Rolled Hems: Time to Get Out the Serger!

Cathy Ellsaesser Fashion, How to, Juki, Serger Tags: , , , ,
Photo of ruffled Christmas skirt with three thread rolled hems

I wanted to make my granddaughter a cotton Christmas skirt full of ruffles. I already know the many ways to make ruffles. Previous blogs,  Don’t Get Ruffled, Get Ruffling: Gather Fabric Using a Serger, Specialty Sewing Machine Feet for Gathering Fabric, and How to Gather Fabric and Create Ruffles, have illustrated various ways to make ruffles. However, […]

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A Green Mickey Mouse? Only in Rob Land!

Cathy Ellsaesser Brother Sewing Machines, embroidery, Thread Tags: , , , , ,

If you have ever been to a “What’s New Party” (formerly known as “Tech Party”), you know that Rob always tells the story of sewing out a green Mickey Mouse (with string!) For the more traditionalists among us, might I suggest investing in some Brother thread that is color matched to the Disney characters? I […]

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Don’t Get Your Tinsel in a Tangle: Embroidering With Metallic Thread

Cathy Ellsaesser embroidery, Embroidery Designs, festival, Home decor', How to, Sewing tips Tags: , , , ,
Photo of greenapron with upside down penguin. Parts of design have been embroidered with metallic thread

Shiny, sparkly, reflective and eye-catching, metallic thread evokes elegance. It is especially beautiful in Christmas embroidery designs like these from the Anita Goodesign “Christmas Classics” collection. Metallic thread also makes a great addition to other designs, either as a feature of the design like the unicorn below or an accent of sparkly stars by a […]

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