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Debbie Colgrove

Updated Articles and Resources

By Debbie Colgrove

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • Sewing Machine Troubleshooting Created: Thursday, January 25, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Sewing machine problems stop your sewing. Knotting thread on your sewing machine is a correctable problem. Learn basic troubleshooting for your sewing machine to save costly repair bills and start ...
    • How to Measure and Sew a Bedspread Created: Tuesday, May 27, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Bedspreads are hard to find and even harder to find that will fit your bed the way you want it to fit. Sewing a bed spread to the size you want or need on your bed is the perfect solution. Learn ho...
    • Hand Sew a Slip Stitch Created: Thursday, April 03, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      A hand sewn slip stitch is a popular hemming stitch to hand sew a hem. Learn how the stitch is sewn here. In Part 1, we anchor the knot.
    • Free Sewing Patterns for Panties, Bras, Slips and Undergarments Created: Monday, January 16, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Sewing your own panty, bra, slip or any kind of undergarment allows you to make underwear that will fit and in a color and fabric you want.
    • Tips for Sewing Pleather Created: Tuesday, February 27, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Sewing pleather can present a few problems. Learn how to overcome problems sewing with Pleather and sew beautiful creations with Pleather here.
    • How To Make A Fleece Blanket Created: Thursday, January 25, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Is there any thing more comforting than snuggling up with a cozy blanket to watch television or read a book? Here is a very simple blanket to make with fleece and gain warmth beyond belief, for the...
    • Understanding a Serger or Overlocking Sewing Machine Created: Friday, July 18, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Understanding what a serger or overlock machine does will help you make an educated decision before purchasing or deciding if you need a serger. Follow these pages for an educational tutorial of wh...
    • Armchair Organizer or Remote Control Holder Created: Thursday, August 09, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Keep remote controls and other paraphernalia organized and where you can find them by sewing an armchair organizer to match your decor. You'll find step by step directions here.
    • How to Mend Clothing - Hems, Torn Seams, No Sew Sewing and More Created: Thursday, July 10, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Knowing how to mend clothing can save you money and preserve your favorite clothes. Learn the various methods to mend your own clothing here." itemprop="description" Monday, July 26, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Sewing means you are going to have scraps of fabric. The information found here will have you using your scraps of fabric to create your own jewelry and have jewelry to match every outfit you own.
    • Where to Donate or Sell Your Old Sewing Patterns Created: Friday, February 01, 2013 Updated: Monday, April 21, 2014
      You have a box full of patterns from many years ago. Now you are ready to part with them but you need help finding a place to donate or sell your old sewing patterns. This article will guide you to...
    • Free Sewing Patterns for Fashion Doll Clothes Created: Thursday, February 25, 2010 Updated: Monday, April 21, 2014
      These free sewing patterns to sew clothes for barbie and other fashion dolls make child's play and economical possibility. Free sewing patterns are an easy on the budget way to sew Fashion Doll or ...
    • Free Patterns to Sew Clothing Created: Tuesday, February 16, 2010 Updated: Monday, April 21, 2014
      Free Sewing Patterns can save you a fortune! Free is always best! Here you'll find all kinds of free clothing patterns to sew clothes for everyone without the expense of buying a pattern.
    • Hand Sewing Stitches Created: Saturday, May 24, 2008 Updated: Monday, April 21, 2014
      Hand sewing can accomplish what a sewing machine does, with time and patience. Basic hand sewing is the least expensive way to sew fabric, and can save you from buying a sewing machine for mending ...
    • Sewing Patterns for Stuffed Easter Toys Created: Monday, February 16, 2009 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      Start early and sew wonderful gifts for Easter presents. Find links stuffed toy sewing patterns like chickens and rabbits here.
    • Sewing Patterns to Sew Your Own Hats Created: Wednesday, April 23, 2008 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      Sewing your own hat gives you endless possibilities. The sun is dangerous to our skin. A hat is a simple way to protect your face, ears and neck from excessive sun and damage. Find hat sewing patte...
    • How to Ease in a Hem to Prevent Tucks and Gathers for a Flat Smooth Hem Created: Thursday, April 26, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Everyone knows what a hem is but do you really understand the mechanics behind a hem that will make it lay smooth without being lumpy or bumpy on the outside of the garment and so that it will hang...
    • Free Step By Step Directions to Add a Ruffle to a Pillow Created: Monday, March 19, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      A ruffle added to the edge of a pillow changes the entire look of a pillow. You'll find free directions to show you how to add a ruffle to a pillow here.
    • Free Sewing Pattern to Make Your Own Wrist and Ankle Weights Created: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      This free pattern to make your own ankle or wrist weights will help you exercise and save you money. Exercise equipment can break the bank and not be exactly what you had in mind when you are buyin...
    • Debbie's Method of Machine Embroidering Tee Shirts and Sweat Shirts Created: Tuesday, October 26, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Using a home embroidery sewing machine to embroider a tee shirt or sweat shirt is a common way to use an embroidery machine. Learn the ins and outs to have soft, draping tee shirts with beautiful m...
    • Free Pattern to Sew a Bunny Door Stop Created: Monday, February 18, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      This free sewing pattern will make a wonderful doorstop that is unmistakably a bunny. Use different colors and crafty decorations to make it an Easter Bunny or a wild field bunny. The choices are y...
    • How to Replace a Broken Jeans Zipper Created: Monday, May 23, 2005 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      It's a bummer when the zipper breaks on your favorite jeans... any jeans! Save yourself a ton of money by learning this simple method to replace a broken jeans zipper.
    • How to Teach Adults and Children to Sew Created: Wednesday, February 10, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Teaching adults and children to sew is fun. Once you have confidence in what you are doing and how you are approaching the task, the fun begins. Read the tips, and tricks and print out the pages to...
    • Sew a Cat Mouse Toy with Catnip Refill Opening Created: Wednesday, May 09, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Full directions for creating your own cat mouse toy with catnip refill opening. In this step, we cover materials and cutting.
    • How to Cut and Sew Fake Fur Created: Monday, June 25, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Tips on getting started learning how to cut and sew fake fur, with a list of supplies and equipment you'll need and some hints about technique.
    • Sew A BBQ Apron Created: Thursday, June 07, 2007 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
      Summer Barbecues, Father's Day, birthday gifts, what ever your reason a barbecue apron is always useful! Free, full directions to sew a bbq apron can be found here.
    • 10 Easiest Free Sewing Patterns Created: Tuesday, June 03, 2008 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
      You'll find the ten easiest sewing project that are a wonderful way to learn as you sew or get you sewing again after a slump. These are simple sewing projects that will help you learn many sewing ...
    • Fabric Dishes, Dish Insulators, Dish Carriers Created: Friday, November 01, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Keeping your food safe and pretty has never been more easy. Use these patterns for sewing your own insulators to protect your casseroles.
    • Free Pattern and Directions to Sew A Hooded Scarf Created: Monday, November 22, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      This is a free, simple, useful sewing project to make a hood scarf that will keep someone's head and neck warm, while using up your scraps of Polar Fleece.
    • How to Stitch on Double Fold Bias Tape Created: Monday, July 09, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Bias tape is a great way to finish an edge and add contrast. Solve problems with sewing on double fold bias tape with this tutorial.
    • How To Shorten a Zipper Created: Tuesday, February 13, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Shortening a zipper to the length you want is not a hard task. Step-by-step directions will take you through the process.
    • Seam Allowance Created: Monday, January 29, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      The most common seam allowances are 1/4", 1/2" and 5/8". Always check your pattern directions and use the seam allowance called for in the directions.

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