Brother CV3550 Coverstitch: First impressions review

- Coverstitch, Tools

The Brother CV3550 is one of the first top cover stitch machines for the domestic market. Now what is a top cover you might ask? Well, it’s a stitch that looks like this: If you take a closer look at many RTW knit garments, especially activewear, you will see that this stitch is very common on hems. The top cover stitch is on the top and on the reverse side there is a regular 3-needle coverstitch seam. I was able to…

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Next up: Burdastyle Anita jeans made with designer denim

- work in progress

I’m very particular about my denims, and trying out RTW jeans is a very defeating experience for me (too tight around the tummy and thighs,  saggy in the bum and always way too long). So apart from a pair of Lee jeans that I bought in a charity shop, I’ve only been wearing me-made jeans the last seven–eight years. My favorite pattern is Anita from Burdastyle (but go down one size for a skinny fit and the legs are long!)…

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Video: BabyLock Imagine Serger Review—is it worth the price?

- Tools, Video

BabyLock Imagine is a premium overlock/serger that costs twice as much as most regular domestic sergers. But how good is it and is it worth the hefty price? I bought mine at the beginning of 2017 and there was definitely some trepidation, in Sweden this serger cost twice the price, and even more, compared to other household sergers. So in today’s video, I dive deep into the pros an cons of this popular and pricey serger. Topics covered in this…

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August sewing bits

- Life of Johanna

Today is my birthday! Yep, I’m turning 46 today! I’m struggling to write something profound about this mid-term age, but overall life is good. Speaking of ageing, I heard a guy on a podcast the other day saying that he thinks there are two cliché ways to age; either becoming grumpy and conservative or get a motorbike and some tattoos. And while a lot of people scoff at the second option, he argued it is actually preferable as it means you…

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Next up: Ringer t-shirt from Burda

- work in progress

Time for part 2 of my 90s inspired basics wardrobe. A ringer t-shirt, which I would say is my favourite style of t-shirts and very much an iconic style, especially during the 1970s and 1990s. I was not familiar with the term ringer t-shirt until recently, but it refers to using contrasting binding on the neckline and sleeves.   Speaking of knit binding, it can be tricky to sew. In fact, even professionals can struggle with it, as I learned when…

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Video: FAIL! Pronouncing English sewing words is HARD!

- Video

 If you have watched my videos for while, you probably noticed that I sometimes struggle with pronouncing English sewing words. But exactly how bad am I? To find out I decided to set up a challenge where I try to pronounce (hard for me) sewing words and then let the Google Translate Voice decide exactly how bad I am!   Now I don’t trust the robotic Google voice completely so I would love to hear your thoughts on the…

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