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. Read more »
When it comes to zippers, believe it or not, the invisible zipper is one of the easiest to insert. Learn how it's done with this step-by-step tutorial. Read more »
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 »
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! Read more »
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. Read more »
It is not uncommon for fabric to be off grain, either just a little or a lot. Whether you paid an arm and a leg for that piece of fabric, or picked it up at a deep discount, it happens. Here's how to get it back on grain.
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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. Read more »
Have you ever wondered how to sew a zipper into a purse? It looks a bit tricky, but in reality, sewing an exposed zipper in a purse is quite easy. Read more »
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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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. Read more »