How to Mark and Prepare hems

How to Mark and Prepare hems

You can stitch hems by machine or by hand. Some hems should be invisible on the right side of the […]

How to attach trims

How to attach trims

Decorative trims give your garments style and provide a way to add your own personal touch. Some trims – like […]

How to Sew Sheer and Lace Fabrics

How to Sew Sheer and Lace Fabrics

Sheer fabrics can be a challenge to sew. They are transparent, somewhat fragile, and have a tendency to creep. They […]

How to Sew Ruffles

How to Sew Ruffles

A ruffle is a strip of fabric that is gathered along one edge and attached to a flat piece of […]

How to Make Bias Binding

How to Make Bias Binding

Bias binding encloses fabric edges for a neat, often decorative finish. Because of the bias direction, the binding wraps around curves without puckering.

How to Sew Stretch Fabrics

How to Sew Stretch Fabrics

The term “stretch fabrics” refers to stretch-woven fabrics, single knits, some double knits, and bias-cut fabrics.

How to Sew Slippery Fabrics

How to Sew Slippery Fabrics

The key to sewing slippery fabrics – silk, polyester, rayon and acetate – is to avoid overhandling them. These delicate […]

How to Insert Elastic in a Casing

How to Insert Elastic in a Casing

Elastic is sometimes inserted in a fabric tunnel called a casing. You can create a casing by folding and stitching the fabric at a garment edge

How to Sew Elastic to Fabric

How to Sew Elastic to Fabric

You can sew lengths of elastic directly to the wrong side of the fabric to shape a garment at wrists, […]

How To Form Gathers

How To Form Gathers

Gathers are a series of tiny, soft folds of fabric that create shaping.

How to Miter Corners

How to Miter Corners

Mitering is a method of minimizing bulk – for example, in the corners of the patch pockets or on lengths of applied trim or ribbon. The two edges of fabric are joined diagonally to create a neat, flat miter.

How to Sew Darts

How to Sew Darts

A dart adds dimension and shape to a flat piece of fabric, allowing the piece to mold to the body […]

Selecting the Right Type of Seam
How To Sew The Perfect Seam

How To Sew The Perfect Seam

Seams are the basic construction elements that hold the fabric pieces together. Most often, you wills sew a straight-stitch seam […]

How to determine commercial pattern sizing

How to determine commercial pattern sizing

Pattern sizing is different from ready-to-wear sizing. Compare your actual body measurements to the fitting/measurement chart at the back of […]

Selecting the right Zipper for your project
Lining

Lining

Lining is most commonly used in tailored garments, such as jackets, coats, trousers, and skirts. A lining prolongs the life […]

How to apply interfacing

How to apply interfacing

Sew-in interfacing looks more natural than fusible (iron-on) interfacing, and it’s the only choice if your fabric can’t withstand high […]

How to choose the right Interfacing, Stabilizers and Fusibles
How to select the right thread for your project
How To Get Perfectly Pressed Seams Everytime

How To Get Perfectly Pressed Seams Everytime

Careful step-by-step pressing, combined with trimming, clipping, and grading, eliminates excess fabric thickness and creates a crisp, custom finish. The […]

Basic Sewing Tools and How to Use Them