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Block Fusing

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So you are cutting a pattern. You finish all of the fashion fabric and then it is on to the interfacing. Gotta go and get it out. Cut that too and then painstakingly align to the correct pieces to the fashion fabric– and they seem to never align properly, so you have little bits that need to be trimmed off. This method is ok for a few pieces, but when … Read More →

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Photos From My Archive

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I love to throw things away. I hate clutter and messes. Things that are not useful have to go. However, I retain a soft spot in my heart for clothing that I have purchased just because it is beautiful and interesting. I have purchased many vintage items over the years, despite the fact I am not a vintage type of gal (I prefer my tshirt and jeans). As I am … Read More →

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Stitching Up Paris

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When I visited Paris for the first time I wanted to make sure that I did not miss the prime sewing spots. I needed an expert. I sought out the expertise of Barbara from Stitching Up Paris to be my guide and she did not disappoint. If you are headed that direction, make sure to look her up. Not only did she help out with going to the hot spots, … Read More →

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Sewing Gadgets

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As I was sorting through my miscellaneous sewing paraphernalia looking for a zipper, I happened across a couple of vintage tools that I inherited from my grandmothers sewing collection. Now I am not a gadget sewer. I am virtually on the caveman equivalent of sewing tools– by choice as a purist. I really dislike having to rely on more than I need to for my projects. However, I cannot help … Read More →

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Notches

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Traditionally home sewing patterns are riddled with outward facing triangles. These notches serve as a marker on the corresponding adjoining piece to ensure the garment goes together properly when the notches match up. These little bits are especially difficult to maneuver around with a pair of scissors. Sure practice makes perfect, but I personally hate cutting and anything that can expedite the process is always welcome. Traditionally mass production patterns have the … Read More →

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