Sewing Wisdom

Announcing the Liza Rietz collaboration PFI is pleased to announce a collaboration with one of Portland’s most honored and most creative designers, Liza Rietz. Rietz’ garments combine the best of art and architecture in modern yet feminine garments. Her collections have been featured at Portland Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Craft and Pacific Northwest College […]

Yes, thread chains (a.k.a., French tacks) are just like a hand crochet stitch. We use them all the time in our couture sewing to attach the hem of a free-hanging lining to the inside of a dress at the side seams. They are also good for button and belt loops — if they don’t have […]

Q.  Is there anyone who does wide format ink jet dye printing on silk in Oregon or Washington? — Marianne A.  We offer  a screen printing class for printing on silk.  It comes up again this Fall.  But for yardage on silk, you’ll have to go out-of-town to Spoonflower or Thai Silks.  We’’ve never used […]

A pressing board holds your entire garment so you don’t have to fight gravity while pressing a seam allowance.A pressing board holds your entire garment so you don’t have to fight gravity while pressing a seam allowance. You can make it any size you wish, but the following holds a tailored jacket, is easy to […]

Q – I’m planning on putting a zipper into an organza jacket. The pattern calls for facings, but since organza is sheer, they will show.  What should I do?  — Meredith A — Use your selvage from your organza as a “sew-in” interfacing.  Use bias strips of the organza to bind the edges of the garment rather […]

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