Category Archives: Tips & Techniques

Find tips & techniques to make your sewing projects their best.

Stitch Easy Travel Bags for Summer + Download a Free ePattern from the Latest Issue of Sew News!

Summertime is finally upon us! And after having snow on Mother’s Day here in Denver, we’re ready for it!  In honor of summer (and vacations!), read on to learn how to make quick and simple lightweight bags in various sizes. … Continue reading

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Helpful Hints on How to Buy a Serger, plus enter to win a Baby Lock Ovation Serger!

As we mentioned on the blog last week, April is National Serger Month! I received my first serger as a gift when I was studying fashion design in college, and I fell in love right away. Not only does a … Continue reading

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National Serger Month Begins Today! Enter To Win A Baby Lock Ovation Serger!

We love sergers! They make our sewing lives easier, faster and give amazing, professional results. What’s not to love! And, we also love National Serger Month when we can share tips, projects and show others how great sergers are all … Continue reading

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5 Tips For Sewing With Burlap & An Easy Pillow Tutorial

Burlap, also known as Hessian cloth has always been a utilitarian type of fabric. In the past, burlap was more known for its uses in sandbagging, wrapping exposed tree roots  for transportation and for shipping coffee and tobacco. More recently, … Continue reading

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4 Tips: Sewing Machine Maintenance

Maintaining a sewing machine’s good health is quite easy. Once you learn the basics of cleaning and oiling and practice these habits regularly, the machine will run smoothly and rarely require repairs. Use the following tips to keep your machine … Continue reading

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12 Days of Giveaways Day 11:Win a Collection of 5 Sewing Patterns!

We’re getting close to the end of the 12 Days of Giveaways, so make sure to enter today and Monday! On Monday, we’ll be giving away a super special prize that you won’t want to miss! We had so many … Continue reading

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4 Tips: Caring for Wool Fabric

Winter weather is here to stay. At the Sew News offices today we’ve had the first major snow of the season. As the colder temperatures settle in, we’re preparing for winter with wool sewing projects. In the latest issue, Sew … Continue reading

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Five Tips: Sewing With Knits

Afraid to sew with knits? Once you sew with knits you’ll be surprised at how easy and versatile knits are. I love sewing with knits because you don’t have to be as precise as when sewing with wovens. Fitting isn’t … Continue reading

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Four Tips: Teaching Children to Sew

Happy Monday everyone! Did you spend your weekend sewing? I did! Though I spent some of my sewing time teaching a few young ladies the basics of hand sewing. It was a learning experience for all of us. They learned … Continue reading

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Four Tips: Working With Silk

Working with silk Silk can be intimidating to work with.  But, if you know a few tips and techniques sewing with silk will become your favorite fabric to work with. 1 Layout/Cutting Probably the number one complaint when working with … Continue reading

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