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Black Friday Sale: 30% off all patterns!

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It’s time for our big annual black friday sale!

As long-time customers and readers know, this is our biggest sale of the year, with 30% off ALL patterns – today only! Ends at midnight PST, and discount will be applied automatically at checkout.

PS: If you’ve noticed the radio silence this week, it’s because (along with the US holiday) we’re preparing for the launch of Seamwork on Monday!

Shop the black friday sale >

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Denver folks! Join me and Alyson at Fancy Tiger on Thursday!

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If you are in Denver, come hang out with us this Thursday at Fancy Tiger!

Alyson and I are in town and would love to hang out with you. This is an informal meet & greet where we’ll be chatting, hanging out, signing books if you want. And you can get 10% off Colette patterns (15% if you wear a Colette garment)!

We can’t wait to see you!

Get more details and RSVP on the FB event page >

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Weekend Reading: Custom jeans, vintage sewing films, and weekend listening

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We’ve quickly slipped from a lovely mid-Autumn into the depths of winter this week. I’m looking forward to curling up under a blanket all weekend before our trip next week to somewhere even colder – Denver!

I’m adding a new section to my weekend reading posts for things I’ve listened to and recommend. Given that sewing is something many of us do with headphones on, I thought perhaps some of you podcastophiles out there might enjoy some of these selections.

Weekend Reading:

Weekend Listening:

For more links every week, you can follow me on Twitter, where I’m always posting interesting tidbits I find.

image above via colettepatterns on instagram

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How to sew a couched edge finish

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The other day, I was perusing the Bernina blog and came across a tutorial for an edge finish technique I’d never tried before – a couched edge using cord.

Susan over at We All Sew demonstrates this technique for craft and decorative projects such as book covers and wall hangings, but I wondered how it would look on a garment. It seemed like a fast and interesting alternative to piping, and one you could apply even after a garment is finished.

Basically, to do this, a purchased cord is sewn directly to the edge of a garment using a zigzag stitch.

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For this technique, you use the #12 Bulky Overlock foot. I highly recommend this foot, not just for couching like this, but also for installing piping. It’s perfect, much nicer than a piping foot in my experience.

You’ll also need some cord. Bernina recommends 4-6mm cord.

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The cord is sewn to the edge using a zigzag stitch. It can be attached to a finished edge (like this), or sewn on top of a raw edge, though that would be easiest with non-fraying fabrics.

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I backstitched over the end of the cord to keep it from unraveling as I began stitching.

Ideally, you’d add the cording to an edge before sewing the seams, so that the edge of the cord is caught in the seam. But that won’t always work, in which case it can be sewn in the round, tucking the edges underneath at the start/end point.

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I think this technique would look really cool on a nautical-inspired garment. You could even use additional cording to create some surface details, by sewing it on top of the garment in rows or patterns.

You can read the full instructions on this edge finish over at We All Sew >

This post presented in partnership with Bernina, one of our sponsors this month. You can find more handy tutorials using incredible Bernina equipment at their blog, We All Sew, where I found this technique.

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