Author Archives: MPC Staff

Celebrate Spring’s Arrival with Floral Fashion

Floral prints are a perennial favorite when it comes to spring sewing and fashion trends, and this year is no exception. Floral fashion has been more prevalent than ever on spring 2013 runways, and that trend has carried over into the aisles of fabric stores and right into our sewing rooms....

Call for Craft Entries!

Hello friends, we know your first love is sewing, but as creative people, we all do other crafts. KP Craft is currently taking submissions for a multi-craft book of short projects. Any craft project that has 2-6 steps, and which has not been previously published, is eligible. You can read the...

Master the Art of Punchwork

Wendy Schoen’s Punchwork Baby Bonnet Punchwork is both a pulled-thread stitch and a counted-thread stitch. It is an exercise in creating degrees of whitework. Surface embroidery stitches add interest with shadows and shine, while pulled thread stitches add open areas and shading.In the how-to below, designer Wendy Schoen will show you...

How To: Serger Cover Stitch Pintucks

We have serging on our minds this week! Our newest DVD, Serger Workshop: The Serger Caddy, releases today, and we just wrapped up our Serger I Martha Pullen Teacher Licensing event over the weekend. To celebrate, we’d like to share the following guide for making “mock” folded tucks on your serger....

Sew a Wavy Swiss Hem Treatment

Wavy Swiss hem treatment There are many things to love about the Rose Pascale dress featured on the cover of our new White Issue – from the high yoke and smocking to the cotton pique and gingham piping. But, one of our favorite features is its unique Swiss hem treatment.This wavy...

Turn a Wedding Dress into a Christening Gown

Photo by Simplicity by Christy photography There are many approaches to making a christening gown, but incorporating parts of a family wedding gown lends a special sentiment to the project. In our newly released March/April White Issue, Patty Smith documented one family’s creation of a christening gown that incorporated both the...

Nine-Patch Lace Pillow

Nine-Patch Lace Pillow I have a book titled Heirloom Quilts coming soon; it features designs for two quilts plus a series of heirloom quilting techniques. Today though, I’d like to share with you a Nine-Patch Lace Pillow from one of my older books, Heirloom Quilts by Machine. For those who love...

New Month = New Book Blog!

For the month of February, our Senior Designer Amanda Elliott, will be taking us along on her journey of projects from the book Simple Modern Sewing  by  Shufu To Seikatsu Sha.  A quick description of the book: 25 fabulous, wearable garments from only 8 simple patterns Sewists will learn how to...

How To Add a Smocked Insert to a Ready-Made Knit

Two Points Smocking Plate Whether we like it or not, children spend a lot more time in sweats than they do in our meticulously stitched finery. In the technique how-to below, designer Janet Gilbert will show you how to get more mileage out of your smocking by adding an insert to a...

Sewing Machines win top honors!

CONGRATS TO HUSQVARNA VIKING, PFAFF & SINGER FOR THEIR RECENT CONSUMERS DIGEST AWARDS!CONSUMERS DIGEST AWARDS A BEST BUY RATING TO SIX SEWING MACHINES FROM SVP WORLDWIDE BRANDS HUSQVARNA VIKING® OPAL™ 650 and OPAL™670 computerized sewing machines, HUSQVARNA VIKING® DESIGNER TOPAZ™ 30 and DESIGNER TOPAZ™ 20 sewing and embroidery machines, PFAFF®creative performance™...