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December 15, 2015

Sewing and alterations are piling up.  I had five projects to work on yesterday, but I got none of those done... or even started.

You know what happened?  We had a great family day, punctuated with sickness on the carpet and broken glass… several times each.  We cleaned...

December 13, 2015

If you sew, you’ll understand these humorous traits of a seamstress, from the blog: Melly Sews.

 

 

~Rebekah Marks

November 28, 2015

I like a bargain.
I love finding just what I want for next to nothing. 

 

I also like good quality.
That’s why more often than not, I’m bypassing the bargain bin to get something that will last longer than the car ride home.

 

Translate this thought to the world of dresses...

October 30, 2015

Being a mom and homemaker is hard work!  Add a small business onto that…  How do I keep my sanity?!

 

Routines.

 

I start each day the night before by setting out clothes (my children choose their own), making lunches, and tidying the house – a whole-family job.

 

I get...

October 27, 2015

Fittings are more or less complicated, depending on the garment. 

 

Do you need your pants hemmed?  Try them on, I’ll pin the length, you’ll pick them up later.  Simple.

 

Not everything is so quick, though.

 

If you have a suit, prom dress, mother-of-the-bride dress,...

October 24, 2015

“Never approach sewing with a sigh or lackadaisical attitude. Good results are difficult when indifference predominates. Never try to sew with the sink full of dishes or bed unmade. When there are urgent housekeeping chores, do these first so that your mind is free to...

October 20, 2015

 

There are only two main requirements for starting an alterations business:

 

Number 1: (and it’s number one for a reason!) is a LOVE of making clothes fit clients.  Without this motivation, you’ll make yourself miserable and your clients will see through any fake excite...

October 13, 2015

Rolled hems account for 75% of the hems I sew.  They look scary if you’re not familiar with how to do them, but they really are easy if you follow these steps:

 

1.       For my hem foot, I allow a 5/8” seam allowance – give or take.  I don’t take exact measurements for...

October 9, 2015

A zipper is easy to operate, right?

 

Well... there really is a correct way to do it, in order to keep the teeth from being stressed and/or breaking, which is the main cause of the zipper replacements that I do. 

 

Ready for it?

 

Go to the top of the zipper and fasten the h...

October 6, 2015

Remember when Tom Hanks turned back into a little boy, swimming in a huge suit, at the end of the movie "Big"?  That’s what I see every Sunday in church.

 

 

 

And about every wedding has the ladies, often the bride included, yanking up their strapless dresses every thirty...

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