Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Sewing Must Haves

A lot of people who wants to start learning how to sew asked "There are so many stuff out there, what do I need to get?"

Yes, it's true, there are so many stuff out there, it could really be both intimidating and overwhelming a lot of times for starters. They have sewing kits for beginners and tons of sewing items that cost from a few cents to hundreds of dollars.

I can't really recommend any specific item, but I'd just like to share this article based on my experience. As a start, I would get a basic sewing machine first. If you could afford it, go to dealerships that specialize in selling sewing machines. They will show you so many sewing machines and what they can do. It could be overwhelming, but try not to, just take it as you go. And I do not recommend buying one right on the spot. Try to do a research over the internet, read the reviews over specific machine that you are interested in. I know a lot of sewing experts do not recommend getting those machines that you see in sears or walmart. But if you were like me and couldn't afford the one in the dealerships, don't be afraid and get one in sears or walmart. Just plain basic sewing machine that has straight, zig zag, and button hole stitches. These machines are ample enough for a starter, and then you can always upgrade when you feel more confident in your sewing. I found that Kenmore is more reliable than Singer. I know a lot of people relate good sewing machines and Singer, I did too, but after buying 2 of them, I must conclude that their quality is not as good as they used to. No matter what you decide to get, the hundreds of dollars model or the cheaper one, I can't say this enough, research, research, research!

Now, what about those walls and walls of little sewing stuff you see in your craft store? I would get a decent scissors (invest in a $20 or above kind of scissors, trust me they're worth it), yard stick, a quilter's ruler, quilter's pins (I have no patience whatsoever with small pins, so quilter's pins, the one with the yellow head, is the way to go for me), bobbins, hand needles, sewing machine needles, oh and freezer paper from your grocery store (I will tell you why you need this in my next article). If I missed anything, feel free to add them in the comment section.

Go to the patterns section, choose the one you like, read the back of the envelope, and it will tell you what you need to make that specific item, and get them, this will help you build your sewing supplies little by little.

Your supplies really depends on what you want to sew. I sew a lot of bridal dresses, so I have to maintain sharp needles to work with the delicate bridal fabrics, and because of that I can never have enough needles, all kind of needles, from hand needles, sewing machine's, and quilter's pins. I also can't get enough muslin, bobbins, invisible zippers, boning, white thread, silk organza for interfacing, tulle, and netting. Some who sew for children would probably need a lot of elastic, cute buttons, etc. Those who sew craft items, they might need to keep a lot of felts, ribbons, embroidery floss, laces, and so on.

You will find the sewing supplies you can't live with when you start sewing. So don't worry, your stash will grow as the time goes. But no matter what your sewing must haves are, one thing I know what we all seamstresses have in common, we can NEVER have enough fabrics.

Monday, February 7, 2011

What Makes You Buy Custom Boutique Items?

Most of us custom designers have always been curious on what makes people buy custom boutique items. One of boutique buyers, Ramona, said that fabric combos, patterns, and how unique it is is the 1st thing she'd consider when buying a boutique items, and then price and where her kid can wear them comes next. So what makes you buy boutique items? Price? Designs? Style? Feel free to post a comment.

Surprise Auction

I have been very busy designing and sewing bridal dresses lately that I feel the need to relax and have fun. So I'm listing a surprise auction. The design is going to be a surprise. The opening bid is only $0.99 and NO RESERVE. Lots of watchers so far. Join the fun here:

One of my past designs:

HC Designer Feature

This time we are featuring Bonnie Colleen, the designer behind BonEful designs. This talented designer creates so many designs that are very cute and loaded with beautiful vibrant colors. Check out more of about her and her designs here:*llc*boutique

Designers, would you like to be featured? Just add "HC Boutique" to your Ebay or Etsy listing's titles.