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Tried and True Singer Machine

  When I was 16 my mother gave me one of the most precious things she’s ever given me. I got some of her artwork, a beautiful head she carved out of stone, an original Joy of Cooking cookbook, her gray serge wedding suit. I have enjoyed owning all these things but the one thing she gave ...

Quick-Sew Potholders

If you’re like me, you have a stash of fabric just waiting for inspiration to strike. Here’s a project that’ll unearth some of those treasured prints you’ve been saving to make something purposeful and beautiful. This quick and easy potholder set (one square, and one circular with a ...

Sewing Pleats

Pin together the pleats across the heading.Use pins to mark the pleats and spaces. Sew a vertical seam from the top to the bottom of the heading. To keep the pleats even at the top, place the pleat under the presser foot and turn the hand wheel so that the needle is inserted into the pleat 1/2 ...

Calculating Pleats and Spaces

Photo from Adobe Stock/whyframeshotTo begin, answer these questions:What type of hardware am I using?Traverse rodDecorative pole with rings (wood or metal)How will it traverse?Two-way draw from the centerOne-way to the left or right onlyBefore you begin calculating pleats and spaces you will ...

Basic Roman Shade

The basic, flat Roman shade is simple in style, and simple to make.Roman shades are made from flat panels of fabric with rings sewn to the back in columns. Cord is threaded through the rings and when it is pulled, the fabric is lifted into even, horizontal folds. Choose stable home décor ...

Sew a Simple Foraging Apron

When I’m harvesting wild plants, I usually carry a couple of baskets with me. But sometimes it’s a lot easier with a big ol’ pouch to put things in, especially if I have to, say, climb a tree to get what I need. This is where the foraging apron comes in. It also has pockets for keeping ...

Sewing

Walking through the local library today, I couldn't help but to notice sewing magazines on the magazine rack. That took me back down memory lane. More precisely to grades six through eight when every girl had to take home economics classes.Home economics class was pretty much one of the most ...

Sewing a Basic Smock Apron

Sewing a Basic Smock ApronConstruct this classic smock apron and embellish to dress up or stick with a basic design for an everyday apron. February 2018 By EllynAnne GeiselThe Apron Book: Making, Wearing, and Sharing a Bit of Cloth and Comfort(Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2017), by EllynAnne ...

Puzzled About Patterns

I do a lot of sewing since that is what my mother, grandmother, grandma’s mother, etc., did. However, I have had it pretty easy I guess. I remember looking at the picture of my grandmother and grandfather on their wedding day (shown below) and wondering if she really sewed that dress by hand ...

Denim Rag Bedspreads and Pocket Pillow Shams

Dear Friends,Once upon a time, many, many, many years ago, I decided to save all our worn-out denim jeans. I had some here and there in sacks in our attic, but eventually found a tall box, and continually added to it until the box was overflowing. I am now 74, and suddenly got in the mood to ...

Making Unpaper Towels

I try not to use paper towels for environmental reasons and also because I don’t like paying for them. I know they are inexpensive, but we try to be frugal as much as possible. Sometimes you do need something to wipe up with in the kitchen, so when I came across the idea of making un-paper ...

An Early Christmas Present From The Past

I have been sewing since I was a little girl. I learned on my mother’s machine and when I was a senior in high school, I received a sewing machine for a gift. It served me well sewing pillows, curtains, skirts, dresses, and many other things. However after 20 years, I had more trouble with ...

Making Hot Pads For Presents

Dear Friends,Doesn’t the word, homemade, make you think of a creative, resourceful person? I have always wanted to be that person who could make Christmas presents that were actually practical and appreciated, but the truth is, you need to start way ahead of time or it most likely won’t ...

The Fun Of Sewing For A Granddaughter

Dear Readers,Today’s blog is going to be about doing something I’ve always liked to do, but for various reasons, I just never get around to it anymore. Sewing! For quite some time, about all I’ve done is mending or shortening pants legs or curtains. That isn’t fun. I’ve noticed that ...

Make Your Own Towel Topper

I have been attempting simple projects lately to try to improve my sewing skills. Our old dish towels that hang on the fridge have been looking pretty beat so I decided to try a sewn towel topper.Many patterns online use a button as a fastener, but I wanted to try something easier than sewing ...

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