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Sewing with Outdoor Thread
This time of year we often get questions about what type of thread to use for sewing or repairing outdoor items like deck chairs and cushions for benches and chairs. The constant exposure to the sun, chlorine and the elements are very demanding on fabrics and threads.
Hem Knits with a Lettuce Edge
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The Invisible Zipper Foot
I sometimes get a call from someone who is trying to put an invisible zipper foot on their sewing machine and for the life of them, can’t figure it out. A picture is worth a thousand words so…… Let’s take it one step at a time!
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Tailor Tack Tutorial by Gertie
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Project 4 - Sew Easy Needle Case
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Sew a Rolled Hem On Your Serger
There’s no better tool to create a professional looking narrow rolled hem than your serger. Whether you sew it on a fine s …
Sewing on Sequin Trim
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Use Hand Stitching to Add Unique Style
Sometimes a garment needs just a little something and easy, simple Hand Stitching adds unique style! What you may know as …
Modern Kantha Stitching
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Invisible Zipper Tutorial from Gertie
Invisible zippers are a very popular choice for garment closures. They disappear into a seam, making them virtually undectable—when inserted properly. They work best on light- to medium-weight fabrics.
Sewing Your First Zipper- The Centered Zipper
If you’ve never sewn a zipper before, you’ll want to start with the centered zipper. This is an application that puts the zipper teeth right in the middle of a seam line. The zipper opening is topstitched to secure the zipper teeth.
Sewing a Lapped Zipper in a Skirt
A lapped zipper is a great technique for sewing in an all-purpose (not invisible) zipper. The finished zipper has an overlap on the left side of the opening that covers the zipper. On the right side of the opening, the fabric is stitched very close to the zipper teeth.
Exposed Zipper Tutorial
Now you see it… Some zippers are not meant to be seen — they’re dutifully hidden under plackets that lap or meet at the c …
Machine Sew a Blind Hem
There are lots of ways to hem a garment, and sewing a blind hem on the sewing machine is both fast and easy. The goal of h …