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An In-Depth Look at My Industrial Sewing Machine!
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An In-Depth Look at My Industrial Sewing Machine!

Threading, General Care and Use I set out to do a quick video as per a request from a subscriber and ended up with a pretty detailed overview of my industrial sewing machine, a Reliable 8900M straight stitch. How I thread it, wind a bobbin and just generally how I use it to save me time...

Video: Making a Silk Sash
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Video: Making a Silk Sash

This is how I made a silk wrap around sash on a 1930’s style dress. Materials You’ll need general sewing supplies (machine, thread, scissors, needles etc). I used Stretch Silk Charmeuse for the fabric, 4 metres or your desired length of your sash. Make the width as wide as you want. Mine narrowed in the centre and...

Sew Some Thin Silk Spaghetti Straps
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Sew Some Thin Silk Spaghetti Straps

In my new video I walkthrough the steps of making some silk spaghetti straps. This is how tackle these seemingly tricky things for dresses and tops. Hopefully you find these tips useful! You’ll need: – Amount of silk fabric equals the length of straps plus a couple inches extra. – Loop turner – Scissors or rotary...

Vintage Redressed
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Vintage Redressed

First of all, Happy New Year! Can’t wait to start on some new projects (and some old… let me explain). I believe second chances, especially when it comes to well-made clothing. I have been working on restoring my Grandmother’s wedding gown for quite some time. I had to take a break when things got too busy,...

Give The Gift of Sewing This Holiday Season
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Give The Gift of Sewing This Holiday Season

Want the perfect gift for a friend or family member you loves to sew or learn new things? Give them a gift certificate for Sewing Lessons! I teach all my lessons one-on-one and it’s great for anyone aged 10 and up – beginners to novice sewers. No machine required! Learn more about my flexible plans, but...

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Finish a Hem with Seam Binding

This video shows how to finish a hem with seam binding or seam tape. I chose this method for this skirt because the fabric was quite thick, so a rolled hem would not work and a regular hem would leave the edge raw. I could have serged the raw edge, sure, but on wedding gowns...

Video: Lapped Zipper How-To
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Video: Lapped Zipper How-To

Been trying really hard to come up with a video with each project I do. Usually, it ends up being something I don’t do a lot of or just something I think would be helpful to the sewing enthusiasts out there.

School’s Out: Summer Sewing Camp for Kids
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School’s Out: Summer Sewing Camp for Kids

Fun. Fabulous. Fashion Camp 2013 I am teaching another Summer Fashion Camp this year for the Youth Arts Festival in Sidney. This time ’round I’ve allotted more time to spend practicing 1/4 scale designs and overall construction. The skirt we will be working with is very basic, straight flare and a facing (no waistband). Students will have...

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Meet Elise Tonn

As some of you know I named my business after my grandmother, and I thought I would tell you a little bit more about her. You can read the  following on my new bio page there you can also find more info about me.

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