Designer distressed denim jeans have some hefty price tags, but you can create the same look with a few tools, a little elbow grease, and some creative flair.
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Most sewing problems can be resolved by practice, and not getting hung up on being perfect. You will learn from every mistake you make! However, to save yourself some frustration, it's helpful to educate yourself on common sewing mistakes before you make them so they can easily be avoided. Here are 10 of the most common pitfalls to watch out for. Read more »
Most of us love pockets for their functionality, and sometimes for their aesthetic appeal as well. There are two basic types of pockets for garments, with many variations within the two basic style: patch pockets and inside pockets. Let's take a look both of these and some of the variations for each. Read more »
Are you daunted by the thought of sewing your own jeans? Don't be! While jeans are far from the simplest sewing project you can tackle, with a bit of practice and attention to the details, you can add jeans-making to your sewing resume. Read more »
Cowl necklines are both feminine and flattering to many different body styles, and are relatively easy element to add to an existing pattern for a simple top. If you already have a T-shirt or basic shell pattern that fits well, you are halfway there!
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The channel stitch is a wonderful and simple way to add a decorative element to your clothing or accessories. Although it is often thought of as a couture technique, channel stitching is achievable for any home sewer with a bit of practice and attention to detail. Read more »
We all love to sew for ourselves and our families and friends. Making something "with love" is a great way to show people you care. If you have never sewn for charity, you'll quickly find it's a wonderful way to share your love of sewing, and help someone in need at the same time. Here are a few of the best ways to contribute to charities with your sewing! Read more »
To staystitch or not to staystitch? That is a great question! Explore the principles of staystiching, how to do it properly, why it is so important when you're sewing garments, and when you can just blow it off. Read more »
Learn all about pre-treating the fabric you sew with. In the end, you'll be glad you took the time to prevent shrinkage problems in a completed garment.
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Presser feet are not just frivolous accessories for your sewing machine; they can help make tough sewing jobs tremendously easier if you are willing to take a few minutes to swap out your universal foot. As far as I am concerned, if a few presser feet are good, more are certainly better! Read more »