Posts by Chris Dahl

How to Sew a Zipper Pouch Tutorial – Melly Sews

Written plus video tutorial shows you how to sew a zipper pouch – great practice for zippers and fun and quick gifts to make Source: How to Sew a Zipper Pouch Tutorial – Melly Sews   The 15 minute zipper pouch Looking for a quick gift for someone? Making them a lined zipper pouch is…

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One hour skirt, no pattern required

Want to make a fast and easy skirt without a pattern? Follow these few steps and you can be wearing your one-of-a-kind skirt in about an hour. Fabric can be woven or knit. I personally like to use a knit for this because it is going to be a straight cut skirt. If you prefer…

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The Next Textile Makerspace could be located in Elgin, IL

Maker spaces are popping up all over the country. I am attracted to this concept like a bee to a flower. There are so many things to explore in a makerspace that a creative person would never get bored. Not familiar with Makerspace? In simple terms, makerspaces are community centers with tools. Makerspaces combine  equipment, community,…

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Should you wash your fabric?

This is a question that brings up a lot of debate among sewers. Unfortunately I am not here to answer this for you. In fact there is no answer that is right for everyone. You will need to make your own decisions here…and then live with the consequences of those actions.  The video below was…

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Matching dart legs, the easy way

When sewing a dart you want to start with match your dart legs perfectly, and end by sewing them accurately without any puckers. Achieving this goal isn’t as hard as you think. It all starts with proper transferring of the dart markings from the pattern to the fabric. This can be achieved with pins, chalk,…

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Break the code on sewing machine needles

Have you ever tried to figure out what needle is in your machine after not using it for awhile? It’s not as easy unless you have really good vision or a good magnifying glass nearby.  Well not anymore. With this easy to understand chart from Schmetz which I found on the Craftsy website the mystery…

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Sewing Camp for kids in Elgin

Looking for something different for your kids this summer? How about trying one of our sewing summer camps? Sewing isn’t just for grown ups…kids ages 6 and up are sewing every week here in our studio located in Elgin IL. Using child friendly patterns and workbooks, speed controlled sewing machines and knowledgeable staff we guarantee…

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TubbyWubby Workshops 2017

Sewing Workshops For Kids on Holiday Break Tubby Wubby’s have arrived and we are looking for kids to test them out. Moms / Dads this is a great opportunity to give your kids a chance to try hand sewing for the first time. These adorable and totally collectible kits are flying off my shelves at…

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Support Small Business

Support small businesses in your community and help someone keep their dream alive. Just imagine what the world would like without small businesses like hair or nail salons, gift shops, cleaners, coffee shops, privately owned restaurants, delis, and yes arts and crafts shops that offer knitting, painting and sewing or quilting lessons! Don’t get me…

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Christmas Gift ideas to sew for the holidays

Sew What’s New has a great list of ideas complete with photos that are just perfect for sewers of all skill levels who are interested in making gifts for this holiday season. Take a look here and then come back and share your favorites in the comments. Who knows….it just might be one of ours…

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