Tag: Sewing Supplies

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Inspiring My Mother to Sew

I went to a sewing retreat that was sponsored by Baby Lock recently and it happened to be in my home town of St. Louis. After the event, I stayed over for a visit with my family. My mother in her new skirt! The second of the three skirtsthat Mom made last week.  I shared…

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Wear an Embellishment Project While You Work on It!

When I was at the International Quilt Market in Pittsburgh, I ran into Susan Brubaker Knapp, the new host of Quilting Arts TV, and she was wearing the most amazing jacket. It was a simple jean jacket, but the entirety of it exploded with vibrant, colorful embroidery. Jacket by Susan Brubaker Knapp. Jacket back  …

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Find Your Best Sewing Supplies in Your Closet

I have been taking classes at Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC for over a decade now, and I always say that I will be one of those octogenerarian fashion plates tottering around the school. I love to learn, but I also love the inspiration that I get from students who have their fingers right…

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Hand-sewing Buttonholes?

I’ve never been a big fan of machine-made buttonholes, and given the time and choice, I would rather do something with a better finish, like a bound buttonhole. I’ve had a garment go bad one too many times at the buttonhole stage, and it’s not an experience I relish after putting hours into a garment.…

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Spring Cleaning and Sewing Organization

Spring is in the air here in Massachusetts, where temperatures reached the 70s earlier this week. I love the smell of the warm air, seeing buds pop up from the ground, and watching the grass green up. Fabric and in-progress projects, waiting fora permanent home, and guarded by Izzy.    With spring comes Easter! I…

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What Does Your Ideal Sewing Studio Look Like?

I did some spontaneous spring cleaning this weekend (even though it's still the thick of winter here in New England), which included sorting and organizing books and  supplies in my so-called sewing room.  A view into Karin Strom's studio, featured in the Spring 2014 issue of Studios.Photo by Mary Ellen Stadtlander  I'm lucky right now…

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Getting Lost in New York City's Garment Center

So I was down in the Garment Center in New York City last week shopping for fabric for the upcoming Unofficial Downton Abbey Sews issue, and it's just like heaven to me. A bit on the chilly side, but heaven nonetheless One of my favorite haunts is Metro Textiles, overseen by the gregarious Kashi. We're talking…

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Starting the Sewing Room Organization Process

I don’t know about you, but I get a lot accomplished when my sewing tools, fabric, and notions are organized. Unfortunately, organized is about the opposite of what I am right now. Starting the organization process. For a little while, I was using my dining room as a sewing area. My machine and cutting mat…

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Make a Quick and Easy Lunch Bag

Not all bags have to be complicated. Take this Take-it-to-Go Lunch Bag by Melissa Frantz. This easy bag can be stitched up in an afternoon. Enjoy! Take-it-to-Go Lunch Bag by Melissa Frantz. You can make this bag in an afternoon! Take-it-to-Go Bag Fabric – 1/2 yd (46 cm) of 45" (114.5 cm)-wide quilting cotton, cotton canvas,…