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Sewing Machine Stitches

Michele says: I had intended for this post to teach you how to actually sew using your sewing machine, but when my fingers hit the keyboard I was struck with a huge realization. In writing these posts about machine sewing, I had glossed over one of the most important features of your machine: the stitches.…

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Hand Sewing Essentials: What’s That Thing Called?

Michele says: Have you ever tried to Google something, only to quickly realize that you don’t know which words to enter in the search box?  Now, how many of you have taken it a step further and went ahead and searched for, say, “strawberry thing attached to a pincushion”?  No judgment.  I and many others,…

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Choosing Your First Sewing Machine

Michele says: Now that our hand sewing skills are more or less on the same page, it’s time for you to make a very important choice.  You can be content with hand sewing and call it a day, or you can take the plunge into the world of sewing machines.  For the many who have…

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Hand Sewing: The Blind Hem Stitch

Michele says: I’m going to be super-mega-honest for a second here: I really, really dislike sewing by hand.  My great-grandmother taught me to sew when I was 5, so I spent a large portion of my childhood sewing stuffed animals and costumes for fun and mending clothes for the family for function.  Whenever a sewing…

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The Home Ec 101 Sewing Machine Buying Guide

Ivy says: When I first started sewing, my mom gave me her ancient (okay, 1970s, which is about the same age as I am and I totally feel justified in calling ancient) sewing machine and bought herself a new, fabulous machine. Although it’s pretty old, it’s solid, and is a total workhorse. It has served…

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Sewing 101: Pattern layouts

Ivy says: Remember I said I was going to show you how to do something? Um, yeah. Well. Life kinda got in the way and now my camera won’t come on. I’m thinking it’s battery related- keep your fingers crossed. Once I finally get some batteries, there will be pictures with this post. Before you…

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Sewing 101: Picking your first pattern and material

Ivy says: The very best time to go buy your first pattern is when they’re having a hot sale. Simplicity and McCall’s patterns go on sale frequently at the fabric stores I go to- JoAnn’s and Hancock Fabrics. Don’t take any kids with you if that’s at all possible- you want some time to sit…

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Sewing 101: What equipment do you need?

Ivy says: So, to begin my “How to sew for people who have no clue” series, let’s talk about what you are going to need. The first thing that comes to mind usually, other than a sewing machine, is material and patterns. Because, come on, there’s nothing more enticing than a pattern for a gorgeous…

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Notes from the sewing table

Ivy says: I’ve been working on my sewing skills, so I can do some photo tutorials. I’d like to be able to show people who have no earthly idea how to sew or where to start with sewing, what to do. Now, my sewing skills are both rusty and new all at once (I’ve hardly…

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How To Launder Unusual Items: A Home-Ec 101 Guide

We can’t throw everything in the washing machine willy nilly. I try to consider how I would clean an item and check the tags of clothes before I buy them; but sometimes the item is just too pretty or useful to pass up and I end up with something that needs special care. Following are some articles…

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Living Room Or Family Room: A Home-Ec 101 Guide

The living room, or family room, often becomes a catch all place. At my house it’s where we love to crash, watch a movie, have a snack, play with toys/games, and more. I’ll confess that we let the dog on the couch in there too. A lot of use of the room means a lot…

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Spring Cleaning: Home-Ec 101 Guide

The snow is finally melting and the smell of spring is in the air. The urge to open the windows and clean the house has come upon me. If I try hard enough I can squash it, but it is actually a good thing so I guess I won’t. Here are some articles with tips, tricks,…

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How to Reattach a Button

Michele says: Now that we’ve completed our first sewing project, it’s almost time to move on to the next big step in sewing: the sewing machine.  Before we do, though, we’re going to get back to the most basic of basics and learn how to reattach a button in under five minutes.  But what do…

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How to Sew an Apron By Hand

Michele says: Over the past few months here at Home Ec 101, we’ve learned an awful lot about the basics of sewing.  We know the straight stitch and the Frankenseam, we know how to hem trousers two different ways, how to repair holey jeans, and we even learned how to darn socks, but for those…

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