Difficult Fabrics – Working With Pleated Fabrics

Difficult fabrics can be beautiful

Have you ever had to work with difficult fabrics?  If you’ve been sewing for any length of time, you probably have.  You know the ones.  The slippery fabrics that move around the table by themselves.  Or the loosely woven fabrics that begin to fray the moment you begin cutting.  Or fabrics with a nap, such as velvet, where special […]

How to sew a interlock stitch in drapery panels

An interlock stitch in drapery panel

When making multi width drapery panels, adding an interlock stitch at the seams will help keep the seams lined up as they hang.  Without this stitch the fabric layers may shift making the draperies look untidy or messy. Here are a few quick and easy steps to add an interlock stitch to your drapery panels.  Work from […]

Three quick sewing tips for efficiency in the workroom.

Today I have three sewing tips for you to use for more efficiency in the workroom.  First of all you’ll need a few simple things in order to use the tips I’m sharing.  1.  A thumbnail; 2.  Blue painters tape; and 3.  A magnet.  Oh, and as these are sewing tips, you will also need […]

What do sewing thread and spices have in common?

Organize thread and spices

What do sewing thread and spices have in common?  Nothing really.   Other than when your sewing thread and spices are organized it is easier to find what you are looking for, making you more efficient at what you are doing. As a workroom owner, keeping sewing thread organized by color and thread type helps me in more […]

Sewing invisible zippers next to welt cord

When inserted correctly, only the zipper pull shows.

I used to be afraid to sew an invisible zipper next to welt cord …………. until I tried it.  And it worked well.  And all I was able to see was the zipper pull.  And the pillow turned out beautifully, do you agree? After several people shared their concerns with me about sewing this type of zipper, I decided […]