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Here's an everyday nightmare: You're sewing along, making great progress, when suddenly your fabric disappears into the abyss. The underbelly (or maybe the bobbin or throat plate) of your sewing machine ate your fabric!
You're in an excellent sewing groove, your machine humming along, when out of nowhere your thread begins tangling on your fabric. So. Very. Annoying.
We know that only the most eagle-eyed sewing pro can spot the difference between a hand-worked buttonhole and a machine-sewn one. Doesn't matter! Sewing buttonholes by hand is a next-level skill that's definitely worth the effort.
Anyone who sews clothes is familiar with the B word. It's a nasty four-letter-word, so cover your ears: BULK.
Picture this: You walk into a party in a fierce outfit and someone whispers, "Hey, who are you wearing?" It's the red carpet dream. Your dress slays, and you know it. Now imagine your answer is, "Oh, this? I made it myself." Drop the mic.
With everyone Marie Kondo'ing their homes, organization is most definitely having a moment. That's why you should head straight to where the sewing magic happens and get ready for a refresh. These smart storage solutions keep all of your smaller supplies neat and nearby, and puts 'em on display for constant visual inspiration.
Fact: your most comfy undies could very well be the ones you sew yourself. It's all about how you decide to finish your edges. (After all, nobody wants a pair that digs in!)
Whether you're here to re-learn sewing or want to try out a fun project for the very first time, you're gonna have to thread that machine! It's confusing the first couple of times, but becomes second nature after that, so don't worry.
Even if you're verrry confident in your sewing skills, you probably don't think of the clothes you make as couture. But master sewer Susan Khalje believes that anyone can master a few basic couture techniques. Get the six here under your belt and your clothes will fit better, look more polished, last longer and make you proud of your craftsmanship.
Friendly or fancy, inexpensive or kinda pricey, terry cloth gets the job done whether you're sewing towels, a fluffy bathrobe or a super cute summer outfit.
Grab your favorite pair of jeans. Are they skinny jeans, high-waisted, baggy, boot-legged or flared? Whatever style you're rocking, here's a bet that it has one obvious feature, besides denim: topstitching.
The last time you saw the price tag on a pair of killer jeans and thought, "Hey, these are a bargain!" was ... never? Fabulous jeans are nearly always pricey. It's a law of physics, and it's totally unfair.
If you find yourself struggling to sew a straight line, you're definitely not alone. Sometimes sewing basics are the toughest to master. But you can get on the straight and narrow faster — or, if you're already a pro, pick up a new trick or two — with these tips from master sewer Christine Haynes.
If you're just getting started with sewing, you might think that a dress is way out of your league. But that's not necessarily so. A dress is actually a great beginner project, as long as you choose a simple style and easy-to-work-with fabric (more on that in a minute!).
Life is hard enough. You don't really need to make it any tougher by dealing with a belt that just won't stay in place or pants that have tendency to sag.
For most of us, sewing pants that fit is like trying to solve a tricky geometry problem. Getting the fit just right is super challenging even if you aced high-school math.
When you’re experimenting with a new sewing pattern, you do not want even one extra thing to do. But trust us when we say that making a muslin is so worth the added time.
Scissors are so humble and hard-working, sometimes it's easy to forget they're in your sewing kit. But here's a secret: They have superpowers. The right pair can take your sewing to new levels of awesomeness.
As you dig around in your stash of quilting fabric, do you ever stop and think: Hmm, could I make a dress out of this? Or do you ever eye a quilting cotton at the store and wonder: Wouldn't that look cute as a shirt? Makes total sense — but wait, can you even make clothes out of quilting fabrics?
"They had style, they had grace." That's Madonna singing about Greta Garbo, Lauren Bacall, Lana Turner, Marilyn Monroe and other screen sirens in her hit song "Vogue." Those mid-20th century glamour gals could sashay into a room like nobody's business. And their dresses? To die for.
Two major reasons to make yourself some skirts: They’re waaayyy easier to sew than pants, and way more fun to wear. Check out five of our faves!
Watch even one frantic episode of Project Runway and you'll probably see some drama about draping, a technique that involves wrapping and pinning fabric around a dress form to get the desired shape.
These quickie sewing patterns offer (almost!) instant gratification. Try one when you need a breather from a bigger project, or have leftover fabric to put to good use.
You've made up your mind to finally take a crack at knitting, cake decorating, paper crafting … whatever. And here’s the truth: The best way to make this happen is to just go start already.
Sure you know how to sew everything from totes and PJ pants to outfits for dolls (extra credit on that last one). But if you really want to sew like a master you need to crush the following skills. Let's do this.
Ask yourself what gets more use in your wardrobe: a fancy party dress or a pair of yoga pants or leggings. Yup, that's what I thought: yoga pants and leggings for the win!
That feeling when you're hemming a skirt and your sewing machine skips: It's a definite "Argh!" moment. It's even worse when those skips happen on the super-visible topstitching.
If you're like us, you're always eyeing leather skirts, leather pants, leather jackets, leather bags — leather everything — and thinking: Could I make that myself? The answer is yes. Believe it or not, sewing with leather is much simpler than it looks, even if you've never done it before.
Yuck, what's that black splotch on the dress you're ironing? It definitely wasn't there before, so that's clue #1: The iron did it.
Who says ornaments have to be wintry? If you like a little extra whimsy along with your snowflakes, Santas and woodland creatures, look no further than a felt rainbow. Hang 'em on your own tree or stitch up a bunch for friends!
Make a small, personal gift like jewelry even cooler by packaging it up in an adorable, reusable pouch you sewed yourself!
When you think of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, your first thought is probably THE MUSIC. But your second thought? The outfits! We got a peek behind the scenes of these larger-than-life costumes.
Have a kid who wants to sew... but who isn't quite ready for a sharp needle or complex sewing machine? We know you're out there. This personalized wall decor is a great learn-to-sew project that'll end up right where it should: with smiles and a cute finished item (not a meltdown and a mess).
Sure, they might seem insignificant, but sewing machine needles can literally make or break your stitching. Sewing with damaged or worn down needles can result in all sorts of small tragedies — broken or shredded threads, skipped stitches, fabric puckering, uneven seams, or even permanently damaged fabrics. Don't do that to yourself.
Are you stuck on the straight stitch? It's time to live a little! We'd like you to meet the zigzag stitch. It's found on every machine (even a really basic one), it's totally easy to use, and it's pretty darn clutch in a lot of tricky sewing situations. Now that's what we call a stitch fix!
When you sew clothes, you're probably going to use a sewing pattern. So if you're uncertain about how that all works, now is a great time to get past that. Here, we're working with a traditional printed paper pattern. But many of the same guidelines apply when you're dealing with a digital pattern too. Let's break down the essential info.
Quilters know that September is the new December. In fact, you may already be in full swing with holiday gift-making, since many stores start rolling out the red and green as early as July. But if you haven't started thinking about Christmas gifts, fear not. Grab your Santa cap (and maybe some caffeine), and read on. We're here to help.
If you're a maker, chances are visions of handmade gifts are already dancing in your head. And while "it's the thought that counts" is certainly a nice idea, the reality is that gifting handmade takes work — so you really want your present to hit the bullseye. Here's how to get set up for success:
Crafting for the holidays is supposed to be fun — but so often our yarn balls turn into stress balls as we try to meet deadlines and get everything done. With a little bit of planning, however, you can keep yourself happily making as the holidays approach. Sounds magical, right?
Ready to give quilting a go, but not quite ready to dive into an entire quilt? Let me introduce you to the placemat: perfect for practicing new skills, and totally manageable, even for newbies. Not to mention deliciously stylish.