Sewing Fundamentals

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How and When to Use Interfacing

By Julia Garza

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

By Julia Garza
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 »

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

By Julia Garza
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 »

How to Sew Ruffles on a Dress: Ruffles 3 Ways

By Julia Garza
How to Sew Ruffles on a DressRuffles are fun! Learn how to make ruffles and add them to a dress. There are a few different ways you can accomplish this, and the best method for how to sew ruffles on a dress depends on where you want to add the ruffles. Read more »

Sewing Felt Good: Sewing Felt Tips

By Julia Garza
Sewing FeltWool felt is a lot of fun to sew. Here are some easy tips to help your next felt project come out perfectly. Plus, learn where to find wool felt and how to care for it. Read more »
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How to Make a Mandarin Collar Tutorial

By Julia Garza
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 »

How to Sew Roman Shades: 10 Simple Steps

By Julia Garza
How to Sew Roman ShadesAdd a unique touch to any room in your home! Roman shades are an easy, beautiful way to create custom window treatments. Learn how to sew and install a roman shade with this step-by-step tutorial. Read more »
Seam Series: How to Sew a French Seam

Seam Series: How to Sew a French Seam Tutorial

By Christine Haynes

French seams are perfect for lightweight and sheer fabrics, as all the raw edges of the fabric are hidden in an elegant finished seam. It is also a great finish for seams that will be exposed, like an unlined jacket. Follow these easy steps and try French seams on your next project!

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Sewing Repair Tips

By Julia Garza
Sewing Repair TipsNo matter how careful you are, losing a button or tearing a hole in your favorite pair of pants is a fact of life. Clothing repairs happen to the best of us, no matter if your wardrobe is handmade or bought off the rack at the mall. But a torn seam doesn’t mean your favorite pants are bound for the trash. Learn a few tips for making all of your clothing repairs quick and painless. Read more »