Author Archives: Amanda Carestio

Common Serger Feet & How to Use Them

A serger isn’t just for finishing raw edges. Learn about useful serger presser feet that take your sewing to the next level and help you take full advantage of everything your serger can do. Note: The featured serger feet imagery … Continue reading

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Holiday Parties, Sequins & Sheers: New Issue of Sew News is here (and full of hacks!)

The December 18/January 19 issue of Sew News is fondly referred to (around here!) as the holiday hack issue! Seriously, this issue is big and beefy and inspiring, especially if you’re in the mood for a little #sewfrosting. But don’t … Continue reading

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Tips for Fitting a Raglan Sleeve

By fit expert Rae Cumbie There are many fitting points to evaluate when fitting a raglan sleeve. Because the sleeve forms a section of the front and back, neckline and shoulders, it’s necessary to consider all these elements in addition … Continue reading

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Backpack Sewing Pattern Roundup: Our Top Picks

Whether you’ve fully embraced the backpack trend or you’re still on the fence, you’ll love reading about our favorite backpack sewing patterns. Backpacks are a definite favorite around here: strap one on for a quick hike in the mountains, use … Continue reading

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A-Frame Sew Along Week 3: Elasticized Waistband

Today we’re finishing up our A-Frame sew along with a great hack for creating an elasticized back waist for your skirt, for added comfort and a higher waist look, proving once again that this dynamic garment pattern belongs in your … Continue reading

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A-Frame Sew Along, Week 2: Sewing A Lapped Zipper

Last week we discussed colorblocking and layout options for the A-Frame Skirt – with so may options, it’s the gift that keeps on giving! During week 2 of this sew along, we’re taking a deep dive into creating the lapped … Continue reading

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A-Frame Sew Along, Week 1: Colorblocking & Layout Options

We are so excited to get our October sew along rolling! The A-frame skirt is the perfect fall garment you didn’t know you needed. You can sew it up in anything, including heavier weight fabrics for cooler weather, and the unique … Continue reading

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Inspired by Architecture: An Interview with Taylor McVay, Blueprints for Sewing

The October Sew Along with Sew News  features the A-Frame Skirt by Blueprints for Sewing. Inspired by the iconic A-frame house, this pattern features two versions: a pencil silhouette and an A-line silhouette. We’ve fallen pretty hard for the triangular … Continue reading

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Basic Serger Anatomy & Serger Threading Tips

How well do you know your serger? Familiarize yourself with the basic parts of a serger so you can start serging full speed ahead. Spool pins (1): These vertical pins holds the thread cones. A serger has three to five spool … Continue reading

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Big Time: 25 Tips for Making Time for Sewing

Of all the resources needed for sewing, time is probably in the shortest supply. When I tell people I sew, this is always their first question: how do you make time? And it’s true, in today’s busy world, it’s hard … Continue reading

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Sew a Workwear Capsule – 10 Must-Sew Patterns

In my social sewing circles on Instagram and Facebook, I see people asking all the time for recommendations for workwear-appropriate patterns. And that’s where our story began! It’s one thing to sew loungewear, tees and jeans (which are totally my … Continue reading

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Freebie Friday: Taos Leather Tote Pattern

If you’ve seen the cover of our latest issue, you know we have a fondness for a nice leather and wool combo. And when it comes to wool, nothing beats the bold patterns and durability of Pendleton Wool, who supplied … Continue reading

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Seasonal Sewing with the October/November issue of Sew News

It’s all things fall in the October/November issue of Sew News magazine. And bring on the textures! Make fabulous fall garments, accessories and home decor with leather, faux suede, real suede, faux fur, velvet, wool and more. I have a … Continue reading

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Serger Seams for Garment Construction (+ FREE PROJECT!)

There are many reasons that sewing with a serger is faster than a sewing machine. First, the motor typically runs faster and produces more stitches in the same amount of time, usually about 50% to 60% more stitches per minute. … Continue reading

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Fall Sewing – Sew News Lists Their Favorite Fall Picks

Fall Sewing Plans are in full swing over here! We have big plans and we better get to it, because September is just around the corner. In our part of the world fall doesn’t last too long and we quickly … Continue reading

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Tea House Dress Sew Along, week 3: Tying Options

Today we’re concluding our Tea House Dress  sew along with tying options. The ties create the subtle shaping on this dress and blouse, with two different versions included in the pattern. We’ll look at those versions and discuss some options … Continue reading

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Bra Sewing 101: 9 Tips to Know

Have you been following along with #braugust2018? This month-long bra and swimwear sewing monthly challenge is so inspiring! We’ve got bras on the brain and are happy to share some bra making tips from our new series with lingerie pattern designer … Continue reading

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