Monday, December 23, 2019

Recommendation for Sewing Podcast: LOVE TO SEW

This year I found a sewing podcast I enjoy very much.  At first I thought how could a podcast, with no visuals, be of interest?  Hard to explain how, but it works quite well.

The hosts, Helen Wilkinson and Caroline Somos are two young Canadian ladies with a lively sense of humor and a true love of sewing. They start out every interview by asking the guest how their sewing journey started.  Love that question!

Topics include making clothes, the sewing community, and small businesses. They talk about their passion for sewing a handmade wardrobe and their daily lives as creative entrepreneurs. Listen to interviews with indie business owners and inspiring sewists who totally understand your obsession with sewing.  Frequency 1 episode / week

Here are examples of recent episodes:

And an episode on refashioning: (don't you think they should interview Paganoonoo too?)

Paganoonoo is sponsoring the Christmas Eve podcast.  The great news is that you can easily access past episodes through the website above. I am still working my way through them.               

Happy Holidays to You and Yours!   Michelle Paganini
P.S. Paganoonoo PDF upcycle sewing instructions in discounted holiday bundle packs are available now at

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Turned hems with a curve, the easy way


I am Michelle Paganini, designer for Paganoonoo. Curves are one of my favorite design elements.  They often show up in my designs as high/low hems with a curve in the back.  

The technique described today is for turned hems, that is hems that are pressed under once, and then pressed under again prior to topstitching. This method creates an easy turned hem. Video link here.  Steps outlined below.

1) Run a stitch line (large stitch), just inside of where the hem will be turned. Turn the stitching to the inside as you press.  

Where there is any difficultly turning and pressing due to the curve, pull up the thread from one stitch, slightly gathering the fabric. This makes it easier to turn. Repeat as often as needed.

1a) Optional - along tight curves make a second row of stitching on the hem, between the raw edge and the first row of stitching.

2) Tuck the raw edge under, butting up against the turned hem.  If necessary, and when you have stitched the second row described in 1a, pull up one stitch when needed to pull in the curve.  Press.

3) Topstitch the hem just along the top. 

4) Optional: pull out the stitch lines as they are no longer needed. 

5) Give a final press for a professional look.

Enjoy your curved hem!

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