How To Put Gussets in Pants or Shirts

When a garment is really too tight in the crotch area of a pair of pants or in the underarm area of a shirt, you might want to add a gusset. A gusset is typically a diamond or triangular shaped piece of fabric that is sewn into one of those areas to give some extra room…

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This is Luke!

Happy New Year, everyone!!! I hope each and every one of you had a wonderful Christmas and are enjoying the first few days of the New Year! We had an amazing Christmas with our kids and grand kids here and I realized that I never introduced you to the newest addition to our family. But,…

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How to Permanently Restore a Mattress Pad

This post teaches you how to do more than temporarily mend your mattress pad. It shows you how to make a lasting fix that will keep you from getting frustrated with those cheap materials that mattress pads are made of these days!

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How to Replace a Jean or Pant Zipper

You know it’s time to replace a zipper when the teeth are missing or the zipper tab has pulled away from the teeth, like this one: It’s almost impossible to put the tab back on the track. (But if the slide has broken off and the zipper is still intact, you can always just replace…

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How To Alter a Top With a Low Neckline

Have you ever tried to alter a blouse that was lower at the neck than you were comfortable with? To make this alteration, we are going to do two things: take up the front shoulder seam and take in the collar. Generally, you don’t need to take up the back of the blouse, but have the…

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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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Sewing in Zambia

Hi Everyone, Some of you know that our daughter, Michelle, works for a ministry called Every Orphan’s Hope. It is an organization that has rescued orphans in Zambia, Africa, and built homes for these children to live in. Each orphan home has 8 children and one widowed “mama” who cares for the children. For several years, the mamas…

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Celebrate With Me…It’s Free!

Today is the 3rd  anniversary of this blog and I thought you might like to know how it all started. About seven years ago, a customer came to my door needing his suit jacket altered. As I spoke to him about the changes that needed to be made on it, he asked me if I…

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