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Fashion, Sewing Patterns, Inspiration, Community, and Learning | Machine Embroidery Designs, Projects and Tutorials | Secrets of Embroidery. Sewing On Leather: Stitching and Seams. Now that I've confessed to fusing all kinds of fusibles to my leather with an iron, it's time to talk about how I'm sewing things together. There's been a bit of chatter in the blogosphere recently about how useful (or not) tutorials are when written by novices or those who don't know good technique.

I've never written a tutorial, but I do like to blog about the techniques that worked for me as a part of my sewing journey. So, I feel the need to add this disclaimer: this is what is working for me on my very first leather project and with the tools and leather that I am using. I am not an authority; I'm a learner. And I welcome any and all comments and suggestions on better techniques. Basics As far as stitching goes, a slightly longer stitch length coupled with a leather needle seems to be the usual best practice. If you look at the test scrap below, you can see what happens when you pull out a row of stitches - it leaves a very visible line of holes!

The Actual Sewing Rubber mallet: Basic Hems. Hems. Sew Better with Staystitching Fundamentals. Be careful not to stretch or straighten a curve while staystitching. Mary Ray Staystitching should be done directionally with the fabric's grain, which is generally from the top to the bottom of a neck or armhole edge. Start at the shoulder and sew to center front, flip the piece over and repeat. V-necklines should be staystitched because of their angular lines and reinforced because they need to be clipped at the V.

This can be done in one operation, pivoting at the point. Photo: Mary Ray Although one of my favorite parts of sewing is creating interesting surface design, I'm well aware that it's the underpinning steps in the process that make a garment truly successful and wearable. One of those essential steps is staystitching-a row of stitches on a single fabric layer that prevents a curved or angled edge, because they are cut across the bias, from stretching during the construction process. Sew directionally, with the grain, to prevent distortion. Two Understitching Techniques. In "Understitch by Hand" from the SewStylish Fall 2014 issue, couture expert Susan Khalje shares fundamental hand-understitching techniques to help improve your sewing.

In this Web extra, Susan shares two more understitching methods, one by machine and one by hand. Machine UnderstitchingQuick to learn and simple to do, understitching by machine instantly gives your garments a professional appearance. Machine understitching can be applied to a garment facing or lining, with the same process applying to both. 1. 2. 3. 4. A needle for your thoughts: Become the Boss of Overlocking. Hi there!

Overlocks/sergers can be scary and intimidating at first glance. Okay, they are still scary the second time you look at them but they are actually your best friend when you buck up and tame that beast of a machine. And to do that I have a little tutorial to share with you on how to improve your serger skills and build confidence so that you don't feel overwhelmed and scared next time you have to use one for your projects. First you are going to need the following items: A serger/overlocker that is ready to go and threaded with threads that are the opposite color of your fabric(so you can see your work better) These three templates. Step 1. Step 2. Step 3. As you are going around the shape, you should start seeing your progress in no time.

Step 4. Step 5. Step 6. Step 7. Step 8. Step 9. Step 10. What you'll want to do is lift your presser foot again, release the first(or first two) folds so that the fabric starts to turn behind your needle. Step 11. Step 12. So that's it! Free Sewing Projects. Description: Easy pajama tutorial. By using your old pajamas as a pattern, they can be sewn in any size. Craft Link: PJ Pants Tutorial Read More: Sewing or Home Description: Cut down an old dress shirt to make this great new skirt.

Craft Link: DIY Dress Shirt Skirt Description: Lots of photos illustrating the instructions for making this bag. Craft Link: DIY Yellow Clutch Description: Good pattern, how – to’s and photos. Craft Link: Fake Fur Collar Description: Faux fur, lining fabric and the free pattern are all you need to sew this fab hat. Craft Link: Faux Fur Trapper Hat Pattern Description: Great looking style. Craft Link: Pillowcase Tutorial Description: Wow! Craft Link: Free Steam Train Skirt Pattern keep looking » DIY CraftyGirl! Make Your Own Clothing Labels. This is part 2 of my 3 part label tutorial for textiles like clothing and bedding.

Here are the 3 chapters: part 1 – what to say (or what the FTC wants you to put on your labels) part 2 – how to make them (DIY process of printing & cutting the labels on fabric) [you are here] part 3 – how to attach them (considerations for comfortable labels) This photo tutorial will walk you through how to print your own fabric labels and some lessons I’ve learned along the way. The method I’m using cost around 4 cents per 1″ X 2″ label. The cheapest I’ve seen labels like this is 25 cents per label unless you buy in large quantities, so making your own is worth the time if you don’t have the money. Step 1 – choose your treated fabric for your labels. In order for your printer ink to stain the fibers and last, you must use 100% natural fibers. If you don’t want to treat the fabric yourself, you can buy pretreated fabric sheets for your printer at craft stores or google them.

Use cotton jersey. Done! Serger Basics. Sewing first vs. serging first There is some argument about this in the DiY community, and really, 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 a serger noob. A serger does take some adjustment when sewing. Because the machine cuts the seam allowance off as you sew, you've got a lot less room for error. Serge first, then sew: I use this technique sometimes when I'm sewing a zipper or a slit into something, and I won't be able to have a serged seam. Serge first, then topstitch: This is the technique I use most often. Seam Allowances I've found that I need a much smaller seam allowance when I'm serging my seams. What to do with the thread tail You can't backstitch with a serger, so you might be left wondering what to do with that little thread tail.

What is the difference between overlock thread and normal sewing thread? Fabric Cutting Techniques & Tricks. I had a run in with a piece of rayon spandex jersey this past week. I ended up cutting it with an underlay to keep it from moving around. It reminded me that an underlay is useful for other things besides chiffon, georgette, and charmeuse. WHAT IS AN UNDERLAY? An underlay is a piece of paper placed under the fabric that you are going to cut. WHY DO I NEED TO DO THIS? If you are cutting pairs, like 2 sleeves or 2 fronts, make sure you lay your fabrics face to face so that you don’t end up with 2 left sleeves. ESTABLISH A STRAIGHT GRAIN If it’s a fabric you can tear, like chiffon, that’s the easiest way to establish the straight grain. Use weights to hold the start of the fabric at the line you have drawn at a right angle from the edge, across your paper underlay. PLACE YOUR PATTERN ON TOP OF THE FABRIC Place your pattern on the top and use the weights to hold the pattern down.

Do not use pins! Pinning will distort the fabric. AVOID CUTTING YOUR FABRIC ON THE FOLD, NO HALF PATTERNS! Refashioned Clothing. Easy DIY Lace Sleeve Tank Top Fashion. Years ago I used to make little lingerie/pajama sets of tanks and underwear with ruffles – you can see some of them here, along with a DIY for the ruffle boy shorts & bikinis… but I always used ribbed wife-beater style tank tops rather than spaghetti strap tanks.

I’ve had this pretty vintage lace trim I found at a thrift shop lying around for ages. I pulled the $3 tag off just the other day as I was prepping for this DIY. I thought it would really be pretty with this blush tank and I love the turnout. This is a very simple DIY. What You’ll Need… * Cotton spaghetti strap tank top* Lace trim about 6inches wide * Needle/Thread/Pins/Scissors Steps… * Beginning about an inch or two from the end of your lace trim, pin the front of the lace down and along the strap of your tank. . * Hand stitch or machine sew your lace to your strap. * Cut the excess lace trim. * Overlap one edge of lace over the other then hand stitch your ends together creating a circle {not flat as shown above} Voila!

Have Fun! Tutorials/ Refashions. 32 Brilliant DIY Anthropologie Knockoffs. Directory of Free Sewing Patterns, Tutorials and Projects. All Free Sewing - Free Sewing Patterns, Sewing Projects, Tips, Video, How-To Sew and More. 65 Free Clothes Patterns. Posted on | October 9, 2008 | 7 Comments I originally became interested in patternless sewing, many years ago, because I had a hard time finding patterns in my size. Nowadays, patterns in large sizes abound. Nonetheless, I still love my pattern free sewing. These patterns generally of three types. One type requires you to take your measurements and draw up the pattern yourself. One method is completely pattern free and includes instructions only. And the third, offers printable patterns in certain sizes only. Skirts are very easy to make without a pattern. I came across a few patterns that didn’t fit into any other category, so I gave them their own.

We normally assume underwear is too complicated or to time consuming to sew ourselves. Aprons can usually be whipped up in less than an hour. Shirts and dresses are much more complicated to make than skirts. Coats can easily be the most expensive piece of clothing in your wardrobe. Click on the first link to get inspiration. Comments. 62 Free Hat Patterns. Posted on | October 9, 2008 | 8 Comments The links on this page are for sewn hats only.

There are fabulous patterns available for knitted and crocheted hats, but I don’t do those crafts so I didn’t list them. If you do knit and crochet, take a look here. Fleece hats are all the rage now, so naturally there are a lot of free patterns on the web. For more fleece hats, also look under hats for kids. For more fleece hat patterns, see Free Fleece Hat Patterns A headscarf is the easiest type of hat to make. Initially popular only among bikers, mainstream women have discovered doo-rags, too. Lots of funky hat for kids. I used to wear berets a lot during the 90’s, but lately they seem to be out of style. A great hat, can make the whole costume. These hats are a bit more advanced than most of the hats listed on this page. This category is for all the hat styles that don’t seem to fit elsewhere. I am not sure how helpful these books will be, but you will enjoy looking at them.

Read More : Sewing or Home. Free Shirt, Vests & Tops Patterns. Free Skirt Patterns. Free Dress Patterns. Free Pattern Fitting Series. Pattern Fitting Series I am presenting a pattern fitting series entitled "My Approach to Successful Pattern Fitting". This series is written and produced solely by myself and all of the content is offered from my experience in the Fashion Industry and tailored to appeal to a DIY Sewist/Sewer. I hope that if you've had a difficult time with fitting yourself in the past that you will find my information helpful. If you'd like to read my opening post about the series I'm currently writing it's here. I hope this information will help you on your "Journey Back To Garment Sewing".

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Tutorial lists. Sewing Tutorials. How To Ruche. Crafty Clothes. Free Sewing Book: Beginning Sewing Lessons. Sewing: Hems & Seams. Women's Clothes Patterns & Tutorials. Girl's & Women's Clothes: Free Projects. How To Sew A Circular Bottom Neatly. Round bottom is a nice feature not only for bag bottom but also for a cylindrical pouches and bags. Here is how! Step 1. Make a card board template for a half circle. Make sure that you do this very neatly. Fold the fabric in half, secure it with pins. Draw the half circle with the fold as the diameter. Step 2. Step 3. Step 4. Step 5. Step 6. Step 7. Step 8. Here is what I made earlier! Seven Essential Sewing Skills.

Tasia from Sewaholic and Sewaholic Patterns wows us with her incredible style and sewing skills. Her blog is one of our favorite daily reads! Have you seen all of the gorgeous versions of her Lonsdale Dress out there on Flickr, Pinterest and your favorite blogs, all sewn up this past summer? Tasia inspires, and teaches along the way too; she is a fabulous resource for sewing techniques and more on her blog. We asked for some of her favorite tips for essential sewing skills and she shares them here today. Hello, everyone! 1. Helpful Links: 2. 3. Some great posts on pressing: 4. Here’s a great list of seam finishes to get you started! 5. There are plenty of zipper tutorials out there, but here are some great ones: 6. 7. . « Hooded Tunic Tutorial Announcing: October Holiday Sew-Alongs + Giveaways » Sewing Tips for Sewing Darts. Bag Your Jacket Lining. Lining a jacket makes it last longer and become easier to slip on and off.

Best yet, using the bagging method is as quick or quicker than finishing an unlined jacket. Photo: Sloan Howard. by Sandra Millettfrom Threads #88, pp. 56-59 Sewing jackets is something I like to do, but lining them is another matter. Prepare to bag All jackets benefit from having a lining; it lets the jacket slide easily over other clothes, drape correctly on the body, and stand up to wear and tear. If you're using a pattern without a lining, it's easy to make a lining pattern. The bagging procedure begins only after the jacket and lining have been constructed, but there are a few details to attend to before construction.

Since the jacket's seam allowances will be pressed open, don't serge any two seam allowances together, as you might be tempted to do, for example, on the center-back seam. The next step is to create a temporary hem on the jacket. Join lining to jacketReady to sew nonstop? Sewing Tips & Techniques. Sewing Tutorials & Patterns - Small Projects.