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Sewing Tips for Beginners & Pros

Sewing Tips for Beginners & Pros
With so much excitement about learning to sew, improving skills and the new Sew Crazy Monthly Challenges, I thought it would be a good time to pull together a list of all sorts of sewing tips for beginners, pros and everyone in between. Let’s face it, probably almost all of us have things to learn and things to work on in our sewing, so today I’ve got a list of 50 Sewing Tips, Tricks and Techniques to help you in your projects. Sewing Tips for Beginners and Pros: Here we go! Getting Started: Understanding Your Sewing Machine Sewing Dictionary-Sewing Terms Defined What Supplies Will I Need to Start Sewing? The Sewing Pledge Basics/Beginners: How to Sew a Straight Line The ZigZag Stitch Winding and Threading Bobbin Simple Steps to Improve Your Skills Basting 101 Technique: How to Sew Piping Turning and Top Stitching Adding Elastic in a Casing How to Sew Ruffles How to Insert a Zipper How to Sew Buttonholes How to Applique Shirring/Smocking with Elastic Thread Clipping and Notching Curves Using a Stretch Stitch Related:  sewingSewing

Adding Hidden Side Pockets to Anything (skirt, pants, shorts, etc.) A friend asked me a few weeks ago how to add side pockets into a skirt that she had. I tried explaining in words…..but I could tell the verbal explanation just wasn’t making sense. It was sounding way more complicated than it needed to be. I could see that if I had fabric in my hands to show her, she’d be able to see just how simple it really was. So, I figured there may be others out there as well, who would like to see the simplicity of adding in basic side-seam pockets. You’re going to especially LOVE this if you’re one who feels lost without a simple little pocket to drop in some chapstick, a few tissues, or maybe a cell phone. Elli didn’t really NEED pockets in this skirt (she’s not necessarily a “pocket” kinda girl) but it was just easier to show you in small form. But then, Elli decided she liked having a place to put her little hands. As long as your skirt, pants, shorts, capri’s, culotte’s, gauchos (are you catching my drift??) Ready to insert a pair of pockets?? Done. Good luck!

Studs And Spikes .com store | Sewing 101: Choosing Fabric | Nicole’s Classes We’re so excited to have Theresa Gonzalez, the instructor for our brand new Sewing 101 class, sharing her first post with all of you today! She’ll be a regular fixture around these parts in the coming months, and we know you’ll appreciate her tips and insight into not only sewing, but design and decor as well. Read on for her thorough thoughts on fabric choice and a stellar discount code for her class! Timber & Leaf Collection by Sarah Watts, 100% Cotton When you’re just learning to sew, you want to brush up on the many types of fabrics out there — from cottons to wools to silks to synthetics. Here are six tips to help you choose the right fabric for your project (or the right project for a fabric that you love). 1. Calico Corners Indigo & Citron Collection with upholstery-weight cottons 2. Amy Butler Honeysuckle Bloom in Rayon 3. Nani Iro linen-cotton blend—“a floaty light gauze woven fabric” 4. FreeSpirit Fabrics Notting Hill Collection, Lightweight Cotton 5. 6.

IDEAS Here is a list of Tutorials that I have found, tried or have wanted to try. I had been keeping them bookmarked and tagged, but still found it hard to keep track of them all. So, here is my compiled list of wonderful tutorials by all kinds of amazing crafters and artists. Of course, there is not enough time in the world to make ALL of these great things, but when I need an idea for a gift, this is where I can go- and maybe you too. Tutorials by Me! Clothes & Refashions Flowers Softies and Dolls Sewing Knitting, Crocheting and other needlework Jewelry Baby & Kid stuff Party! Containers of sorts Misc. Be Sociable, Share! Welcome to!!! Ornamentea is your home for fine craft ingredients and inspiration. We strive to offer the most interesting 'parts' for your creations and we do it in an environment that is welcoming and encouraging. Our 'real' store is located in Raleigh, North Carolina and our virtual store is open 24 hours a day on your screen. You can visit us by sitting at our work table, joining us early on a Friday morning for Breakfast & Beads, coming to a class or by downloading one of our free jewelry making and beading tutorials any time. Ornamentea began as Bedizen Ornaments jewelry design, started by Cynthia Deis in the kitchen of a tiny pink house in Raleigh, North Carolina. The studio space was on a busy downtown street in an area that was undergoing a renaissance. Ornamentea moved to the current location in 2002. It has indeed filled up; with beads, ribbon, metals, jewelry making supplies and more. Ornamentea has a focus on local and artist-made work.

Sewing 101: Essentials Part 1: What do you need to get started? Have you ever started to make a recipe for a fabulous dish, only to find that you don't have all of the necessary ingredients? It doesn't come out quite the same, does it? Like cooking, one of the keys to successful sewing is having the right tools on hand to complete your project. Let's assume that you are starting completely from scratch. Without a little information, your first shopping excursion can come out something like this: Step 1: Walk into the sewing section of your favorite retailer. Believe it or not, two simple sets of tools are all you need to create anything from a basic pillow to a ball gown. The Hand Sewing Kit If you've ever seen those little travel sewing kits, you get the basic idea: a pair of scissors, some needles, thread in several basic colors. Materials Needed: Straight Pins Hand Sewing Needles Needle Threader Shears Seam Ripper Tape Measure Seam Gauge Clear Gridded Ruler Fabric Marking Pens/Pencils Thread Thimble All About:

Start Making Patterns with the Right Drafting Tools Clothing Patterns 101 › Drafting and Design Tools By the way, I am an affiliate of Amazon, AllBrands, and Fabulous Fit, and I get a few cents for any item sold from this page. It helps to keep the site free for you to use, so please use the links below if you decide to order these items. I am not an affiliate of, nor am I compensated by, JoAnn Fabrics, but you can get many of these items there as well. I am not paid to endorse any specific items. Patternmaking tools, like rulers, curves, and paper are essential. A commercial “fitting pattern” that you’ll use to make any alterations or adjustments for a well-fitting basic dress. These are the drafting tools I consider essential for pattern making, or the “needs”. The fitting pattern, hip curve, and grid ruler should add up to a little over $25 on Amazon, and qualify for free shipping, too. There a many, many other design tools that are nice to have but you can get started without them. Return to Clothing Patterns 101 Home Page

101 Pretty Printables {free} These pretty printables are fabulous and free…you can’t go wrong with that! Decorate your home with quotes and flowers, throw a party that looks like a million bucks or wrap a gift with the perfect tag. Oh my gosh…you are going to love these!!! There’s a little something for everyone. I wish I could share a photo of each one, but my blog would most likely blow up…ha! Make sure your printer has color ink before you start, and feel free to share this list with all your friends…they’ll love you for it! That ought to keep you busy for awhile! Do you sew? I’d love to hear about your favorites!! ~Kim

Sewing Machine Needles & How to Choose Them From Manda: When you become the owner of a sewing machine, you often sit down and read through the user manual, to familiarize yourself with which stitch to use for which fabrics and how to clean it, thread it and all the other general aspects of running a machine. What you don’t always do however is familiarize yourself with which sewing machine needle to use. If you’re anything like me, you tend to stick to the universal needles (often sizes 10 -16) that come with the machine. And also, if you’re anything like me you’ll often find yourself in the position of wondering just why the tension suddenly seems wrong, or you’re suddenly dropping stitches. Choosing the correct type of needle for the right sewing project is a task that many of us find a little daunting. But it needn’t be, it’s just a case of matching the type of needle to the type and weight of fabric and understanding that needle types relate to the structure of the fabric they are used on. « Winners!

tutorial::rice bag feet warmer this would be a perfect holiday gift for neighbors, friends, or teachers. it's fast it's cheap and essential for the cold weather! what you'll need:one bag of rice (i used a 1 lb 12 oz bag) one fat quarter of muslin and one fat quarter of really cute fabric. (this particular fabric is moda) first you are going to cut two 14 x 7 inches rectangles out of your muslin (this will be your rice bag) sew together along three sides of your muslin pieces using a 1/4 seam allowance. turn it inside out and fill it with the whole bag of rice. fold in the raw edge in on itself and sew shut. your rice bag is done, so put it aside. now lets start working on your cover. grab your super cute fabric and cut out three different rectangles. one at 14 x 7 the second one at 10 x 7 and the third one at 8 x 7 now the two smaller rectangles are the back so you are going to fold over 1/4 inch once (on one of the 7 inch side) and press with an iron... place right sides together make sure you pin down all three pieces