Tips & Tricks

  1. Costume Making Tips

    Costume Making Tips
    It’s that time of year where the kids are back to school and the weather is encouraging us to get our sweaters out of storage. Along with that, it is time to start thinking about costumes for our sweet little ghosts and goblins (or maybe ourselves). Do you remember when costumes were made up of more imagination than merely a...
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  2. On the Road aka "I'm On Vacation"

    Reva & Robin in Michigan at a local quiltshop on their way to a Quilt Retreat. So you long for the open road and lazy days of not doing much of anything? Sounds good doesn't it? What could possibly be better, you ask? Why sewing on the road of course! Did you know that it is OK to give...
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  3. French Seams by Lana L. Jones

    A French seam is perfect for lightweight to medium weight fabrics. All the raw edges of your seams are covered for a professional finish… and it is not hard to do. For the July Sew Fun presentations, I choose a black lightweight gauzy fabric that has been aging in my stash waiting for just the right pattern. Lemon Squeeze Cardigan...
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  4. Clover to the Rescue!

    By Lana L. Jones I teach a lot of classes that I take my press to, and that is great as the press has 100 pounds of pressure when the arm is pulled down which makes for excellent pressing. But, with the number of people trying to get their projects done and the fusibles used in class, the pressing surface...
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  5. Tip from Reva: The 123s of ABCs

    Gift-giving season is quickly approaching! One lovely way to show your affection is to create personalized gifts just for the special people in your life. Personalizing purchased items with names and monograms is one quick and fun way to customize your gifts. For children and pre-teens consider putting their first name or nickname on items like bags, towels and pillowcases...
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  6. Tip from Reva: Convenient Pinning Pins

    Convenient pinning pins are an absolute necessity in one's sewing room. Not all pins are created equal, though, and this is why most sewists have several different styles of pins within easy reach while working on a project. The style that I use the most are the Clover Flower Head Pins: Here are some of the finer points (pun intended...
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  7. Sewing Tips from Reva: Make Those Threads Behave

    Decorative threads, such as, Mylar and metallic can be so beautiful and add such interest to your project.  There is one thing, besides their beauty, that they all have in common, they can be oh so very temperamental. There are a couple of things that I have found to be helpful when working with theae styles of threads: Use the Right Needle...
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  8. Tips from Lana & Friends

    Tips for July Sew Fun Projects! From Doree Shandera – “Mix the flavored Best Press with the unflavored Best Press to tone down the fragrance.” Love this idea as I want the pretty fragrance, but not the strong smell…Perfect! From Amanda Brown – Use a Heat gun to gently shrink the stitching into place. Hats are a perfect place for...
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  9. Ann's "White and Black Binding"

    From Ann: As I have been traveling around with Sew Fun I have had numerous requests for a copy of three demos I have done on Binding. I thought the easiest way would be to post them on the blog and then you could read and copy them. Here they are: Foolproof Binding Method Starting and Ending the Binding White...
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  10. Ann's "Starting and Ending the Binding"

    From Ann: As I have been traveling around with Sew Fun I have had numerous requests for a copy of three demos I have done on Binding. I thought the easiest way would be to post them on the blog and then you could read and copy them. Here they are: Foolproof Binding Method Starting and Ending the Binding White...
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