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, People.com, LA Weekly, Daily Candy, and NBC’s Today Show, among others.

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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 »

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Sewing Tips for Turning Inside Out

Often when sewing you will be creating a tube of fabric that will need to be turned inside out. Spaghetti straps, tote handles, sash belts, and many other fabric tubes can be an absolute pain to turn around, as since you are typically sewing with right sides together, you are left with a thin tube of fabric to flip. My personal favorite way to handle this is with a tube turner. Read more »

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How to Apply Bias Tape to a Neckline: Method 2

Bias Tape TutorialIf you found the first version of how to apply bias tape to a neckline to be too challenging, well, you are in luck! This version is even easier for professionally finishing any edge on a neckline or arm hole opening, or anything else with a raw edge. The final result is nearly identical to the first version, with even less effort. Try both and see which you prefer! Read more »

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How to Apply Bias Tape to a Neckline Tutorial: Method 1

How to Sew Bias Tape TutorialAny edge that needs to be finished can be trimmed with bias tape. This method is one of my favorites, as it gives a clean and professional edge with very little effort. Finishing an edge with bias tape instead of a facing is a nice approach for a more informal garment, or for sheer fabrics when you do not want to see the facing underneath. Read more »
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Tips for Sewing a Perfect Collar

There’s nothing I love more than a top or dress with a collar on it. But, there’s nothing more homemade looking than a poorly sewn collar. If the curves are not smooth and the points are not crisp, the rest of the outfit, no matter how well sewn, will look homemade as a result. Here are some helpful tips on how to get your collars to look store bought perfect!

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Make Yourself a Mini Beret Fascinator

Hat Sewing Tutorial What’s better than a mini hat? Nothing! Come along as Christine guides you through creating a French beret-inspired adorable little fascinator that is held in place with an elastic band. Follow these quick and easy steps to make up one for yourself! Read more »