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More DIY Dressmaker’s Tracing Paper

After making a double-sided tracing cloth using washable crayons, I decided to try making single sided tracing paper as well, since commercially available wax-free paper just doesn’t mark well, and professional waxed tracing paper is expensive and makes permanent marks

Posted in Patternmaking, Sewing

3-Step Zig-Zag Disc for Singer Slant Machines

I’ve made 3D printed 3-step and 2-step zig-zag discs for vintage Singer sewing machines that take the top hat style fashion discs. The only multi-step zig-zag stitch these machines come with is a 4-step zig-zag, which in my opinion is

Posted in Vintage Sewing Machines

Girl’s Jalie Jeans – A Happy Accident

A lot of my recent sewing projects have been for my kids. Jeans and t-shirts, mostly. I can’t believe the lengths I will go to to avoid clothes shopping. I would so much rather be doing selfish sewing, but then

Posted in Sewing

How to Get Knit Neckband Ribbing the Perfect Length Every Time

I’ve tried various methods for calculating the length of knit neckbands. I did not get good results with the methods I used. First I looked for neckband calculations online, and then when I realized different people gave different advice, I

Posted in Patternmaking

Labor Day Sale

All of the half scale dress form patterns in my Etsy and Craftsy shops are 20% off from August 31 through September 4!  

Posted in Half-Scale Patternmaking and Sewing

DIY Dressmaker’s Tracing Cloth

Back in the day when I started sewing, the dressmaker’s tracing paper available to home sewers was waxy, similar to professional waxed tracing paper. It made good marks, but they were permanent. The wax-free tracing paper commonly available to home

Posted in Patternmaking, Sewing

Brother 2340CV Cover Stitch Machine Survival Guide

I’ve had my Brother 2340CV cover stitch machine for about a year. I wanted a cover stitch machine that could make wide cover stitches, narrow cover stitches, and could use a binder attachment. Buying a cover stitch machine was already

Posted in Sewing, Sewing machine reviews

Miniature Arm Pattern

  I’ve created a new arm pattern for my DIY miniature dress forms. A couple of people asked about an arm pattern for the half-scale dress forms recently, so I figured it was time to make one. The arm attaches

Posted in Half-Scale Patternmaking and Sewing

Half Scale and Full Size Alder Dresses

I bought Grainline’s Alder shirtdress pattern a year and a half ago, but I didn’t get around to sewing this dress until last winter, when it was too cold to wear it. It’s finally starting to feel like summer around

Posted in Half-Scale Patternmaking and Sewing, Sewing

3D Printed Sewing Machine Parts

I decided to attempt to make a 3-step zig-zag special disc for my Singer 411G. In my opinion the 4-step zig-zag that is built in just isn’t a substitute. I usually use a 3-step zig-zag when I’m sewing through elastic,

Posted in Vintage Sewing Machines
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