Archive for the Sewing Studio Category

Feng Shui

Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese art of placement.  According to Feng Shui (pronounced fung shway), the placement of your bed, desk in your office, direction your door faces, and other thing in your home can help you have good health, wealth and happiness.   And although […]

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From Beginner and Beyond – Making that Leap to the next level

Let’s be honest.  There’s no secret pill or certificate that will give you the professional results automatically.  Even after you have learned all there is to know about sewing (as if you could) and making a garment, if you’re not using it and honing that skill, you’ll […]

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From Beginner to Beyond – Cutting, Sewing and Pressing

Wow – these seem like such important parts why put them in one post.  Actually you’ve already done so much of the work, that this is the pleasure part.  That’s what good prep work will do for you.   Cutting -Do yourself a favor and make some […]

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From Beginning and Beyond – Prepping for the Project

This is where the neatest and some other prep steps begin to pay off. Now you have your selection of fabric(s) and pattern(s) home and you’re ready to start. Measurements:  You can’t go any further without some good measurements.  They can vary, but the standard ones you […]

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From Beginner to Beyond – Fabrics

Synthetics, naturals, weaves, content – how do you tell all this apart?  And even more to the point – how do you pick what is suitable for your pattern or idea or project? Some of this is experience, but a lot is just old-fashioned knowledge. There are […]

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From Beginner to Beyond – Choosing the Project

OK – let’s jump right in…..First Project on your road toward advanced sewing.  Most of the time I recommend a Shirt or Top pattern, depending upon the time I have in my classes, I really like to start with a shirt that has a collar stand/band, collar, […]

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From Beginner to Beyond….Time

Time is probably the most valuable thing we have, especially as we get older.  But even as  Einstein might suggest that time is relative….on Earth for us now, it still passes at an even pace, as we as humans are bound to it, so it is precious […]

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From Beginner to Beyond…..Equipment

As well as getting organized, equipment is one of the things you can not forget.  There is nothing that will sabotage yourself faster than a machine that doesn’t work or important equipment that is failing…a spitting iron, one that doesn’t iron, a machine’s tension that’s whacky, thread […]

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Dealing with Sewing Roadblocks

I see this so much in my students, and my heart goes out to them….to quote an old politician:  “I feel your pain!” I can not tell you how many times this happened to me. People look at me and what I can do today, but it […]

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