Tip Tuesday/Fail Friday

Using a snap press to install fashion snaps

I have a sewing confession to make: I hate buttonholes. While my machine has an automatic button hole foot, sometimes things go awry, and picking out those tiny stitches gives me a neck-ache. Which leads me to my new snap obsession! Snaps are quick and easy to install, and lend a professional look to many…

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Feelin’ like a Vixen!

Have you ever had a “unicorn fabric”? A specific print or piece that you’ve chased after for so long, it’s become about as real as a unicorn, always just out of reach? The “Vixen” french terry from Sly Fox Fabrics was one such unicorn (I hate to admit, I’ve had a few!), always snatched up…

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Fail Friday: Perfectionism!

My “fail” this week isn’t a specific project, but more of a mind-set. I’ve suffered from “perfectionism” all my life- as a child, my dad used to offer to pay me for getting a grade below an “A”- and I never took him up on it! I graduated high school, college, and grad school all…

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Tip Tuesday: Refashion it!

Last week, I posted my #failfriday, a dress I had partially cut out and then found myself short of fabric to finish. Many fellow seamstresses commiserated with me about the situation, and offered helpful suggestions on how to salvage the fabric and save the project (thank you!). I spent the weekend considering these ideas, and…

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Fail Friday: Fabric Planning Fail!

I was super excited the other day, when I was able to get my Centerfield/Scarlet Swing dress mash-up out of a single yard of fabric. I mean, a whole dress for $7? What’s not to love? In fact, I was so excited, that I assumed I could get it out of any yard in my…

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Tip Tuesday: Pattern Storage and Organization

By now, you know that I own more than a few patterns. I actually don’t know the full number- it’s probably in the thousands (asking a seamstress how many patterns or yards of fabric she owns is akin to asking a woman her age. Just don’t do it if you want to be happy. Compliment…

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Fail Friday: Sewing Machine Maintenance (or lack thereof)

I have a confession to make: I am a BAD BAD BAD sewing machine owner. I haven’t maintained my machine properly in over three years. Aside from some occasional dusting and a few forays into the bobbin case with my lint brush, I haven’t oiled her, cleaned her, or taken her in for professional maintenance.…

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Tip Tuesday: Flat or in the Round?

Have you ever heard the terms “flat” vs “in the round”? This refers to two methods for attaching a binding or band to a garment, and knowing how (and when) to use each method is a useful sewing technique to have in your arsenal! Check out my video that demonstrates each option!   Don’t miss…

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Tip Tuesday: Hey! That’s my baby! (and my photo)

I went a little Momma Bear on the internet a couple days ago, and I want to tell you why (and what you can do about it if it happens to you!). If you’ve been living under a rock (or hiding under one to avoid my rampage), let me sum it up: some SUPER SHADY…

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Fail Friday: Sarah vs. the Internet

For today’s Fail Friday I bring you a contest of wills, a harrowing battle between me and the ‘net. Think of me staring down the faceless enemy that is the WEB, dancing around the ring inside Facebook, trying to maintain a video connection while sewing LIVE in front of 1.9K people. I wish I could…

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