Tag: seam finishing

5 Tips to Accurate, Consistent Seam Allowances

Stephanie Palmer, the Late Night Quilter, created the The Quilter’s Planner 2016. Learn all about it, plus Stephanie’s 5 Tips for Achieving an Accurate, Consistent Seam Allowance. She shows us her favorite tools, discusses important considerations for your sewing machine and Stephanie even has a video showing her favorite seam gauge/seam guide combination in action!

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How to Sew Piping

Heather Lou of Closet Case Files designs chic, modern sewing patterns and writes about sewing, personal style and creative entrepreneurship. She designed the Carolyn Pajamas, our Round Four Challenge in the Super Online Sewing Match. We asked Heather for some Carolyn Pajamas tips, and she came through in a big way. Here is a detailed how-to for adding piping to your sewing. Piping adds extra interest to bags, clothing, home dec items and more, plus it’s actually really easy to make and sew!…

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How to Sew Ruffles into a Neckline

Dana Egbert from The Freckled Pear specializes in digital patterns for babies and children, all inspired by her role as a grandma. She’s here with an easy how-to for adding ruffles into the neckline of any pattern, and she has the full tutorial as a free PDF download too. Add something extra to your next top or dress with feminine, fun ruffles! Dana is also hosting a giveaway; enter to win two patterns from The Freckled Pear

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How to Gather Fabric

Karen LePage of Gentle Clothing is working on a series of pattern booklets with Alison Glass, set to publish later this summer. One of the patterns in the series is the blouse below, all sewn up in Anna Maria Horner’s new Loominous fabric. Loominous is yarn-dyed with a big of sparkle and Anna Maria’s signature rich, vibrant colors.

Karen shows you how to gather fabric “almost perfectly, almost every time,” using her new blouse design in Loominous to demonstrate the easy technique. Karen’s Loominous is from Harts Fabric; they carry the full, gorgeous collection!

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How to Create a Side Seam Slit (on any garment!)

Our challengers are sewing away on their first Super Online Sewing Match II challenge, the Sutton Blouse! Kelli from True Bias was our Grand Prize Winner in the first Super Online Sewing Match, and now she has a thriving business with popular garment patterns for women and children. Kelli’s Sutton Blouse design features side seam slits, a nice detail that can elevate garments from standard to special. Kelli shows you how to create a side seam slit below; follow her lead and the Sutton Blouse will sew up in a breeze!

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Tips for a Professional Finish

Nicole Mallalieu from You Sew, Girl! shares tips and tricks for a professional finish from her latest sewing book, The Better Bag Maker. Nicole’s new book focuses on bags but these tips apply to all types of sewing; her advice ranges from important info about cutting and seams, to a focus on machine features, topstitching tips and more.

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In-Seam Pockets with French Seams

InSeamSDeborah Moebes of Whipstitchis the class instructor for our Round One challenge, Design & Sew an A-Line Skirt on Craftsy. Each pattern designer in the match will share a post each round of the contest, helping you learn a skill or sharing a great sewing tip along the way. Today Deborah shows you how to make in-seam pockets with French seams. It’s the key to perfect pockets!…

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Learn How to Make a Pleat

We love Lynne and Melissa’s beautiful clothing and Sugar City Journal blog, and we crossed our fingers when we asked if they’d share some expert advice for Women’s Clothing Month. Being the talented women that they are they’ve kindly (and clearly) broken down the fine details of pleats for us; now we can incorporate a little Sugar City attention to detail and classic styling into our wardrobes…
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Seam Finishes Simplified

Tess has style. She’s full of fun, creativity and her talents are limitless. She produced this comprehensive Seam Finishes Simplified guide to share some of her sewing expertise with all of us. Armed with this guide you can create even more style in your women’s clothing, incorporating finished seams for a more beautiful and sophisticated product…
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