vintage fabrics if the garment was made for the Roaring Twenties or the Renaissance period. A log cabin home can be decorated in vintage look fabrics for the curtains, table tops, bathroom decor, and accent pieces of the cabin home. Home Decorators use Vintage fabrics for decorating homes when vintage decoration is requested. I love to sew Aprons made from vintage fabrics! You can sew tote bags, throw pillows, and quilts from Vintage fabrics too.  There are many reasons for having vintage fabrics besides the nostalgia and memories they may have for someone's childhood or of their Grandmother.

Vintage look fabrics and vintage sewing patterns have been so much in demand that I have seen pattern companies such as Simplicity, McCalls, and Butterick bringing back patterns from the 1920s
and forward. Their replicas of these vintage fabrics and vintage sewing patterns do not cost as much as the true original vintage fabrics and sewing patterns. I especially enjoy the vintage sewing fabrics and vintage sewing patterns for doll clothing. There are many doll collectors looking for original doll clothing for their dolls in their coll collection. Doll collectors have restored their vintage dolls and would like a more vintage garment for their doll to wear for display. Vintage doll clothing is a sought after talent for a doll collector from a Sewing Seamstress.   

Vintage fabrics and vintage sewing patterns can take a person any where in their mind of creativity. Anything vintage can be reinvented to create something authentic and original. There are as many possible ways of creating with vintage fabrics and vintage sewing patterns as there are stars in the sky! What will you be creating with a Vintage Flare?

Source for Vintage Look Fabrics - http://tinyurl.com/o9hjfld
Source for Vintage Sewing Patterns - http://tinyurl.com/obe4rcq





Wednesday, January 28, 2015

DIY Button Designs For Crafts Or Clothing



I love buttons because there are so many things that can be done with buttons! Buttons are made from wood, acrylic, glass, shells, copper, bronze, or mother of pearl. Buttons hold alot of history through the centuries, and at one time anyone who wore buttons on their garments were considered wealthy. Buttons date as far back as ancient Rome and became more prominent among the wealthy in the Middle Ages. Buttons in the Middle Ages were used to accentuate garments more so than they were to for useful and practical purposes. As time moved forward, buttons gained a more purposeful use to garments. By the 19th Century, buttons were massed produced by factories so that everyone had buttons for their garments.

Today, buttons are abundant every where. Buttons are in almost every country, town, province, and in most stores. The best thing about buttons now is that they can be bought online as well as any store. Buttons come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Buttons are used as embellishments to garments, doll clothes, children's clothes, jewelry, and craft projects.

I like to embroider or applique on fabric and then embellish my embroidery or applique design with a lovely button to compliment the colors of my embroidery or applique design. I have sewed sweatshirts that I sewed buttons onto the front of the sweatshirt to compliment the designs of the appliques on my sweatshirt. I enjoyed looking at Pinterest the other day at all the wonderful ideas of how to use buttons for bookmarks, wall decorations, jewelry, wind chimes, home decorations, greeting cards, clothing and a whole lot more in ideas. I saw all these great ideas here.

I keep a good supply of buttons on hand all the time so that I create whatever I would like to in clothing and craft projects. I enjoy looking at their colors and shapes, and how unique each button is. I collect buttons as much as I collect fabrics! When an idea strikes me I want my supply of buttons and fabrics handy so I can start right away on my project. I don't think any two buttons are made the same from my observations. There are shank buttons, two hole or four hole buttons, and some buttons that do not have holes or shanks specifically for scrap booking projects.

In my online Cyber travels I saw that anyone can make their own buttons with a button maker. I prefer to buy my buttons so I can get on with my projects, however, a serious button lover would probably like to make their own buttons with a button maker machine. I can see that with a button maker someone can make buttons with their own original design and colors of buttons for their projects and clothing or maybe to sell their buttons too. I prefer the convenient way of purchasing my buttons, but it is nice to know I could make my own buttons if I wanted to. It's nice to have choices in anything.You can find some great deals on buttons here.

Button Source: http://tinyurl.com/ogwbq8y

Saturday, January 17, 2015

A Sewing Seamstress With Sew Many Fabrics








As a professional seamstress I am constantly looking at fabrics and seeking to learn new shortcuts in my work. I enjoy watching videos on YouTube for learning new sewing techniques and ideas. Sewing is a skill that can always be broadened by constantly learning innovative ideas on how to improve sewing techniques.  I enjoy Sewing With Nancy the best for her sewing techniques and she uses Baby Lock sewing machines like I have, so that her illustrations make perfect sense to me.

I  like the sewing tools, fabrics, and supplies that Nancy offers with her videos on her website, but I have found I can have the same quality for less cost through other avenues shopping online. I save significantly by shopping other sources online and in shopping in fabric stores some times in my area as well. The holidays are over,  but a Sewing Seamstress is not over with her plans and designs! There are lots of bargains to be had with winter clearance sales that are going on both online and in fabric stores. This is the time to stock up on notions, remnants, buttons, bolts of fabrics, and more at the beginning of the year with clearance sales online and at fabric stores.

I have an interest in quilting and I have found great deals online for quilting fabrics, batting, thread, and tools. I have seen pre-cut 4" to 7" quilt blocks of fabrics in assorted prints and solids in packages of 50 to 100 blocks. I have also seen pre-cut batting squares in 4" to 7" blocks to match the fabric blocks in size and proportion. This saves a lot of time in cutting and preparation for my quilting projects since someone else has done this portion of the work for me. I finish more projects for myself by purchasing my fabric and batting blocks in this way.

My favorite place to shop online for my sewing needs is eBay. eBay is not an online garage sale. It has many stores selling brand new items, at some times, whole sale prices.  A Sewing Seamstress can find everything she needs on eBay at a fraction of the cost! eBay has some wonderful Fabric Stores of which you can get one on one help from the seller, free shipping, and bargain prices. I have my favorite fabric stores I use for my sewing needs since I know they have excellent customer service with quality fabrics and notions. My favorite eBay fabric stores are listed at the end of this article. You can shop around on eBay and find more eBay stores as your own sources for your sewing needs. eBay fabric stores have fabrics in solids, prints, abstracts, batiks, floral, skulls, contemporary, nature, novelty, children's prints, and more!

eBay sellers provide more than fabrics. There are sellers for sewing patterns, thread, machine embroidery threads, scissors, needles, machine needles, yarn, interfacing, sewing machines, and more! Sewing is not only a skill and craft, it is an art in itself. Our clothing that we sew for ourselves and others is an expression of ourselves through our creativity. We want to find the best quality and most original fabrics we can for our creative projects and still have money in our pocket. I hope this article has helped you in finding your sewing needs. If you know of other sources for quality fabrics please comment on this article. Happy Sewing!



-Morning Dove Nest Fabrics: http://tinyurl.com/nzzwtgu
-PMS Crafts: http://tinyurl.com/kwjqaha
-Wrappedin-Fabric: http://tinyurl.com/qgsfgej
-Sew Creative: http://tinyurl.com/phpemzd
-Sew Knit-n-Kit: http://tinyurl.com/p9vn842