Knockdown stitching

A grid of same-color stitching is another way to pin down the pile of minky or terry so the decorative stitching shows clearly. It has the advantage over water-soluble stabilizer that it will also keep neighboring pile from overhanging the stitching. It’s a built-in feature of Embrilliance, but for those of us who can’t use that for financial or compatibility reasons, it can be done in Ink/Stitch too. Here’s how.

“Cheater” minky sewing

Cutting out stretchy, fuzzy minky patterns is enough of a hassle that many people turn to a Cricut Maker. We all know how that went here, though. I have a different solution, of course: using the sewing robot. This came up on Facebook so I figured I’d write it out in the blog for posterity. […]

Cut-and-sew pug instructions

The minky version of the cut-and-sew pug arrived today and it’s officially available for purchase, so here are the instructions. They’re printed on the fabric as well, but as soon as I clear my plate a little I’ll stitch one up, take pictures of the process, and flesh this entry out a little more. In […]

Dead soldiers

Not too many new things to show off because I’m still burning through spools of thread getting the shop restocked. But this lineup reminded me about thread buying. The two G├╝termann spools on the left are from one of the multi-packs fabric stores tend to carry, heavily discounted, around Christmas. At some point I decided […]

DIY bias tape makers

Somewhere around here, I have a set of bias tape makers. Handy little gadgets, when you can remember where you’ve put them. When you can’t, there is a printable version at The Scientific Seamstress… or there was. Luckily, the Internet Archive has the blog entries (and associated PDF) for both the 1/2″ and 1″ single-fold […]

Special-effect fills with Ink/Stitch

We’re going to get a little adventurous with the effects today, using a feature that hasn’t been added to Ink/Stitch’s menus yet. First, I’m going to prepare my objects that I’ll want to fill. In this case I’m using text (not Ink/Stitch lettering, but Inkscape text) that I will convert to shapes and ungroup (Path […]

Roundup: Jointing Bears and Plush

I started out to make a roundup of bear-making instructions, but realized there are so many different ways to joint bears (or dolls or plushies) that it deserved a whole post of its own. There are a wide variety of joint types: Thread joint – suitable for floppy joints that don’t get much stress Button […]