How To Alter a Top With a Low Neckline

Have you ever tried to alter a blouse that was lower in the front than you were comfortable with? It can be a little intimidating to try and figure it out. I have a frilly blouse here that needs this alteration and I hope after reading all about how to alter this top with a…

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Oh Mama!

I thought you might like to see what some readers to this blog contributed to last summer. If you missed the original posts, you’ll find the first one entitled Sewing in Zambia and the second one called Update on Zambia. Our daughter works for an orphan ministry in Texas called Every Orphan’s Hope. There are…

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Sewing in Zambia

Hi Everyone, Some of you know that our daughter, Michelle, works for a ministry called Every Orphan’s Hope. It is an organization that has rescued orphans in Zambia, Africa, and built homes for these children to live in. Each orphan home has 8 children and one widowed “mama” who cares for the children. For several years, the mamas…

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Celebrate With Me…It’s Free!

Today is the 3rd  anniversary of this blog and I thought you might like to know how it all started. About seven years ago, a customer came to my door needing his suit jacket altered. As I spoke to him about the changes that needed to be made on it, he asked me if I…

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Fun At The Wedding Reception

This is a sewing related post, even though the title doesn’t sound like it! As I mentioned in the previous post, we held two receptions for our daughter’s wedding. One was held at the church. The second was a family dinner at a public golf club in the next town. Here are the newlyweds leaving the church:…

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Wedded Bliss!

Thank you for your sweet emails and congrats on our daughter’s wedding! It was a wonderful day! The weather was perfect and the ceremony divine While we’re still waiting for the photographer to give us the photos (how long do they usually take? It’s been about 6 weeks), I couldn’t resist sharing a couple of…

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Hemming With Twin Needles

Have you ever sewn with twin needles? They are awesome! Schmetz makes several different kinds. This is one of them: You can find them at Joann Fabrics. Schmetz makes twin needles where the needles are different widths apart, which is really nice. Do you see the numbers at the bottom of the package of twin…

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Taking in the Waist and Center Back on Denim Pants and Skirts

One of the more common alterations I do is taking in the waist and center back on pants, jeans and skirts. Most people try and solve this problem by just making a dart or two in the back of the pants. That doesn’t work too well if your pants or skirt is made of thick fabric…

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How To Sew a Partial Hem

There are many instances where you may need to sew just part of a hem. Maybe you have a skirt that is uneven, too long in the front or back, or maybe you have pants with the same problem. Many times, when I get a bridal gown to alter, the bride likes the train length…

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Keeping Your Notions Handy

Last week I showed you my sewing room. Today, I ‘d like to show you how I organize it. I was raised by a very organized mother. She taught me well. When you are finished with something, it goes right back where it belongs. But I’m not as good as I used to be. I…

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