Tailoring Tools

Making Tailoring tools at Home



Serging Links

I will be adding links to this post as I gather them. If the links aren’t clickable I will fix when I have time.


Just Sayin’

The level we set our sites on for a partner is how we see ourselves.

Goat Milk Lotion

This Goat Milk Lotion Recipe was sent to me in 2006. I have not made it but wanted to pass it on. It is shelf stable.

Goat Milk Lotion

10.5 ounces goat milk
2 ounces glycerin
16.5 ounces coconut oil
2 ounces emulsifying wax
.5 ounces vitamin E oil
17.5 ounces aloe vera gel
.5 ounces germaben II
.5 ounces fragrance

Bring milk & glycerin almost to a boil. Melt oil & e-wax together. Slowly add milk/glycerin to oil/wax
using a whisk. Add vitamin E oil & whisk well. Cool slightly & add aloe vera gel. Whisk well. Cool to room
temperature & add fragrance & germaben II. Whisk well.
Fill sterile bottles.

(Makes 50 ounces)

To fill the bottles, I get a 60 cc syringe with a catheter tip from the vet. They are sterile & they
work great. Suck the lotion into the syringe & then squirt the lotion in the bottles

why do dogs chase cats?

dog and cats

Sewing 100

If you have never sewn before and want to learn.. let’s start at the very beginning.

You are sitting in front of your machine… remove the thread from the top and remove the bobbin case.
You will need to refer to your manual a lot, so I recommend you make a copy of your manual, put the copy in sheet protectors and in a 3-ring binder. You might want to get a few 3 ring binders, a 1/2″ for your manual and a 2″ for the samples you are going to be making. You might want to pick up 2 packages of 50 per package sheet protectors. One package will be used up with your manual and the other with samples.

So with thread removed you are going to start sewing. The lesson is learn to control your machines speed by pressing on the presser foot or knee controller. You will learn to control your machine, learn to sew straight lines, turn a corner, sew curves and wavy lines.

NEVER, NEVER move the fly wheel backwards.. that is away from you!!!! always toward you. You can throw the timing off… that is a bit of an expense to have timed.

so let’s begin. Until I figure out how to scan these and put in a PDF, this is the best I can do. Photos! You can draw your own practice sheets. Make copies!

sewing straight linbes

This is a simple sewing straight lines, up and down across the paper.

wavy, straight, zigzag

Here is a wavy, straight, and zig zag lines. To do the zig zag you will need… sew to the ‘\’ and stop at the bottom. With needle down in the paper, lift your presser foot, turn the paper, put the presser foot down and sew. Sew to the point, stop, put needle down in the paper, lift presser foot, turn the paper, put the presser foot down, sew.. repeat.

wavy and scallops

More wavy and now scallops. You will follow the above instructions. Stop, needle down, lift presser foot, turn paper, presser foot down, sew, repeat


Again, you are going to sew to the corner, stop, needle down, lift presser foot, turn paper, presser foot down, sew, repeat.


round and round you go!

sewing at a diagonal

here you are so sew at a diagonal, each row. Start with the dotted line and continue sewing from the corner of each box to the corner of each box.. row by row. See how straight you can sew.

Hold the papers up to the light and see how well you followed the lines.

Sewing Machine Stitch Sample Form

copy/paste into a word doc. Delete this line. Adjust to fit page. add more if you need it. It is YOUR form.

Sewing Machine Stitch Type Form Page__________

Fabric Type______________________________________________

Stitch Type ___________________ Stitch Setting ____________________Stitch Length ____________________

Tension Setting _____________________

Type Needle _________________Needle Setting ___________________

Type Thread Top _____________________________ Type Thread Bobbin _______________________________

Attach Sample
Notes __________________________________________________________________________________________________