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    Charting Full Garments Using Illustrator

    As I’ve mentioned before, I like to design knitwear by charting the main pattern pieces. Doing so allows me to plan stitch pattern placement exactly and anticipate how shaping will affect various elements. For years, I used Garment Designer and Stitch Painter to generate these charts (and wrote about it briefly). In the recent past, however, both GD and SP were

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    BT | Zenith

    Yesterday was launch day at Brooklyn Tweed. Launch day is always very exciting but let’s face it – it is all the more exciting because we’re talking about the fall collection and fall is to knitters what christmas is to children. Whenever we work on a Brooklyn Tweed collection, we are given themes and mood boards ahead of time of our

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  • Saga of the 262

    After  I took the vintage machine for their little airing, my friend remarked positively on the Pfaff. That little compliment along with having sewn curtains for Monique a few weeks ago did it – it was high time to get old 262 going again. (in case you’re wondering: sewing curtains on the other machines is fine, but it feels like I’m pushing

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    The Sewing Machine Family

    A good friend interested in sewing sweetly asked for a post on my sewing machines – probably out of surprise that I own so many. Truthfully, I used to own more – my first three sewing machines are no longer around. The first – A singer purchased from Consumers Distributing (Canadians will get a chuckle out of that one) died after

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    Vogue 1261

    That little top I spoke about the other day is done and I’m pretty happy with it. I’d read quite a bit about the sewing instructions on sewing blogs and pattern review, which led to to research the RTW version online. As far as I can tell, the original was constructed using a coverstitch machine and the vogue instructions attempted

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