Sewing With Treadle Machines in Africa

My family and I just returned from an amazing, life changing trip to Zambia, Africa! It is a trip we will never forget. Our daughter, Michelle, works for an orphan ministry called Every Orphans Hope. We wanted to go and see her working first hand and help where we could. There are 11 orphan homes…

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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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Alterations With a Challenge Attached

I’d like to walk you through how to address an alteration that has a challenge to it. Most alterations are straight forward. You have a correction to make and there is an answer that suits it best. Along the way to getting that alteration done, many people have come up with solutions that offer efficiency…

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Beads on a Gown…..Removing and Reattaching

Many of you out there have been asking me how to take off beads and reattach them. I don’t have a “rocket science” answer, but I’ll tell you what works for me. I just begin by assessing the area where they are to be removed. If I am taking in the side seams or bust of a…

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How To Sew a Partial Hem

There are many instances where you may need to sew just part of a hem. Maybe you have a skirt that is uneven, too long in the front or back, or maybe you have pants with the same problem. Today, I am going to use this bridal gown to illustrate how to sew a partial hem.…

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Writing Receipts For Your Customers

Some of you are sewing or crafting for other people. If you’re like me, you don’t want to spend a lot of money on supplies. I wanted to give my customers a recept, but I didn’t need them to look like a beautiful keepsake. Chances are, most people throw theirs away. In fact, some just…

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Shortening Long Sleeves

Are the sleeves on your shirts too long? Shortening sleeves is a quick alteration. This technique will work for mens or ladies shirts that have cuffs on them. Let me show you what I did on this purple shirt: There are two rows of stitching on the top edge of the cuff It’s a little hard to see…

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How to Hem Lining on Pants (or Skirts)

We’ve covered so many ways to hem pants so far. If you’ve missed those posts, look at the left hand column on this page and click on “All Past Categories” and the arrow by “Select Categories”. Then, click on “Hems”. There are still some more ways to sew hems which I’ll cover in future posts. But, I…

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Tailor Tacks…Instead of Pins

Have you heard of a tailor tack? If you’re 50 years old or older, you probably have. If you’re a young whipper snapper or you’re new to sewing in the last 25 years, you may not have any idea what I’m talking about. So, let me first tell you what one is and what it…

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Rolled Hems

This is a close up of a rolled hem:                 You’ll find them on prom dresses, wedding dresses, casual dresses, skirts and men’s shirt tails. In fact, they are found on all sorts of garments made from all sorts of fabrics. You can make a rolled hem “by hand”.…

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