Tips, Tricks & Tutorials — sewing techniques

How to Gather With Elastic

Apr 07 2021 1 Comment Tags: sewing, sewing shop, sewing techniques, Sewing tips

There's a definite trend at the moment for gathered skirts & ruffles & if like me you find sewing 2 or 3 lines of gathering tedious & then getting the gathers even arduous, here's a nifty little trick that I use to get a nice even gather. This method is most suitable for those larger expanses of gathering rather than smaller ones in a sleeve head or a cuff for example. In this example there is a 5/8" (1.5 cm) seam allowance & I've used 3/8" (1cm) elastic. Step 1. Measure the width or circumference of the area that you...

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How to Create Amazing French Seams

Jul 03 2019 0 Comments Tags: french seam, how to French Seam, sewing techniques, sewing tips

It is my life’s goal to get every sewer in the world working with and goddamn loving French Seams! Please don’t make me sad; give them a go. I find them very therapeutic and relaxing, especially when I’m feeling a bit stressed. There is nothing difficult about them, they just take more time than sewing a standard seam. The hardest bit is getting your head round having to sew wrong sides together first! So, in the words of the Fresh Prince, “Here we go, here we go, here we here we go, WOAH!” Pin WRONG sides together and sew using...

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