Posts by Linda Reynolds

Linda Reynolds
Linda Reynolds learned to sew as a young girl and has been sewing ever since. Trained as a professional seamstress, she loves sharing her passion for the craft as a sewing instructor teaching garment sewing to teens and adults. Her blog, Simply Sewing Studio (simplysewingstudio.com) offers helpful tips and easy solutions to everyday sewing dilemmas.

Sewing Blog

Sew Set-In Sleeves With Ease: Helpful Tips

Set-In Sleeve

Sewing in set-in sleeves into a garment, in most cases, is a relatively simple task. But, truth be told, sometimes sewing in set-in sleeves can be an absolute nightmare. The difference between an easy insert and a challenging one has more to do with the fabric than the technique.

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Creative Tools in Sewing: An Alternative to the Bodkin

It’s always fun to discover new sewing tools. But, when it’s a tool one would never expect to find in a sewing or craft room, it makes the discovery all the more enjoyable. I’m talking about a hemostat. A medical implement used primarily in surgery as a clamping device, a hemostat is a surprisingly handy sewing instrument with many useful purposes. Read more »

Jewelry Blog

The Most Versatile Jewelry Pouch: Fun Tutorial

Jewelry Pouch

Discover a great little project for first time sewers, that has many fun and practical applications for anyone who sews: create a versatile jewelry pouch, perfect for holding business cards, an iPad, cosmetics, coins and more. The design of this incredible pouch is so simple dozens can be made in no time at all. With a change of fabric, its dimensions, and embellishments, it can be as elaborate, funky, functional or elegant as one wishes. Enjoy this approachable step-by-step tutorial now!

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3-D Embellishments: Cutouts & Couching in Sewing

Sewing Project with 3-D elements

Flat is out. 3-D is in. This exploding trend of turning 2-D things into 3-D wonders can even be applied when it comes to sewing. Whether it is to embellish a pocket, collar point, or to accent a print on a pillow, adding three-dimensional elements to an otherwise flat fabric is a great way to take any ordinary project to the next level.

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Fabric Grainline: Making Fabric Thread Perfect

Fabric Grainline

As any experienced sewer knows, laying pattern pieces on woven fabric to the straight of grain is essential so finished garments or projects will hang straight and maintain their shape. For that to happen, the sewer must be certain the fabric is on grain in the first place. The first step to determining that is to make the fabric thread perfect.

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Alternative to Serging: Lock Cutter Sewing Machine Attachment

Lock Cutter Sewing Machine Attachment

Don’t have a serger? This Singer Lock Cutter is a far less expensive alternative to serging. This simple device when attached to a regular sewing machine can sew and trim simultaneously much like a serger machine will do. It can be used to sew and finish seams in one step. Or, it can be used to trim and finish an already stitched seam.

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The Full Monty: Sewing Exposed Zippers

Sewing Exposed Zippers Tutorial

A zipper that is fully exposed, which I like to refer to as "the Full Monty version," produces the most dramatic effect and is a relatively easy application to do. Learn how to insert an exposed zipper with this step-by-step photo tutorial.

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