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Upgrade Your Sewing   Designer Secrets: Off-Seam Insertion. Sloan Howard Photo: Sloan Howard Zipper installation can be tricky, especially with no seam to work with.

Designer Secrets: Off-Seam Insertion

In this Web Extra from "Exposed Zipper" by Jacque Goldsmith, SewStylish Spring Fashion 2015, we show you how to create an opening for an exposed zipper even in the absence of a seamline. Don't miss any of the 2015 spring trends and techniques by ordering a copy or purchasing the tablet edition. Use this method to create and prepare an opening for an exposed zipper anywhere on a design where there is no seamline, such as at a neckline. 1. 2. <A HREF=" Widgets</A> How to Sew an Invisible Zipper in a Knit Garment. Stabilize the zipper opening with a strip of fusible interfacing applied to the fabric's wrong side.

How to Sew an Invisible Zipper in a Knit Garment

Mike Yamin Pin and machine-baste the zipper tapes to the garment's seam allowances. Permanently stitch the zipper in place. Photo: Mike Yamin In "Finishing Knits," (Threads #183, February/March 2016), I offered tips on sewing necklines, waistlines, and hems in knit garments, for a professional look. The less stretch a knit fabric has, the more likely it is that you'll want to install a zipper at the waist or neckline. Grace: Dressmaker's Buttonholes Tutorial. Beautiful buttonholes can make a garment; with the right preparation and patience they really can be perfect.

Grace: Dressmaker's Buttonholes Tutorial

Despite the absence of a post last week I have been making progress on our sew-along: I'm just behind on my updates! This vintage tutorial is to accompany our sew-along and relates to pattern instructions 8 and 14. Tester No matter how many buttonholes you've made always make a test on the fabric you're using; the tester needs to accurately represent the actual buttonhole so ensure it's the same thickness (usually double) and includes interfacing if applicable. Blog Archive » easiest knitted sweater zipper install ever. One of the more dreaded knitting finishing techniques is installing a zipper.

Blog Archive » easiest knitted sweater zipper install ever

I admit it, I’ve never been a fan either. There are multiple helpful zipper tutorials out there, and I’ve used a few of them. Video: Use Elastic to Space Buttons. Video Length: 1:00 Produced by: produced by Evamarie Gomez and Judith Neukam; Shot by Gary Junken If you're putting buttons and buttonholes down the front of a blouse, you know that accurate spacing can be a challenge.

Video: Use Elastic to Space Buttons

First, you have to measure the space, and then divide it into equally long pieces. But there's a better way. Linda Boston of Woodbury, Connecticut, tells us how to position a series of buttons, buttonholes, snaps, or any sewing detail. She says to place evenly spaced marks on a piece of elastic. Submit your tip! At Threads magazine, we're always on the hunt for smart tips, tricks, and solutions to help you sew smarter, better, and faster. Tips can be emailed directly to Threads or mailed to Threads Tips, P.O. Handy Hand Stitched Closures Guide - Laura After Midnight. 12 Buttonhole Tips and Techniques. Nothing makes a garment look finished quite like finely-executed buttonholes.

12 Buttonhole Tips and Techniques

Creating a bound buttonhole can seem intimidating, but you'll find that it's actually surprisingly simple when you take a look at this collection of easy-to-follow tutorials, tips, and videos. They will take you through the buttonhole making process, from start to finish, and even give you some innovative concepts to try. Slot Buttonholes This high fashion buttonhole treatment is perfect every time. How to Sew a Bound Buttonhole. Sloan Howard Photo: Sloan Howard Claire Shaeffer shares her favorite buttonhole method for stable fabrics once taught to her by a tailor.

How to Sew a Bound Buttonhole

It's perfect for wool materials, fabrics that are firmly woven, and fabrics that don't ravel much. Made by stitching two strips or welts to the long sides of the buttonhole, it's really a piped buttonhole. The strips can be cut on the lengthwise grain, cross-grain, or the bias. Mark the garment with basting, as shown below, in preparation for buttonhole application. The Front Fly Tutorial – In-House Patterns. This method of constructing the front fly zipper is a variation on the one I used in the assembly instructions for the Claire and Ellen patterns.

The Front Fly Tutorial – In-House Patterns

The method I show here is a little more streamlined and gives very consistent and professional results. Give it a try and see what you think. What You Will Need I am demonstrating this process by using the Claire shorts pattern. No matter what pattern you are using, you will need the Front, Fly Facing and Fly Guard pieces. Transfer the Pattern Markings and Fuse Interfacing Transfer the notches that indicate center front and the zipper offset position. Prepare the Right Front On the Right Front only, cut off and discard the 3/8" (1 cm) zipper extension. Prepare the Parts To prepare the Fly Guard, fold it with right sides together and stitch the lower curved edge using 1/4" (0.6 cm) seam allowance.