12 Helpful Tips for a Stress Free Sewing Hobby

stress free sewing

Stress-free Sewing Stress is all around us these days.  According to the Mayo Clinic, stress can wreak havoc on both your mind and your body.  Thankfully sewing can be both a hobby and past-time that can really be a refuge from stress.  We’ve written before about how Sewing Fights Depression as well as about The Amazing Benefits of Quilting, but not yet about stress.  Here are some of my tips for stress-free sewing.  Do one project at a time, or at most you can have two. If you love to do something, it’s hard not to get overwhelmed by trying to make so many projects all at the same time. Here’s a scenario: You drop by a store with so many fabrics, pretty-designed embellishments, sewing patterns that are new to you, and many colorful ribbons that you can use in your projects. … Continue reading

Do You Know When to Replace Your Old Sewing Machine?

Replace Your Old Sewing Machine

All sewing enthusiasts can agree, it’s very difficult to decide when to change or replace your old sewing machine. Imagine using that same sewing machine for decades, and all the memories that attach to it. What if you inherited the machine from your Mom or even your GrandMa? Wouldn’t that make the value of the sewing machine as even more priceless and difficult to replace? However, a certain time will come that you have to let go of that old sewing machine that you’ve had for decades because YOU JUST HAVE TO. Now, here are some tips to help you know and decide when to replace your old sewing machine. 1.  When you have to pay a huge amount over and over just for repairs You know it is time to replace your sewing machine when the total costs of repair … Continue reading

Tasteful Clothing Embellishments: A Practical Guide

tasteful clothing embellishment

No one can deny that most people love clothing with tasteful embellishments.  They are eye-catching and of course, elegant.  In today’s fashion world, the tasteful embellishing of clothing is very popular.  And often a tasteful embellishment makes the difference and causes us to have a second look at a garment in a shop, so they can definitely add a lot of value. The kind of embellishment that one likes on their clothes also often tells us the personality of the wearer. Embellishments add that extra glamor and are a statement which can either makes your clothing look subtle and sweet, or it can make your outfit project a bold and adventurous statement. As we all know, there are many kinds of embellishments that we can choose from. To mention a few, we can make use of buttons, beads, ribbons, yarns, … Continue reading

3 Tips for Lighting Your Sewing Room

3 Tips for Lighting Your Sewing Room

Having a spacious, well-organized sewing room is a dream of all sewers.  For people who sew as a hobby or as their job, one of the most important factors for sewing properly is having a well-lit sewing room.  We wrote recently about 7 Practical Tips for Designing A Sewing Room.  In that article, we mentioned one must-have of a sewing room, aside from adequate equipment and proper storage is good lighting. We’ve also dedicated a lot of articles towards ways to organize your sewing room and the things in it.  We’ve also invested a lot of time in talking about sewing safety.  But one of the most important aspects of sewing on which we’ve spent the least time is lighting. Just like reading, sewing is a strenuous activity for the eyes.  Without proper lighting, sewing won’t be nearly as enjoyable or … Continue reading

Sewing Swimwear: Six Practical Tips for Your Next Project

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Summer is most people’s favorite season.  During summer, there are of course a lot of activities that we can do and one of the fun things is swimming.  And for this to be the most fun, having good looking and well fitting swimwear is a must.  However, many readers find it difficult to find the right swimwear “off the rack” to fit their size and body shape. Well, fortunately, there’s a solution since you can make your own swimwear.  Don’t worry, you won’t be the first one to DIY swimwear.  All you need is a good pattern, the right materials and some practice and patience. We have gathered some helpful and practical tips for you to succeed in sewing swimwear.  Why not make sewing swimwear your next sewing project? Tip #1: Choose the right fabric Choose a swimwear fabric that has the … Continue reading

Unlined patch pocket tutorial – how to make the perfect pocket

This is the third tutorial in our pockets series.  We are going to be learning how to sew an unlined patch or “applied pockets” as they are professionally known. As I have mentioned before, pockets are classified in three categories: inseam, slashed and applied pockets and of course, there are variations and combinations of them all so it can be confusing.  This series of tutorial is designed to help. We have seen an example of a slashed pocket on the two previous tutorials.  Links are below. The double welt pocket by the 5 lines method and the double welt pocket with a piped flapped by the butterfly method. A patch pocket, as the name implies, is a separate piece of fabric that is applied to the right side of the fabric.  Done properly it will give your garment a look of professionalism and of course … Continue reading

7 Practical Tips for Designing A Sewing Room

Designing A Sewing Room

A sewist that delights in making sewing projects deserves a room solely intended for that craft. Sewing as a hobby, or an income-generating activity, needs a room where you can keep everything you need in making your projects. We have gathered some practical tips on designing a sewing room from choosing your room to decorating it for added motivation. We have written some in the past about how to organize specific parts of your sewing room, but not a lot about how to organize and plan out your entire sewing room.  Have a look back at this article called Have Sewing Space, Will Sew for more ideas. 1.  Decide what room you are going to utilize as your very own sewing room If you have a spare room, that is a perfect location. It doesn’t have to be big unless you … Continue reading

Sewing Elastic Types: Which One to Use in Your Project

sewing elastic

If you are not sure what elastic to use on your sewing project, we are here to help! Today, we are here to teach you the different types of elastics for sewing and when to use them. Can you imagine your life as a sewer, sewing your favorite projects without elastics? How about making yoga pants or maternity pants without elastic waistband?  Think about those swimsuits, surgical garments, socks or gowns without an ability to stretch. Elastic gives us comfort, fantastic fit and provides room for the stretch-ability of our clothes. What is Elastic? Elastic is a stretchy and narrow fabric made with a flexible substance. It is manufactured by weaving, knitting or braiding together strands of rubber, latex or other pliable material that can be stretched and return to its original shape. Because of the different types available, it … Continue reading

How to hem a skirt – Easy pleated skirt sew-along: Part 3

hem a skirt

This is the third part of our Easy Pleated Skirt sew-along. This article will show you how to hem a skirt and make a blind hem by hand. As well as how to iron the pleats on this skirt. You will need the first and second parts of this series if you’re just seeing this episode for the first time. If you missed the first two parts you can click the links to our previous articles below. Part One:  Print, cut and sew the skirt and pleats. Part Two:  How to sew a skirt lining with an invisible zipper. Part Three:  How to make pleats and hem a pleated skirt. (YOU ARE HERE) Part Four:  How to fit and alter the pattern to make the skirt bigger or smaller. Pattern Download: I love pleats!  They are slimming and make the illusion … Continue reading

7 Types of Scissors for Sewing That You Must Have

Different Types of Scissors

Are you wondering why there are so many scissors of various sizes and sharps at your local craft or sewing store? Do you ask yourself which ones you really need and which ones you can live without?  Is buying an expensive pair a good choice or is having lots of cheaper ones a better option? I have made a list of my most-loved scissors that were part of my sewing journey for many, many years.  Here are the seven types of scissors that every sewist must have.  I’ve tried to order them in order of relative importance to the sewing task. We re-posted a contributor article recently that talked about how to sharpen scissors.  The topic sparked a lot of comment and even controversy so I thought it would be useful to write a bit more about sewing scissors and … Continue reading

More Neckline Styles Than You’ll Ever Need

neckline styles

Just like the waistline, the neckline style is a defining factor when it comes to the overall look and feel of your outfit.  Your choice of neckline styles defines whether your outfit is formal or casual, feminine and playful or sophisticated and stylish. There are a few factors to consider when choosing the right neckline style for your garment; including body shape, bust size, décolleté line, shoulder size, neck length/thickness and face shape. Conventional wisdom might suggest that large breasted gals opt for higher necklines but this is actually a bad idea…the higher the neckline, the lower set it will make you lovely ladies appear so you should be going for medium cuts. Also, the wider the cut of the neckline, the broader your shoulders will appear –so you can offset a wide hip with the illusion of balance in … Continue reading