From loops for buttons to decorative elements; from sewing a seam to finishing the edges of quilting fabric – and so much more – there are dozens of things that you can do with bias tape; hence the reason it’s often referred to as the duct tape of sewing. Bias tape is piece of material […]
How to Dye Your Fabrics with Bleach
You’ve found a beautiful sewing pattern and you’re just dying to get behind the sewing machine to create a stunning garment. You have all of the necessary sewing essentials in your sewing room to make it happen, too; the only problem is that you don’t have a sewing fabric in the color that you’re envisioning […]
What’s the Difference Between Knits and Wovens?
You’ve selected a sewing pattern and you can’t wait to get your sewing machine ready so you can create your masterpiece; but first, you need to choose a sewing fabric. As you look over the instructions on the patter, you notice that it says “only suitable with knit fabrics”, you might be left scratching your […]
What is an Embroidery Stabilizer?
Of all the various sewing techniques, embroidery is certainly one of the most beautiful. For those who are just starting out, the process can be as basic as selecting a piece of sewing fabric, threading a hand sewing needle with embroidery thread and floss, and stitching. However, if you really want to make masterful creations […]
Understanding the Backstitch
If you’re new to sewing and you’re just learning the ropes, you might find that you’re a little overwhelmed; the very sight of your sewing machine may even make you feel a little bit panicked. Your feelings are totally understandable, as there are so many different stitches to learn; however, take a deep breath, because […]
Sewer or Sewist: Which is Correct?
You love to sew. You have all of the sewing essentials that you need to make beautiful creations whenever inspiration strikes: A sewing machine (or maybe a few), a collection of sewing fabric, sewing help guides for those times when you are stumped, and tons of different sewing patterns; heck, you even have a dedicated […]
How to Identify a Vintage Sewing Machine
Of all the sewing essentials that you have in your sewing room, a sewing machine is one of the most important. You use it to transform all types of sewing fabric, like chenille, denim and chambray, fleece, jacquard – or any other fabric you are working with – into beautiful works of art. While you […]
How to Choose the Right Serger Stitch
A serger is a wonderful addition to any sewing room; in fact, many sewers (or sewists; whichever term you prefer), say that a serger is one of the most important sewing essentials. But if you’ve just purchased this type of specialized sewing machine and are exploring all of the different types of stitches that it […]
How to Add Smocked Sections to a Pattern
Smocking refers to a specific type of embroidery stitch. It involves making pleats or gather in the sewing fabric, which are held in place by making long stitches along the back of the material and small stitches along the front. Often, embroidery thread and floss is used to make details in the smocking, such as […]
An Introduction to Smocking and How to Get Started with It!
As you continue to explore the world of sewing, you will come across different sewing techniques. Most of them have something unique to offer, and learning some of the more common, useful ones that certainly help you get a lot more out of your sewing skills. Smocking is one such technique that can help you […]