Posts by Christine Haynes

Christine Haynes
Christine Haynes is a Los Angeles-based sewing author, teacher, and pattern designer with her own line of sewing patterns – Christine Haynes Patterns – which are perfect for the vintage-loving modern seamstress. She has written four books, How to Speak Fluent Sewing (2015, C&T), Skirts & Dresses for First Time Sewers (2015, Barron’s), The Complete Photo Guide to Clothing Construction (2014, CPI), and Chic & Simple Sewing (2009, Potter Craft), and has contributed to other books, such as One Yard Wonders (2009, Storey). Christine’s articles have been published in Sewstylish, Sew News, Craftstylish, and Craft Zine magazines. She teaches sewing classes both in person and online, and has presented lectures and workshops at the American Sewing Guild Conference as well as the 2012–2015 Craftcation Conferences. Christine was a featured guest on seasons 2 and 8 of PBS’s Sew It All TV show, and her work has been featured in Threads magazine, the New York Times, the New York Post, the Los Angeles Times, Martha Stewart’s radio network,, LA Weekly, Daily Candy, and NBC’s Today Show, among others.

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How to Pair Fabrics With Sewing Patterns

Pairing Fabrics With Sewing PatternsLearn how to pair sewing patterns with fabrics by considering weight, print, fabric type, pattern piece size and grainline direction. Using the Craftsy PDF patterns as examples, make a perfect match with your fabric stash to guarantee success with your next project! Read more »

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How to Sew Perfect Scallops

Sew ScallopsOne of my favorite details on a garment are pretty scallops. But as pretty as these curves are, if sewn poorly, they look choppy, pointy, and scream “home sewn." There are some basic tips to follow to help ensure smooth and perfect scallops on your next project. Read more »

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Seam Series: Zigzag and 3-Step Zigzag Seam Finishing

Zigzag Seam FinishingOne of the easiest ways to finish the edges of the seam allowance inside your project is with the humble zigzag stitch. In addition to a regular zigzag stitch, many machines come with a 3-step zigzag, or multi-step zigzag. Sometimes on thinner fabrics, a regular zigzag can bunch up the fabric, but a 3-step zigzag stitch is flatter since it’s like a straight stitch from point to point, and keeps the fabric from bunching up. Each of these stitches can be done in two main ways for the purpose of finishing the seam. Let’s learn what they are! Read more »

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Seam Series: How to Sew a Self-Bound Seam Tutorial

Sew a Self Bound SeamA self-bound seam looks like a tiny French seam, but it’s sewn completely different. The seam allowance is used to bind all the raw edges so that the inside of the garment is all tidy and clean. Perfect for thin cottons and other wovens for a really elegant interior. Follow these easy steps on your next project! Read more »

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Seam Series: Serger and Pinking Seam Finishing

Serger and Pinking Seam FinishingFinishing the inside of your garments isn’t purely for looks, it’s also serves a function, as finishing the raw edges of the fabric keeps your woven fabrics from fraying and falling apart. If the fabric falls apart and works its way to the seam, it will weaken and break open. In this post, we’re going to learn about two options- finishing with a serger and finishing with pinking shears. Read more »
Seam Series: How to Sew a French Seam

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Seam Series: How to Sew a French Seam Tutorial

French seams are perfect for lightweight and sheer fabrics, as all the raw edges of the fabric are hidden in an elegant finished seam. It is also a great finish for seams that will be exposed, like an unlined jacket. Follow these easy steps and try French seams on your next project!

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Seam Series: How to Sew a Flat Fell Seam Tutorial

Flat Fell SeamTake a look at your jeans or at a men’s dress shirt, and you’ll spot flat fell seams. On the outside of the garment there is a pair of stitch lines, and on the inside of the garment, it’s all clean and tidy without raw seam edges. Ever wonder how they did that? Well here you go! Let’s learn how to sew a flat fell seam, so you can try it on your next project. Read more »

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How to Sew a Rolled Hem

Sew Rolled HemA rolled hem is a very small hem made up of two folds. It can be really tricky to sew since each fold is teeny tiny. Many sewing machines have a rolled hem foot that curves and folds the fabric as you sew, but I find that way of sewing it to be very fussy and difficult to control. This is my personal preferred method for a rolled hem and I find it works perfectly every time. Read more »