Sewing Techniques

Fitting Sleeves Is Not as Scary as It Seems

By Rochelle New
Two Types of Sleeves

For a beginner seamstress, sewing and fitting sleeves tends to sound a little scary at first. Once you dive into it though, you'll soon see it's really nothing to dread. To help "ease" your sleeve sewing fears, consider these helpful hints and learn to avoid some common mistakes when fitting sleeves.

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An Overview of the Sewing Seam Types

By Rochelle New
Sewing Seam Types

There are many purposes for different types of seams beyond simply holding a garment together. Seams can be used for fashion and decoration, as well as function and finishing. Some fabrics require special types of seams to help with handling, and some patterns require certain types of seams for their construction and fit. When you get into it, a seam is not just a simple line of stitching!

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Sewing With Ease

By Rochelle New
Sewing Ease

If you've done any regular garment sewing, you've probably run into the term “ease” at some point. There are a few different types of ease that play an important role in your sewing projects and how they fit. In general terms, ease is the difference between your actual body measurements and your finished garment measurements at the same points (bust, waist, and hips). The amount of ease greatly depends on what you're wearing and what it's made out of.

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Fabric Grainline: Making Fabric Thread Perfect

By Linda Reynolds
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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How to Properly Use a Seam Ripper

By Linda Reynolds
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 »

Top 5 Fashion Sewing Techniques to Learn

By Julia Garza
If nothing thrills you more than whipping up a custom wardrobe for yourself, then you probably consider yourself a fashion sewer. Sewers who primarily sew garments need to master a slightly different skill set than a sewer who is mostly interested in sewing home decor or accessories (though there is some overlap, of course!). Here are the Top 5 sewing techniques to learn in order to create beautiful, functional garments. Read more »

Couture Technique: How to Sew Bias Binding on a Neck Edge

By Maris Olsen
Bias Binding Neck Edge with Bow

I just love the look of a narrow bias binding around the neckline or armhole of a pretty dress, especially when matching fabric is used. This couture sewing technique appeals to my classic, tailored fashion vibe, and it is really quite easy to do. In this post, I'll show you how to sew bias binding on a neck edge, and am also going to show you how to add a small bow to finish the binding at the zipper edge

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