Monday, October 27, 2014

Sewing Student At Dancing Needles Wins First Place

Pictured are TIPA/Dancing Needles Sewing Instruction and Design  student Alaine Rutherford and fellow contestants at the American Sewing Expo. Alaine won first place in her division (children age 8 to 11). We are very happy for her!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Items needed to begin sewing.

1. A sewing machine.
2. An iron. Frequent pressing is essential .
3. A tape measure really important if you are measuring yourself/someone else for clothing items. And  measuring gauge sometimes, called a hem gauge for marking hems.
4. A good pair of fabric scissors. Keep your fabric scissors for fabric only – don’t be tempted to use it for paper or anything else. A good scissors is pricier than your average pair, but is worth the investment for the sake of sharp, accurate cutting. You will also need a small scissors for clipping threads close to fabric.
5. Machine Needles. You will need to buy replacement needles for your sewing machine. You can get mixed packs which are always good value. .
6. Hand sewing Needles. Even if you plan to do all your sewing by machine, you will need to do a little hand sewing to finish off seams or binding etc.
7. Thimble – if you’re hand sewing, you will need a thimble. I don’t really like them and wear them as little as possible, but I do need one for certain types of sewing.
8. Pins. A total essential. There are lots of different types out there. Buy ones you like, but be sure that they are “iron-proof”, and be sure, again, they are good quality so that they don’t damage your fabric.
9. Safety pins –  for projects where you need to thread elastic/cord through a tubular piece. Like elastic waist bands.
10. Thread. Buy some in a neutral or white, and a dark colour also. Then build up your collection of colours to match the fabric you are working with – always unwind the start of the thread and lay it on your fabric to match, and try a few spool colours before deciding. All purpose thread for making garments. Quilting thread for quilts. Quilting thread is heavier than all purpose thread.
11. Seam Ripper. Both of my sewing machines came with seam rippers in the little box of accessories and they were perfect. This will be your best friend.
12. Water soluble pen. You could also use tailor’s chalk to mark your fabric, but I much prefer a water soluble pen – easier to use and the marks disappear totally.
13. Bobbins – its always useful to have a few spare bobbins for your machine. I find different bobbins get wound with different colours, so you will definitely need and use them.
14. Knitting needle/chopstick/point turner to get nice sharp points in your corners.
15. Fabric glue in stick form not liquid. this is used for holding zipper in place.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Registration for Fall 2014

Summer Sewing Camp: American Girl Doll Clothes

Summer Camp: Make Your Own Tutu
Visit our website to see the 2013-2014 class schedule! Fall registration 
 will be held August 2,9,16 and 23 from 11am to 3pm. Class size is limited! Don't wait to enroll!

Friday, February 28, 2014

Dancing Needles Children's Sewing Classes

Dancing Needles Children's Sewing Classes will be having a Fashion Show April 4th. This will be a fun experience for the children and give the parents a chance to see  all the projects they have made during sewing class.  The children work really hard and are really proud when they finish a garment.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Have I memtioned that I have a daughter who is a Fashion Designer?

My daughter Lisa Simpson is a Fashion Designer. She earned her four year Fashion Design Degree from Columbus College of Art and Design. She has designed apparel and accessorizes for some name brand clothing Companies.

She is currently working on some designs for her own label. I thought I would show you a sneak peak.

Check out her Etsy Shop:


Knit Tee

Fully lined coat, rhinestone buttons. Adorable!