How to Shorten the Back Hem of a High/Low Dress and Finish the Edge with a 3-Thread Rolled Hem

highlowhemcoverHey Eveyrone,  Happy Sunday.  I’m so happy to share this video tutorial with you because I also get to check something off my Mommy To Do List.  I’ve been meaning to hem Anna’s dress.  It’s a cute sundress with a very dramatic high/low hem… a little too low in the back.    Then, I decided to finish the hem with a 3-Thread Rolled Hem… So I could show Kyle how to start and finish in the round :)  Enjoy!  (I’m off to float in the pool)

How to Shorten Jeans While Keeping Original Hem – Part 2 (Finishing and Reducing Bulk)

Hey Everyone,   Happy HOT Wednesday :)   I’m so happy that I shot Part 2 of the Shorten Jeans Tutorial last week!  Today I want to show you a neat way to reduce the bulky extra length on the inside of the jean leg.  I’m using a 3-Thread Wide to finish graded edges.   Plus there is a neat little tip to create a start/stop point on the edge of the denim.  Let me know if you have questions.  Jen

How to Shorten Jeans While Keeping the Original Hem

Hey Everyone,  Happy Sunday!   I normally don’t post new videos on the weekends, but it was a long crazy week and I didn’t have time till today.  First off, I want to apologize for all the weird typos in my blog posts.   My website had a huge problem (something connected with my husband’s webiste… it’s very romantic that they are linked).  Anyway, when he “restored” it back to it’s full glory, I noticed that I have a lot of “AAA” and other unnecessary punctuation.  I’m not sure there is a fix for that, unless I go through and edit each post.  (That’s not happening)

Today I’m answering a question from one of my YouTube subscribers, and concerns one of my favorite topics… Jeans!   I’m going to show you how to shorten jeans while keeping the original hem.  This method takes into consideration that you may need to shorten the front hem more than the back.    This tutorial shows you how to pin up the excess length, shorten the leg and press.   Then, on Wednesday, I’ll show you how to finish the inside by reducing the bulk.

Please let me know if you have questions!  Hope you’re enjoying your weekend.  :)

How to Sew a 1/4″ Seam on the BabyLock Ovation Serger

Hey Everyone,  Thanks for all the lovely and encouraging comments!  Today is actually a response to two questions I received about how to sew a 1/4″ seam on the Ovation.    The method I’m about to show you to get an accurate 1/4″ seam can be applied at any serger…  It involved two different things:  First the cutting width setting  and secondly how to feed the fabric under the presser foot.   I used specific parts of the needle plate to guide the fabric under the presser foot.  If you don’t own an Ovation Serger, examine your needle plate and presser foot.  I’m sure you can find a guide that will work.  If not sent me a photo of your serger and we’ll figure it out!

BabyLock Ovation Serger Manual: How to Start to Sew and Chain Off (Page 25)

Hey Everyone,   I’m back from our short vacation at the Cape.  It was very fun!   Now it’s everything serger.  I’ve finished 6 of the video lessons for my new Fashion Serger Class coming soon to  …and I’ve shot some more fun videos for you guys too!   I want to take a minute and thank everyone who’s following along and watching my videos.   I’ve been receiving questions and comments via email  (this is very fun :) … In addition to answering your email, you may see your question as a topic for an upcoming video.  Please feel free to keep them coming!

Today I want to show you the “proper” way to start sewing with your serger and how to chain off.  It sounds simple enough, but there are a few good tips in there that can keep you from breaking a needle, knocking your machine out of timing or snapping a looper.

I also want to share a tip for working with hard to feed fabrics (This is one of the questions I received via email).   I was going to include it with today’s video, but it was getting on the long side, so I decided to save it for the next one.  I’ll post that on Sunday :)

Zip it Up – Easy Techniques for Zippered Bags

zipHey Everyone, I had to do a special post about this new Craftsy Class.   Have you ever had the opportunity to take a class from someone that you consider to be a hero in your sewing life?  Way back when I used to work at Manchester Sewing Center, I was in love with Lazy Girl Patterns.  If one of my co-workers was doing a class using one of Joan’s bag patterns, I was the first student to sign up.  Then, as I started to teach classes myself, one of the first classes I taught was The Thread Library. (I scooped this picture from the Lazy Girl’s website because I don’t have mine to take a photo of…)


Recently, I was putting together a box of sewing supplies to give to one of my Mom’s good friends who loves to sew.  I put the Thread Library (full of threads) in with all the other goodies that I sent off.

So, when I noticed that Joan has a new class on Craftsy, I had to share it with you.   When you sign up for the class, three of her most popular patterns are included… Sweet Peapods, Becca Bags, and Fabulous Fobio Key Fob. The key fob is Lazy Girl’s newest pattern, and it’s a fast little project that can hold your keys and it attaches to your Becca bag!   …I’m signing up :)

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BabyLock Ovation Serger Manual: Cutting Blade Cover Seam Guide (page 24)

Hey Everyone,  I want to share my happy news with you.  My husband and I are having our marriage blessed in church with a full wedding mass this weekend.  I’ve been waiting for my husband to want to do with with me, and I’m beyond happy and excited.   We are going on a family vacation to the Cape, this will be the perfect beginning to a few days off!  …I thought I would find a dress… something nice, but not over-the-top wedding gownish.  I had no luck, so I decided to make my dress.  I started with Vogue 1032… a simple fitted dress with a V-Neckline.  After treating the bodice to a full bust adjustment, 3 extra inches of vertical length and making it a little more modest by moving the V up 4 inches… I stitched it up in some old matte jersey I had in my stash.  …I little fine-tuning, and I was ready to go.  I went to Banksville Fabric in Norwalk, CT and found beautiful Rayon Matte Jersey and beautiful Chantilly Lace.   In the end, I used the lace to overlay the bodice and waistband.    (That’s my excuse for not posting anything last week :)

I promise to do a “Tour of the Dress” video when we get back from vacation next week…I don’t want to show it now, because my husband hasn’t seen it, and I know he’s one of my YouTube fans :)  (I did put a few pics on instagram and on facebook)

Anyway… I’m also shooting my new Fashion Serger Techniques for PatternReview and I managed to upload another episode of the BabyLock Ovation Serger Manual too!   Check out how to use the seam guide that’s on the Cutting Blade Cover.  See how to use it if you’re working with both needles or just the right needle to get an accurate 5/8″ (and custom seam allowances too)… Let me know if you have questions :)  Enjoy

BabyLock Ovation Serger Manual: How to Set Up for a Cover Hem

Hey Everyone…  Today I want to show you how to set up for a cover hem on the Ovation.  The trickiest part for me was clicking the thread into the thread guides in the back of the machine.  No worries… now that I figured it out, it’s super easy!  On Friday this week I’m going to show you the variety of cover hem and chain stitches that you can use on the Ovation.

One note before you watch… I lost the footage from my “A Camera” … so there are no “beauty shots” of me talking, or wide angle views of what I’m doing… (so sorry about that!).   The only thing you really miss is a view of putting the cone thread on the thread stand and bringing the threads through the antenna guides on top of the thread stand.  If you need to see me do that, please check out one of my earlier videos  How to Thread the Ovation.

Questions, please let me know!

BabyLock Ovation Serger Manual: Differential Feed (page 13)

Hey Everyone… Happy Memorial Day Weekend!!   I’m looking forward to a fun weekend at Abby’s volleyball tournament.  It’s the last one of the season that I’ll be able to attend.   Plus, I’m also planning some floating time in the pool, I’m so excited for the warmer weather :)  Which brings me to a scheduling note…because of the Holiday, I’m going to post videos on Wednesday and Friday next week.

Today I want to explain and show you how to use the Differential Feed Settings on the serger.  If you do not have an Ovations, take a second to take note of what the specific number setting are on yours… That way, you’ll be able to compare them to what I’m showing you :)

I’m not going to go over specialty techniques that you can achieve using your differential feed in this video because I want to keep it short, but don’t worry, I will be getting that information to you soon!  (Things like Lettuce Edge and Gathering fabric).

I really wanted to wear one of my tees that I made out of a funky colored wool knit mixed with a gray knit that I used for the V-Neckline and armhole bindings…   I though I looked OK when I did my “beauty check” before getting in front of the camera…   Sadly, when I started editing the video, I scared myself!  So, I’ll be up close and personal for my talking points (I cropped out some of the scariness)!  Enjoy