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Sewing for most of my life but lately have been trying to learn how to sew in a better way by reading and practicing as much as possible. Reading Threads has made a huge impact on my sewing and I almost have every issue now for reference.

craft interests: sewing, embroidery, quilting, machine and hand embroidery

Member Since: 12/02/2008

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Spring Dresses

When my uncle dies and I didn't really have anything suitable to wear to the funeral, I headed for my sewing machines after the fact and whipped up these two dresses. The blue is good for funerals...

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Re: Vintage Sewing Tools: The Singer Bound Buttonhole Maker

While I'm positive I don't have one of these with papers intact, I do have all sorts of presser feet and gadgets for vintage sewing machines and it will be fun to see if I have one. At least now I will know what it is for. Someday I hope to make a garment out of a vintage pattern, vintage fabric on one of the vintage machines I have around the house. Usually they were bought for decoration or the table, but one was an obviously top of the line singer as not only does it have oodles of presser feet, it also has a whole lot of what we think are Bakelite cams to use in making decorative stitches! I grew up and learn to sew on a very vintage Singer that only did straight stitches and when needed to make buttonholes it had some sort of big clunky gadget that attached to the machine and made the stitches.

Re: 5 Tips for Organizing Your Fabric Stash

Very interesting ideas. I'm overwhelmed with fabric, but I have a lot of projects that I want to do and I got much of it on the cheap. It is nice to be able to share as well! I just hope when you say that you get rid of fabric that is too small, that as long as pieces are 2.5" x 2.5" and in cotton prints, package them up and donate them to your local thrift store. This is how I have been able to obtian lots of fabric and scrap pieces and some of them have already found their way into my current scrap quilt. Thrift stores will take fabric scraps of all types and I've heard that schools do as well. Just don't let them end up in a landfill! I loving shopping at my thrift stores as it is the only place I can afford to shop and I have gotten some great quilting fabric that I would have never been able to afford otherwise :) Actually I get just about all notions and other goodies for all needlework at the thrift store. It just might take time to 'find' them all.

Re: Take Dyed Fabric from Botched to Beautiful

Very nice idea. Wish I could think up that sort of thing! The gold metallic look (at least that is what I see on my monitor) is especially effective. All black would have been to much.

Re: How to Make a Fortuny Gladstone Bag, Part 1

Kudos to you for even attempting this sort of project! I'm always amazed when people take on something like this.

I appreciate your many projects that I have seen you do throughout the years. As someone that usually spends most of my time home and in my nightgown due to poor health, I don't have much call for what you make, but my brain NEEDS the stimulation, so thank you!

Re: How to Attach Appliques Across Curved Seams

I'm not sure I'm understanding this. One photo and two short paragraphs isn't a whole lot to truly understand and see how this technique works.

Re: Embellishments Special Issue: Check out our latest issue and enter to win!

I would really like to see the article on border stitches. I don't have a lot of physical energy these days nor places to wear elaborate embellisments, but border stitches can be used on most anything and even better yet if they are made by machines or a combination of machine and hand stitching.

Re: Enter Our Huge Quilting Giveaway

Inspired by the Little House on the Prairie books, I decided to make a quilt starting in 8th grade. The only thing I had to go by was what I had read in the books. I don't think I had ever seen a quilt at that point. So I asked mom for permission to use her scraps and I started cutting out squares. No template mind you. To cut each square, I would put the cut out square on top of fabric and cut around it. My fabric choices ran the gamut of very lightweight crep to upholstory fabric (an ugle green stripe). Not knowing much yet about sewing I sewed them on my mom's old straight stitch only Singer using all of her scrap thread spools. What I never realized until years later that much of the time I was sewing with a basting stitch. But sew I did and by the time I finally hit 12th grade I got the top done including appliqueing 6 Le Moyne stars to backing fabric. When I say appliqueing, I mean using a zig zag stitch with a stitch length of about 3 (my mom by this time had a new machine). I tied that sucker together with red string, certainly not crochet or embroidery thread. I loved that quilt and used it during 4 years of college and the first couple year os being a wife and then it fell apart. that basting and fabric choices had done a number on it. I did have some unused blocks leftover and I decided to see if I could do anything with them and as I meausred those sqyares, I discovered that some of them were a half inch bigger than other sqaures.

Anyhow I wasn't discouraged and I have gone on to make so many quilts now that I have lost track of how many and where they are, but one of my pride and joys was a quilt that I won a blue ribbon on at our local fair.

Re: Win a Copy of the All-New The Couture Skirt Book & DVD Set

I would LOVE to own this book. As soon as I saw it was being published, I put it on my Amazon Wish List. I got the Couture Tailoring book as a Christmas present, but since I never make jackets, that is something that will teach me techniques. However, the skirt book would be so much more appreciated as the thing I sew the most for myself is skirts. I would love to learn all the little is and outs to make my skirts look like a quality garment instead of having that dorky home made look.

Re: Essentials for a Fashion-Sketching Tool Kit

What an interesting article! Sending a link to my blog so my readers don't miss it.

Re: Big Sew Stylish Giveaway: Books, Sketching Panels, Pincushions, and more!

I sell sewing patterns on line, which means I'm handling them daily -- thousands of them. I can't help but be inspired by them and have grown to love classic styles that can take a decade, if not ever, to go out of fashion. My other sourse of inspiration is Pinterest and seeing the different ways to embellish garments so that you can take a plain classic item and with a nifty embellishment, turn something plain into something great.

Re: Big Sew Stylish Giveaway: Books, Sketching Panels, Pincushions, and more!

I sell sewing patterns on line, which means I'm handling them daily -- thousands of them. I can't help but be inspired by them and have grown to love classic styles that can take a decade, if not ever, to go out of fashion. My other sourse of inspiration is Pinterest and seeing the different ways to embellish garments so that you can take a plain classic item and with a nifty embellishment, turn something plain into something great.

Re: Book Giveaway: "Handbag Workshop"

After seeing the wristlet project, I would love to see more!

Re: Free Pattern and Project: 1940s Hobo Wristlet

Looks great for when you need to carry just a little bit like when you go formal. Made with less luxurious materials it would be great for even shopping, etc. where a purse just gets too bulky.

Re: Take a Tour Inside a Chic Couture Skirt

Thanks for this interesting article. I think if I would do one of the things mentioned it would e covering up the hooks and eyes as mentioned.

Was the chiffon piece on the hem being used as an 'ruffle' type thing? I wasn't sure what I was seeing as it looked to me as if the lining had fallen loose.

Re: Simplicity Pattern 1466 Giveaway!

I would love to win the plus size pattern, but before going through my 8-10 boxes of stash fabric, I would need to know haw much fabric I need. This is a great pattern for making mix and match pieces. My favorite pattern wi a wardrobe pattern that has three or more garments in one pattern.

Re: Book Giveaway: "Threads Sew Smarter, Better & Faster"

Freezer paper should be in every sewing room whether for use in applique, making hexagons, using as a stabilizer and even making small pattern pieces. Just iron the shiny side to the fabric and away you go.

Also when making lingerie guards, sew the snap (or fastener) on the side closer to your neck. If you sew it closer to your shoulder, depending on the slope of your shoulder, gravity and your slip strap will pop it right open. Most explanations for lingerie guards never mention this, they just tell you how to make them. The most important info is left out, how to make them work correctly. You don't want to find out at your son's wedding, like I did, that they attached in the wrong direction.

Re: Book Giveaway: "Patternmaking Made Easy," Third Edition by Connie Crawford

Over the years I have made most of my clothes from my nursing uniforms to my Sunday clothes and regular clothes. Mostly I have made skirts and simple tops over the last few years. I am now experimenting with pillowcase dresses in my search for easy on and off clothing that is comfortable to wear as I have bad arthritis and need clothing that caters more to disabilities (no zippers, snaps, hooks and eyes, etc.), something that the pattern companies seem to ignore.(hint, hint to all those designers looking for a clothing need to focus on)

I thought I had it made when I went to my son's wedding and all the clothes that I took and wore were made my me and my only jewelry was a coordinating necklace made by my hubby!

I've had this book on my Amazon wish list for a while and would love to study it.

Re: How to Trim a Neckline Like Yves Saint Laurent

Pardon me, I meant it would be trimmed to 1/8" after stitching it to the seam and then the seam allowance of the blouse and the binding are trimmed to 1/8".

This technique does not have the binding folded in half as would be usual.

Re: How to Trim a Neckline Like Yves Saint Laurent

If you follow the steps, the whole width of the bias is used to start with, no pre-folding in half. She is stitching the flat bias piece to the seam area, and trimming it down to the 1/4" above the seam line and you still have the rest of the bias that will eventually be wrapped up and over the cording and the seam. At one point she says to trim it if needed so you are using the least amount of fabric as possible so that it is a very delicate binding.

Re: SewStylish Featured Giveaway!

Since I've found lots of tops at the thrift store this past year, I'm needing some new skirts or jumpers, and easy fast projects at that!

Re: Book Giveaway: John Gillow Textiles Titles

I was privileged to go on a quilting cruise with the late Doreen Speckman with stops at three islands. It was a good thing that I had a big suitcase because I picked up fabric wherever I went including some batiks before they were so popular. One dress factory, they allowed us to buy leftovers from their cutting and I'm still using some of those pieces now! The trip was in 1990 and we were at sea when the Gulf War broke out, so it has been many years and last summer I finally used up my biggest piece of fabric that I got to make a 'pillowcase' dress for myself. I don't know what kind of fabric it was since it is cool to wear and doesn't wrinkle even after going through the wash. Obviously I'm not someone that feels compelled to use up my stash as that piece waited 23 years for it's turn!

Re: How to Add Mock Cuffs on Short Sleeves

Honest, I only posted ONCE!!!!

Re: How to Add Mock Cuffs on Short Sleeves

Back in the dark ages, one of the maternity tops that I made had this type of sleeve. I loved it as it was comfortable and much more polished because the seaming/hemming was enclosed (my sewing abilities weren't the best then, not that they are now LOL!). I never saw that kind of cuff again in a sewing pattern even though I looked for it, until I started selling sewing patterns myself and a copy of that old maternity pattern came my way. The top or dress has raglan sleeves and a cuffed short sleeve. The only difference between the two is my top had topstitching on the bottom of the cuff as well the same depth as the top. You can see the pattern at

Thanks for these instruction and now with the power of Pinterest, I can pin them to share with others while at the same time knowing where to find them again!

Re: Book Giveaway: "Creating a Successful Fashion Collection"

I think this would be a fascinating book to read and help me understand what is behind the mind of the designer.

Re: Book Giveaway: "Quilt Love"

I love quilts! I love books! I love quilt books! I love books published by Tauton Press. I would really love a quilt book published by Taunton Press. I would even review it for you if I got a copy!

Re: Independent Pattern Companies

While we don’t design patterns, we do sell any brand of sewing pattern at our on line store, Moonwishes Sewing and Crafts. We currently have close to 8000 new, uncut patterns listed. If you need a source for retail sales of your patterns, we would be happy to talk with you about it. Visit us at

Re: Independent Pattern Companies

While we don’t design patterns, we do sell any brand of sewing pattern at our on line store, Moonwishes Sewing and Crafts. We currently have close to 8000 new, uncut patterns listed. If you need a source for retail sales of your patterns, we would be happy to talk with you about it. Visit us at

Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: A Field Guide to Fabric Design

I would like to read this book to understand How fabric is designed and then if I could desgin some fabric, I would probably put it in my next quilt, since I can stretch one yard of fabric into many quilts over the years!

Re: How to Create a Notched Tuck

Fantastic idea! Amazing what a little time can do to make something over the top when you don't have funds to buy trim or embellishments. I love the idea because it is so 'grown' up for us older women that want to do something special with our clothes but not look silly.

Re: A New Sewing Machine Concept

Very insteresting concept, but I would have liked to see the machine sew and what kind of stitches it can do. I'm concerned about how tiny it is and whether it could hold up to large jobs or is this concept mainly for beginning sewers. I could see this as a marvelous way for women in thrid world countries to be able to sew and support their families especially since the machine can be hand cranked so no electricity is needed. Personally I love my sewing machine, but I can certainly see that this one could make a huge impact for many of those who sew or want to sew! Hope he tries to take it public.

Re: How to Make Hairpin Lace

I remember the first time I ever saw hairpin lae being made and that was at a high school I moved to in 11th grade. All the er, academically challenged girls got to take extra hom-ec and they were all working on hairpin lace afghans that year. In any and all classes they would pull their projects out and awa y they would go. I was fascinated. I was also jealous that I didn't get an opportunity to take extra home-ec myself and make afghans!

This however is the first time I have heard of doing it with ribbons to make trim for clothing. I've only ever seen examples using crochet cotton or yarns. Thanks for the ideas.

Re: Book Giveaway: "The Big Book of Flax"

I love reading about fabric and threads and sewing and would enjoy this great book.

Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: "Sew What You Love" by Tanya Whelan

Sew is my hobby and if you can't do what you love and make what you love with your hobby, when can you? Love the name of this book and would love to own it.

Re: Book Giveaway: Heart-Felt Holidays & Baby Times

I love all the ideas and inspiration from any sewing book. Especially since someday I'm hoping to be a grandma.

Re: An Exquisite Beaded Embroidery Sleeve

Stunningly gorgeous. Simple beautiful at the same time and in one of my favorite colors - Pink! Would love to see what you will be doing with this or do you tuck it away and bring it out just to drool over it?

Re: Shaped Twisted Bias Insertions

I loved this embellishment when I saw it in the magazine. I think it would look great on cuffs, hemlines, lapels or even as a feature on an art quilt!

Re: Piece a Binding then Machine Applique it in Place

What a great idea!

Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: "Underwear Fashion in Detail"

This book looks fascinating and I wold love to own it.

I think the changes I have seen the most were back in the late 60's and early 70's. Let's see, first you put on your bra and panties (mostly granny style, at least at our house), then either a girdle or garter belt to hold up the nylons, then some petti-pants (I have no idea WHY we wore these) and then a slip followed by your garment. We were pretty bundled up and this was in Southern California at the time. My sister, to get away with a mini skirt, would roll up her waistband but then her petti-pants would show so she took them off whereupon her boyfriend swiped them and hung them out the school bus windows. LOL! She was also a secret makeup wearer.

Although they don't really fall under underwear, my worst memories was of nylons that were never long enough for my long legs nor were the pantyhose when they came out and the trouble of finding bras for a broad backed flat chested teen girl! Thanks for the memories!

Re: A Nice Little Suit

I wish I could find things like this just to see and inspect up close. Pictures just can't show all the detail that I want to look at. Even though it isn't my style either, I can really appreciate the amazing work and time that went into this suit. Especially thinking that this was made with twill which is not the easiest fabric to work with unless this was really lightweight twill.


Re: Book Giveaway: "Embroidery Companion: Classic Designs for Modern Living" by Alicia Paulson

When I first started embroidering back when I was a kid, I loved making flowers with stem stitches, satin stitches, French knots, etc. I even had made two sets of pillowcases for my hope chest. Then I started doing counted cross stitch until somewhere along the way I ended up with bifocals and had trouble focusing in on the holes. Now I'm back to the 'old-fashioned' stitches and love trying out the new threads especially those that are space dyed or variagated.

Re: Book Giveaway: "1,000 Clever Sewing Shortcuts & Tips"

Practice, practice, paractice on fabric and layers that are the same as the garment or project you are making. I have heard this for many years from many sources and then finaly started doing it. It makes such a difference. That and pressing, pressing, pressing. Pressing as I go makes the grament look better but also gives me a break to move around which relieves muscle tension.

The advice I try to give everyone is read your sewing machine manual and refer to it often. With the wonderful computerized sewing machines that are out these days, they can do marvelous things that can really speed up some techniques. We have to remember that they are accessible and how to use them. We also need to take advantage of all the different stitches both utility and decorative, and the great presser feet that come with the machines and our manuals really help. Then for more info, I reach for my Threads collection or one of my reference books to expand upon what I see in the manual.

Re: Magazine Giveaway: "Quick Stuff to Sew"

I would love any magazine with ideas on quick gifts to sew, especially if they have ideas for guys! Ideas for adult guys! PLEASE! One son is bringing a finance into the picture and the more I want to make for her, the more I feel compelled to make something equivilant for the guys. Anyone else with this problem?

Re: Book Giveaway: "Horrockses Fashions: Off-the-Peg Style in the '40s and '50s"

I would love to win this book! During the last few months I have been learning so much about what post war Britain was going through with rationing still lasting into the 50's. To see what fashions where happening during rationing, etc. would be fascinating along with my love of sewing and study of sewing patterns of that era.

Re: Project Runway: A Rough Day on the Runway

I don't watch this show, so only see what is posted here. The clothes for this competition, I doubt if Jackie Kennedy would have touched with a ten foot pole. Ugly, yucky, what was with all the bare skin?

I'm not sure what this designers are supposed to be doing on this show but it has no reality with life and what people really wear.

For patterns to REAL clothes, visit us at

Re: The Fortuny Shirt

Wonderful ideas and construction. I too would like to see the other pieces. I would also and I'm sure everyone joins me in this, wish so much I could borrow you for a couple of weeks to make me some clothes and show me how to sew better! I do love all your how-tos that I have seen here. They always make so much sense.

Re: Museum Exhibit: "American Woman" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Wish I could see these gowns in person, they are lovely!

Re: A Time to Sew, A Time to Mend

You are so right about store bought clothes needing the mending. I have rarely ever had to mend something I made in the first place. While I say I don't like mending, I have found doing it for hubby and my sons fulfilling. I found a like new shirt at a thrift store for my husband and when he put it on we realized why it was still like new. The buttons had been sewn on in the wrong spots so it couldn't be buttoned. Well I took them all ff and sewed buttons on correctly and then he had a new work shirt. I have a 26 year old autistic son that lives in his own apartment and supports himself and has to live very frugally. I am always happy to mend what I can for him so he can wear his clothes longer without having to replace them as quick. My other son who lives out of state brings home clothes for me to mend whenever he visits.

Except for sewing on buttons, most of my mending is done with my sewing machine though and I have found some interesting mending stitches to use.

Re: Starter Machines and Beginning Sewers

I learned to sew on an old metal singer that only had a straight stitch. When my mom upgraded to a Kenmore with decroative stitches on cams I was in high school and making a lot of my own clothes. My step father wouldn't let me come near the Kenmore until I had read the entire instruction book. I think I would have loved to have had my own machine when I was young, I certainly have enough machines now!

I'm happy to hear that the Janome Hello Kitty machine works well as I am a Janome fan. whenever I saw advertisements for those 'toy' type sewing machines, I assumed that they were junk that wouldn't work. I doubt I could use a smaller machine now as I have gotten spoiled by the large throat in my machine, and with large hands and long fingers, I wouldn't want my hands feeling 'squished' when I sew.

Re: Vintage Inspiration

Thanks for sharing these lovely garments!

Re: Vest, Turtleneck, and Leggings Ensemble

I'm an even bigger size and as each pattern company releases their latest styles I'm saddened that no one other than Butterick's Connie Crawford line is even attempting to really address the needs of an older, larger, dare I say saggier body in a fashionable but yet wearable way.

I love to wear jumpers as they are comfy without cutting you off at the waist but hubby isn't thrilled with the look. This one is very nice with a lot of great details.

Re: Zoe's Dedication Gown

gorgeous, both the dress and baby!

Re: Mother of the Bride

If this was for the mother of the bride, what was the bride wearing??? Terrific dress.

Re: Redondo and Hermosa

When I saw the name Studio Tantrum, my first impulse was to think the little girl was having a tantrum in her new dress as I haven't heard of this company. The dress and girl are adorable. I love dessing girls in dresses as it is so rare any more.