How to Salvage Damaged Clothing: Tips and Tricks

salvage damaged clothing

Getting rid of clothing may be hard to do when the garment is fairly new or it’s an article of clothing you really like.  Sometimes it takes time and luck to find clothing that looks fantastic on you and fits well so you may really want to avoid throwing it away. With a little creativity and some basic sewing knowledge, you can salvage damaged clothing and even enhance the way your clothes look.  Use these sewing tips to get you started and back into the clothes you’d rather not throw away. Small Holes Sometimes a small hole in an article of clothing can suddenly appear without you ever knowing how, or why, it got there.  Often, a tiny hole in a garment is barely visible, but a hole barely there is still a hole that can detract from the appearance … Continue reading

Inexpensive Sewing Projects to Practice Your Skills

inexpensive sewing projects

Sewing is one of the most immediately useful crafts to learn. It can save the crafter money in household expenses and provide extra income from the production of marketable goods that can be manufactured and sold from home. It’s also a very versatile skill that can meet a variety of needs to adapt to changes in circumstances and market opportunities. However, as with most skills, it takes practice to gain competency and comfort with the endeavor. New sewers can become frustrated if they expect too much from themselves too soon instead of enjoying a more relaxed, natural progression rate. One potential hindrance to this practice phase can be cost of materials. While a sewing machine and other tools used are a one-time expense for the beginner to accommodate, materials are consumed with each use and cannot be easily restored or … Continue reading

Tips for Sewing with Small Children in the House

tips sewing small children house

The reality for most is that, with small children in the house, it is very difficult to complete any task, other than the most basic one – and often that is beyond reach. Small children are synonymous with interruptions, distractions and interferences (as well as being absolutely adorable) and the best tip that I could give anyone planning to sew with children around would be: don’t bother! However, for those who need a regular “fix” of sewing, knitting or any other craft activity, there are some ways to minimize the frustration inherent to any activity that does not centre on the children. The ideal situation would be to sew when small children were either asleep or being fully cared for by another adult, or a much older child. Whether you can structure your day so that the childrenís sleep time … Continue reading

Merry Christmas from the Team at So Sew Easy

happy holidays

Wow!  It’s hard to believe a whole year has gone by so quickly.  I really wanted to thank all our readers and supporters who have followed and contributed to So Sew Easy over the year and wish you all the happiest of holidays from our family to yours. As many of our readers know, I live in Singapore which is pretty much on the equator.  It’s always hot and usually very humid.  I made the Christmas picture very “winter”-themed just to remind us of the cold and snow many parts of the world experience this time of year. Singapore is a modern and a very commercial city.  Much of Christmas is dedicated to shopping.  I’ve included a couple of pictures of Singapore during Christmas below so you can get the idea of what it’s like here.  Thankfully, we’ve done all the … Continue reading

Quick Tips For Sewing Difficult Fabrics

Sewing Difficult Fabrics

Knowing good basic sewing skills always comes in handy.  But sometimes, challenging fabrics can still be too much to handle.  Indeed, what may seem like simple tasks of folding and cutting a fabric can become frustrating –not to mention the difficulties that will be encountered when we start running our sewing machines through these uncooperative fabrics. Generally, when dealing with challenging fabrics, there are some things we can do to immediately improve the situation. Adjusting your machine’s thread tension up and down until you identify the best setting for the particular fabric can do wonders.  Speeding up as well as slowing down the sewing may make your sewing machine run smoothly over the fabric.  You may just have to experiment a little.  Simply making sure that the fabric is free of dust or any adhesive residue may also make it cooperate better with your … Continue reading

And the WINNER is… of the Janome sewing machine giveaway.

and the winner is

We are delighted to announce the winner of the Huge Janome Sewing Machine Giveaway.  As happy as I am for the winner, I’m sad we couldn’t give away many more machines.  Some of the many comments that the contest participants left on the site were truly inspiring.  The number of participants was also amazing and we thank everyone for their involvement. The winner of the contest is Maureen A. from San Diego, California.  Maureen entered the contest with a total of 12 entries.  Her winning entry was number 10 of 12 and resulted from her joining the the mailing list of our sister site over at Sewing4Free.com.  This option was only available later in the contest which just goes to show the value of sticking with those entries. Maureen also had an extra entry for sharing the contest with her friend … Continue reading

Transformable easy cardigan: dressing in layers

easy cardigan

Dressing in layers with an easy cardigan was what was on people’s mind the day I took the survey on our Facebook chat group.  With almost 22,000 members, it’s sometimes hard to find a consensus, but this time, I happened to agree with what the group seemed to be saying. There are a lot of things to like about cardigans.  It can be a very functional garment and suitable for many situations.  It’s also very nice to wear when just hanging around the house.  Wearing a cardigan to protect the lining of a coat is one of the best money saving tips on dry cleaning bills.  Based on the feedback, I decided to design a pattern for a short, easy but transformable cardigan.  I decided to call it Kalinda. I haven’t lived in a cold places for very longtime, but I … Continue reading

A Short History of Tassels

history of tassles

Introduction As promised, I wanted to go into a little more detail for you on the fascinating history of tassels and how tassels and their use has evolved over time.  In a previous article, we talked about how tassels have been made as embellishments, ornaments, and decorations dating back to ancient Rome and up until the present time.  Starting with a simple knot and evolving into a decorative addition, the tassel has certainly come a long, long way. Not many people know that the history of tassel goes back to ancient Egypt and the biblical times, finding its way on garments, blankets, rugs, carriages, chandeliers, canopies, draperies and pillows, in various cultures from all over the world! Tassels During the Ancient and Biblical Times According to the Hebrew bible, the Lord instructed Moses to tell the people of Israel to … Continue reading

Double welt pocket with flap by the butterfly method

double welt pocket with flap

The double welt pocket with flap using the butterfly method is a really easy and contemporary technique to make a pocket and attach a flap at the same time.  I have already showed you the five lines technique that is used mostly on thin fabrics.  This new technique using the butterfly method works well on both thin or thick fabrics.  It can even be used on leather and suede as well as with thick wools and cashmeres coats. I was told by a reader in a comment that the correct name for this pocket is double piped besom pocket or pound pocket.  Prior to 1962, all the tailoring books called this type of pocket by that name.  However, no contemporary tailoring book I was able to search in used the term double pipe besom pocket or pound pocket.  I think the language has … Continue reading

Easy sweater pattern for non-knitters: Let’s call her Cami

easy sweater pattern

After many reader requests, I wanted to come up with a design for an easy sweater pattern for non-knitters.  Knitting is one of my passions but, since I started designing at So-Sew-Easy.com I have had no time for it at all.  But I do miss knitting.  Often, I think of a dress or a top and I could picture it in my mind on a knitted kaleidoscope of colors.  I love the fresh look of a soft cotton long sleeve knitted top, even in summer you can pull this look.  But winter is a special time to wrap yourself in a comfortable but elegant knitted top that won’t break the bank.  If you are lacking in time like me, here is an easy sweater pattern for non-knitters. This is an easy sweater to make, however, you do have to pay special attention to … Continue reading