Category «tutorials»

double the troubleshooting

[Quick recap to set the scene. Our protagonist Susan loves to sew knits. She possesses no coverstitch machine. She thinks zigzag for hemming is okaaay, but it doesn’t look ready-to-wear.] TWIN NEEDLE: [Enters stage right, with a dramatic flourish.] Here I am! I will hem your knits beautifully, for just a few bucks and none …

making lemonade

My first thought after The Horrible Felting Incident, since I was convinced that the resulting pieces were completely useless, was to frame them and put them over my washing machine as a reminder. (A reminder not to do laundry of course, h/t Gail.) While I haven’t abandoned that concept entirely, my friend Miss Lulu had …

strawberry shortcut

Yikes, over three weeks since my last post! And here I am, without a stitch of stitching in this one… I’ll remedy that next time, I promise! Ah, strawberries… a sure sign that spring has arrived. What’s that? Oh yeah, I realize that it’s now late summer here. I’ve never been accused of being the …

label enabler

Do you like to attach a name to stuff, or are you a non-committal type?  I’ve always been one to put a label on things — at least in the literal sense. ;-) I think it goes hand-in-hand with my lifelong adoration of all things office supplies. I use a lot of glass containers. I …

serger thread hack

I recently participated in a charity sewing event, and I brought my serger to use for the day. I was so amused by my fellow sewists’ reactions to my conebobbinspools of thread that I had to create a tutorial. Let me back up… As many of you know, when you first purchase a serger, one of …

rock the tote: with all the trimmings (part 2)

Last week, I posted a tutorial showing how to trim the top of your tote with corded piping. Today, we’ll follow a similar process to install rickrack. Is it possible for a project containing rickrack to have a modern, un-vintage feel? My hunch is yesmaybe, but I know that’s not when I tend to reach for …