Editor’s Blog

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™...

Choosing Fabric for a Wedding Dress

At the beginning of the year, we encouraged our newsletter readers to take on a challenge and try something new. Well, I (Kathy) took that advice to heart and have bitten into a huge project – I agreed to make a wedding gown for my dear friend’s niece! I have a...

Doll Fashion Studio, finale

Just joining us?  Hurry and grab your copy of Doll Fashion Studio by Joan Hinds, right now from our store!  For this month, it’s 20% off for you! Hello all, It’s time to finish up our little doll dress, which is really quite easy. If you haven’t already torn your skirt 5-3/4 inches deep by...

Doll Fashion Studio Part 3

Joining us mid-month?  No worries!  Snag the book we are excerpting, Doll Fashion Studio by Joan Hinds, right now from our store!  For this month, it’s 20% off for you! On our last post, we created the lace side of our dress bodice, and I realized that since the bodice pieces are...

Last Opportunity!

You have only until January 31st to snag the 2013 Internet Embroidery Club (IEC) Membership  at the low rate of $49!   This locks in your price for LIFE! Beginning February 1st,  the price increases to $69. The Internet Embroidery Club (IEC) is a calendar year membership (January through December) providing...

Doll Fashion Studio Part 2

Hello again all. By now I hope you’ve had a chance to get a copy of Joan Hind’s new book Doll FashionStudio. As I mentioned last week, I’ve decided to make an heirloom version of the “Sunny Day Dress” on page 88. For my materials, I chose some colored lace edging...