Machine embroidery on leather seems to attract everyone’s attention. I had my embroidery machine for years but I never tried leather embroidery until now. After reading some tutorials I decided to put it in practice. And here is what I made – a velvet dress with leather insert embellished with embroidered roses.
When I visited a US fabric store (it was in New York) the first time (I was coming from Canada) I was really surprised to find out that they sell fabric by the yard, not by the meter. So I was staring at the fabric trying to figure out – how big is a yard of fabric? I asked the seller and she told me – “oh, it’s 36 inches”. Well, it really didn’t help because I had no idea about inches also. I was used to meters and centimeters. And I couldn’t even Google it then – there was no Google.
By now I am used to it but I know it would be helpful to have a conversion chart so anybody who is looking for answers can Google it and find the solution immediately.
This is a step-by-step machine embroidery tutorial on making freestanding lace/applique with design from OESD Embroidery library called Polka Dot Pumpkin. This candle holder is great for exclusive Halloween decorations. Learn how to download and unzip an embroidery design, how to make freestanding lace with an embroidery machine, how to make appliques with the machine, what stabilizer to use for freestanding lace.
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.
Let me show you how to sew a shaped facing. It’s really a very easy part of garment sewing and you can do it without any problem after watching this sewing tutorial. I used the shaped facing to finish the neckline of my silk robe which I made without a pattern.
This is a YouTube sewing tutorial on how to shorten sleeves on a winter coat or a jacket with lining. Sleeve alterations made easy with this step-by-step tutorial. If you have a sewing machine you can shorten jacket sleeves even if you are a beginner sewist. DIY alterations are not only cheaper but they are also faster (than in a shop).
Would you like to know how to sew an invisible zipper fast and simple? Are you intimidated by sewing the invisible zipper? Let me show you the fastest and easiest way to insert an invisible zip that eliminates the need for pins and basting. You don’t need to fumble with pins, baste the zipper or press the zipper teeth flat before starting. This technique will help you to eliminate common problems and get professional results that you will be proud to show off.
Velvet is my favorite fabric for creating a high-style look and I like to use all kinds of velvet for my sewing projects but it can be a little bit tricky sometimes. In this sewing tutorial, you will find 12 must know velvet sewing tips and tricks: how to select patterns to sew in velvet, how to cut velvet, how to determine nap of velvet, how to sew velvet on your sewing machine, how to iron velvet, etc.
If you use commercial patterns you can see on almost every envelope this: *with nap or **without nap and sometimes ***with or without nap. It must be very important if they print it on EVERY envelope. It affects many things: the amount of yardage you need for your project, how the pattern is cut, and how the garment is sewn and pressed.
I guess pattern companies think that everybody who sews is supposed to know what fabric nap is and how to use it. If you ever wondered about this, continue reading.