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    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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Graduating with my BEd

Welcome to my blog!

About Me

  • name – Barb Pattison
  • teacher for 20+ years
  • diagnosed with MS
  • sewing for 30+ years
  • at 5’4″, petite
  • plus sized
  • own and operate two online sewing supplies stores at:
  1. Cisco Sewing Supplies & Notions .com and
  2. Cisco Sewing Supplies and Notions .ca
  • love horses and breed Paints and Quarter Horses
  • love cats
  • love animals in general
  • no children (not my choice but I’ve come to terms with it)
  • married since 1987 to a farmer/heavy duty mechanic
  • live on a beautiful farm that I love

My favorite items to sew are:

  • Jackets – both blazer-type suit jackets and outer jackets


    In memory of Cisco

  • Bras (weird, huh?)
  • The occasional quilt

Who is “Cisco”?

Cisco was a beautiful Paint stallion who we owned from his birth in 1991 until he died in 2007. He was attacked (we think by a bear) and badly injured. We were unable to save him. So when we were trying to think of a name for the sewing supplies store, we thought it would be a great way to commemorate him. He was an amazing horse.


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