Friday, June 19, 2015

Sewing Lessons By Email were delivered today!

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Sewing Lessons By Email - The Twin Needle Part 2

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Sewing Lessons By Email - The Twin Needle

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Ribbon Rose Buds


Fast and Easy Ribbon Rosebuds, we think these are just lovely.

Found on http://buff.ly/1HfpyLT


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Sewing Lessons By Email - Perfect Darts

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Sewing Lessons By Email - The Wing Needle

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Ruffler Attachment Making Pleats © laboursoflove.com


This is the Ruffler Attachment pleating the edge of fabric.  The attachment also ruffles and you can adjust fullness.  There is only one book on how to use this foot and it includes 15 video links just like this one.

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The Ruffler is awesome, but it requires instructions.


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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Ruffler Attachment - Pleating Ribbon In The Center - ©laboursoflove.com


This is the Ruffler Attachment pleating ribbon and it's awesome!  The attachment also ruffles and you can adjust fullness.  There is only one book on how to use this foot and it includes 15 video links just like this one.

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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Sewing Lessons By Email - Master French Seams

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Kimomo Baby Shoes Tutorial



We think these are adorable and fun to make.

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From Homespun-Threads

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Pico Edge On A Knit


The Pico Edge is a lovely finish on knits and it's easy to do.



Fold the fabric under as directed to make the neck edge or hemline.
Select a knit stitch as shown above.

Do a little "test" strip to make sure you like the look.

When you stitch the needle will go off the fabric on the right
creating the little "bump" that forms the pico edge.



Trim away the excess hem from the back close to the stitching.
Knits don't fray so this little edge is completely finished.

We are using the Gingher Pocket Scissors to get nice and close.


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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Sewing Lessons By Email - How To's Bias Tape

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Adding 5/8" or 1/4" To Patterns © laboursoflove.com


A simple little trick to add 5/8" or 1/4" to your pattern pieces.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Laminate Your Own Fabric © laboursoflove.com


Laminating your own fabric is fast and easy.
You can choose the fabric you like and laminate it 
piece by piece to avoid any waist.

It doesn't bubble and it's nice and soft.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Wire Edge Ribbon Pansies


These are Wire Edge Ribbon Pansies

Real French Ombre Ribbon is prefered but hard to find.
You can get a 1" wide wire edge ribbon from Offray.


Cut two pieces of 1" wide Ribbon 4" long
Cut one piece of 1" wide Ribbon 12" long


Pin as shown.  Be mindful of the shading on the ribbon.
The centre section on the 12" piece of ribbon measures 4"


Do a running stitch along the ribbons as shown.


Gather the ribbons up and this is what you will have.

To get the yellow centre simply tie a loose know in
a piece of yellow ribbon as shown and stick it through the hole.

The ribbons are placed and stitched to a piece of crinoline. 
Since crinoline is hard to find any firm fabric will do.

To use them to embellish a garment, stitch the edges down here and there, then fluff them up after washing the garment on gentle (inside out).

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Mitered Corner With The Hot Hemmer © laboursoflove.com



The "Press & Sew" Mitered Corner with the Hot Hemmer

Measure and press:  straight hems, round corners and mitered corners.  The ruler is thin, accutate and most importantly heat resistant.  Use a dry or steam iron direcly on the ruler with no problem.  The unique, non-slip surface hold fabric in place for precise results.

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

The Best Bias Tape Method Ever


When you purchase bias tape, in the darker colours you
might notice press lines like these.

Nothing will make your project look more "homemade" than
these over pressed seams.

You would think the bias tape factory would know that pressing from
the right side will leave a horrible shine.

This is why you need to learn to make your own bias tape.  And you will be pleased with how personalized your projects will be with your
custom choices of fabric.

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Sunday, March 8, 2015

How to Use A Seam Ripper



You can use a seam ripper as a pick and pull out stitches one by one.
If you're brave you may have run the seam ripper
right up the seam, with mixed results.


If you use the seam ripper correctly, running it up a seam is not scary.
All you do is flip the little red ball down to the underside as shown.

This technique protects the fabric from getting slit and you can see the point from the top side so it doesn't get caught as you rip.


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Friday, March 6, 2015

Sewing Lessons By Email - The Invisible Zipper Foot

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Vintage Monograms



Print these out for a lovely personal touch to any of your creations.

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

How to Hem Any Knit - Fold, Sew, Trim

Everyone wears knits, and they are never the right length.  You can easily hem them so they look finished just the way they were in the store.  This could be the bottom of a t-shirt, the bottom of yoga pants or even a slip.  It doesn't matter what the knit garment is that needs hemming, this is how you do it.  So let's pretend this pink fabric is the bottom of a pair of yoga pants. (You can click on the pictures to enlarge them.)

Thursday, February 26, 2015

"Fit" Really Is Everything

Imagine one of the happiest days of your life - your wedding.  After the ceremony, outside the church, with all your family and friends - camera's flashing capturing the moment as you release doves to celebrate you're love.

We hardly know what to say except "fit really is everything!" Any kind of an alteration would have been better than this.  Oh dear.


This would be on Facebook and Twitter circulating around the world
before you were in the car on the way to the reception.

Le Petit "Miss Dior" Flower Dress


This kind of loveliness, is breath taking.
See the construction of the "Miss Dior" Flower Dress here.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Monday, February 23, 2015

Vintage Embroidery "Peek A Boo!"


A lovely combination of Embroidey and Applique.


With a cute little surprise.  See the garter?
Images from Esty

Friday, February 20, 2015

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Sewing Room Update




Locataion, location, location. I for one, will sew anywhere.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Sewing Lessons By Email - The Hemmer

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Match Thread, Needles and Stitch Length Vintage Style


This is "sew" good to know!
The perfect size to print out, and pin up.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Sewing Basket Cake

This cake won first prize at the NC State Fair for cake decorating.
I plan to do one just like it in my spare time in about 10 years.

Vintage Le Bon Marché Paris

This is a vintage ad from the Le Bon Marché
Department store in Paris in 1937

Le Bon Marché, "the good buy", or "the good deal" in French, is the name of one of the most famous department stores in Paris, France.  It was founded as a small shop in the early 19th century.  By about 1865 it had become the world’s first true department store.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Sewing Is Fun!


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Monday, February 9, 2015

Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts


This is a page out of a volume of The Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences Book, Published in Scranton, PA, with a copyright of 1936. I have eight volumes and just love them.  They are on all sorts of sewing and were used as text books. This particular page is from the volume on Children's and Maternity Garments. I don't know about you, but my maternity body didn't look anything like these girls.

I don't know how many volumes are in the whole set but the ones I do have are:  Ribbon and Fabric Trimmings, Cutting and Fitting, Principles of Tailoring, Sewing For Profit, Dressmaking - Trimming - Finishing, Children's and Maternity Garments, Harmony in Dress, Tailored Garments and Decorative Stitches and Trimmings.


If you wanted to track them down I would think a search in google with the key words of  "Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts & Sciences" would be a good place to start.

This is a sample page is from the volume on
Ribbon and Fabric Trimmings.

The China Teacup Pincushion

I got a few really lovely china tea cups when my mother-in-law passed away. This was my favourite. I didn't want it to just sit in the cupboard so I made it into a fancy pincushion that I could see and enjoy almost everyday while I was sewing. I don't really use it, but I have it on my shelf and think it's very cute. I hope it's not some sort of a rare antique because I did glue gun the cup to the saucer and there is a little dab of glue here and there. I filled the cup with polyester fiber fill and tucked a piece of heavy silk over top of it and glued it in place about 1/4" below the inside rim of the cup. I finished off the edge with a pretty pre pleated ribbon. On the saucer I tacked a piece of antique lace, that sort of looks like a lace napkin. I love it even if the cup turns out to be worth a fortune I love it just the way it is!