How to Permanently Restore a Mattress Pad

This post teaches you how to do more than temporarily mend your mattress pad. It shows you how to make a lasting fix that will keep you from getting frustrated with those cheap materials that mattress pads are made of these days!

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How to Replace a Jean or Pant Zipper

You know it’s time to replace a zipper when the teeth are missing or the zipper tab has pulled away from the teeth, like this one: It’s almost impossible to put the tab back on the track. (But if the tab has broken off and the zipper is still intact, you can always just replace…

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How To Add Lining and Hem Your Drapes or Curtains

Finding drapes in the color, length and fabric you need is not an easy task, unless you get them custom made. But that is expensive. I found a set of drapes in the color and style I wanted, but the length was too long. Also, when I stood on the curb outside, they didn’t look good…

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Quick Gift Idea

I went to my quilt group the other day and one of the ladies had an impromptu craft to share with us. Those of you (and I’m not one of you!) who are handy with paper crafts can figure this out by looking at it. It’s a star ornament filled with 6 Hershey kisses. It’s…

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How to Alter a Top With an Elastic Hem

You’ve seen these blouses everywhere: They’ve got elastic running around the bottom edge. Many women complain that they don’t like how they look when they wear them and pass up the idea of buying them. Altering them is an easy fix. Just trim off the elastic close to the edge: I use sharp small scissors…

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How To Replace a Zipper in a Jacket or Coat

If you read my last post on How Much To Charge To Replace a Zipper, I promised I’d be back to show you how to put in a new zipper. Here’s the jacket with the broken zipper: The zipper teeth didn’t hold together when the jacket was zipped: Before you begin, be sure and choose…

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How To Make a Sewing Pattern

A question came in yesterday asking how to line the inside of a nightgown. Without having the original pattern, one might think it impossible. But, I have found an answer to that diemma and I’d like to share it with you. Call it my early Christmas gift to you! All you need is some wide…

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How To Sew On Satin Covered Buttons

I admit I don’t get a request to sew on satin covered buttons very often. It’s happened twice in eight years. You’ve seen these before, right? They are usually seen on wedding dresses or other bridal items. The button is covered in satin on one side and has a softly padded shank on the other. As…

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How To Make Pillows Fast!

Because we have a wedding in 2 months, because my outdoor pillows and cushions are completely sunfaded, and because I had about twenty minutes on my hands, I decided it was time to recover them. Heads up: There won’t be any zippers, velcro, snaps, buttons, or anything! Are you game? Ok, let’s talk fabric. I…

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A Question For You

Each morning my inbox is full of great questions. I love to help you figure out your sewing dilemmas. Today, however, I thought it would be fun for you  to answer a question from one of our readers! It isn’t about an alteration. It’s about technique and experience. And I figure there are probably many good answers…

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