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Knits and wovens are the OGs of the fabric world. They differ from each other in almost every way, from how much they stretch and wrinkle to whether they'll fray or shrink.
Ashley Little
blue patterned garment on mannequin
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Ladies and gentlemen: In this corner, the middleweight champion of the world, bias bindings! And in this corner, the other middleweight champion of the world, facings! Let's get ready to rumble!
Beth Galvin
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If you're an all-day-every-day type of hand sewer — or even if you're the total opposite — chances are you've had to hand sew a hem. There just isn't a machine option that measures up to doing it by hand, it looks beautiful (seriously, the definition of couture) and, if done right, is almost invisible when seeing the whole look.
Heather Feather
Black hoodie on a hanger in front of a peach background
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Even for an advanced sewer, sewing a hoodie is kind of intimidating. It's not overly complicated, but there are many steps, many pieces and, of course, there's all the hardware.
Christine Haynes
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Let's talk about princess seams: They're elegant, glam and totally classic —oh hi, Grace Kelly — and they're an easy way to add a serious dose of style. All you need to do to bring some princess-seam action to your garment is to start with a basic pattern, convert a few darts, and boom! You've just created your own chic, form-fitting design.
Linda Reynolds
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Whenever I’m bored with a piece of clothing that still fits and is in great shape, I think, “Hmm, what other color could this be?!”
Julia Garza
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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!
Ashley Little
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When it comes to pants, fit is everything. Even getting it slightly off can make the difference between a pair you wear all the time and one that lives in the drawer, causing a pang of regret every time you glance at it.
Christine Haynes
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Many people who like to sew can get by — no prob — without a serger. But once you try sewing with a serger, you'll never go back.
Maris Olsen
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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.
Maris Olsen
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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.
Christine Haynes
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Anyone who sews clothes is familiar with the B word. It's a nasty four-letter-word, so cover your ears: BULK.
Linda Reynolds
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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.
Beth Galvin
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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.
Lindsay Conner
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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!)
Sarah Norwood
janome sewing machine with a spool of blue thread
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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! This tutorial is for a Janome 2030QDC, but other machines will be pretty similar. (Pro tip: don't hesitate to look up your specific machine's manual if you get stumped; they're generally easy to find online.) You can also see all these steps in action as part of our Machine Basics sewing class!
Sherri Sylvester
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Picture this: You go to the fabric store, pick out the perfect materials for your next project, and come home only to realize that — doh — you already have great fabric you could have used tucked away in a forgotten corner of your sewing room.
Lindsay Conner
woman hand sewing pink couture lace garment
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Couture garments are some of the most beautiful clothes you can possibly imagine. The attention to detail is almost overwhelming — and so are the prices. So here's a radical idea: Sew your own.
Bluprint
Purple Shiny Crumpled Silk fabric
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Silk is the queen of all fabrics. And like any monarch, it tends to be both worshiped and feared. Silk's reputation as a difficult fabric isn't unfounded. It can be tricky to cut, stains easily and has a maddening tendency to fray.
Linda Reynolds
orange and yellow towels on white background
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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.
Julia Garza
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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.
Andrea Brown
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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.
Maris Olsen
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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!).
Beth Galvin
close up of striped fabric pants with belt loops
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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.
Maris Olsen
Woman wearing striped pants with heels and a purse
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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.
Maris Olsen
jacket muslin on mannequin
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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.
Beth Galvin
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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.
Linda Reynolds
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Finally (finally!!!) it's summer. Goodbye, wool and polyester. Hello, um, what?
Pauline Alice
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While we'd never want to go back to a world without sewing machines, we have to admit that some tasks are best accomplished with a good ole needle and thread. Like when you're stitching a buttonhole, or even a hem or seam — basically anywhere you don't want those stitches to show. And in those scenarios, there's nothing better than the slip stitch.
Christine Haynes
close up of floral shirt made from quilting fabric
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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?
Bluprint
red vintage dress with white polka dots
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"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.
Rochelle New
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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!
Bluprint
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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.
Julia Garza
Pink and yellow coin purse
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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.
Bluprint
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You've made up your mind to finally take a crack at knitting, cake decorating, paper crafting … whatever. But how to make it happen when there are so many options? The truth: Just. Go. Start.
Liz Callahan Schnabolk
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Sure, you know how to sew everything from scarves 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.
Julia Garza
woman wearing yoga pants on her mat with a dog
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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!
Christine Haynes
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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.
Maris Olsen
Woman threading leather on sewing machine
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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.
Linda Reynolds
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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.
Beth Galvin
finished rainbow felt ornament on purple background with pin cushion and thread
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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!
Jodie Rackley
blue plaid gift bag with gray wrapping paper sticking out
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Making presents yourself is totally #GiftingGoals. Why can't your packaging be decked out and DIY, too? Not only is this bag easy and fun, it's also reusable — so it's like a whole other gift for your recipient!
Linda Reynolds
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Make a small, personal gift like jewelry even cooler by packaging it up in an adorable, reusable pouch you sewed yourself!
Linda Reynolds
tree skirt with wrapped presents under christmas tree
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We love a good pom pom fringe, especially when it's peeking out from under your holiday gifts. We've got all the info you need to craft up this easy tree skirt right here!
close up of white Christmas tree with fabric tube ornaments and fabric garland against teal background
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It can be hard to justify revamping your holiday tree decor when you already have a pretty solid collection of ornaments. But not if you're using stuff you already have! Enter, the fabric scrap tree.
Sketch of costumes from Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
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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.
DIY Kid Sewn Wall Hanging Project
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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).
Sherri Sylvester
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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.
Maris Olsen
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If you're going to put in the time and effort to make yourself a bag, you want it to be strong and hold up over time. Here's how to make sure your next bag is in it for the long haul.
Christine Haynes
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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!
Emily Thompson
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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.
Irene Valle
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