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How to Crochet Classic DC V-Stitch (Plus 3 Variations)
The V-stitch seems to be taking the crochet world by storm right now. It is a classic crochet stitch that is very easy to …
Fringe It! Easy How-To's for Fringe
We’re seeing fringe in all the ready-to-wear and trend reports. Fringe gives garments and scarfs a fashionable Boho feel and it softens the modern edges of purchased home décor items.
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 …
Methods for Seaming Crochet
Seaming crochet simply means joining two or more pieces of crochet fabric together. This is frequently done when a project …
Ultimate Guide to Left-Handed Crochet
Many of the left-handed crafters who learned to crochet decades ago had to learn the craft "backwards" from their natural …
Guide to Surface Crochet Embroidery
Surface crochet is a technique for adding embroidery-style designs to your crochet work. There are a few different ways to work surface crochet, the most common of which is with the slip stitch.
Sewing Life Skills - Mending 101
"Dear College-Bound, Non-Sewing Friend, When you registered for your classes, did you choose Mending 101 as an elective? P …"
3 Ways to Gather Fabric
Gathering one part of a garment, such as a skirt to match a dress bodice, to fit another can be a challenge. Sometimes it’ …
"Sewing on buttons is a simple task but one that many people avoid. After all, it’s really no fun. Or is it? Position the …"
DIY Belt Loops- Simple to Make
Whether you’re wearing a custom fabric belt or a ready-made leather one, it’s always a good idea to have some belt loops t …
The Language of Sewing - Reading Patterns and Stitches
So, you've decided you want to sew. Congratulations! Now it's time to learn the language of sewing …
Quick, Simple Fitting Techniques
“I don’t sew for myself because patterns don’t fit me.” Does that sound familiar? That’s not surprising – they don’t fit a …