Getting back to normal!

I want to thank all of you for your patience and understanding during the past year of my crazy, limited hours and slow turn around time. I’m happy to report I have been told I am cancer free and my old energy is slowly but surely returning. Therefore, I’m excited to announce it’s time to start increasing my hours again! My new hours will be:

          Monday – 11:00 – 4:00
          Wednesday – 11:00 – 4:00
          Friday – 11:00 – 4:00
          Saturday – 10:00 – 1:00

As always, you can always come when I’m closed with an appointment if my “open” hours don’t work for you.

Published in: on January 17, 2015 at 1:02 pm  Leave a Comment  

Open Hours Increase!

Current “OPEN” hours are:

Tuesday – 1:00 – 4:00

Thursday – 1:00 – 4:00

Saturday  –  10:00 – 12:00

I do not make appointments for “open” hours…..just drop in.  However, if those hours don’t work for you, I would be happy to make an appointment for you during my “closed” hours.


Published in: on August 6, 2014 at 7:56 am  Leave a Comment  

I’m Back!

I am so happy to be back to doing what I love after a few months of chemo, radiation & surgery. Thank you so much for your patience during this time. I have decided to be “open” fewer hours, but available for appointments more often. Thought I would give it a try to see if it better serves your needs.

If you want to come in when I’m open, therefore without an appointment, my current hours are: Wednesday 12:00 – 2:00 and Saturday 10:00 – 12:00.

If you want to make an appointment, call and we can schedule something at your convenience. 630-234-4794

Published in: on July 23, 2014 at 9:06 am  Leave a Comment  

I will be closed for a few weeks!

I am temporarily closed for a couple weeks to have surgery.  I expect to reopen probably the last week in June or the first week in July.  I will post the exact date and new hours as soon as I get clearance to return to work.

Yes, I will be fine….just a little bump in the road.  Looking forward to servicing your sewing needs again soon.

Published in: on June 9, 2014 at 11:31 am  Leave a Comment  

Temporary New Hours

Due to a temporary medical condition and upcoming surgery, I will be closed for a few weeks beginning June 9, 2014.  I expect to reopen the last week in June or beginning of July.  As soon as I have doctor’s clearance, I will post an update.

Until then, my hours are:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10 am – 4 pm

Saturday 10 am – noon

Closed Monday, May 26 for Memorial Day

Published in: on January 5, 2014 at 8:39 am  Leave a Comment  

I have moved!!

Both “A Thimble Change” and “Sewing for Smiles” are now located at:

211 South Third Street

St. Charles, IL  60174

(Next to NAPA Auto Supply)

Phone and email remain the same.

With the move, I have expanded my hours to better serve you:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday  –  10:00 – 4:00

Saturday – 10:00 – 12:00

Also, I will be living at the same location.  Therefore, I will have to be stricter about sticking to my closed hours.  Being there does not mean I am working so please be respectful of posted times or call for an appointment in advance to come in during a time when I am closed.  Thank you!

Published in: on September 14, 2013 at 6:44 pm  Leave a Comment  

Pillowcase Dress Instructions

Supplies needed:
One pillowcase
Two 6 inch pieces of 1/2 inch elastic
Two 30 inch pieces of double fold bias tape
(Wide easier, narrow looks better & ties better.)

Optional – any desired trim – lace, ric rac, buttons, etc.

Cut off top, folded edge of pillowcase straight across. How much you cut off determines how long the dress will be, thus what size you want to make. They have been made anywhere from small enough for a baby to big enoung for a pre-teen.
Cut two armholes the shape of a letter “J” – one on each side of the pillowcase with the top of the “J” at the cut off edge and the bottom, curved part of the “J” at the sides. For a smaller dress, make the “J” about 3″ tall. For a larger dress, make the “J” about 4″ tall.

Elastic casing:

Fold the top edges down about 1/4″, then another about 3/4″.  Measurements do not need to be exact.  Sew close to the first fold forming a tunnel or casing.  Do the other side the same way.  Thread elastic (1/2″ wide – 6″ long) through casing on each side with a large safty pin.  Secure ends of elastic at armhole edges.

Armhole edges and ties:

Take a 30″ long piece of double fold bias tape and fold in half.  Pin the halfway point to the underarm point on the dress.  Sew from that point up, catching the armhole inbetween the two sides of the bias tape.  Continue through the ends of the bias tape beyond where the top of the dress ends to form the ties.  Repeat until both armholes are incased in the bias tape and the ties have been made.  Note:  one side of the double fold bias tape is a little wider than the other.  Put the widest side on the underside from where you are sewing.  That way, when you sew on the edge of the top side, you know the underside is being caught in the stitching.

The dress is now finished, unless you choose to embellish or decorate it in some manner!

Published in: on April 3, 2011 at 7:57 am  Leave a Comment  

Pillowcase Dress Ministry Goal Exceeded

Yesterday was the final day to turn in completed dresses for this year’s shipment which are going to India this week in Christmas packages for needy little girls. Our goal was to make 300 dresses between The beginning of September and now. We achieved 523!!! The outpouring of donations, sewing volunteers, and love has been extraordinary! With such an awesome response, we decided to continue sewing the dresses all year, although our big push will begin again next September. Between now and then, we will be sending them wherever the need and means to get them delivered arises. In January a batch of them will be going to Haiti. A huge thank you for all who have contribued supplies, money, or sewing time. Bless you all!

Published in: on November 22, 2010 at 6:41 am  Comments (2)  

Scarecrow Festival


I’m at the St Charles Scarecrow Festival this weekend, come see me!

Published in: on October 9, 2010 at 1:33 pm  Leave a Comment  

Pillowcase Dress Ministry

We have begun a new ministry at my church that I am so excited about! We are making dresses for needy little girls out of used or new pillowcases. I need help!! I am looking for volunteers to sew and also for donations of slightly used or new pillowcases, double fold bias tape, and 1/2″ elastic. My goal is to have over 1,000 dresses done and ready to ship out by Thanksgiving. The dresses will be going to needy little girls around the world. They are fun and easy to make – can be done in 20 minutes each!  I have packets made up with all the supplies needed to make a dress packaged together along with instructions.  All is cut and ready to assemble!  Packets can be picked up either at my shop or at Hosanna! Lutheran Church, Randall & Red Gate, St. Charles.  I am eternally grateful for all the help and support received for this project.  All completed dresses need to be in to me by November 13.  Watch for upcoming sewing marathon!  We will be doing a last minute push to get as many dresses completed as possible.  We will need non sewers as well as sewers to meet for a few hours to do a production line of dresses.  Date, time, and more information will be posted later.

Published in: on September 27, 2010 at 7:20 am  Comments (4)  

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