This is one of those things that you wouldn’t know about unless you’d had someone show you, and if you already know how to sew, you’d forget that beginners don’t know!
Your sewing machine should have a button or a lever (it’s different from machine to machine) that can make the machine stitch backwards. This
I don’t mention it in most tutorials, but you should always add a seam allowance when you cut out your pieces.
EXAMPLE: You are making a tube top with a bust of 36″. When you are cutting out the pieces, add an inch (or a 1/2 inch, it’s up to you) on each
Zippers! Another one of those techniques that everyone seems afraid of!
hoodie vest by SmarmyClothes.com
Fear not, zippers are another one that are super easy once you learn a few tricks and practice a bit.
For this tutorial, I’ll be inserting a skirt zipper, but the same process can
If you’ve ever seen a pattern with little triangles on it like the drawing below, those are darts.
Darts are one of those things that most people think are really hard, so they don’t want to learn how to do them. They aren’t really hard at all- if you’ve got a baggy
Using the wrong needle can make your sewing life a living hell. If your machine is skipping stitches or creating a lovely ball of thread on the underside of the fabric when you try to sew, and you’ve tried replacing the needle with a new one, it may be the wrong type of needle.
If you’re using the tutorials on this site, please keep in mind that almost all of them are intended to be used with stretch fabric (t-shirts, knit, jersey, interlock, etc.). Why? Because the fabric stretches, you can be a lot less accurate with fit, and you don’t need to mess with darts!
If you’re a
Unfortunately, I can’t really help you learn to use your machine through the internets. That’s what Grandma’s are for.
Saxby Says: Troubleshoot this!
If you’ve never used a sewing machine before, I highly recommend you either take a class or have someone who knows what they’re doing help you out. If you’re
When you first start a particular craft, it can be hard to know what tools you’ll really need. And no idea what some things even are! Here are some handy tools I can’t live without.
Figure 1 – General sewing, cutting, pattern making related tools
Figure 1 – General sewing,
If you’re using a standard sewing machine and trying to reconstruct t-shirts or sewing on knit fabrics, you’ll want to use a zig-zag or stretch stitch. The zig-zag allows the stitch to stretch with the fabric, so it doesn’t break when you try to get your newly reconstructed t-shirt on or off.
If you’re having trouble keeping your seams straight, you probably just need some more practice. Go slow- don’t put the pedal to the metal just yet. Some machines are really fast, so you’ll need to practice keeping steady pressure on the pedal at a speed you can keep up with. It’s really a lot like