Easy Way To Transfer Embroidery Design Pattern

Items needed: Design you wish to embroider by hand. I googled images to select one and printed it out in the size I desired) Fabric of choice (I tend to use fine muslin, or linen fabrics) Embroidery hoop of selected size. Window with good light coming through or light box Tape Fabric marking pen. I […]

Make Easy Grip Sewing Washer Weights

Sewing weights are wonderful tools for arranging and holding your patterns on fabric.  They allow making adjustments easy, since pins are not used to secure the pattern to the fabric. There are just two down sides to washer weights; they can get lost in the folds of fabric, and they are not fingernail friendly. So I created […]

Mark With Ink And Remove With Heat

I was introduced to this pen at a Quilt Show.  Marking fabric is always something I am interested in, so I had to own a few of these pens     Pilot FriXion Ball Erasable Gel Pens, Fine Point are what I am talking about.  They come in a variety of colors (check out Amazon). Not […]

Seam Rippers, YES there are different kinds and they get dull!

Robert Kaufman Fabric   Seam rippers are a new sewers handy dandy tool.  The seam ripper does just what the name says, it rips out the mistaken sewing stitches.  Over the years methods to remove mistakes in sewing have taken many forms.  Early on tiny little scissors with very sharp points were the most common […]

Marking Sewing Patterns With Disappearing Ink Pens

There are 2 basic types of disappearing ink pens used for marking sewing patterns. These are not your everyday felt marking pens, but pens designed for the sewer.  One type of pen is made to disappear on its own after 3 or so days, so you need to consider this when you mark your pattern. […]

Homemade or Handmade… Really?

Why do people feel the need to label how something was sewn together? I have created fabric items, starting when I was 7, and always considered them “custom made!”.  “Custom Made” means made special for a specific purpose with specific requirements.   Yes, I have been well paid to create garments for people, and I […]

Thread breaks when sewing!

One of the most frustrating things which happens when you’re sewing with your machine is when the thread breaks! Not only does it slow you down, but sometimes, decorative stitches being created have to be removed back to a good starting point, before you can continue. If the problem persist here are some things to […]

Kathleen’s Easy Peesy Iron Up Hem Guide

This is one of the most useful tools I use when sewing.  For years I have hand made my own to use, then tossing out when they get “used up”.  I hope you will find this as handy and useful in your sewing as I have.  Follow the images below to see how I use […]

A Fix For Fabric Not Cut Straight From A Store

I am starting a little project on some linen fabric as a gift.  When checking the fabric in the store, I knew I would not get an accurate cut on the crosswise grain of the fabric.  This crosswise grainline is made with the filler or  “welf” yarn.  This is not the stronger of the two […]