How To Add Lining and Hem Your Drapes or Curtains

Finding drapes in the color, length and fabric you need is not an easy task, unless you get them custom made. But that is expensive. I found a set of drapes in the color and style I wanted, but the length was too long. Also, when I stood on the curb outside, they didn’t look good…

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Quick Gift Idea

I went to my quilt group the other day and one of the ladies had an impromptu craft to share with us. Those of you (and I’m not one of you!) who are handy with paper crafts can figure this out by looking at it. It’s a star ornament filled with 6 Hershey kisses. It’s…

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How To Replace a Zipper in a Jacket or Coat

If you read my last post on How Much To Charge To Replace a Zipper, I promised I’d be back to show you how to put in a new zipper. Here’s the jacket with the broken zipper: The zipper teeth didn’t hold together when the jacket was zipped: Before you begin, be sure and choose…

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How To Make a Sewing Pattern

A question came in yesterday asking how to line the inside of a nightgown. Without having the original pattern, one might think it impossible. But, I have found an answer to that diemma and I’d like to share it with you. Call it my early Christmas gift to you! All you need is some wide…

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How To Sew On Satin Covered Buttons

I admit I don’t get a request to sew on satin covered buttons very often. It’s happened twice in the last eight years. But, you’ve seen satin covered buttons before, right? They are usually seen on wedding dresses or other bridal items. The button is covered in satin on one side and has a softly padded…

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A Question For You

Each morning my inbox is full of great questions. I love to help you figure out your sewing dilemmas. Today, however, I thought it would be fun for you  to answer a question from one of our readers! It isn’t about an alteration. It’s about technique and experience. And I figure there are probably many good answers…

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How To Sew a Button on By Machine

Do you know how to sew a button on with your sewing machine? For those of you who don’t know how, or feel a little intimidated in trying, here’s my technique. Find a button for the garment and push the button through the hole to make sure it fits. Place the button over the original…

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Ethics in Business

A college student sat in our kitchen last week and told me of his experience at a local alteration shop. He needed three repairs done on two items. First, there was a tear in these shorts: and a rip in this pocket: and a button missing here: And guess what they were going to charge him?…

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How To Take in Side Seams and Facings

This short jacket needs to be altered at the sides: Because I needed to take up quite a bit, I also needed to take it up in the sleeves as well: Can you see the yellow headed pins and how I’ve pinned into the upper sleever area as well? It may be easier to see…

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Rolled Hems…..Another Method

This is a fast and easy way to make a professional looking rolled hem on your wedding gown, formal dress, blouse or on an accessory like a scarf. In my first post on how to make a rolled hem, I used a rolled hem foot. This method doesn’t use a rolled hem foot. In fact,…

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