Sewing Advice

There’s A Rocking, Smocking World Waiting To Be Discovered

I will admit it – smocking is one of the more challenging aspects of sewing. For it to look good, it has to be done right and getting it right takes a lot of patience, practice and precision. But… once you manage to get a handle on it, you’re all set for the most amazing [...]

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Tips For Selecting The Right Fabric For Your Project

The fabric you choose for your project plays a major role in how the end product turns out. Use the same techniques on two completely different types of fabric and you’ll be simply amazed at how different they can end up looking. Imagine this – you use the same pattern for a pair of trousers [...]

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Tips For Preventing Sewing Machine Problems

As with all machines, sewing machines work best with some basic maintenance, done regularly. The emphasis is on the words ‘basic’ and ‘done regularly’. Most machines today are designed to perform well for years together without any major problems. More often than not, if you encounter any problems, it will be because you have the [...]

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5 Tips To Help You Get That Professional Look

Being new to sewing is no excuse for sloppy work. Considering all the time and the money you will have spent on any project, it can be terribly disappointing to end up with something that looks slapdash and shoddy. When you put so much of your creative energy into a sewing project, the best reward [...]

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Beginners Sewing Tips: Make It Easy On Yourself When Starting Out

When you are starting out with sewing, it’s easy to get overwhelmed when things start to go wrong with your sewing project. You just cannot get a handle on fitting on the collar or the sleeve cuffs. You’ve cut out the pattern and now you realize the stripes don’t match. The pleats just won’t stay [...]

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Tips for Increasing Your Sewing Efficiency

I’m the first to admit that sewing is not something that should be rushed. Like all creative processes, you want to take your time at it, enjoying each step and savoring every triumph. Unfortunately, even the most ardent sewer is likely to find that they are pressed for time and cannot afford to indulge as [...]

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Tips For Making Your Own Placemats And Napkins

As a very first sewing project, there’s nothing easier or cheaper than sewing placements and napkins. You don’t have to spend a fortune on expensive fabrics. There are no tricky sewing techniques to keep in mind or complicated patterns to fit. It’s simple, straightforward, easy and hardly takes any time at all. Moreover, sewing your [...]

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Correct vs Incorrect Tension: Your Tension Troubleshooting Guide

I’ve seen many sewers make the mistake of using the same tension setting for all their sewing projects and then they wonder why the finish isn’t perfect. The fact is, the wrong tension is a sewing disaster. It can ruin your sewing project and literally give you a tension headache. Knowing how to troubleshoot your [...]

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Has Anybody Seen My Sewing Scissors…

Or my seam ripper… or measure tape? Does that sound like you? Do you often feel like you spend far too much time looking for your various sewing supplies? Are your sewing projects forever getting put on hold simply because you cannot find the color of thread that you need or you’ve misplaced your measure [...]

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Basic Sewing Machine Maintenance

Knowing the basics of sewing machine maintenance is an absolute must if you want your machine to run smoothly and efficiently. There is no getting around this. Neglecting your machine can cause all sorts of problems and lead to unnecessary frustration. Fortunately, keeping your sewing machine in prime condition is neither very technical nor very [...]

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