Updated Sewing Studio Space and Tables

Over the last few weeks we have been working to update my sewing studio space – and it’s now finally complete! The focus was to maximize the limited space by making the setup more flexible to accommodate a variety of sewing needs, and add more storage. With machine repair, a wide range of sewing projects and production, and possibly eventually teaching in the studio, one large table just wasn’t cutting it. Continue reading Updated Sewing Studio Space and Tables

American Girl Doll Fashion Camp 2016

Half way through the 2016 summer sessions and I’ve already seen some great creations come out of the American Girl Doll fashion camp that I teach at Stitch Lab.

I’ve noticed that many of the kids who take the class have an interest in design and want to express their ideas through custom wardrobes for their dolls. They often see an outfit they want to recreate themselves, and sometimes add their own unique flair, or they create an entirely new outfit of their own design. Continue reading American Girl Doll Fashion Camp 2016

Sew Some Quick and Easy Summer Shorts

So I made my shorts this morning and they were so comfy and cool in this heat! I used a pattern I kind of made up since they have an elastic waistband, but I wanted to share this tutorial for an almost identical pattern. These are so easy and so comfy I know someone out there would love to make them so check out this tutorial from Melly Sews! Continue reading Sew Some Quick and Easy Summer Shorts

Hey parents, you can take sewing lessons with your kids too

If you’re looking for something new to do with your kids, consider taking a class or private lesson with them. This is what Kristin Finan, assistant features reporter for the Austin American Statesman, did with her daughter Kona. (Read about their experience taking a series of private lessons with me – In stitches: Sewing class teaches mom-daughter pair to make it work) Continue reading Hey parents, you can take sewing lessons with your kids too

Basic Sewing Machine & Serger Maintenance Tutorial

All sewing machines should be serviced regularly to help ensure that they continue to function properly. If you’ve never done this to your machine before, now is the time to get familiar with what needs to be done. This includes some disassembly, and the cleaning and oiling of critical components. If you want to do this on your own, check out the Basic Sewing Machine & Serger Maintenance Tutorial to see the general steps involved and tips I’ve learned from performing the machine service at The Stitch Lab. Continue reading Basic Sewing Machine & Serger Maintenance Tutorial