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 […]

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 […]

Bobbins That Work

One of the biggest issues with sewing machine users is bobbin “puke”, as one student called the rat’s nest of thread that developed in and around her bobbin case of her sewing machine. One important thing to understand is that not all bobbins fit your specific sewing machine.

Easy To Thread Sewing Machine Needles

Helping us sew As a sewing instructor I have a large spectrum of ages and abilities of sewing students.  There are sewing aids to help with some of the basic physical problems for sewing machine users. – – – – – – – -Easier to thread sewing machine needles – – – – – – […]

A window into my childhood sewing room

My ears are always open when I sew.  As a young girl sitting upstairs on warm summer Southern California days at my mom’s Necchi Sewing machine, I listened to the radio. Arthur Godfrey (Arthur Godfrey Time, 1960-72) was one audible window to my world.   I adored the voice of  Kate Smith http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kate_Smith; she had a […]

My Sewing Room: Stuffed Toys

“Grandma, what are we going to make today?” When the GRAND girls come over, they want to do things!  Making Felt Stuffies has been popular these days.  I have been sewing these on my Janome Mini, since I bought if for them to learn on someday.  They see it used, and what it can sew. […]