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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Easy Breezy: Sew a Maxi Dress for Summer

Summer Maxi DressA loose, flowing maxi dress is perfect for the hot summer months. And since the shape is so simple, it’s a great project to try if you don’t have much experience working with knits. Here’s how to whip one up with just a couple of yards of knit fabric and some elastic. Read more »

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Some Assembly Required: Tips for Printing Sewing Patterns at Home

Printing PatternsBeing able to print sewing patterns at home is great -- they are often cheaper than printed commercial or independent patterns, you can reprint in a different size if you need to, and then there's the whole instant gratification aspect. The downside is that you have to do a little bit of work before you can start cutting your fabric. Here are some tips to help you out! Read more »

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Easy as Pie: Making Your Own Piping

How to Make PipingSure, you can buy piping, but it’s one of those things that’s easy enough to make yourself. And by making it yourself, you can customize it to your heart’s desire. This tutorial will show you how to make piping with a seam allowance, so it easily be added to garments or home decor projects. Read more »

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Be Social: Social Media for Sewists

Sewing and Social MediaWhat did we do before the Internet? From easily finding sewing tutorials to being able to take sewing classes and buy patterns without leaving the house, the Web is an incredibly useful resource for sewists. Here's a look at how to use social media sites like Flickr, Instagram and Pinterest for tips, inspiration and sharing. Read more »

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All Buttoned Up: How to Sew Buttonholes

Sewing ButtonholesDo you avoid sewing projects that require buttonholes? Is it a fear of the unknown? Many sewing machines come with an automatic buttonhole feature that make the process a breeze, so there’s no excuse for not learning how to make buttonholes. Read more »
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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 »