Readers…..Chime in!

Hi everyone, I got a question from a reader yesterday that I thought would be great for you all to chime in and help answer. I think we’ve all had to fix this problem at one time or another. Here is her email: Hi Linda, Thank you for your blog! I am working on my…

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Thank You!

The WordPress annual report just showed up in my inbox. I am speechless. There were over 290,000 visits to this blog in 2013! That’s about 800 per day….incredible! And you are reading this blog from 179 countries all over the world… (from some countries I have never heard of)…..even more incredible! Thank you to each…

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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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Should You Charge A Minimum Fee For Alterations?

I get asked this question alot. So, let’s take an example. This morning, I found a bag on my front porch. Inside was a pair of workout pants: The customer said there was a hole in the seam at the knee and would I stitch it up? Certainly! Here is a photo of the small…

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How To Alter a Top That's Too Low Cut

Have you ever tried to alter a blouse that was lower at the neck than you were comfortable with? To make this alteration, we are going to do two things: take up the front shoulder seam and take in the collar. Generally, you don’t need to take up the back of the blouse, but have the…

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Sewing With Treadle Machines in Africa

My family and I just returned from an amazing, life changing trip to Zambia, Africa! It is a trip we will never forget. Our daughter, Michelle, works for an orphan ministry called Every Orphans Hope. We wanted to go and see her working first hand and help where we could. There are 11 orphan homes…

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Teaching the Mamas How to Sew

Hi everyone, I just wanted to let you know that I will be in Zambia, Africa, for the next two weeks! Last summer, as many of you helped raise money to buy the mamas there each a sewing machine, God was impressing on my heart that I should be the one to go and teach…

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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 Avoid Ruining a Garment

Here’s  another good question from a reader… Judy wrote:  My question regards mistakes.  I’ve never destroyed anyone’s item (thank goodness!) but I’ve always been afraid of messing something up, especially an expensive item, like a prom or wedding dress.  Have any of you ever made an error like this?  If so, what did you do? Here’s…

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