Wanna Learn How to Sew a Horsehair Braid Hem?

Wanna Learn How to Sew a Horsehair Braid Hem? I have a new instructional video up on YouTube showing you how to sew three different types of exposed horsehair braid hems. I cover 4in, 1 in, and 1/2 in. Let me know if you have any questions remaining after watching it.  Grab a cup of tea, because it is kind of a long video, but the info is worth it!  Don't forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel.

How to Relieve Hand Pain from Sewing

Sometimes our hands ache from hours of sewing, but we have hours more to go. Hand creams work well for pain relief, but will ruin the gowns. This super short vid will show you how I get effective pain relief in a short amount of time, so that I can get back to work! I hope it works as well for you. Enjoy this latest video! :) 

If you are having trouble finding this product, here it is on Amazon...

Grab Your Bustle Kit and Run!

I always have a stash of bustle supplies handy.  I use extra strong hooks.  We hand paint large batches of them ahead of time with chalk paint. We always use strong upholstery thread. 

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After you knot the bustle and loop, make sure to cement the knot with hypo cement.

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Click here for a detailed video on how to do the stitching for the bustle. 

Here is a link to purchase the cement on Amazon. It is not cheap, but it is so worth it. 

I hope this has helped you!


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To be a pro seamster, you must be a fast seamster! To be fast, you must be prepared and organized.  

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Here's an example of something I have to make all the time.  These are pieces of Rigilene Boning that are capped with muslin squares and are ready to be sewn. You don't really want to pre-cut your boning, because it is always different lengths, it seems.  But, you do want to keep it nearby.  The things that I do pre-cut are the muslin squares. I keep them in a little plastic bowl right by may machine. When it is time to make some sticks of boning, everything is within arms reach.. :)

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I am not linking to this brand by accident. 

It is the only brand that I use.  It is the absolute best in my opinion. 

For the boning pictured above, I used 1/2 inch. 


    

When is Stitch Witchery Allowed?

There is a lot of back and forth about when Stitch Witchery is allowed to be used in bridal. 

     I feel that there are a few different ways to look at the use of this product.  First, I will explain what is flat-out wrong.  A bridal seamster should never use Stitch Witchery 100% in place of sewing. For instance, if you have lace appliqué that needs to be attached down the side of a gown,  you cannot just glue it down with the fusible tape and call it a day.  When she dry cleans the gown, the lace will fall off. It is also not heirloom quality work.

     Now, I'll share with you how I feel that it can be used correctly.  I use it as a stabilizer to shape and hold the appliqué while I hand stitch.  You can get by with slightly fewer stitches with this method, but you need to make sure the stitching is adequate. I also clear the use of fusible adhesive with my bride before using it.  I explain to them that it will cost a little less if we use it, because the hand sewing will go faster. 

Below, you will find the latest video where I demonstrate the use of stitch witchery as a stabilizer and also hand sewing.  Below that, you will find a purchse link if you are looking to try some. 

 

Here's the product on Amazon.  It is super cheap and handy! I usually buy a larger roll than what this links to, but it's the same idea! 

I hope this has helped! 


 

 

The Tailor's Clapper

To really get a long lasting crease, pleat, or flat spot, we often use steam and pressure. The steam, of course, is made of water.  The water can take a bit to evaporate.  Your press job isn't fully set until the fabric is dry and cool. How do you speed this along in a busy sewing shop? 

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Enter: The Tailor's Clapper!

The Tailor's Clapper works because it is suuuper dry, thirsty wood.  Wood, as you know is a poor conductor of heat, so it cools fairly quickly.  Couple that with the thirsty trait, and you have yourself a winning combination for setting your press job quickly.  Use pressure and patience with this tool and it will reward you with the crispest pleats in town! 

One video of mine that shows the clapper being used for shaping bust pads is found here

Here is another video where I use the clapper to set pleats:

 

To purchase one, see my products page on this website. They pretty much last forever.  Just keep it clean and dry.  Definitely keep it away from oils. 

I hope this helped you! :)