Tag Archives: Basics

Basics: Pinking Shears

Pinking shears cut with a zigzag edge that resists fraying. However, there’s a trick to using them correctly. In this new article, you’ll learn when and how to use pinking shears, along with lots of tips for successful pinking. Basics: Pinking … Continue reading

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Basics: The Secret Overlock Stitch

Finishing your seam allowances is a must, but the easiest method isn’t well-known! Learn all about the oft-forgotten overlock stitch, including which presser foot to use, and tips for professional results. Basics: The Secret Overlock Stitch Enjoy!

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Guest Blog: 10 Tips to Improve Your Sewing

Recently, I was asked to contribute to the teacher’s blog at Take Lessons. I was happy to oblige and wrote a piece filled with suggestions to help you take your sewing skills up a notch. It includes advice on seam finishing, pressing as you sew, … Continue reading

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Sewing Room Safety: 14 Tips

While sewing isn’t an inherently dangerous occupation, working with sharp shears, needles, and pins has its risks! Here are 14 tips to help you sew safely. Sewing Room Safety: 14 Tips Enjoy!

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Basics: Pressing As You Sew

We’ve all heard about the importance of pressing as you sew. But do you know how? After all, pressing isn’t the same as ironing! Here’s several tips and tricks to help you improve your pressing skills. Basics: Pressing As You … Continue reading

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Basics: Seam Allowances

Everything you sew has seam allowances. But what are they? (Includes tips!) Basics: Seam Allowances

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Basics: Measurements

Those who are new to sewing (or who have trouble with numbers, as I do) may struggle with measurements. Here’s a quick guide to help you out. Basics: Measurements

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Basics: Presser Feet

There are many kinds of presser feet, each designed for a specific purpose. This article takes a closeup look at several different presser feet, including the zigzag foot, the pintuck foot, the walking foot, and many others. Basics: Presser Feet Enjoy!

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Basics: Pattern Symbols

Patterns tend to use a set of universal symbols. But if you aren’t familiar with those symbols, you’ll have a hard time sewing a pattern! Here’s a list of the most common pattern symbols and their definitions. Basics: Pattern Symbols Enjoy!

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Designing Custom Fabric

Thanks to sites like Spoonflower, it’s easy to have your own custom fabric printed. But how do you design it? This two-part tutorial will teach you everything you need to know. First, we’ll introduce you to the concept of tiling, and demonstrate how to digitize … Continue reading

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