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    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.

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Beading By Machine

Beaded Neckline Shell

Beaded Neckline Shell

In spite of the fact that it’s brown, this is one of my favorite tops. I don’t have to wear a necklace with it if I don’t want to. It’s “pre-decorated” with all these cool little metal beads and discs sewn right onto the shirt. I would love to create some more shirts like this or even decorate some of the jackets I make with beads. But I am just not THAT into beading. I do it a bit but sewing is more my “thing”.

Here’s a close up shot.

Beaded Neckline Shell Close Up

Beaded Neckline Shell Close Up

Then I found this book and borrowed it from the library.  It’s called Beading by Machine by Yvonne Perez-Collins. Not only is it a really good book and a super-easy read, but it’s got some fantastic ideas about how to embellish projects using a sewing machine and some beads. It also has some great lists of sources for almost everything used in the book.

Beading By Machine Book

Beading By Machine Book

I often borrow books from the library to make sure the book is something I actually want to own before purchasing a copy for myself. I will be buying this book for sure!!

Watch for future posts of my sewing projects with machine beading embellishments!

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