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.
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.
In this video sewing tutorial, I will show you how to sew mitered corners. If you are looking for easy quilt binding corners check out my ideas on how to sew a mitered corner binding and mitered quilt borders.
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.
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.
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.
In this fusible web applique tutorial I want to show you how to machine applique with fusible web so you can transform plain fabric into wealth of colors, textures and shapes. Fusible web makes creating beautiful applique projects easy and fast.
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.
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.