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

Fashion With a Conscience

Modified Style is an annual fashion show fundraiser with a focus on sustainable sewing practices benefiting three Portland-area non-profits. The show is run by Andrea Fretwell, Janessa Philemon-Kerp, and Laura Boley and is open to all skill levels. Designers receive a bag of donated scrap fabric and have one month to make a wearable creation. … Continued

The Cutting Edge

Sometimes as sewists we don’t always think about taking care of the items in our toolkits until a tool either breaks or is too dull to cut. But we all know that blunt scissors, pins and seam rippers are a pain when you’re trying to finish sewing that last-minute gift at 2 AM. You can … Continued

What is Intermediate anyway?

Like many sewing establishments, we list our classes by skill level. But how do you define skill in this wide world of sewing? I have been sewing for 15 years and am probably a solid intermediate sewist with guts. Here are my thoughts, on what it takes to fall into one of these categories, and … Continued

Kids that Sew: The Next Level

Here is a post from Shelly about a few of her new upcoming kids sewing classes. These classes are designed to  get kids ages 8-18 sewing and they usually complete at least a couple projects in a two or three week class. We have moved most of our regular school year classes to the weekends … Continued

Happy Holidays and Holiday Hours

We will be closed today at 3:00 pm through January 4th. You are still able to sign up for classes and purchase gift certificates on the website. We are so looking forward to sewing with you in the next year! Happy Holidays to all!

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