Hemming
Woman Using Serger on Blue Fabric
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Sure, you read (or at least skimmed) the manual that came with your serger. But let's be honest: there are a lot of stitches and thread options to choose from. So it's no surprise if you still feel a little stumped over exactly which stitch to use with the fabric you have on hand and the project you're ready to tackle.
Bluprint
Woman in jeans and sneakers
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Nothing kills the look of a great pair of denim like fabric pooling at the ankle. And hemming the jeans — only to lose that original cool, worn edge — hurts our souls just a smidge. That's why we dug deep to find a solution that doesn't require going to the tailor. The secret: moving the original hem up higher, and making it look like it was always there.
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If you're looking for a quick and gratifying sewing project, knitwear is an excellent place to start. After all, knit fabrics are pretty easy to fit and usually don't need fiddly closures. With knit fabrics there's not a lot standing between you and a garment that's so comfortable you may never want to take it off.
Andrea Brown
rolled hem
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Real talk: If you want that homemade scarf you're sewing to look a little less homemade, you need a rolled hem. A smooth, even-looking rolled hem is where it's at — but how do you get one?
Beginner
hand hemming a red piece of fabric
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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
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Choosing the right type of binding to finish a quilt or other sewing project can literally put you in a bind. Should you go with straight or bias cut? Single- or double-folded? Pre-cut or DIY? And then there are all the different combos of the above!
Sherri Sylvester
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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
No Sew Curtains
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No sewing machine? No big deal! You can hem and embellish curtains without sewing a stitch. And you can do it in an afternoon.
Sherri Sylvester
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Create garments that are finished beautifully, inside and out.
Pamela Leggett
Pamela Leggett
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Fabulous finishes don't have to take up all your time! Learn efficient ways to sew stunning topstitching, piping, binding, lining and more.
Sue Hausmann
Sue Hausmann
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