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.

You can purchase one here.

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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.


This is the lovely Deluxe Vintage Style Brass Seam Ripper shown in the photo's.

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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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