January Free Design: Cozy Wrap

January 1, 2019By Joanne BankoFree Design of the Month, Garment, Projects 33 Comments

Finished size of wrap is as follows: Small/Medium: 20-inches wide X 60 to 62-inches long. Large: 25-inches wide X 60 to 62-inches long. Materials and Supplies Brother Sewing and Embroidery Machine with 4-inch hoop capability. SA5810 Brother medium weight tear-away stabilizer. SA5931 Brother medium weight fusible cut-away stabilizer. SA520 Brother lightweight water-soluble stabilizer. SA147 Open … Read More

Quick Tip December 2018

December 28, 2018By Joanne BankoProjects, Sewing, Tips & Tricks 3 Comments

I love the glitter of metallic thread! It’s perfect for creating projects that sparkle and shine. Here are some simple tips for sewing shimmering decorative stitches with Brother Metallic Threads: Reduce the tension by approximately one whole number when stitching with metallic thread. Use a specially designed size 12 metallic needle or size 12 top-stitch … Read More

Sew and Serge a Knit Dress

December 17, 2018By Joanne BankoGarment, Serger, Sewing 4 Comments

When used in tandem with one another, your Brother sewing machine and serger make a powerful pair in your sewing space! While sergers are fantastic for speedy sewing and a finish that matches ready-to-wear, the sewing machine shines when it comes to more precise and detailed sewing. This knit dress is an example of a … Read More

Soft Styled Faux Suede Belt

November 14, 2018By Joanne BankoDIY, Garment, Projects No Comments

When the seasons change, I tend to look in my closet and wonder how I can easily change up the looks of some of my garments. Belts are one of my favorite ways to update and accessorize my existing wardrobe. This soft faux suede belt is a great accessory. It’s custom sized and easy to … Read More

November Quick Tip

November 9, 2018By Joanne BankoDIY, Machines, Tips & Tricks 4 Comments

Time for another Brother Sews Quick Tip! Keep A Clean Machine Like many of you, I sew a lot, and sewing can be messy! Many fabrics tend to leave a lot of lint in both in “seen” and “unseen” places on your machine. In particular, I’m talking about the bobbin area known as the race, … Read More

October Quick Tip

October 29, 2018By Joanne BankoDIY, Projects, Tips & Tricks 2 Comments

Time for another Brother Sews Quick Tip! Sew binding with the feather stitch and the MuVit Foot! Lots of projects benefit from a coordinating or contrasting binding. Certainly, there are a variety of ways to attach binding both ready-made and custom made. Regardless of the method, binding is sewn to the topside of the fabric … Read More

Three-Step Mug Mat for Fall

October 19, 2018By Joanne BankoDIY, Home Decor, Projects 4 Comments

Call it a mug mat or call it a coaster, resting your “cuppa” whatever on this mat will make you smile. Generously sized, it finishes at about six inches square. I chose a delightful scarecrow scene to help celebrate this colorful season. I think this has the potential for the start of a great gift … Read More