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Smartphone Apps

Published 06/15/2014 by Donna Kennedy

With modern technology being what it is, there’s a lot available for sewing people. If you hate printing out coupons, you might consider looking into these mobile phone options:

Jo-Ann’s recently launched an iPhone app which has exclusive coupons as well as a decent shopping interface. They also have options for other mobile devices.   Jo-Ann’s coupons via the app vary typically from 30% to 50% off  for a single item.

While not so much a sewing store as a general craft store,  Michael’s also has a nice iPhone app you may find useful.   They typically have a 40% off coupon available on the app.

Hobby Lobby has a app that usually has a 40% off coupon available.

Hancock Fabrics has a mailer as well with coupons.

Please be aware that most but not all of these retailers accept each others coupons providing they sell the same type of item.

Happy Shopping!  Use your coupons!!



Sewing Your Own Corset – Link Roundup

Published 11/23/2011 by ShardsOfBlue

Corset Samples

Have you ever wondered how to sew a corset? If you’re involved in Steampunk, Renaissance fairs, or other period dress-up, you’ve probably ogled those lovely corsets on sale at the vendor booths, often for hundreds of dollars.

If you’d like to save a little money and embark on a new project, here are some great links for learning how to sew them, as well as where to find the supplies.

How to Sew a Corset:

Where to Buy Corset Supplies:

Vintage Corset Ad by Deja Vecu

Fabric Store Locations

Published 08/14/2011 by Donna Kennedy

Before you start a project, you need to get your fabric! Here are a few of my favorite places to get fabric in Las Vegas:

  • Tandy Leather near Flamingo and Pecos has a wide selection of leathers and associated supplies.
  • Jo-Ann’s Fabric and Crafts is a good all-around fabric and notions store, especially if you sign up for their email coupons. They have 2 locations in Las Vegas, one on the west side of town at Rainbow and Lake Mead and one in the southwest at Sunset and Marks.  They also have an available app for your smartphone which is great for coupons too!
  • Hancock Fabrics has 2 Vegas locations, one on the west side of town at W. Lake Mead and Decatur, and one at the south end at S. Maryland and E. Silverado Ranch.
  • Hobby Lobby has various locations about the city.
  • Home Fashions on Decatur and Oakey.  They carry a wide assortment of materials suitable for your home.
  • Heddy’s on W. Charleston between Decatur and Jones.  Heddy’s offers some specialty items that will be hard to find elsewhere.  Great fabric for costuming.
  • Michael’s also carries a limited supply of notions for sewing and has the Clover ripper/awl that is recommended.

Please take note on the back of the pattern and get the suggested notions (in addition to thread!) that are listed for your project.  If you don’t have everything when you start, you may need to make an additional trip to the store to get them.

Don’t forget to wash and iron your fabrics after you buy them.  If you are uncertain about the appropriate care for the fabric, ask at the cutting table when you have the material cut.  You don’t know who may have handled them before you!

Flowery Fabric Bolts

(Photo by Tinou Bao on Flickr)

Sewing Machine Repair Shops

Published 08/12/2011 by Donna Kennedy

There are a number of sewing machine repair shops in Las Vegas, but here are a few I’ve either used myself or heard good things about:

A-All Discount Vacuum & Sewing‎
4530 East Tropicana Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89121-6705
(702) 456-2535

Vegas Vacuum and Sewing‎
5965 West Sahara Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89146
(702) 364-1107

** July 2014 ***Additional note-Serger routine maintenance can often be completed in 1 to 3 days depending on time machine is brought to this location.  Call ahead for best time to bring serger in.

Tabic’s Sewing Machines‎
1000 E Charleston Blvd # 104
Las Vegas, NV 89104-1560
(702) 384-1963

Online Resources for Patterns and More

Published 08/04/2011 by Donna Kennedy

The Web is full of resources for us. For one thing, it’s a great place to find patterns, even free ones. Check out:

I recommend going to Nancy’s Notions and requesting a catalog here.

If quilting is in your future, take a look at the Flynn Multi-Frame system.

Amazon is a good source for supplies and sewing machines (limited). I suggest you look at a Brother 6000i brand, and if a Singer is in your future, contact me.

As I discuss in more detail in another post, eBay is another great source for notions and fabrics.

Finally, if you’re looking for inspiration, the photo sharing site Flickr has some sewing groups you can browse to see what other people are making.

Vintage Sewing Pattern

(Photo by Mikhaela Reid on Flickr)

Know Your Threads

Published 08/03/2011 by Donna Kennedy

All thread types aren’t the same! Here is some info on some basic thread types.

  • Dual Duty by Coats&Clarks is a polyester wrapped in cotton and some see more breakage than others  in usage.
  • Gutermann is a good brand and is also available in cones of serger thread
  • Metrosene is a good brand and is also available in cones of serger thread
  • Sulky brand thread is used for machine embroidery
  • Robison-Anton is an embroidery thread available in polyester and rayon and is used for machine embroidery
  • YLI Wooly Nylon is a specialty thread for use in serger loopers.  It’s especially good for very stretchy fabrics like swimwear materials and leotards.
  • Maxi-lock cones are for use with sergers, can be used in general sewing also. May see some breakage in general sewing as it is a 2 ply thread.
  • Within several of the above brands you will also find categories such as thread for quilting, topstitching, upholstery or heavy duty thread, silk thread, and so on.
Thread Spools

(Image by MissMessie on Flickr)

Sharpening Your Scissors

Published 08/01/2011 by Donna Kennedy

If you own Ginger scissors, you can go to Ginger’s website to find information about sending your scissors back to them for sharpening. For a fee they will sharpen, reset the blades, and ship them back to you.

If you have a different brand, or would rather stay local, try the “Sharp Shop” on Charleston. Although I have not used them, I’ve been told about them from everyone from a hairdresser to a meat cutter, and that’s good enough for me.

The general consensus among those who frequent the fabric stores is NOT to use the sharpening service that comes around intermittently.

Fiskars Scissors

(Photo by comedy_nose on Flickr)