- Pin your selvedges together matching stripes. This will ensure that your stripes will match all the way across the fabric and on both sides.
- Place your pattern pieces on the fabric matching seam lines along the same stripe. Pin in place.
- Do not cut pieces on the fold. Instead, trace your pattern piece and flip it and trace the other side. Again make sure your seams are along the same stripe.
Make inserting an invisible zipper easier with a Costumakers Zipper Foot! This easy to use zipper foot makes putting a zipper in seamless and fast. Follow these simple guidelines and zippers will no longer be fear when sewing.
- Choose the correct blue attachment based off of the instructions.
- Line the needle up with the centre of the foot. When the needle goes down it should be in line with the centre groove.
- Place one side of your zipper right side down on the right side of the fabric. The edge of the zipper tape should match with the edge of your fabric.
- Pin or hand baste into place.
- Roll the zipper teeth back and place in the groove on the foot.
- Your needle should come down right next to the teeth. Repeat on the other side
Summer is the perfect time for flowy and light fashion. The Mary polyester chiffon collection and Clara chiffon collections offer a wide variety of prints and solids in a light fabric, perfect for your summer sewing needs. Match it with a Burda Pattern and you are set to go!
Tips for sewing with chiffon
- Use weights instead of pins when cutting. This will keep your fabric in place and stop it from shifting. It will also eliminate any marks left behind from pins.
- Cut one layer at a time to ensure accurate cutting.
- Add a new needle to your machine so it can go through the fabric cleanly.
- Avoid back stitching at the beginning and end of stitches, instead leave enough thread to hand tie knots.
- Finish your seams professionally with french seams. They create a beautiful and clean finish on your seams.
What are your summer sewing plans? We love to see what you are making! Don’t forget to tag us in your projects on social media @FabriclandWest
National Sewing Machine Day! I think we can all attest to a love-hate relationship with our machines 😜 but no matter what it still needs to be cared for! Take these simple steps to clean and care for your machine and it will be running good as new.
- Remove the thread, bobbin and needle.
- Remove the face plate and bobbin case. Clean the bobbin case with a lint brush and soft cloth
- Clean the remainder of the machine with a lint brush and cloth. Do not blow into the machine as this can create moisture.
- Put the bobbin case and face plate back on the machine.
- Add a new needle.
- Following your user manual, oil the machine if necessary. Some machines do not require oil and are self lubricating.
- Place a fabric scrap underneath the presser foot to soak up any excess oil.
There have been some videos floating around the web of quick ways to take in the waist of your jeans. We put these quick-fix tricks to the test for you!
Option 1 uses a thick thread (we used embroidery thread) to take the back waistband in. The result is very similar to that of a dart. We found this option left the back very bulky and was quite noticeable. Solutions to this would be to trim the fabric once you are happy with the way it looks, to reduce the bulk.
Option 2 requires you to open the inside of the waistband and insert an elastic to cinch the waistband. Be careful to only seam rip the inside of the waistband! Measure the elastic to approximately how much you want it to be taken in and stitch it down. This option did help with a gappy waistband and it did fit closer to the body.