Welcome to the sewing world!

Below is a collection of helpful, useful, entertaining, interesting guides, step-by-step tutorials and expert tips that will help you to learn sewing and achieve professional results.

I would love to say it is easy and fast. But I won’t. Because I am trying to be honest. Because sewing is not like slapping together fabric pieces and hoping to make something from them. There is quite a lot that goes into sewing.

So start learning today because there is a lot to learn.

Sewing techniques and tips


French seams tutorial

French seams tutorial

French seams are widely used to sew delicate fabrics. I always used French seams for my silk chiffon and organza garments. They give very nice and neat finish. Actually, I like them on any lightweight and mediumweight silk. And recently I used French seams to sew 100% silk pillowcases.
You can find many good online tutorials how to sew French seams. But it seems to me that something is missing in those tutorials. So today I am going to add some tips on how to sew professionally looking French seams.

How to sew flat felled seams on silk fabric (the easy way)

How to sew flat felled seams on silk fabric (the easy way)

This term “flat felled seams” sounds to me a little bit too professional but the technique itself is pretty simple and can be widely used in home sewing.
Flat felled seams can be usually found on denim because they are very strong and durable. But they can be used on silk fabric also. I like to use them even on chiffon and organza (together with French seams). Maybe I am the only one but anyway, to me flat felled seams look awesome. I used them recently while sewing my silk fitted sheet. So I can assure you that they are really as suitable for delicate silk fabric as they are suitable for denim.

36+ simple and effective ways to sew faster

36+ simple and effective ways to sew faster

Sewing is often a slow process. It is so easy to let your imagination wander when you are choosing a design for your new dress, or fabric and a pattern to use in your next project. It takes a lot of time also to prepare the pattern, to cut the fabric, to sew all seams and press them. And usually we can’t sew all day long.
So I am always looking for ways to be more efficient and sew faster. I don’t want to stay with one project for a few weeks, I noticed actually that the less time it takes from an idea to the result the more I am enjoying the process and I am also more satisfied with my garment.
Over the years I discovered many ways to sew faster and to get professional results. I am going to share them with you in this list.

Top 20 simple (and not so simple) ways to sew a curved hem

Top 20 simple (and not so simple) ways to sew a curved hem

There are many different ways to sew a curved hem. It depends
 on the fabric you use for the project (for example, for chiffon it will not be the same as for denim)
 on the type of the curved edge ( if it is a full curve like a circle skirt, or just a slight curve)
 on the types of sewing machines and their accessories you have ( do you have a serger? a coverstitch machine? a blind stitch foot? etc.)
 on the design you have in mind ( do you want a narrow hem? a standard hem? a decorated hem?)
 and on your sewing experience also (if you are a beginner sewist you probably shouldn’t use all those specific presser feet available now)
But no matter what fabric or design you use you have to finish the hem beautifully. A well finished hem is a very important sewing operation and adds a professional touch to any garment.
Choose one of the techniques below that best suits you.

How to sew sheer fabric using only a bobbin thread for stitching

How to sew sheer fabric using only a bobbin thread for stitching

When you sew darts in sheer fabric you just can’t backstitch to secure the seams (it doesn’t look nice). And if you make a knot at the point of dart you still can see some threads through the sheer fabric. But there is some technique that makes darts look nice and eliminates the need for backstitching and knots.
This technique is quite simple and in the same time it fascinates me every time I use it. I don’t know really if there is a special term for this in English but I call it “one thread stitching”.
What is the technique? If I make the long story short, it is using a bobbin thread for threading the needle also. So, when you are sewing darts you are using only one thread from the bobbin to make a stitch.

How to cut chiffon without problems

How to cut chiffon without problems

Cutting out slippery chiffon fabric can be almost a nightmare. You can’t use pins to stabilize the fabric for cutting because they will leave holes in this delicate fabric. You can’t cut it on fold because the fabric will move and shift and you will lose the grain line easily. And you can’t easily mark the fabric with chalk or a disappearing ink pen because the fabric will shift as you can see in this video below. I think what any sewist dislikes the most about sewing garments from silk chiffon is cutting out patterns. But the cutting-out-pattern stage can be almost painless if you practice these tips.

How to upcycle an old dress

How to upcycle an old dress

I see that more and more people and companies are supporting upcycling: the process of creating something new from old items that would normally be destined for trash or recycle. This process uses fewer resources to create new things and helps keep used old items out of the waste. This is latest and continuously growing trend and one of the most sustainable things people can do in the fashion industry. So, I got hooked and decided to turn one of my ideas into reality.

How to easily finish outside corners (especially acute)

How to easily finish outside corners (especially acute)

I think I am not mistaken when I say that at some point all sewists face the problem of hemming around a corner when two exterior raw edges are coming together at an angle. Especially at an acute angle. And I didn’t find many tutorials how to do it easily. But we need to do it when we sew for example slits on skirts, or curtain panels, or some triangular pieces of cloth like neckerchiefs, etc.
So in this tutorial I want to demonstrate the easiest technique I use for professional corner finish. I want to show you how to fold and sew the fabric at the corner of a hem so there is a diagonal seam from the point of the corner to inside the edge of the hem.

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