17 February, 2014
Linda74Sews added the technique Unexpected Tools for Sewers
Don’t you just love it when something so unexpected becomes a convenient and useful tool in the sewing room? I’m talking about a simple flat head screwdriver and a wallpaper roller. You heard me ri…
Linda74Sews added the technique Hemming Jeans - Fast & Easy!
Let’s face it, everyone wears jeans. Young, old and especially anyone in between wear them for just about any occasion. Jeans are typically manufactured in very long lengths so shortening them is a…
5 October, 2013
Linda74Sews added the technique Perfect lapped seams
Lapped seams are a great way to help reduce bulk when it comes to sewing certain fabrics like fleece, and many heavy wools whose raw edges won’t fray. The exposed raw edge give the garment a clean,…
28 August, 2013
Linda74Sews added the technique Tape to Secure Seams
How many times have you cut across a seam line which unlocks the stitching and the seam then begins to open up? Case in point, when you trim away excess length for a hem. On some fabrics the seam …
26 August, 2013
Linda74Sews added the project Twist and turn trimmed dress
A simple T-shirt style dress made in a lightweight rayon floral print with a twist and turn ruffle trim on the sleeve edge.
21 August, 2013
Linda74Sews added the technique The Right Sewing Machine Needle
Not all sewing machine needles are alike and as any experienced sewer knows, using the right one can make a huge difference in the quality of your stitching. The same, of course, can be said of fab…
17 August, 2013
16 August, 2013
Linda74Sews added the technique A Handy Scrap of Fabric
Don’t throw away your scraps. Pack up the big pieces and keep a few smaller ones nearby as you work on projects. I always keep a scrap of the fabric from the project I am working on near my machin…
1 August, 2013
Linda74Sews commented on the technique Nuts & Washers as pattern weights
Those work too. In fact those were my pattern weights as well till now. If you can find these big ones, the nuts and washers are so much easier than the cans and I find I use them more frequently. …
31 July, 2013
Linda74Sews added the technique Silk thread for basting
I always keep a spool of silk thread in my sewing box. Usually one in a bright color – bright yellow is my color of choice. It’s my go-to thread for hand basting and it should be yours too. Many ye…
29 July, 2013
Linda74Sews added the technique Square Points
When sewing to create square corners, most pattern instructions tell the sewer to stitch, pivot 90 degrees and continue stitching. They further instruct the sewer to trim off the corner point seam …
17 July, 2013
Linda74Sews added the technique Hold those thread tails!
How many times have you started to sew a seam and before you barely get going the machine locks up? Or, when you look at the underside of a locked seam there is a jumbled mess of threads knotted up…
11 July, 2013
Linda74Sews commented on the project butterick b5567
The jacket looks lovely on you. Cute pattern. Great style.
Linda74Sews commented on the project Pretty Jean Pocket Tips
Pretty details indeed. Very clever.
10 July, 2013
Linda74Sews added the technique Nuts & Washers as pattern weights
Sewers everywhere are using giant metal washers and nuts as pattern weights. And for good reason. They are so much cheaper than the commercial ones sold in fabric stores and work equally well. The …
9 July, 2013
Linda74Sews added the technique Hem Prep Sleeves
Hems are usually the last step in the construction of a garment and that usually includes hemming the sleeves. But, is that really the best time to hem them?
In the sequence of constructing slee…
26 June, 2013
24 June, 2013
Linda74Sews added the project Knockoffs
Two new knockoffs of an existing shirt made with the ruboff technique.
19 June, 2013
Linda74Sews added the technique Organizing the fabric stash
If you are anything like me when fabric goes on sale for 50% off its time to buy and stock up. Sometimes no particular project is in mind but the fabric is too pretty to pass up. As a consequence, …
Linda74Sews added the technique Sewing seams on sheer fabrics
Tops and dresses made of sheer fabrics are very popular these days but sewing with these unpredictable fabrics can be a real pain. Aside from dealing with their sliver thin, slippery nature the sim…
20 April, 2013
Linda74Sews commented on the technique Narrow hem
I have tried so many methods that simply haven’t worked well for me, so I am very anxious to try this one as your method seems to address what is so confounding about using a rolled hem foot on ve…
2 April, 2013
Linda74Sews added the project My Karen Kane Knockoff
My copy of a Karen Kane shirt I like by using the rub-off method.
Linda74Sews commented on the project Batwing Dress (Tutorial!)
So very cute. You look darling in it. Clever design.
Linda74Sews commented on the project peek-a-boo pink
Stunning dress. Love the lace insert – so on trend and the silhouette has wonderful detail. Brava
27 March, 2013
Linda74Sews added the project Princess Line White Shirt
One never has enough white shirts. This one is a basic blouse with princess lines and 3/4 length sleeves in an embroidered cotton. Looks great with jeans and just about anything else. Made from Mc…
21 March, 2013
Linda74Sews commented on the project Cowl Dress With Faux Leather Sleeves
Cool dress indeed. Clever mix of fabric/leather. Looks great and edgy on you.
19 March, 2013
Linda74Sews commented on the project Burda 11/2012 Theater Dress
Linda74Sews commented on the project Wedding dress and jacket!
BELLISSIMA! My congrats to you and your new husband. The dress is lovely and you look beautiful in it.
Linda74Sews commented on the project fragile dream♥
So feminine, so lovely. The lace detail is beautiful. Hope it’s for someplace special.
15 March, 2013
Linda74Sews added the technique Pin Stablizer
When sewing with your sewing machine it is recommended you remove pins rather than sew over them to prevent needle/pin breakage and seam distortion. I keep a dish of pins next to my machine but fi…