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 »
Is a new sewing machine on your sewing wishlist this Christmas? For many new or hopeful sewists, getting their first sewing machine is an exciting first step to learning how to sew. For experienced sewers, it may mean trading up to a machine with added features that can advance their skills. But, once the box has been opened, now what? Read more »
Jeans are one of the easiest pants to hem. No hand stitching is involved and within an hour the task is complete. Here's a simple tutorial on how to hem your jeans at home. Read more »
The seam ripper is a must-have in every sewer's toolbox, whether brand new to the game or a veteran of the craft. All sewers make mistakes, and do-overs are a natural part of the sewing experience. Ripping out seams is a tedious task that can be messy, but it doesn’t have to be. Read more »
If done poorly, collar points on a shirt or blouse are a dead giveaway that something is homemade. Learn how to sew perfect collar points and achieve professional-looking results with this step-by-step tutorial. Read more »
Don't throw away your scraps! Here's a roundup of fun patterns that are perfect for putting those leftover fabrics to use!
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Sewing with sheer or very lightweight fabrics can be a real challenge because those raw edges fray like crazy! Follow this technique to significantly reduce or prevent the raw edges from fraying in the first place. Read more »
Of all the zippers that can be applied when you are sewing garments — invisible, lapped, exposed — the conventional zipper, aka the railroad zipper, is by far the most difficult of them all to insert. When it comes to inserting zippers, this particular zipper is far more difficult than the often feared invisible zipper. How is that possible? Read more »
One important fitting adjustment that affects all types of garment is the side seams. Adjusting side seams can sometimes be a guessing game, especially when doing them on ourselves, but they don't have to be. Implementing this simple 3-inch rule method makes the process an easy and effective way to fit ourselves as well as others. Read more »