Sewing Fundamentals

How to Sew a Rolled Hem

By Christine Haynes
Sew Rolled HemA rolled hem is a very small hem made up of two folds. It can be really tricky to sew since each fold is teeny tiny. Many sewing machines have a rolled hem foot that curves and folds the fabric as you sew, but I find that way of sewing it to be very fussy and difficult to control. This is my personal preferred method for a rolled hem and I find it works perfectly every time. Read more »

Why Hand Piecing?

By Angela Mitchell
Hand PiecingWhy would a person want to sew by hand rather than with a sewing machine in this day and age? In today’s fast paced society, we tend to move quickly and prefer instant gratification. Oftentimes quilters are trying make quilts quickly, using simpler patterns on a sewing machine. I enjoy sewing by both machine and by hand, and I think there is a time and place for both. Let’s take a look at a few of the benefits of hand piecing. Read more »

How to Sew Ruching

By Julia Garza
How to Sew RuchingRuching is an easy, quick way to gather fabric and add interest and texture to your sewing projects. It’s a nice addition on anything from the sleeves of a top to the bodice of a dress, so learning how to sew ruching is a skill you’ll reach for again and again when sewing your own clothes. Read more »

Sewing with Selvages

By Angela Mitchell
Sewing with SelvagesMany people consider selvages to be garbage, cutting them off and throwing them away without a second thought. Did you know that you can sew with them? Think twice before you throw those pretty edges away! Learn how you can use your selvages to make unique projects. Read more »

Specialty Fabric Tips

By Julia Garza
Specialty Fabric TipsMove over cotton and silk! There’s a whole world of specialty fabric to discover. Learn how to work with more challenging specialty fabrics. Read more »

How to Apply Bias Tape to a Neckline: Method 2

By Christine Haynes
Bias Tape TutorialIf you found the first version of how to apply bias tape to a neckline to be too challenging, well, you are in luck! This version is even easier for professionally finishing any edge on a neckline or arm hole opening, or anything else with a raw edge. The final result is nearly identical to the first version, with even less effort. Try both and see which you prefer! Read more »