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March 24, 2016

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Men love cars and guns.  Ladies, well, we feel the same way about sewing machines.  That’s why I was over-the-top giddy when Laura at Guarantee Vacuum and Sewing (Kokomo, IN) told me my new cover...

March 16, 2016

I have three best friends in sewing, all from Janome/New Home


Here’s my main work-horse, a Janome Travel-Mate that I bought in 2002.  It’s a very basic model sewing machine and was the only one I had when I started alterations as a business.  A large portion of the a...

January 29, 2016


I used to keep every thread I owned in an old Whitman’s Sampler box about the size of a cigar box. 


Fast forward a few years, and a few hundred spools, and I’ve definitely outgrown the Whitman’s chocolate box.  I needed something to keep each bobbin with the right spo...

January 12, 2016

My grand plans for finishing a few good intentions over Christmas Break were just that—plans.  I did complete the Christmas Eve pajamas for my children about 15 minutes before they needed to wear them. 


The rest of my projects for December will move to January—or...

January 8, 2016

The excitement in our home escalated as December 17th drew closer.  My husband counted the days and watched every single Star Wars trailer available.  He researched all sorts of robes to make—for me to make. 


I’ll spare the details of the marathon sewing day I had...

December 18, 2015

Christmas Break starts as soon as school lets out today!  During that time, I will be taking a vacation from paid sewing, but I still have a giant box of good intentions that I’ve collected over the decades.  


Let’s see:

-          An apron I started for my si...

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...

October 30, 2015

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




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...

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