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Help! I Need a New Sewing Machine!

This Kenmore has been my trusty sewing machine since 2009. It’s nothing fancy (no electronic programmable anything) but it’s done a nice job on the things I’ve made. When I got it, I was just getting back into sewing after years of not sewing. This machine cost less than $200 on sale. I’ve been meaning […]

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2013 – A Year of Sewing Firsts

Thanks to Gillian of Crafting a Rainbow for spurring me and many others to look back at this past year. One thing I realized is that 2013 was a year of sewing firsts for me. So here’s a brief rundown of the “firsts” in chronological order. I entered my first sewing contest in February – […]

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Cutting Chevron Knit Fabric and Matching Chevrons

The biggest challenge in making this dress from the Red Velvet Knit Dress Pattern (a lovely Cake Patterns design) was preparing the fabric for cutting and sewing. So here’s my promised rundown of my experience cutting chevron knit fabric and matching chevrons along the side seams. (You can see more photos of the dress and read about […]

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The Search for Sewing Advice After Hours

When I made a dress from BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern, I added my own adjustment to the pattern, such as lining the bodice of the dress. Though I had made a couple lined vests for my husband and lined a jacket, I hadn’t lined the bodice of a dress before. It had seemed like a […]

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Sewing Resolutions for 2013 – Revised

In January I wrote that my sewing resolutions were to sew, not buy clothes. However, since then I have bought a vintage coat, a vintage hat, and a turtleneck. So let me revise that resolution to say that I make exceptions to vintage items and certain knit items (such as turtlenecks) that wouldn’t make. I got […]

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