Archive: “Tips & Tricks”

  • Watermarking Your Photos: the Why & How

    So… in our last post we detailed EIGHT ways in which photography can help grow your business, and as we mentioned in that post, there are some very legitimate reasons that online retailers are hesitant to allow their pictures to be shared. Let’s face it, in today’s digital world, it’s easier than ever to steal […]

  • Clap On, Clap Off

    So… I mentioned using a “Tailor’s Clapper” in a recent post and was relatively surprised to hear how many of you were totally unfamiliar with it. And here’s the thing, I consider this terrific pressing tool a MUST for bag-making, so I promised to devote an upcoming post to this amazing, yet powerful tool!   […]

  • 6 Tips for Sewing with Pleather

    So… one of my favorite fabrics to use for a bag accent area lately… is pleather. I like the texture and excitement that it adds to a project, PLUS I find it to be remarkably resilient under all types of usage. But here’s the thing, I find that MANY people are really loathe to even […]

  • I’m Planning On It

    So… If you’ve been following my writing for any length of time then you know that I am an affirmed “list maker“, and for as long as I can remember, I’ve been on a quest to find the “perfect planner”, (in which to keep my lists). And you know what? It’s absolutely amazing how many […]

  • Tips for Sewing with Cuddle Suede

    So… in our last post we showed you the gorgeous Triple Play handbag (at left) we created with an all-Cuddle Suede exterior! I was SO pleased with how it came out, but you also might recall that I had serious concerns about what problems I might encounter during the construction process. But here’s the deal… […]

  • Sew-In Magnet Stitching Tips

      So… I tell everyone who will listen that I LOVE using our sew-in invisible magnet snaps because… They snap together first-time EVERY-time! They’re EASY to sew in place with a regular machine needle. And they’re strong enough to keep my bag firmly closed until I WANT to open it! As a matter of fact, […]

  • A Beaded Bag Charm

    So… I was languishing in a LONG and very boring checkout line the other day. I had already checked my email, my FaceBook page AND my Instagram feed so I had exhausted all my usual ways of redeeming the time and that’s when I noticed it! The gal in front of me had this cute […]

  • How to Improve Your Sewing

    So… There’s lots of reasons why people sew. For me, I enjoy the actual process of sewing. It’s almost  therapeutic. When I’m working on a project it’s one of the few times that I can totally tune out my surroundings. It so engrosses me that I lose track of time, kinda like a form of […]

  • 5 Ways to Improve the Look of your Project

    So… it doesn’t really matter whether you’ve been sewing all of your life or if you’ve just completely your first project, everyone wants to get the best result possible when they sit in front of that sewing machine. But here’s the thing, based on some of the phone calls and pictures I’ve received over the […]

  • Applying Bias Tape, the S-M-O-O-T-H way!

    (I get so many questions about bias tape… how do I make it, how do I get such a smooth finish etc. etc., so I thought it was LONG PAST time that I did a series devoted to bias-taping so…here’s the 3rd and last post in a three-post mini-series.) So…now that we’ve made our bias […]