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Get Sexy in Sewing – Sarah’s story

So, I was going to do a story on “Does Sexy Sell in Sewing” and comment on how all the Pfaff marketing material spotlights an exotic woman in sexy sewn outfit.

Now, I know that works for beer commercials and cars and all kinds of things… but in sewing?

Yet, with the success of Pfaff, I can’t say that it has harmed them.

Well, I just met Sarah.

She’s a cute young gal who has been clubbing at night promoting certain liquors while she goes through nursing school.

I’m kinda shaking my head as I write this. lol.

Now she saw that as she’s been visiting with some of the strippers, people are selling them bikini’s for $45.

Now Sarah was like “What!?!

She tole me, “I know how much material goes into those skimpy suits and how much it costs.”

So she wanted to set her mom up who was home-bound with harsh arthritis to sew some cute bikinis and she’ll sell them.

So she comes in with a few trials she created.  And one problem was trying to get some elastic up the rear of the bikini bottoms to cup the buttocks appropriately.

And I have no idea.

Luckily, I shared the idea with a friend Shelley.

She was like… okay, reviewed her sewing and explained, for the bikini bottoms, you need to use a different stitch.  You have to use the three dotted zig-zag stitch.

That way there will be a nice smooth comfortable cover.

Now, I expressed some of my ignorance about the exotic dancing industry… and Sarah let me know in a PG-13 way what goes on in the industry and told a few stories.

So, I get the feeling Sexy does sell in sewing.

And sexy sewing sells well to a great niche audience.   –  What do you think?

What kind of audience do you sew to?

Leave me a comment and I’ll write back.




Deconstruct and Reconstruct Clothes

So, I know there are a lot of people our there creating some really cool fashion clothes and even making some real good money selling them.

So, I don’t care whether you want to sell or do business in this blog…

I just want to warm you up with a little teaser video.



I hope you got a few little tid bits from this.

This can be easy and often you can buy second hand clothes for cheaper than new fabric.  Just a little creativity and you can have your own unique style.

Create fashion… or just do it up as a gift for that fashion girl you know.

I’m trying to find some unique fashion designers here in Portland to interview and get their secrets on how they do what they do right here.

Sew Blessings



Sew a Baby Blanket in 20 Minutes? With a Quick 10 Minute Video

If you are looking for a quickie gift for a newborn or make something cute for your own child… this is a must see.

All you grandma’s can make Christmas gifts for your grand-kids in a day.  How’s that for cool?


Also a nice concept idea for a bigger blanket or lap blanket.

Also unveiling the mystery of binding for some people.

Please let us know what you think and if you make a blanket.. please send us a picture.

And I hope  you watch the last minute… pretty great ending.

Many blessings to you… Sew much more… with joy.


Volunteers Quilting Souls Together

July 12, 2012 1 comment

I got to speak with Debbie Turner today.

Quilting Souls Together

Debbie leads the Portland chapter of Quilts of Valor on the second Tuesday of each month.

Here is a bunch of volunteers joining together to create quilts for servicemen or veterans touched by war.  It is an gentle way to help heal a brave heart.

Debbie was surprised by the overwhelming support.  This Tuesday will only be the second time they have met, but already there are over 70 people signed up for her newsletter wanting to stay informed.

And the club is already near full.

Yet, there is always a need for quilters, materials, fabric, Long-arm Machines and even money.

There is nothing about politics in this.  This is about relationships and compassion.  As well as joining in a community of quilters for a wonderful cause.

As of today:  Iraq 4483 killed

Quilts of Valor

Afghanistan  1849 killed.

There is a need for hurting souls and families.

This week, Quilts of Valor have awarded 232 quilts to servicemen or veterans.

And they have helped create 67125 quilts since it’s inception.

There is also a chapter in West Linn at HollyHill Quilt Shoppe.

If you feel lead to volunteer, quilt, donate fabric, materials, long-arm machines, or even money… please contact Debbie Turner at

Everyone is welcome.

Many blessings my quilted souls… may your love be sewn in the threads of our lives.


PS, Leave a comment of the name of someone you know who’s a servicemen past or present.  Then like this post.

Unique Wedding Gift for the Purple Haired Bride

So, just had a mom who brought in her purple haired yet glowing twenty-something daughter.

She was giving her daughter a wondrous gift.

Instead of buying her daughter a huge wedding dress and Bridesmaids gowns… she bought her daughter a good quality but cheaper sewing machine.

Now as her alternative daughter wants a unique gowns, maybe something to go with her tatoos, she will learn to sew and make it herself.

Now, yes, that can lead to all kinds of problems… I know.


But both of them were brimming with smiles.  The daughter got unlimited lessons at Montavilla Sewing to learn her machine… and get started on a most unique dress.

I hope to get pictures of her wedding as I would love to post them here.

Best part, is this girl is going to learn an amazing skill that could last her the rest of her life… and has a joyous deadline to take some massive action and learn her new trade.

Now that’s a mother’s love. (devilish chuckle)

Many blessings to you all


P.S. leave a comment about the best wedding idea you ever heard of. 😉