Mastering an exposed zipper is critical in finishing your garments and making them look professional. A lot of people are intimidated by zippers but once you get the hang of it you will be cruising through them!(more…)
Tips & Tricks
- Any machine that sews a zigzag stitch can do a buttonhole
- A basic buttonhole consists of two sides and 2 ends, a rectangle
- Before sewing a buttonhole always do a test buttonhole on the same fabric. This will ensure you have the right tension and stitch length before you do it on the actual garment
- Make sure your buttonholes are equally spaced
- Always be careful not to cut the thread when cutting your buttonhole open
- Use interfacing for added reinforcement for the buttonhole and buttons
*Always refer to your machine manual for sewing buttonholes. Every machine is different and might require different steps.*
- Mark the top and bottom of the button on the fabric. Add 1/8″ for ease. Draw a line down from the top to the ease line. This will be your line for sewing.
2. Line up your drawn line with the dot at the bottom of your buttonhole foot. Adjust your slider until it reaches the top line. This is where your buttonhole will start. This length will determine the length of your buttonhole.
**Some machines may have a buttonhole foot that requires you to but the button in the back to determine the length. If you have this foot you can ignore this step.**
3. Set your stitch length an tension. We set our machine to our buttonhole option. You may need to adjust your tension after doing your practice buttonhole.
4. Attach your foot to your machine and line-up with your markings. Stitch as per the instructions in your machine manual.
5. Snip away any loose threads. Insert a pin at the top of your buttonhole. Pierce through the bottom of your buttonhole moving up until you meet the pin. Be very carfeul not to cut through your threads.
- Attach your button foot and place your button on your fabric where you want it to be finished.
2. Set your machine to a zigzag stitch and slowly turn the wheel to see if you have the correct stitch width. Set your stitch length to 0. Start with the two back button holes and then the front buttons.
3. Pull your threads and sew 10 stitches. If you are doing a 2 hole button you are done, if you are doing a 4 hole button lift your foot and reposition for the remaining holes.
4. Pull your threads to the back, tie and trim away your excess thread.
The sun is finally shining and we can pull out our patio furniture! You might want an update or to add some color to your outdoor space. Create an easy update by recovering your patio cushions. Calculating the amount of fabric you need can be a daunting task but all it takes is some measurements and a little planning.(more…)
Getting started with sewing while using a pattern can be overwhelming. With all the symbols and lines it can definitely make you close it back up and put it in the envelope! There is no need to be intimated, once you understand what all the symbols mean.(more…)
Maybe you haven’t sat down at the sewing machine for years. Or your sewing for the first time! This tutorial will first walk you through basic tips and tricks for sewing. Then you can use these tips and tricks to make a face mask. Follow along in the video for detailed instructions.(more…)