Happy 239th Birthday USMC




Show me the money! (Or DIY)

I never imagined how much money I’d be spending to indulge my sewing/machine embroidery habit. When I query “Neat Receipts” for a tally of how much I’ve spent on this habit that I thought would save me money in the long term, I’ve discovered that this alleged money-saving habit has manifested itself as a substantial long term investment. Yikes!

In an effort to wrangle the hemorrhaging of my purse into the cash registers of the craft stores, I’ve decided to employ the use of inexpensive alternatives or absolute DIY/hack whenever possible. Sure, there will be some things that will require a trip to the store, but I’m definitely trying to avoid it.

Sewing Room Enemy #1: The Shakey Sewing Table

I absolutely refused to purchase purchase a new sewing table to alleviate the shaking of my Husqvarna Viking Designer Diamond Royale. The machine sounds like a truck on a freeway and the shaking is something akin to a spaceship exiting the atmosphere. Onward to the simple fix…

Something was needed to absorb the shock, so I picked up a yoga mat. I couldn’t just have any old yoga mat, it had to be something that didn’t cost an arm and a leg. Thank goodness for dollar stores! I picked up a yoga mat for $2.99 vice spending $12 the same mat (same brand) at the big box store.

Sewing Room Enemy #2: Dependable Storage

“Fancy Pants” designer names

By no means am I up to snuff when it comes to the super-stylistically-fancy and uber-expensive designers.  As a matter of fact, in spite of my years of a couple of foreign language classes, I can barely pronounce the names of most designers. Now thanks to Rosie Reeves over at Harper’s Bazaar, I can now hob-nob with the best of them should I ever find myself in the company of the fashion elite post-winning powerball ticket.

Check out this link: How to Pronounce Designer Names 101

Enjoy! May Neiman Markup be with you!

An unbiased truth about True Bias

I attended a sewing event recently and one of the attendees mentioned “true bias” when describing the very beautiful linen mandarin jacket that she had made. “True bias?” I thought, “what the heck is that?” And it was off to Google I went. Goggle defines true bias as:


Because I can actually read, the definition makes sense, but how exactly does that fit into what I am trying to accomplish with my sewing? It’s all a about the flow, baby! Perhaps “flow” isn’t the right word, but let’s make it fit. A garment cut on the bias has the 45 degrees flowing down over the body. Cutting fabric diagonally across the grain, causes the material to drape fluidly and elegantly across the body. It’s an expensive way to cut due to it’s inefficient use of fabric and is often used for silk or satin dresses for maximum slink factor.

Even after my elaborate understanding penned above, something was missing. It wasn’t until I spoke with Natasha over at HousefulOfNicholes that things made sense. She said, “Rememeber that skirt that you made that fit kind of funny?” Then the lightbulb went off. The skirt was cut ALL wrong and fit like a
wet sock on a cabbage patch kid.

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Dude, where’s my mojo?

I need more hours in the day. I need more hours in the day. Did I mention that I need more hours in the day? I’ve got to REALLY get back to sewing… starting yesterday. I do not lack equipment. I do not lack any kind of resource that could be purchased from any of the big box stores, eBay or Amazon. I have a craft room and it is filled with EVERYTHING that a crafter could want (and it has a door). I simply lack the time.

I have a family, dog,

Feeling the love

Every now and again, I am reminded that I actually provide a service that people love and appreciate. I actually do something good. I was given this cake from one of my clients and her daughter. They snagged the picture from my Facebook page.


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