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15 things home sewers can learn from industrial sewing

15 things home sewers can learn from industrial sewing
Today, we have a very special guest post from local sewing legend, Sharon Blair. Sharon runs Portland Sewing, where she and her faculty teach a wide range of classes including industrial techniques. I had the pleasure of meeting Sharon recently and asked her to fill us in on some tips home sewers can take away from industry practices. -Sarai image: industrial sewing machine by kerem79 I like to sew. That’s what sewing with an industrial machine can do for you. But there are many other techniques from the industry you can use to improve your sewing and the look of your garments without buying the machine. Change your seam allowances. There are so many other fun and interesting techniques to use when making a professional garment. About Sharon: Fashion entrepreneur, designer and writer Sharon Blair studied couture sewing in Paris.

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