Posts by Julia

Julia Garza
Julia finds fabric stores to be incredibly dangerous places for her wallet. She enjoys stitching up everything from dresses to potholders, usually with a little help from her two cats.
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How and When to Use Interfacing

Interfacing can be your best friend and your worst enemy. It does its job really well (adding rigidity to fabric) but it can also be tricky to work with. Here’s the lowdown on using interfacing for your next sewing project.

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Sewing is Fun: Sewing Fundamentals

Sewing FundamentalsWhile sewing is a skill you can continuously work to perfect over your lifetime, there are a few sewing fundamentals you should understand at the very beginning. These basic skills will save you a lot of frustration as you learn how to operate your machine and expand your sewing repertoire. Read more »

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5 Sewing Tips and Tricks You Don’t Want to Miss

Over the years, I’ve picked up a few tips and tricks that really help me out whenever I’m sewing. They are pretty basic, but I’ve found that ignoring them (like not changing the needle in my machine often) never ends well! Here are my 5 favorite tips for making sewing easier and more enjoyable, including what size needle to use and how to keep your sewing machine running smoothly. Read more »

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Sewing Sleeves with Ease

Sewing SleevesIf you’ve never sewn sleeves before (and even if you have), they can be intimidating. A poorly sewn sleeve can throw off an otherwise great garment. But sewing sleeves doesn’t have to be a headache. With a little patience and some practice, you can sew perfect sleeves. Learn about the two methods for sewing sleeves: flat versus set-in. Plus, get the tips you need to sew sleeves perfectly every time. Read more »
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How to Make a Mandarin Collar Tutorial

Mandarin CollarMandarin collars are band or stand-up collars. They make frequent appearances on traditional Asian garments, but they are a great design element and can be adapted for many different styles of clothing. Collars can really change the look of a garment, and it’s easy to learn how to make a Mandarin collar, so don’t be afraid to swap out a traditional shirt collar for a Mandarin collar to add some variation. Read more »