Congratulations! You have already sewn some small projects and are set to move on to sewing your own garment. Perhaps you are now getting ready to sew your first dress and looking forward to wear your first creative sewing expression. And if you are a bit nervous that it will … Continue reading →
Now any seamstress or hobby sewist will undoubtedly have discarded that little white strip along the fabric edge without a second thought, probably a few hundred times or more. You know that “useless” strip where the manufacturer’s branding is printed…along with a few strange colored circles? Well, there’s more to … Continue reading →
We can all agree that there is always more than one way to do things, especially in sewing. The method I am going to show you to gather fabric and add ruffles properly is slightly more time consuming than you may be used to, but it will give you the … Continue reading →
Have you ever heard of Kraft-Tex? It’s been on my wishlist for ages, but I can’t get it here and had to wait for the lovely Lucy to bring me some over on her bi-annual visit. It’s a strange sort of material. Described as a paper fabric, it is … Continue reading →
Ah, sweater knits! These highly textural, stretch fabrics can be cozy, lacy, casual, or sophisticated. With a good sweater knit and a little practice, you can cut and sew a sweater in a day or less, even if you can’t knit or crochet. Yes, they’re enabling. And they’re beautiful. If … Continue reading →
Fabric stamps are one of the best and easiest ways to personalize your sewing projects. Your own print can give your work a unique twist that really stands out, or simply that next level in refining your style. My first impulse when starting to write this post is to add … Continue reading →
Thinking of traveling again after the lockdowns? Going on a business trip? Preparing for that long-awaited vacation with friends? Planning to be on a solo journey to give yourself that break you deserve? Traveling, even its planning stage, is already too exciting, isn’t it? It is! Until you reach the … Continue reading →
It’s been on my mind for a while now because my local fabric store has a selection of vinyl, ideally for the local boating industry, but there’s no reason I couldn’t use it to make some awesome bags. I’d heard that vinyl was difficult to sew with so I’ve been … Continue reading →
Denim is a very popular fabric these days and is synonymous with jeans. Because the fabric is so common, many sewists have limited experience with it so I wanted to offer some tips and tricks for sewing denim. First, however, some background. Today term “jeans” usually refers to a specific style of … Continue reading →
So you’ve finally finished sewing a plain shirt or a tote bag and you want it personalized. You’re probably thinking of adding your initials or your first name on it. Here are fun and creative ways to add texts to fabrics… Heat Press/ Heat Transfer Papers or Fusible Web This … Continue reading →
Wool has been a popular fiber for clothing for thousands of years. As a natural fiber, it is breathable and absorbent. Wool is warm even when wet, making it ideal for winter coats and ski sweaters. Wool can also be spun into fine yarn for socks and baby clothing, or … Continue reading →
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