Alterations save you money!

The President of the United States and the media have said that there may not be a turn around to this economic sitaution for at least a year. That means that you have  less disposable income with which to live on. Cutting corners whereever possible has never made more sense than now.

You can save alot of money by doing basic alterations yourself. This is especially true if you buy your clothes on sale, at a thrift shop, garage sale or consignment shop. Many of my customers do the same. This site will cover not only the basics, but the more complicated alterations for those of you in business or those who want to do all their own alterations.

I have owned and operated a sewing business from my home since 1988. I began by making bridesmaid dresses and bridal gowns and then switched to alterations. They are not difficult once you know how. So, that’s what we’ll cover, learning how. Once you have done a couple of hems, for instance, it’s like riding a bike. You just practice a few times and you’ve got it down.

I’ll start by teaching you the CORRECT way to hem pants. We”ll also look at hemming jeans, taking in waistlines of pants, skirts and jeans. How would you like to be able to take in the fullness in the legs of your slacks? It seems like there are so many books and websites out there that are  incomplete in their instruction. How many times have you tried to hem a pair of pants and ended up with puckering all around the hemline, for example? I’ll show you how to correct that.

I’d love to know what you’d like to learn. Chances are, others want to know it too. You can respond to the comment section below or e-mail me at thesewinggarden@gmail.com.

See you soon!

Seam Rippers

Do you have a seam ripper? If you sew, you really need one. We all make mistakes and these help correct that human element in sewing. There are various types of seam rippers. For those of you who have never used one, slip the pointed edge under a stitch and gently lift the stitch and cut it. Repeat the process until all the unwanted stitches are up and out. Use a seam ripper instead of the pointed edge of a pair of scissors so you don’t damage the fabric you are working with.

Taking out seams takes practice. Start by stitching a straight line on a scrap of fabric and practice using your seam ripper to take out each stitch one at a time. You’ll be a pro in no time.

Have you seen one of these? Stay away from them!

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They are daggers.  They will do some serious damage to just about anything.

I have lost the battle with a pair of jeans when I tried to rip out a hem with one of them.

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You can find one of these at Walmart. They are cheap. Probably set you back $1.00 or so. These are fine if you need one in a hurry. However…I prefer these:

sewing-blog-0083They are made by Clover. You’ll find these at a quilt shop. Or you can get one online on Amazon.

You can also go to a Bernina sewing machine store and pick up one of the Bernina variety. They are great too. How are the Clover and Bernina superior to all others you ask? Well, they conform to your hand well and they have just the right shaped tip to get under stitches on almost any fabric type from lightweight satin and sheers to heavyweight denim and home decorator fabric. They run about $7.00.

Best $7.00 you’ll ever spend!

Sew for fun or profit!

Welcome to my blog! If you’re interested in learning how to sew or perfecting the skills you already have, this is the site for you! Because of the current economic situation, you may have lost your main source of income or you may be cutting back on your spending. Perhaps you’d just like to learn to sew to save money on home decorating items or by making your own clothes. Quilting may be your new passion. Or, you’d like to run a sewing business from home. There are so many great reasons to sew!

This site will give you detailed instructions on:

1.  The basics of sewing

2.  Pattern alteration for best fit

3.  The basics of quilting

4.  Sewing for the home (pillows, curtains, drapes, etc.)

5.  Alterations (casual, formal and bridal)

6.  Techniques to make your sewing more successful

7.  Managing a business from home

We’ll also discuss how to choose a sewing machine, serger, and the tools and notions necessary to make your sewing adventure a success. We’ll look at how to set up a sewing room or sewing space. If you’re runnning a business, there are many things to consider including how to succesfully manage your time while keeping up with your family obligations.

 

What’s most important to me is what is on your mind. Please feel free to ask me questions about your sewing dilemmas. After all, if you’re struggling with something, chances are, someone else is too. So, let’s get sewing…!

 If you’re interested in starting your own business, click on the “Sew For Dough” tab at the top of this page and it will link you to some helpful tips and what worked for me.