Tuesday, July 29, 2014

How to Tie the Perfect Bow on a dress

So now that my youngest is going into Kindergarten I am going back to teaching full time.  However I still LOVE my sewing, but will not be able to do as much in my shop as I'd like.  In the past few years I've developed NUMEROUS patterns that I've used countless times for boutique orders and custom orders.  So, instead of closing my shop completely I've decided to offer the patterns to the public on my ETSY shop for sale.  Currently I am looking for pattern testers for the Peasant Twirl Dress Pattern with optional Bottom Band or Bottom Ruffle. 

If you are interested please email me or leave a comment below and I will contact you.  In the mean time, I am beginning to offer mini tutorials for things that would be helpful to the people purchasing the patterns. 

1st up....How to tie the Perfect Bow on the back of these cute little dresses.  I know some of you may know how this is done already, but for me, I actually had to look it up.  My bows NEVER sat properly on the back of the dress right.  It was all wompy and lopsided...if those are words.  Anyways, I finally found a way to ENSURE that it is the same every time I tie it.  And it always looks beautiful in photographs. 

So this is my 1st video tut...please no judgements, but let me know if I can improve somewhere. 

Friday, January 10, 2014

Scissors....Which What Kind of How Many

Scissors.  Who would’ve thought I would be so amazed by the amount of different scissors and cutting tools out there.  But if you have done any sewing what so ever, you know that a good pair of scissors is an absolute MUST in the sewing world.  So when I asked my husband for a couple new pair of good scissors for Christmas I had no idea what I had asked him to do. I think he had an anxiety attach just looking for it.  So without further ado, here is a quick list of some different scissors and cutting tools out there. 


·       Shears are the largest type of general sewing scissors. They are generally 6 to 9 inches long, and have a bent handle, with one large hole for fingers and one smaller one for the thumb. This angle in the handle allows you to cut fabric while holding your hand above the table, to enable easier cutting. Shears are extremely sharp, and should only be used to cut fabric or threads to maintain their sharp edge.  I am using 2 right now.  Fiskar’s 8” Soft touch Titanium Mufti-Purpose Scissors are one of them that I probably use the most daily.  I got them a few years ago at my local Jo-Ann’s store using a 50% off coupon.  I have never used them for anything other than fabric and they have stayed extremely sharp.  I am having them sharpened for the first time next week.  However, my favorite shears for fabric are the Gingher knife edge Bent Trimmer Shears.  They are a little more on the pricey side, but cut through fabric like butter!

Pinking shears

·         Pinking shears are a specialized type of shears, generally used to finish edges of fabric. They create a zigzag edge on the fabric, as opposed to a straight line. Pinked edges are less likely to ravel in a finished garment, so pinking shears are valuable in garment sewing.  I have one kind of pinking shears that I use for trimming seam allowances and small things.  The larger projects I use a rotary cutter that has a pinking edge on it.  The ones I use now are the Fiskar’s Durasharp Pinking Shears.  They aren’t all that bad, but they did dull out pretty quickly.  That is why I usually use the rotary cutter instead. 


  • General scissors are usually less than 6 inches long and have a straight handle. They are useful during the sewing process for clipping corners of fabric, cutting excess seam allowances and evening hems. General scissors can also be known as embroidery scissors, and are frequently used in decorative needlework projects.  I have so many random pairs of scissors in my sewing room it wouldn’t do this post justice to list them all.  Some are small, some are longer, some are dull, and some are super sharp.  Most of them I’ve had for years and years, even before I was sewing.  They just seem to keep collecting for some reason. 

Applique scissors

  • Applique scissors are used, naturally, in applique work. They have one regular blade and one rounded blade. The rounded blade is held against the fabric, slipping in between the layers to be cut, while the pointed blade stays above the fabric and does the cutting. The rounded blade is less likely to cut the bottom layer, making it easier to neatly cut the applique shapes smoothly while maintaining a sharp and clean edge.  These are my newest scissors in my collection.  I finally got some really great ones for Christmas and I have no idea how I have done any embroidery and applique work without them.  They are not a must, but a really GREAT to have item when you are doing applique work.  I use Gingher Applique scissors like these.  Sometime they are also referred to as spoonbill scissors. 

Snips or Embroidery Scissors

  • Snips are very small scissors, about the size of the palm of your hand, with blades about an inch long. They generally don't have holes for your fingers. Instead, the snip is held and squeezed to close the blades. Snips are used for cutting threads during the sewing process. They can be straight or curved.  I like using the curved ones for my work and currently have 1 pair.  I am in the market for another pair and need to have these sharpened.  I always have them on me because it has a lanyard on it and a cover so I don't hurt myself.  Its kinda handy.  :)

There are many many more different kinds, sizes, and brands, but basically this is it.  I hope that it helps a little for a beginner sewer who is looking for the right tools to get started. 

Join me tomorrow as I briefly discuss rotary cutters and mats.

I didn't receive any royalties of products for this post, it is just my opinion and information that was taken from the following site to help with definitions.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

New Year/New Start...Back to Basics-Sewing Tools

Since we've begun a new and exciting year, I thought I'd back up and start at the beginning.  For those of you who have been sewing for a while most of this is old news for you, but it wouldn't hurt to brush up on your sewing tool knowledge. 

Today I want to make sure we just list the basic tool categories for machine sewing that we will need .  Each day I will to go into detail a little about each category by listing the tools that are necessary and some that are helpful.  Please feel free to leave a comment if I've left anything off.  However, you will find with each post I will cover a bunch of things. 

Tools for Machine Sewing

1.  Machines
2.  Rulers and measuring tools
3.  Scissors and Cutting Tools
4.  Tracing and Marking Tools
5.  Pins and Needles
6.  Thread
7.  Bobbin
8.  Pressing Tools

You will see in the days to come that there are tons of information and tools under each of these categories.  I will tell you briefly about each one and if you absolutely need it or if its just good to have. 

Join me tomorrow as I talk in detail about Scissors.  I recently got some new scissors for Christmas and realize how much easier my work has been since I got them. 

Thank you for taking to time to read and as always, please feel free to contact me via email or in the comment section below.