Teaching the Mamas How to Sew

Hi everyone, I just wanted to let you know that I will be in Zambia, Africa, for the next two weeks! Last summer, as many of you helped raise money to buy the mamas there each a sewing machine, God was impressing on my heart that I should be the one to go and teach…

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How to Alter a Top With an Elastic Hem

You’ve seen these blouses everywhere: They’ve got elastic running around the bottom edge. Many women complain that they don’t like how they look when they wear them and pass up the idea of buying them. Altering them is an easy fix. Just trim off the elastic close to the edge: I use sharp small scissors…

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How to Avoid Ruining a Garment

Here’s  another good question from a reader… Judy wrote:  My question regards mistakes.  I’ve never destroyed anyone’s item (thank goodness!) but I’ve always been afraid of messing something up, especially an expensive item, like a prom or wedding dress.  Have any of you ever made an error like this?  If so, what did you do? Here’s…

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Oh Mama!

I thought you might like to see what some readers to this blog contributed to last summer. If you missed the original posts, you’ll find the first one here and the second one here. Our daughter works for an orphan ministry in Texas called Every Orphan’s Hope. There are 11 orphan homes with 8 children…

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How to Choose Boning for Your Dress

Each day, I receive many emails with great questions and today I thought I’d post one I received yesterday as well as the answer to it. Here’s the question: Hi Linda,  I am making my daughter’s strapless wedding dress.  I used the fabric store feather weight boning for the muslin corset .  We got it…

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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 Much Do You Charge To Replace a Zipper?

I get this question all the time. “How much do you charge to replace a zipper?” The short answer is: “It depends.” The long answer:  “It depends, and here’s why….” First, make sure the zipper needs replacing. You wouldn’t believe how many customers I’ve had over the years,  who just need a new zipper slide…

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Last Minute Gift Ideas

I thought you might like some ideas for Christmas presents for those who you know who sew. And I may be talking about you! Here are a few ideas in various price ranges from lowest to highest price: 1. How about some cute and practical flower head pins? These are great for all kinds of…

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How To Take In The Crotch Seam on Pants

I just got an email from a reader whose husband’s pants are hanging too low in the crotch area and she wanted to know how to take in the crotch seam on pants. It’s a very common problem. I thought about how to show you with a pair of slacks, but I think you’ll catch…

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Update on Zambia

Sewfordough readers, My daughter, Michelle and I, want to thank you so much for your generosity and give you an update on what is happening with the incredible donations for the mamas in Zambia. Michelle sent this email for you yesterday: Ladies, I just wanted to email you and thank you again for blessing us with the…

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