Posts by Andrea Brown

Andrea Brown
Andrea learned to sew when she was 10-years-old, but developed a true passion for it after graduating college and moving into her own apartment where she could spread out her mess of fabric scraps and pattern tissue. Andrea now lives in Philadelphia, PA, and sews the majority of her personal wardrobe, which she blogs about at Four Square Walls. She won second place in Season 1 of the online sewing competition Project Sewn, and has served as a judge in the 2013 Super Online Sewing Match and a pattern tester for several independent companies. After five years working in non-profit fund development, Andrea decided to leave the formal office environment and pursue a career as a seamstress. She currently (and very happily!) works in a local studio helping with commissioned sewing work, including alterations, custom garments and home decor.
How to gather fabric with a serger on the Bluprint Blog!

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Sew Smarter: How to Gather Fabric With a Serger

The traditional method for gathering fabric can be time consuming, especially when treads snap — forcing you start all over again. But, if you have a serger, you're in luck. Read on to find out how to cut your gathering time in half, without sacrificing an ounce of quality.

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Sewing a zipper to lining -- Sewing tips on the Bluprint Blog!

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How to Attach Lining to an Invisible Zipper With a Sewing Machine

When sewing the lining into a garment with an invisible zipper opening, many sewing patterns instruct you to hand sew the lining to the zipper tape on the inside using a slip stitch. It is usually possible to attach the lining to the zipper by sewing machine instead for a faster, stronger and cleaner finish. This post demonstrates how to sew the lining to to the invisible zipper of a garment without any hand sewing. Read more »