Category Archives: Tips & Techniques

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

Serger School: Serging Sheers

Serging shears can be intimidating for beginner and even advanced sewists.  Some of our favorite summer-weight fabrics can be problematic to serge. From silk-feel to rayons and gauze, to linen, lawn and voile, we love them all but those lovely … Continue reading

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Decorative Effects with Your Serger

If you’re only using your serger for construction, you’re not taking full advantage of everything it can do. Learn more about a variety of decorative techniques, garment details and finishes that your serger can help you achieve. Some sergers handle … Continue reading

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Serger Maintenance and Tension Tips

Learning basic serger maintenance and tension tips may increase the life of your serger, and keep your projects looking their best. Read today’s post for important tips and tricks for keeping your machine running in tip-top shape. As with any … Continue reading

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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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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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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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DIY Textiles: Plastic Bag Painting Technique

We’re concluding our exploration of fabric dyeing and painting techniques with a look at plastic bag painting. This is the perfect technique if you’re going for that perfectly imperfect painterly style. Plus, this technique has applications options for a wide … Continue reading

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Fabric Dyeing: Flour Resist Technique – Tips and Tricks

If you haven’t seen the new issue yet, you’re in for a trio of terrific DIY textile techniques, perfect for summer experiments (aka, getting messy in the pursuit of creative happiness). DIY textiles or altered fabrics add an extra handmade … Continue reading

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Tips For Sewing With Spandex Elastane and Lycra

It’s swimsuit season! In our June/July issue, we talked to sewists who dared to make their own swimsuits. Many of them loved the experience and the feeling of accomplishment they got from completing an intimidating project. Why is sewing swimsuits … Continue reading

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UnFinished Objects: Tips For Taming Your UFO Pile

In honor of World UFO Day read on for tips and tricks to tame your UFO pile. If you’re one of those types of sewists that starts and finishes every project before moving on to the next, this post probably … Continue reading

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Summer Fabric Series: Tips for Sewing with Sheers

It’s summertime, so bring on all the silky, drapey, flowy fabric goodness. Silk, crepe de chine, chiffon, lawn, voile – these fabrics are among our faves, but they can be intimidating and tricky to work with. This week, we continue … Continue reading

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Summer Fabrics Series: How to Sew Gauze Fabric

We’re focusing on fun summer fabrics all month long! Gauze is one of our favorite summer fabrics to sew. From swaddle cloths for babies to fashionable garments, accessories and quilts, double gauze fabric is a delight to use and wear. It … Continue reading

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Favorite Woven T-shirt Sewing Patterns: Roundup Time!

We spent May reviewing some of our favorite knit t-shirt patterns but we also wanted to give some love to our other summer favorite, woven t-shirts. From boxy to fitted and basic to interesting details, these are some of our top … Continue reading

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Summer Fabrics Series: How to Sew Cork Fabric

Join us this month on the Sew News blog as we get geared up for summer sewing with tips for sewing a variety of fun fabrics, from cork to double gauze. First up, we’re talking all things cork. An eco-friendly alternative … Continue reading

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How To Sew Knits: Top Tips

It’s T-shirt month! Of course, T-shirts are generally made of knit fabrics, and sewing knits can be a little intimidating. But they’re really not that hard, as long as you know a few basic tips and tricks. Because knit fabrics … Continue reading

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Sewing with Knits: Understanding Negative Ease

Sewing with Knits: Understanding Negative Ease   Understanding knits and how to sew them to fit is a complex topic, so here’s some fitting wisdom on how knits differ from wovens with regards to fit.

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