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Quick Tip: Appliqué 3 Different Ways


Appliquéing is a way of stitching on a garment or an accessory. This application is used, for example, in costume fashion to provide patches with traditional motifs. In our case, appliqués can decorate not only fashion clothing effectively for further adornment, but also decorate defective areas nicely – especially in children’s clothing. Motifs can either be bought as well as made from fabric scraps and can even be embroidered. Read on to see how appliqués can be made and applied…

Quick Tip: Sewing a Hip Pocket


Pockets are not only functional, but also a fashionable detail and should be sewn quite carefully. There are patch pockets, inseam pockets, pouch pockets, hip pockets, flap pockets and more! Read on to see how we show you in simple steps how to sew a hip pocket for either pants or a skirt.

Quick Tip: Sewing a Piped Buttonhole


A piped buttonhole is a great alternative to a regular machine sewn or hand stitched buttonhole. It allows for no thread to be visible and the ability to add in a little pop of contrast! Read on to see how you can sew a piped buttonhole in your next project.

Quick Tip: Hand Sewn Buttonhole


Button and buttonholes are one of the most common closures in garments. Modern sewing machines the ability to sew buttonholes quickly and efficiently with the help of a special foot, but sometimes it is nice to give garments (especially ones sewn in delicate fabrics) a couture finish and sew things like button holes by hand. Read on to see the tutorial on sewing buttonholes by hand.

Quick Tip: Sewing Over Pins!


When you start off sewing or are sewing a difficult seam, then it is essential to pin! But sometimes it is hard to take out the pins as you sew and it can also lead to mis matched notches. Good news is though that you can leave your pins in and sew over them!

Quick Tip: Putting Your Fabric on Grain


One of the first and most important steps in starting to sew a project is the cutting, and making sure your pattern pieces are all on grain is the key to a successful garment. Read on to see how to put your fabric on grain…

Quick Tip: How to Make a Tassel


Tassels are great for making your own accessories or attaching to your garment for extra decoration. Read on to see how to make your own tassels…

Quick Tip: How to Sew a Thread Chain Loop


Thread chain loops are great for securing buttons, belt loops, and for tacking linings. It is a hand sewing must-know for any sewist, so grab your hand sewing needle to get started and read on to watch how it’s done…

Quick Tip: Sewing Machine Maintenance


To make sure your sewing machine runs well for years means you need to take care of it and perform regular maintenance procedures. Read on to see how you can prevent having to take your machine in as often for a tune up…

Quick Tip: Sewing with Knits


These are the 6 things you need to know about sewing with knit fabrics…

Quick Tip: Full Arm Adjustment


Is your sleeve a little tight? Simply add a little fullness to the upper area – we will show you how and exactly where! Read on to see…

Quick Tip: Pressing


“Well pressed is half sewn.“ This old tailor‘s adage is still true today. Proper pressing is just as important as correct sewing. As a general rule, the more delicate the fabric, the more carefully it must be ironed. Please consider the following when pressing your fabric…

Quick Tip: Sewing a Cap Sleeve


Cap sleeves are a perfect addition to any top or dress. They are easy to sew and a great way to neatly finish off the armhole edge of your garment. Read on to see how you can use bias strips to neaten the lower edge…

Quick Tip: Hem Your Garment Without Losing Length


If you ever find your self with a garment that is just the right length but you haven’t hemmed it yet, then you need to do this technique! Watch to see how you can finish the hem of a garment without losing significant length…

Quick Tip: Shortening a Zipper


Separating zippers are available in lengths of 30 cm, 35 cm, 40 cm, etc., up to 80 cm (12, 14, 16, etc.up to 32 ins), i.e. in increments of 5 cm (2 ins). If you need a different length, purchase the next longest zipper to your zipper edge or opening and shorten it as follows:


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