Zippered Pouches for All! and a Giveaway

At Bolt on Sunday, I was overwhelmed by the awesomeness of their fabrics. Some of these are so wonderful (and while I could buy fabric just about every day) but these days I try to buy fabrics only when I need them.  Need…want…need…want. It can be a fine line. I realized my zippered pouch class … Continued

Sergery: Textured Nylon vs. Polyester (especially for roll hems!)

Traditionally, sewists use polyester cone thread for serger sewing. Polyester is good because it’s strong and cone thread maximizes yardage. Sergers are thread-eaters! You can actually use a variety of threads in a serger–metallic threads, thin ribbons, fishing line-like nylon, & textured nylon. We carry Maxi-Lock at the store (it’s an industry standard) but Gutermann … Continued

Sergery–Understanding Differential Feed

Differential Feed. You may have seen this term in your serger manual or printed on the face of your machine and wondered what it means. It’s one of the many features that distinguishes a sewing machine from a serger. First off, a serger has two individual sets of feed dogs unlike a sewing machine. They’re … Continued

Family Portrait

You know, it’s pretty rare for all of us to be at the store at the same time, but this afternoon the stars aligned. We’re always happy to be together; giggling, (us girls more than Tony the Tiger, he mostly rolls his eyes and snickers lovingly at us) sharing funny non-MD stories (Michelle usually takes … Continued

Tools for Sergery

There are a few supplies or tools I always keep right by my serger. I like having these accessible while I’m sitting prepping for work. Having just taught another session of Serger Basic Vol. 1, I showed a whole new group of students how helpful these tools can be. They’re all really quite small, and mostly … Continued

Sergery–Common Stitches

Sergers are very misunderstood machines. They seem so intimidating–all that thread, all those needles and loopers! They can be easy and fun to use, versatile, and can take your work from looking home sewn to professional. Sure, threading them may be *slightly* more complex than your standard sewing machine but they are by far easier … Continued

More and more machines…

…keep arriving. And as it turns out, it’s a little something for everyone. Take a spin on the new top-of-the-line bernette for BERNINA, the bernette 25. Pretty. Saddle on up to the newest entry level BERNINA, the 215. Prettier. The clouds in the heavens part to reveal sunlight directly aimed at this beauty, the BERNINA … Continued

Stitching, Decoratively.

There’s a lot of conversations around here about the use of decorative stitches.  Purpose and whatnot. And really the consensus is, use them anytime! They are great for enhancing and embellishing–as an extra touch on a skirt or dress or even on home dec or craft projects. A great place to look at decorative stitches … Continued


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