Cutting fabric straight is really important and can’t be stressed enough. A bad initial cut can result in twisted seams, or seams of different length on two pieces that are supposed to match, or a deformed/uneven hem after the garment was finished. It is surprising, but indeed a wrong initial cut can actually cause all these issues.
It seems to be a simple task, cutting fabric straight, but in reality, there is more to it than is obvious at a first glance. Below are some helpful tips on how to cut material straight.
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.
I’m at Joann Fabric looking at the new pattern catalogs – Vogue, McCalls, Simplicity. So many interesting new patterns! I love them all, really. But I know not all of them will be suitable for my body type, which is far from a model’s. I am petite (so I guess one third of these patterns go right out the window), my top is one size smaller than my bottom (so I need both sizes included in the envelope, which doesn’t always happen), and I really need dresses that hide a belly bulge (how did that happen to me? I didn’t have a tummy when I was younger!).
So, the question is: how to choose a pattern that will fit your body? And not only fit, but also hide your flaws. Do you have the same problems?
In this tutorial, I am going to show you how to hem chiffon and other slippery lightweight fabric. Is hemming chiffon one of those things you would avoid doing? Well, there is one interesting method of making ultra-neat narrow hems on chiffon dresses and skirts that is not very popular yet but the result looks really professional and can be achieved quite fast. Here is the narrow hem – do you see any curling, stretching, fraying, warping? Of course not! And look – the width of the hem is the same all over.
I’m sure there are lots of shoe lovers among people who love to sew, right? In this article I want to show you how I transformed my sandals with free standing lace embroidery. I love using my embroidery machine and always look for ways (sometimes unexpected) to add some embroidery to my projects.
In this tutorial I am going to show you how to get a pencil skirt pattern, what is a good fit for a pencil skirt, what fitting problems you may have with a DIY pencil skirt and why you may have them, how to take proper measurements for a pencil skirt and how to make a pencil skirt sloper pattern from scratch (for real people).
If you like sewing clothes, it really important to have a good pencil skirt sloper – custom-fitted, basic pattern which you can redesign and create many different styles of skirts, also you can use it to sew dresses.
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.
In the first part of my tutorial about sewing leather on a home sewing machine, I was showing you what tools you can use to sew leather and how to use them.
In this part (which is the second one) I am going to show you some leather stitching techniques, how to prepare and use patterns for sewing leather with a home sewing machine and what closures to use for leather garments.
I like to use my embroidery machine because with it I can always turn something ordinary into extraordinary and create one of a kind garment. But not only that – embroidery to me is pretty therapeutic and more than creating beautiful things.
I think there are billions of embroidery designs available now and they are all amazing but I like the most free standing lace designs. In this tutorial, I want to show you how to make a lace hat with an embroidery machine.
Hats are always popular and fashionable and you can’t have too many hats, right? You may be surprised by how a hat can transform your look.
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.