Easy Last-Minute Valentines

Valentine’s day is tomorrow, and if you’re anything like me, you’ve procrastinated until the last minute and haven’t even come up with a so much as a card for your beloved.  Luckily, with some scrap fabric, paper, and a sewing machine, you can whip up an adorable card in minutes. First, grab some mid-to-heavy weight … Continued

The Right Tools for the Job

BERNINA offers a wide variety of specialty feet. It’s one of the many reasons we here at MD are so enamored with them. You may scoff but this is not over-indulgence. All these different feet are designed to aid your sewing, making it easier and less frustrating. Ever think about not painstakingly hand sewing on … Continued

Making new Friends: The Needle Shop

Recently, Michelle and I had the chance to spend nearly two weeks in the greater Chicago area. As you may have noticed from our facebook page, we were in BERNINA land. There were a total of three weeks of training, loads of wonderful people, the most amazing sewing machines ever made, and very c-c-cold weather. … Continued

Flat Felled Seams

You may have heard all the buzz around Colette Pattern‘s new men’s shirt, Negroni.  One of the great construction details involves flat felled seams.  Maybe you’ve used some other ways to finish seams before–could be pinking, serging, maybe even French seaming.  You use different seam finishes for different projects, taking into account the fabric, the … Continued

Sally’s Wish List

By Sally Hess! 1. Bernina 440QE As far as material THINGS go, I am pretty well covered. I have a family of wonderful women who also sew and who totally appreciate good tools. There really is nothing finer than sewing on a great machine (I have the Bernina 440QE and love it more than anything!) … Continued

Making a List

It’s the time of year for list-making; maybe for yourself or for the crafter in your life.  Here at MD we’re so lucky to have such a wonderful and knowledgable staff and group of teachers.  And what better way to compile your list of must-have work essentials than to get their top choices.  We’ll be … Continued

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