All Blog Posts Tagged 'seam' (24)

Sewing the Tropical Vibe Sleeveless Sundress - McCalls Pattern 6957

I bought this pattern as I liked the simple design, a front and two backs and enough fulness to give a nice drape.  No facings, just…


Added by Karen on August 10, 2016 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Londa Sews a Boba Wrap Baby Carrier

I think it’s special:  the last thing I stitched in my IL home sewing corner (basement), was a maternity top and pants for my daughter… and the first thing I’ve completed in my new TN sun room sewing studio (check out my NEW sewing view below!) is…a knit wrap-style baby carrier – and more maternity clothes coming up next – at least for my ‘personal sewing’ schedule.…


Added by Londa Rohlfing on June 7, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

The Malvarosa Dress Project (Pauline Alice Sewing Patterns)

I like reading the garment sewers blogs and looking at the indie patterns.  When I found myself repeatedly going back and looking at …


Added by Karen on May 25, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

Embroidered Burlap Mini Tote Bag + Appliqued Poppy


I had a request to make a little mini-tote in jute (a.k.a. hessian/burlap) or oilcloth, and decided to try it out with some…


Added by Karen on May 19, 2015 at 5:00pm — 4 Comments

How to Make Wrist Pin Cushions

Once I finished , I decided that the kids in my sewing classes needed pin cushions. After scouring the internet for fun ideas that I could sew in bulk, I eventually realized that it was best to keep it simple - a wrist pin cushion seemed the most practical. Circles are my preferred shape, so I found a roll of…


Added by Angela L on February 16, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

Pattern Review McCalls M6988 Version C: Exposed Zipper Dress

Color Block and Exposed Zipper

I've become a fan of color blocking and exposed zippers. This is my first…

Added by Renata on November 24, 2014 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

It's Another Stow-It-All Bag - Just Smaller!


Added by Karen on August 21, 2014 at 1:00pm — 17 Comments

Why sewing is slow and expensive

by Kathleen Fasanella 

"Sewing itself is very fast so why does it take so long to get finished product out the door and why does it cost so much? As I mentioned in my book, you can have a…


Added by Susan on April 21, 2012 at 7:31pm — 2 Comments

Lining a Jacket - A Tutorial

Many patterns feature jackets that don't have linings. But if you are used to wearing one with a lining, you will know the advantages. A lining covers up all the unsightly seams inside and eliminates the need to finish those seams. A lining helps the jacket keep its shape better. It provides more warmth if you need it. And, one of the nicest things, the lining makes the jacket slip on and off with ease over any item of…


Added by Susan on March 13, 2012 at 5:00am — No Comments

Side Seam Pockets Sewing Lesson

Many patterns call for pockets that are sewn right into the side seam. If these are well-done, they lie flat against the body and don't break the line of the skirt or pants. But sometimes, these pockets stick out from the sides and the result is not so pleasing. How do we sew these guys in the best way possible?…


Added by Susan on March 8, 2012 at 5:00am — No Comments

Beginners Quilted Cushion Tutorial

Quilted Cushion Top

The objective of this tutorial is to provide an introduction to quilting for beginning quilters, equipping them…


Added by Karen Pior on January 30, 2012 at 5:00am — No Comments

Husqvarna Viking Platinum 770


This is my first post to the group.

I have a Husqvarna Viking Platinum 770. Lately the tension is terrible. It doesn't matter what needle, fabric or thread I use after sewing a seam I can take the bobbin thread and pull the stitching out like it was…


Added by SharonZ on June 27, 2011 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

Refashion Tutorial - Long Sleeves to Bow Sleeve T-shirt

If you've ever checked out my blog you'll know I love to change things up,  my Hand-Me-Down Horror series has been all about buying yucky or just plain boring clothes and making them into something I'd be proud to wear. Hack off those sleeves, raise that hemline and bob's your uncle a cute custom…


Added by Ruby Murray on March 25, 2011 at 2:30pm — 26 Comments

Sew Some Button Fly Pants for Boys



Trula of "Trula Kids" offers a fabulous photo tutorial showing how to make a stylish button fly.

Get the tutorial.



Added by Susan on February 24, 2011 at 2:30am — No Comments

Video Tutorials

Susan just wanted you to know that I absolutely loveeeeeeeee the videos you are showing now! they are sooooooo informative. I had nooooo idea that a flat felled seam was so simple to do! thanks so much for all the informative things you do for us! Linda

Added by Linda on January 21, 2011 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Denim Applique: Unique Jean Pant Legs Tutorial

The design was so easy to put together, Jenny of "Wildcards" thought someone else might like to try. And if you’re like her when it comes to your feet, you just might like…


Added by Susan on January 17, 2011 at 6:00am — 9 Comments

How to sew your own unique cording/piping

by Vanessa Smith

If you read my custom fabric button article, I showed you how to change the buttons on a plain black jacket. The buttons were a good start, but it needed more work. So I decided to add another fast and easy technique. I made my own colorful and unique cording to embellish the jacket. Not only is this cording technique great for embellishing clothing, it can be used for purse straps, to make jewelry, and to embellish other…


Added by Susan on January 4, 2011 at 4:30am — No Comments

newspaper pattern blouse

Hi fellow creators! Just wanted to leave a note saying that I finished the blouse last night, and before I hemmed it, I decided to slip it on and check the fit. Now, I am a lover of loose, comfortable, but cute clothes. This blouse, however, did not fit into any of those categories! Whenever I add a section of fabric that is to be gathered, in the past, I didn't measure how much width I needed. I just cut out a large rectangle, and if it was sssuuupppeeerrr gathered, that was… Continue

Added by Sherri on March 18, 2010 at 3:15am — No Comments

Tutorial: How To Sew A Fagoted Seam

[photo from Colette Patterns]

Sarai of Colette Patterns shows how to add vintage detailing to your garments with a fagoted seam. This technique joins two fabric pieces with a litle gap showcasing a f**** stitch. A fagoted seam is a decorative seam that joins two pieces of fabric together with a space between them and a row of hand stitching. It’s a very pretty detail seen most often in vintage clothing. It’s easy to incorporate this kind of… Continue

Added by Susan on December 15, 2009 at 3:00am — 4 Comments

Basic Sewing Supplies for Absolute Beginners

Everyone should have some basic sewing skills and own some basic sewing supplies. A tiny rip in a hem, or loose button, should never result in a discarded garment. Review some basic sewing tips if you forget how to sew on a button because minor issues are easy to fix, as long as you simply own a needle and some thread.

To make a simple sewing and/or mending kit, start with a lidded container to hold everything in. You need a basic set of sewing… Continue

Added by Susan on December 12, 2009 at 12:00am — No Comments

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