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Make Reverse Madeira Appliqué Windows and Hems

Reverse Madeira appliqué can be used to create lovely shaped, transparent windows and hems in your garments, accessories and home decor items. Try out this heirloom technique on your next project with this tutorial from Sue Stewart. “I like to use an opaque fabric, such as handkerchief linen or silk dupioni...

The Perfect Mix and a Special Bonus

Have you heard? We have a fantastic early bird registration offer happening right now for our new online licensing, The Perfect Mix: Sew, Serge, Embellish! Any of you who enroll by April 29, 2018 will receive a special bundle of some of our favorite machine embroidery designs from the Internet Embroidery...

The Secret to Tying a Perfect Sash Bow

We love beautiful dresses with big sashes, but tying a picture-perfect sash bow is harder than it looks. In this article from Sew Beautiful magazine, Carolyn Sheron shares her method for tying a perfect sash bow. Note from Kathy Barnard, former editor of Sew Beautiful: “No matter how many sashes I’ve...

Preview Our ‘Perfect Mix’ Online Licensing

It’s here! Our new online licensing — The Perfect Mix: Sew, Serge, Embellish — is now open for registration. This course is the latest, and some say the greatest, Martha Pullen Teacher Licensing curriculum to be offered online. Taught by Kathy McMakin, Alicia Welcher, Connie Palmer and Missy Billingsley, this licensing...

Ribbon Flower Tutorial with Kari Mecca

Welcome spring’s arrival with beautiful ribbon flowers! In this tutorial from designer Kari Mecca, learn how to stitch beautiful quick-folded roses and peonies by hand. The ribbon stitches are shown here on Kari’s Fairytale Finery baby gown and bonnet set. This sweet ensemble has a magical feel, and the stitched flowers...

A Great Way to Archive Your Heirlooms

Archiving Your Heirlooms by Nancy McEvoy Occasionally, a family heirloom is discovered in a cedar-lined chest, wrapped in tissue and accompanied by a note that records when it was made, from what fabric it was made, who wore it and why. More often then not, however, a vintage garment is found...

How to Enlarge an Infant Pattern

Babies come into this world little, but some do grow more quickly than others, leaving us searching for baby patterns that will fit them. This article from designer Jeannie Downs Baumeister will show you how to enlarge an infant pattern, resulting in a size 12-month pattern. The baby dress shown here...

How to Make a Bunny Pocket Applique

Looking for a cute design element for an Easter garment? Try a bunny pocket! This tutorial from Wendy Schoen will show you how to create an adorable bunny pocket appliqué. This precious appliqué is attached to the garment using the Madeira appliqué method and the Point de Paris stitch. This type...

We Love Ewe Cuddle® Kit Giveaway with Shannon Fabrics

We’re preparing for our first live- and in-person sewing events of 2018! To share our excitement, we’ve partnered with Shannon Fabrics for a special Valentine’s Day giveaway. Those of you who have attended our live events know how much we love sewing with Shannon Fabrics, including their amazing Cuddle® fabric. Connie...

Sew a Stuffed Heart for Valentine’s Day

Want to make a sweet Valentine for someone special? All you need to get started on this simple and inexpensive hand-stitched stuffed heart are some scraps of felt, sequins and seed beads. The result is a personalized keepsake Valentine’s gift that can be displayed year after year. Designed by Shannon Miller,...