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


What is NAP in sewing

What is NAP in sewing

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.

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.

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.

Sewing machine buttonhole troubleshooting

Sewing machine buttonhole troubleshooting

In this YouTube sewing tutorial on buttonhole troubleshooting, you will learn how to fix automatic buttonhole problems. Check out these 9 tips for sewing buttonholes and what to do if your buttonhole foot gets stuck/not moving. Learn how to use a buttonhole foot and how to use a sewing machine to make easy DIY buttonholes.

How to sew a french seam

How to sew a french seam

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 use overcast presser feet for sewing overcasting stitches

How to use overcast presser feet for sewing overcasting stitches

In this YouTube video tutorial you will find answers on these questions: how do you stop seams from fraying with an overcast stitch, how do you finish a seam with zig zag, how do you overcast, is overcasting the same as overlocking, does my sewing machine have an overlock stitch? Learn types of seam finishes, types of overcast presser feet and how to overlock stitch on regular sewing machine.

How to sew thin leather

How to sew thin leather

Leather is very likely the first material used by humans for sewing. How difficult can it be to sew leather? At a first glance – very difficult, or at least that’s what I thought before actually doing it. But after I finished my first serious project I realized that sewing leather is not more complicated than sewing denim for example. On the contrary, because leather doesn’t fray, doesn’t need washing, pressing, doesn’t shrink etc.
I made quite a few projects with leather, made some mistakes during the process and discovered so much by trial and error that now I can share with you some tips on how to sew leather.

How to make a dress that is stylish, flattering and fun in 30 minutes without a pattern

How to make a dress that is stylish, flattering and fun in 30 minutes without a pattern

Do you like fun, easy and fast sewing projects? Then this tutorial is for you so you can enjoy the creative part of sewing without all the hard work of cutting the pattern, fitting the pattern, sewing collars, hems, zippers, buttonholes, whatever…
All you have to do to make this stylish flattering dress is cut the fabric – one square and one rectangle and sew only one seam. No pattern required, we will mark all necessary lines right on the fabric. Super simple. You could literally make this dress in 30 minutes. And the best part is that the dress is ideal for all figure types and you don’t need to spend time fitting or tailoring it.

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