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Tension - not just in your shoulders: tips for balancing your serger threads.

One of the marks of a professional seam is a perfectly balanced stitch. 

When you are working with a sewing machine, there is really only one tension you have to worry about: the top thread (although some machines allow the user to adjust bobbin tension as well). Sergers, however, are a different story. With up to three wo needle threads and up to two looper threads, many first time users throw up their hands in frustration. How does one make sure that each of the upwards of five threads works together to make the perfectly balanced stitch?

What even IS a balanced stitch? 

I want to sew! Where do I start? Part III, anatomy class.

This is the third part in our beginner blog series. If you haven't read them yet, see Part I here and Part II here

What kind of sewist are you? (A quiz)

Everyone who sews approaches the task with a different attitude. Some people are extremely precice, others more relaxed. Where do you fall?

Answer a few questions on this quiz and find out! Take it HERE.

Cookie Pants Hack!

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We interrupt our regularly scheduled "Beginning Sewist" series to bring you...

A BEAUTIFUL version of the latest DBD pattern: the COOKIE PANTS (and short. especially shorts.) With a huge thanks to Amy Kushner Wilson, who always makes making beautiful things look easy. Many customers were interested in making a version of the Cookie Pants without the center panel, but unfortunately due to the construction and the side pockets, it's impossible as drafted. That being said, here is a tutorial on how to take it in a different direction. 

I want to sew! Where do I start? Part II, Jargon edition

Read part 1 HERE.

If you have spent some time on the DBD facebook group, you have have stopped more than a few times thinking "WHAT are they talking about?!" Here are some terms and slang that comes up a lot in discussion.

Armscye - The curve where the sleeve attaches. 

Applique -  An embellishment by layering cut fabric on the foundation fabric and stitching down to secure.

I want to sew, Where do I start? Part I

Sewing opens up a world of possibilities when it comes to your family's wardrobe, allows your creative vision to come to life, and is a great way to spend all that extra money you have lying around. (Kidding! You can get started with very little.) These posts contain affiliate links.

Before you go all in, decide on a budget for your inital purchases. Once you decide sewing is definitely for you, then you can decide whether you would like to invest more. There are couple of items that are MUST haves for sewing, and many more that are helpful but not absolutely necessary.

Rehabbing my Consignment Find

For some reason, my kids keep growing. It would seem that peanut butter (sometimes the only thing they will eat) is their Miracle Grow. So this year, when the weather turned too warm for their oversized winter coats but not yet warm enough for tee shirts, we found that none of their lightweight jackets fit. Sure, I could make them new ones (and I will, but my poor kids' projects sometimes take forever to get done), but while browsing consignment one day I found the PERFECT jacket for my five year old.

Making the Skippertoo top Port accessible

Hey y'all, we have been EXTREMELY fortunate to have a wonderful guest blogger today! Michelle Racher is an amazing mom, sewist, friend, champoin, and all around great person.

Solid Fabric Roundup


Who has solids, what kind, weight, width of fabric, price per unit, with links! If someone is missing, PLEASE have them PM me via Facebook at

In No Particular Order 

Wanderlust Custom Fabric

plush, heathered, and silky 220-230 gsm; 74",  95/5% cotton lycra, $11.50/yard. Yard dyed stripes also available. 

Sahara Fabrics

50 solids and 20 yard dyed stripes; 12oz, 66" wide; 95/5% cotton lycra, sold as yards, 1.5 yards, or FH, $9.80/Yard

Never have I ever...

If you're here, you must need to kill a few minutes while your coffee finishes brewing. Why not take this fun quiz? Check off all of the sewing techniques you have done, and find out what level sewer (sewist/seamstress/seamster/etc) you are!


**Please note: This is just for fun, not a scientific instrument that will stand up to academic rigour.**