Sewing the Nautical shirt

I transformed this thrifty shirt into a classy nautical shirt. Watch me sewing it.

In my previous post “Refashion an oversized Shirt: Nautical shirt makeover” I focused on preparing my thrifty shirt to be transformed. In this post I am following up sewing the shirt to turn it into a cute classy nautical style shirt. I worked on this sewing project with my vintage Singer 185 hand crank sewing machine […]

Refashion an oversized Shirt: Nautical shirt makeover

This is a thrifty transformation project. Get an oversized shirt with potential and refashion it.

Continuing with my goal of practicing sewing shirts on a shoestring budget, I found this shirt at my local thrift shop. You can watch this blog post in video format here: The “fabric” met my selection criteria: Knit fabric with medium weight (avoid slinky slimy fabrics for now) Fair stretchability: At least 20% Classy combination […]

Learning Neck Binding techniques: Keep calm and keep practicing!

Practicing neck binding can be painful as a beginner sewist.

The technique of the month of August will be mastering the art of neck binding. I want to sew all my knit shirts. Unfortunately, I found neck binding really challenging. I saw this awesome tutorial: “Getting Flat Bias Necklines” by the owner of Grainline Studio. That is my goal: to sew flawless necklines. By now […]

Clone your favorite shirt Part 2: Refashion a gently used shirt

Part 2: Refashion shirt- Clone your fave shirt

After making a pattern from a shirt that I love (see  Part  1 of this tutorial: “Clone your Favorite Shirt), it was time to choose fabric and sew. Since I don’t have much budget for shopping fabric these days, I chose a male T-shirt I made a while ago for my husband. I was not […]

Clone your favorite shirt -Part 1: Make a pattern

Make a pattern from your fave shirt and clone it!

Summer is in full swing and I am excited to (finally!) have some time to have fun sewing. I went through my closet and found one shirt that I kept as memento from when I was a lot younger and thinner. It is one of my favorite shirts. I want to make one like that but […]

Singer 401 Variations of the “Pyramid Stitch” :

Adjusting the stitch width you may get slight variations of the same decorative stitch on your Singer 401

Here is just a little note I want to make myself on how by adjusting the red lever you might get variations of the same stitch. You can play with more options. For example, the BN 5 combination produces the “Pyramid Stitch” in your Singer 401.  It is a built-in stitch so there is no need to […]

Singer 401 Decorative Stitches with Special Fashion Discs 1 through 5 :

Fashion Discs 1 to 5 work with the knobs in "B" and "S" for Special discs.

When it comes to working with the many decorative stitches that your Singer 401 has,  there are some combinations and setups that can deter a novice sewist from diving into it. What if you want to work with a stitch that is not included with your Singer 401? For example, what if you want to use a “Special […]

Ten basic tips to setup your Singer 401 in “decorative stitching” mode:

Setup your Singer 401 to change it to "decorative stitching" mode

If you own a Singer 401 and, like me, are ready to explore the decorative stitches your machine has,  I would like to give you a checklist of adjustments you need to make on your Singer 401 so that you can be amazed and enjoy the many possible variations of decorative stitches you get with this […]

Three Basic supplies you will need to work with decorative stitches on your Singer 401 Sewing Machine

Basic supplies to work with decorative Stitches on Singer 401

As I feel completely ready to tackle an underutilized feature of my Singer 401 sewing machine, I found myself researching what supplies do I need to start working with decorative stitches. I found what I needed on the  embroidery supplies section at my local fabric store. Here are the very basic supplies you will need to […]

Setup your Singer 401 for perfect Straight Stitches

Feet-Plates Singer 401

If you are new to your Singer 401 you might have noticed these cute knobs (somewhat  intimidating) with various letters.  Likewise, that mysterious red lever with numbers 1 through 5. What are these numbers for? In my Singer 401 reviews post, I lightly mentioned these parts and their basic purpose. Now, it is time to make sure […]

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Lourdes Johnson

Information Manager with a very inquisitive mind. Obsessed with vintage sewing machines and retro stuff. WordPress fanatic. Love graphic novels, comics, organic gardening. Dream of owning a small cottage and having a goat and a pot belly pig as pets.

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