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Quick Tip: What’s the difference between a ballpoint needle and a stretch needle?

Is there even a difference? The answer is yes. I tend to use them interchangeably, but the stretch needles do have some benefits for the extra stretchy fabrics like lycra/spandex.

Both types have a rounded end compared to a universal needle, which prevents snags or runs in the knit fabric. But a stretch needle also

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How to Hem Knit & Stretch Fabrics – DIY Fashion Tutorial Video

Does your hem get wonky and wobbly when you sew stretch fabrics? This tutorial will show you how to get a nice flat hem.

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This tutorial was filmed using a Creative Labs Vado HD Digital Video

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How to Sew Knit & Stretch Fabrics with a Standard Sewing Machine – DIY Fashion Tutorial Video

This tutorial will show you how to sew stretch and knit fabrics with a regular sewing machine.

People often make the mistake of thinking they can’t work with knits if they don’t have an overlock machine, but knit fabrics existed a long time before sergers were commonly available as home machines, so don’t be afraid

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How to Insert a Snap – DIY Fashion Tutorial with video

Here’s my newest tutorial video – inserting snaps with the handy dandy Snapsource SnapSetter Tool. This one’s a quickie!

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How to Sew a Ruffled Hem the Easy Way – DIY Fashion Tutorial

Making a ruffle (aka gathering) is a basic sewing technique that you can use a million different ways once you know how to do it.

There are a lot of ways to ruffle or gather. In this tutorial, I create the ruffle as I sew, instead of gathering the fabric ahead of time. It takes

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Sewing 101: What’s a serger?

A serger is a specialized sewing machine. Sometimes it’s called an overlock machine. It will generally use 4 threads and 2 needles. There are some machines that can also use 5 threads, and most machines have options that use 1 needle and 2 or 3 threads.

 

Brother 1034D

 

A serger makes a

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How to Hide Serger Thread Tails – DIY Sewing Technique Tutorial

You can’t backstitch with a serger, so you might be left wondering what to do with that little thread tail.

There are several ways of dealing with it, I recommend looking at your manual and seeing what option you like best. My favorite way is to take a big fat needle (a yarn needle or

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Sewing 101: Serger Tips

Sewing first vs. serging first

There is some argument about this in the sewing community, and I think it depends mostly on what you’re sewing and personal preference. When in doubt, experiment, and find what works best for you.

Sew first, then serge: I think this would be a good place to start if you’re

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How to Fake a Coverstitch with a Twin Needle – DIY Sewing Technique Tutorial

Take a look at the hem of most t-shirts and you’ll see what’s called a coverstitch or coverhem. Most people assume that this is done by a serger. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case.

Some higher end sergers will indeed convert to a coverstitch machine. Or you can buy a stand alone coverstitch machine. I

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Sewing 101: lingerie stitch

For things like stretch lace, where you’ll often be sewing it on top of the hem, you don’t want the stitching to show.

Lingerie Stitch

I like to use a lingerie stitch in this case. It looks like a zig-zag stitch made of tiny straight stitches, and it blends in really well with stretch

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