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

Shelly’s Wonderful Last Minute Gift List

by Shelly Figueroa! ALL ITEMS AVAILABLE AT MD 1. Kuroha Thread Clipper I have a 1980 Bernina 1130–it’s rocks but the thread cutter on the side is shot and I just don’t have the time to take it to the “fix it” shop so this little clipper is exactly what I need. 2. Buttonhole Cutter with Wood … Continued

Autumn’s Wish List

by Autumn Lapour! 1. Fasturn My life was changed when it comes to making straps of any kind when Lupine showed me the magic of the Fasturn turning tools.  No more safety pins and too much time.  Turning a strap takes just a few seconds with the turning tools.  I just wish I had my own set at … Continued

Daniela’s Wish List

by Daniela Caine! 1. Seam gauge I didn’t even know that a nifty little thing like this existed! Let’s face it, hems are always the last step of a sewing project and by then I just want to get it done and wear my new creation. Usually I wing it and even though I can … Continued

Meredith’s Wish List

by Meredith Neal! 1. Babylock Imagine The first time I used the Imagine I knew it had to be mine. When I think about all the years I’ve threaded and rethreaded in frustration…it is honestly the easiest serger to use—threading, changing the needles, switching between a roll hem and an overlock. I could go on … Continued

eat.shop Portland

First off, you know Portland is unique. There are so many great restaurants, shops, galleries,  & art spots all over town. Each neighborhood is chock full. Why not venture out from your usual haunts and try something new. And what could be a better guide to the uniqueness of Portland local businesses than eat.shop. As … 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

Love your neighbors

It’s a social revolution and it starts here, now.  Maybe you’ve heard about Small Business Saturday, the movement to encourage holiday shoppers to remember and support small businesses in their communities.  Sounds good, right?  Many of you know Modern Domestic is a part of the Supportland network, a Portland-based small business-promoting community and rewards initiative.  In their … Continued

Buttonholes Made Easy

Gone are the days of bulky buttonhole attachments as large as your machine. Welcome to the 21st century–these Berninas are not your grandmother’s sewing machine.  Let’s look at the effortlessly awesome key buttonhole, available on the Bernina 350PE and up. One quick note as you’re threading up your machine.  There is a finger on the … Continued


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