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…)
Fabric Weights are an alternative to using pins when cutting fabrics. There are times when you should consider using weights instead of pins.
- Chiffon: due to the delicate weight of this material it often shifts and moves when cutting.
- Stretch fabrics: when you pin stretch fabrics you accidentally stretch the fabric.
- Leather or Suede: pinning these fabrics will cause pin marks to be left in the fabric.
Pattern weights are also a great option when you want to speed up cutting. It’s a lot easier to plop down some weights and trace around a pattern than it is to pin each corner of a pattern piece. What are some of your tips and tricks for cutting out fabric and patterns?(more…)
Sewing with transparent fabrics can be hard and sometimes you will want to hide a seam. Using french seams will create a clean and professional finish to transparent fabrics. Take a shirt and give it a new look by changing the sleeve! Choose either a flutter sleeve or a bishop sleeve and follow along as we transform a classic white dress shirt into a fashion statement!(more…)
Furoshiki is a traditional Japanese fabric wrapping technique that is used to wrap gifts, transport goods, and more. It is a great alternative to gift wrap, as it reduces waste and gives your fabric a new purpose. There are a number of different techniques and ways to wrap different goods. These are three simpler techniques that will work on square or rectangle gifts.(more…)
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