Posted on January 16, 2009
One of my favorite finds recently has been this:
My rolled hem presser foot. This bad boy is designed to put a perfect teeny tiny hem in the edge of your fabric, right at the machine–no more pressing, then turning and pressing again, just feed it through and press & stitch all at once! Miraculous, especially for delicate fabrics like chiffons and the like, but also dead useful for making trims and ruffles. Now, when I want to make the ruffle for an apron like this one:
I simply cut my fabric, stitch together into a single long piece, then feed it under my fancy presser foot to give the lower edge a perfect hem.
Here in Atlanta, these feet are available at the Hancock Fabrics on Miami Circle/Sidney Marcus–I realize I’m sending you into the lion’s den, but that’s the only place I’ve seen this display. Right at the end of the cutting table, near the thread and facing the window, is a cardboard display endcap with a whole selection of universal specialty presser feet. They work with any model–hence the “universal”–and come in two shank styles (upright and angled, depending on your manufacturer).
Check out the Sewing Divas for the full tutorial–theirs is so excellent that I didn’t think it was useful to make a whole new one here. I will say that I solidly endorse their suggestion to stop when going over bulky spots–like seams–and fold by hand, then reinsert into the hem foot. Makes the process much smoother.
Posted on January 15, 2009
So, I was tempted to throw up more rock-n-roll fabric, but enough with the theme, already. Instead, here’s a new arrival in the shop, from Amy Butler’s Daisy Chain collection:
Amy Butler is a HUGE name in fabric design, and has her hand in all manner of pies: paper, books, patterns, you name it. Check out her website and drop a comment if you’d like to see Whipstitch carry more of the coordinates from this line!
Posted on January 8, 2009
I love a good theme. Like, when I completed my Master’s thesis on acorns (no lie) I gave all my professors a teensy oak sapling sprouted from acorns that had fallen in my yard over the winter. I mean, I REALLY love a theme.
And right now, it’s GUITARS, which are suddenly everywhere these days. Where were they in fifth grade when I wasn’t motivated to practice mine and skipped out on my lessons? I could rock out on Greensleeves now if only I’d practiced then!!
From Michael Miller (again–hey, maybe it’s a Michael-Miller-guitar conspiracy??):
Available as we speak, in the shop.
Posted on December 18, 2008
Featured today for Swatch of the Week:
Posted on December 8, 2008
Loads of sick babies at our house. Only thing keeping my spirits up is this:
Posted on December 4, 2008
Y’all, can I just say how great the experience has been so far at Etsy? What an amazing group of people, all of them truly looking to promote handmade and produce top-quality stuff. I have been so impressed so far with the number of sales Whipstitch has had in such a short time, how great the Etsians have been, how many supplies and fabulous finds I’ve been able to get there.
If you haven’t had a chance to check out our new shop, please head over there now!
While you’re there, check out some of these other places to get great sewing supplies, all right on THE handmade shoppers paradise:
Toby’s Momsells buttons to cover at fantastic prices
Posted on November 25, 2008
I’m thrilled to announce that we’ve opened a very small shop on Etsy to launch our online fabric store. Please drop by and visit us there:
Posted on October 6, 2008
Great review of useful sewing books over at Dress A Day.
Check back soon for a section on the Whipstitch site with links to great books to get you started!! On that front, be aware that the LOGO is in development as we speak, the URL has been purchased (link here and check back often as content gets added!), and plans are underway to get fabric selections up by the end of 2008 on the web. I’m VERY excited about this whole project, and am working to devote my maternity leave to getting it rolling–any words of support, encouragement, or suggestion would be much appreciated!
Got a particular fabric designer you love? Let me know! Got a particular fabric need? Drop me an email! Your wish is..well, maybe not my command, but certainly taken into consideration!
Keep yer eyes peeled, y’all! We’re working hard to bring YOU the best in fabric and sewing in Atlanta!
Posted on September 17, 2008
Great charity called Pedals for Progress taking used, unwanted sewing machines and shipping them overseas to allow women to open their own small businesses! What a great idea, and a great place to unload your old machine when you’re ready to move up a notch. As a non-profit, it’s even tax-deductible!!
Posted on August 14, 2008
Since I missed Wednesday again. Wow.
This one’s another Michael Miller cotton print. Frogs, eating flies and spiders. I originally thought, What a cute fabric for boys! But now I love it for boys, girls, mommies, pillows, everything. My 13-year-old girl wants a shirt out of it, even.
Loooove it. Another one coming SOON to the Whipstitch online shop. We’re hoping for early-to-mid September for online fabric sales, and every purchase gets us closer to opening our brick-and-mortar shop in Atlanta, so spread the word!