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Basic Heirloom Stitching by Machine

Tuesday, 24 February 2015 1:00


Heirloom is one of the oldest styles of specialty sewing. This precise and delicate type of stitching is said to have begun in the late 1800s by French nuns, who hand-stitched exquisite laces onto delicate fabrics for royal families. Their craftsmanship was so incredible, the resulting gowns and linens were painstakingly preserved and handed down from one generation to the next; hence an heirloom. You'll see the influence of heirloom stitching in a variety of high-end garments; most notably, special occasion finery, such as wedding dresses, christening gowns, and lingerie, as well as in the finest table linens. Today, with French nuns in short supply, we show you the basics of creating heirloom stitching with your sewing machine.

Lightweight, Designer Backpack: Hawthorne Threads

Monday, 23 February 2015 1:00

We have been looking forward to working with the digitally printed fabric from Hawthorne Threads for months! If you missed our interview with them, take a look to learn more about their very cool, in-house digital process. Now with six collections to choose from (Norwegian Wood just debuted), the hardest part was deciding which would be the one for our project. We finally settled on Marsala – not only a beautiful collection of prints, but in the Pantone color of the year! Our backpack has classic carryall styling: from the padded, adjustable straps to the fold-over flap with a magnetic clasp to the fully-finished front zippered pocket. A great backpack in beautiful fabric: fashion meets function.

All-Weather Tote in Cotton Laminate

Friday, 20 February 2015 1:00

Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, one thing you learn right away is that you can't let a little rain stop you. If fact, you can't even let a lot of rain stop you. You have things to do, places to go, and people to see. You need a roomy shopping tote that can stand up to whatever the weather throws your way. Our All-Weather Tote features soft cotton laminate to whisk away the weather. We even used a weather-resistant zipper for the outside pocket. The inside is pretty cotton with a laminate facing. And with 5" boxed corners, this tote opens wide enough to handle a full load of power shopping.

Understitching: How to Create a Sharp, Seamed Edge

Thursday, 19 February 2015 1:00

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If you are new to sewing, some of the terminology can be confusing. Doesn't "bolt" mean to run away? Cutting something on the "bias" just sounds offensive. And, "feed dogs" seems more like a command than a sewing machine part. Trying to understand exactly what the various terms mean, how they work, and especially when to use them may seem daunting. But, as you learn each one, they'll become commonplace, and soon "nap" will mean more than dropping off for a little snooze. Today, we meet: understitching, which is not a seam done in a sneaky or under-handed manner and/or by Underdog. Read on to find out what it really is.

Hanging, 14-Pocket Wall Caddy for Sewing & More

Wednesday, 18 February 2015 1:00

There are so many great little tools for sewing. But you can't take advantage of them if you can't find them! Our sewing spaces can quickly start to look the famous kitchen "junk drawer" – a jumbled mess of stuff. How many times have you bought new supplies because you've misplaced the originals? I know I have! We've created a handy wall caddy with fourteen pockets to keep all your favorite notions organized and handy. 

Floral Wedding Gown Sash

Tuesday, 17 February 2015 1:00

One wedding accessory that was become very trendy over the last couple of years is the bridal gown sash. We found them as a recommendation in articles as well as for sale on a variety of sites, from high-end bridal specialty boutiques to Etsy. The going price was $200-$600 and up! With a few small cuts of luxury fabrics, such as lace, tulle, satin and organza, along with some beautiful pearl or crystal beads, you can create your own custom wedding sash for much, much less. Plus, it will be perfect for your colors and your wedding. The key to creating a beautiful look, such as you see on our sample, is to really experiment with color, texture and the placement of the flowers, beads and other embellishments until you get a look that's just right for the bride to be.

Sateen Clutch with Dimensional Ribbon Embellishment: Renaissance Ribbons

Monday, 16 February 2015 1:00

Two rows of dimensional ribbons front and back give this sleek clutch its elegant style. These gorgeous Jacquard ribbons are the newest from Amy Butler, part of her Violette collection for Renaissance Ribbons. They accent the Violette fabric of the clutch for a 3-D blend of saturated color and design. It's a perfect eye-catching accessory to pair with everything from a little black dress on an uptown evening to dressed-up jeans for a weekend getaway. 

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Canvas Bucket Bag with Cinched Top and Two-Piece Snap Strap

Thursday, 12 February 2015 1:00

This crisp, cute bag is based on the look of one of the latest handbag trends. We've spotted these popular bucket bags on nearly every high-end accessories site as well as on the arms of many fashion-forward celebrities. They sell-out nearly as fast as they arrive at top boutiques. We made the design our own by creating the look in a modern canvas with polished nickel hardware and a matching twisted cord for the signature cinched top. It has a casual nautical feel – perfect for the warmer days ahead. Set a course for style.

Sewing Smooth Curves Every Time

Wednesday, 11 February 2015 1:00

In home décor sewing, there are lots of squares and rectangles. Pillows, placemats, curtain panels... nice flat shapes with plenty of good ol' right angles. But, if life didn't throw us a few curves now and then, it wouldn't be a very interesting journey would it?! You may feel a little apprehensive about learning to sew curves, thinking you’re happy with all things square. But learning to bend those right angles is a necessary part of sewing, and opens up new, fun possibilities. With our help, it's easy to do too! 

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