• Singer Perfect Plus

    Sew a Mix-and-Match Wardrobe for Plus and Petite-Plus Sizes


    Kathleen Cheetham presents 4 enclosed patterns, step-by-step construction, and fitting instruction. Readers can create a wardrobe of versatile and stylish garments--which can be adapted for office wear, casual wear, or evening wear, just by varying the colors, fabrics, and finishing details. Never have to say you have nothing to wear again!

  • The Pocket Stylist

    Behind-the-Scenes Expertise from a Fashion Pro on Creating Your Own Unique Look

    Professional fashion advice for all body shapes and sizes!

  • Pants for Real People: Fitting Techniques

    Any sewer will benefit from the fitting techniques featured in this informative DVD, a companion to Pants for Real People: Sewing Techniques . 

    Sewers will learn how to buy the right-size pattern, fine-tune it before cutting, and then tissue-fit it. 

  • Pants for Real People: Sewing Techniques

    This informative guide illustrates how to sew great pants that flatter any fit. 

    The tips and techniques within this useful reference include how to prepare and cut fabric, mark darts, sew zippers, pin-fit the fabric, press seams, and attach different styles of waistbands. 

    This DVD is a must-have to follow up the fitting DVD.

  • Big List of Sewing Blogs

    Big list of Sewing blogs - I'm in, are you?

All posts for the month May, 2011

The Skirt from Hell – Client Ordered

I’ve been extremely busy sewing over the last week. I had a client ask me to make a skirt for her in time for a social event. She originally wanted a two layer skirt with the outer fabric being one she’d ordered off the ‘net but that fabric didn’t arrive quickly enough so she went […]

2nd box of attachments for White 782 Sewing Machine

The same day the other box of attachments arrived in the mail, the 2nd box I’d bought off eBay also arrived. This one, I knew, was a hemmer set. The box is black in color, shows some wear, and is made of metal. Painted on the top is the word “Attachments” bordered by a scroll […]

Mono Filament Nylon Thread Explodes Bobbins

So I’m doing some custom sewing and decided to use that mono filament clear nylon thread in the bobbin of my sewing machine. I’m winding the bobbin full of this thread and, suddenly, at about 1/2 full, the top of the plastic bobbin “explodes” off the shaft of the bobbin. I had to use my […]

White Sewing Machine Attachments 1st box

  I’m so excited today. One of the two sets of sewing machine attachments that I bought off eBay arrived in the mail! This one was a “box of sewing machine junk” and the seller didn’t really know what they had! I won this auction for a mere $0.98 cents plus shipping. When I separated […]

5 Tips on Buying a Used Sewing Machine

I firmly believe that the best sewing machine for a beginner is an older or vintage sewing machine. Of course, these machines are used. They can often be found advertised in your local paper, on e-bay, on kijiji, at garage and yard sales, auction sales, or at your local sewing machine supply store. Expect to […]

How to thread a sewing machine

I am amazed at how many people are searching the internet trying to figure out how to thread their sewing machines! They have inherited or been given or purchased a used sewing machine that had no manual and, especially if they are not experienced sewists, they don’t even know where to start with the threading. […]

Why do men’s and women’s clothes button on the opposite side?

Every wonder why men’s clothes button on one side and women’s on the other? And why is it changing? In the last couple of decades, women’s pants, especially, are buttoning on the same side as men’s. I found out why. Years ago, women wore corsets. They needed someone to pull the corset ties tight in […]

Sewing Supplies Store – Checkout Problem Fixed

I was notified by a customer that the checkout process on my store wasn’t working properly. Thanks, Becky!! Yesterday, I was able to correct the problem so it’s working now. Anyone want to test it? I would also love some feedback on the design and how easy or difficult the store is to use! Becky […]

The Best Interfacing

I’ve often been asked, “What’s the best interfacing to use?”, especially when sewing jackets and blazers. Blazers and “suit” type jackets are my absolute favorite thing to sew. I must’ve sewn 40 of them in the past few years! Call me crazy… Over the years, I’ve stuggled with choosing interfacing that will work with various […]

Review of esewingworkshop.com

While searching for other sewing-related websites – sewing lessons in particular – I came across http://esewingworkshop.com/ and noticed they have a 7 day free trial. I decided to try it out. I’ve been sewing for over 20 years but there is always something new to learn or another method of doing something that you haven’t […]