This week, in Part 4 of my "How to insert a zip" series, I'll be explaining how to insert exposed zips into your projects. What is an exposed zip? With this method the teeth of the zip are completely exposed and therefore the zip becomes an intrinsic part of the overall design. This type of insertion can be used in a more decorative way. For example: use a contrasting … [Read more...] about Exposed Zips – How to Insert Zips, Part 4
In the second part of my series about inserting zips into your projects, we'll be looking at how to create semi-concealed zips. What are semi-concealed zips? A semi-concealed zip refers to the way the zip is inserted into the project. With this method the teeth of the zip will not be visible from the right side of the fabric although the stitching will. You may decide to … [Read more...] about Semi-concealed Zips – How to Insert Zips, Part 2
This week on the blog I'm looking at how to insert invisible zips. Zips are a fantastic invention, thank you Mr Whitcomb L. Judson (1893), but the nemesis of many a sewer! They have the reputation for being difficult to use. However, if you take your time and follow a few basic guidelines they are really quite straightforward. Types of Zip Zips themselves come in a number of … [Read more...] about Invisible Zips – How to Insert Zips, Part 1
Design your own fabric using decorative machine embroidery! I'm sure you'll agree, beautiful fabric is one of lifes' necessities...erm...ok...luxuries; the colour, the texture, the feelings it can evoke, the endless creative possibilities. You'll also be aware of how expensive good quality fabric can be. I'm not trying to talk myself out of my surface design job, but I want to … [Read more...] about Creative uses for decorative, machine embroidery stitches.
A stitch library is something every sewer should make. "I finally bought the sewing machine, now what?" I bet this question resonates with lots of people who've bought a sewing machine. You've dreamt of the day you can fill your world with things you've sewn yourself. The entire new wardrobe of clothes you'll be able to make, the curtains and cushions...lots and lots of … [Read more...] about Stitch Library – Ultimate Guide