Saturday, July 31, 2010

Don't Eat Pete - Downloadable Game

Download your board and instructions at Sparkle Power. I can't wait to try it tomorrow with the kids (we'll be using cheerios ... we don't need more sugar in this house!)

Homemade Bubbles

Summer should be filled with bubbles. Making your own is definately cheaper. No more worries about the kids spilling and dumping it. Check out the complete tutorial/recipe at Sparkle Power.

It's the glycerin which really makes the difference!!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Jeans Fly - Zipper

How to sew a jeans zipper fly. Check out the complete tutorial at Stitches and Seams.

Perfect Curved Patch Pocket

Easy method for PERFECT curves. Check out the complete tutorial at Stitches and Seams.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Divide Serger Thread

Save yourself some money by only buying ONE spool of serger thread, especially when it's a weird color that you won't use often. Check out the complete tutorial at My Measuring Tape. Be sure to read the comments, there are some other ideas there as well.

Resource: Where to buy knit and other fabrics

Sew Liberated has some great some great links ... and some that are really expensive. Be sure to read the comments as there as some great resources there as well.

Made by Rae shares her sources in her tutorial for making baby tights.

MADE tells us where to get some in downtown LA, with some online links at the end.

**My** favorites are Spandex World and

jersey, interlock, etc ....

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Tips for Sewing with Knits

For some reason knits are scary to most home sewers. You don't need a serger, here are some of my favorite tips and techniques for sewing with knits on your regular sewing machine.

Sew, Mama, Sew has some tips, plus how to do a mock-coverstitch.

Sew, Mama, Sew has even more tips on embellishing and appliques using knits ... including adding woven ruffles to knits fabric. Just remember to remove your gathering stitches after sewing on with a zig-zag or it wont stretch!!

MADE has some tips on her tutorial for the 90-Minute shirt, inlcuding binding with rib knits.

Fishsticks and Fries has tips including hemming.

Including: Coverstitch, Rolled-Hem, Lettuce Edge, Faux-Coverstitch, ZigZag

Sew, Mama, Sew has an all about sergers, (that serger is a GREAT beginning serger and reasonably priced!)

Threads primer on sewing knits.

My favorite book, Sew U: Home Stretch by Wendy Mullin. She discusses sewing with a traditional sewing machine as well as a serger and even touches on coverstitch machines (lightly).

Some recommend using spray starch to help stabilize knits while sewing ... I've never tried it since I use my serger and not my sewing machine ... but here is a recipe on how to make your own spray starch (scroll to the bottom).

Coverstitch Tutorials

Coverstitch machines make 2 (or 3) lines of parallel stitches on the top and the underside looks like serger loops. You can find anything you ever wanted to know about coverstitch machines, tutorials and attachments on Stitches and Seams.

Here are *some* of the things they are used for: hemming, binding, necklines, beltloops

I have the Brother 2340, purchased from LOVE it.

Sewing Tool - Bamboo Skewer

Check out the complete tutorial at Southern Matriarch.