Sewing Techniques

Adding trim to a top

Creative Trim Ideas: How to Sew Twist and Turn Trim

By Linda Reynolds

Sewing is a great way to express ones creativity and individuality, so I am always on the lookout for unique and innovative ways to jazz up a dress, top or other garment. Learn how to create your own trim using the "twist and turn trim technique" to give your project a look that is all your own. Read on!

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How to Handsew: The Prick Stitch

By Christine Haynes

The prick stitch leaves teeny tiny dots of threads in a row on the right side of the garment, with long stitches on the backside. Most commonly used for hand sewing zippers into garments, this technique can be found on finer vintage and elegant garments. But there's no reason why you can use it on your next sundress!

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How to Handsew: The Hemming Stitch

By Christine Haynes

The hemming stitch is the most utilitarian of the hem stitches, but it can be done relatively quickly for a hand-sewn stitch, and sometimes that is exactly what you need. Follow along to learn how do a hemming stitch by hand!

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How to gather fabric with a serger on the Craftsy Blog!

Sew Smarter: How to Gather Fabric With a Serger

By Andrea Brown

The traditional method for gathering fabric can be time consuming, especially when treads snap — forcing you start all over again. But, if you have a serger, you're in luck. Read on to find out how to cut your gathering time in half, without sacrificing an ounce of quality.

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Gathered dress top converted from darts! How-to on the Craftsy Blog!

Make It Your Own: Converting Darts to Gathers

By Linda Reynolds

Want to ramp up the design of a simple top or dress? Adding soft gathers to the neckline or shoulder is an easy and effective option. Learn how to convert darts to gathers, and with just a few modifications to a basic bodice, you can personalize a look that’s all your own!

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Skirt muslin — Muslin fitting tips on the Craftsy Blog!

Expert Tricks & Foolproof Techniques: Tips for Muslin Fitting

By Marie Koupparis

How often does a sewing pattern fit you straight out of the packet with no alterations? Rarely, right? This is why it often helps to make a muslin, to assess the style and fit before you cut into your precious fashion fabric. Here are some foolproof tips for muslin fitting to help you find your perfect fit!

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Sewing a zipper to lining -- Sewing tips on the Craftsy Blog!

How to Attach Lining to an Invisible Zipper With a Sewing Machine

By Andrea Brown
When sewing the lining into a garment with an invisible zipper opening, many sewing patterns instruct you to hand sew the lining to the zipper tape on the inside using a slip stitch. It is usually possible to attach the lining to the zipper by sewing machine instead for a faster, stronger and cleaner finish. This post demonstrates how to sew the lining to to the invisible zipper of a garment without any hand sewing. Read more »