the syndicate

bad sewing habits that are making your life harder

sewing

So much of successful sewing is muscle memory…experience and practice makes all the difference! So you can imagine how repeating bad habits can make your sewing more frustrating than it needs to be. No matter how long you’ve been sewing, you can improve your work by breaking some bad habits. If you’re still new to […]

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5 sewing tools to upgrade ASAP

sewing

Like so many other hobbies, there’s lots of stuff associated with sewing. How do you know you have the right stuff? Is having the wrong stuff making your sewing life harder? There are so many different tools and notions out there, and anyone who’s been sewing for a while will have plenty of opinions on […]

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it’s not the tension: troubleshooting steps to get your sewing back on track

sewing

In the last several years, I have taught hundreds (thousands?) of people the basics of sewing, and helped many of them improve their skills beyond the beginner level. I’ve seen a lot of frustration with bent needles, dull scissors, stubborn fabric, and the myriad other woes that sewers of all experience levels regularly must deal […]

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the de-stash shop is open!

crafting

In the process of redesigning Holland Cox products, I’ve found that some of my stash is no longer what it needs to be. So I’m getting rid of some of it! My Etsy shop is eventually going to be 100% sewing supplies, but for now it’s a mix of clearance and de-stash items. Click here […]

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DIY bow tie five different ways

the syndicate

It’s a fact: bow ties are cool. I’ve been teaching students how to make neckties, bow ties, and pocket squares at Bits of Thread for about a year now, and the bow ties are always a favorite. The good news is my bow tie pattern is now available for sale, and it includes the traditional […]

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sneak peek: 2 yards 10 gifts!

coming soon

Later this month, I’ll be releasing an e-book of sewing patterns called 2 Yards 10 Gifts. It is exactly what it says on the tin! Ten gifts that you can make, using only two yards of fabric (yes, you can make all ten with just 2 yards)! Next weekend, I’ll be hosting a special workshop […]

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are you joining the syndicate?

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Okay, I don’t know that I’m actually going to call it “the syndicate,” but I sure do like that word. Sounds mysterious and slightly illegal. But my new thing is neither of those things. My new thing is a brand new division of Holland Cox. Don’t worry, I’m still going to be making all the […]

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