Sewing Tutorials

V-Neck Bias Facing

V-Neck Bias Facing

 This tutorial will only cover how to execute sewing bias tape onto a v-neck on a scrap piece of fabric. To see a full tutorial on how to make your own 1'' bias strips, visit tutorial "Making Your Own Bias Strips".  For a full tutorial on how to apply 1'' bias  facing to a crew neck or arm hole (closing a continuous loop), visit "Bias Facings For Necklines and Armholes." Helpful tools for this sewing technique include: a clear ruler, "frixion" pen or tailors chalk, pins, scissors for clipping fabric (I prefer a small pair with a fine point). I...

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Stitching Side Seams - Signature Box Top

Pin side seams together starting at end points and matching notches. Make sure to unfold pre-pressed hems. Pin as needed: Make sure bottom hem is unfolded: Stitch side seam at 3/8'' seam allowance. Finish raw edge with zig-zag stitch or serger.

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Mask Tutorial

  Cut out 4 mask pattern pieces (2 exterior, 2 liner). Stitch front seam 1/4'' seam allowance (both sets). Press flat: Open up liner and exterior mask pieces: Pin right sides together, matching front seams: Stitch together 1/4'' seam allowance top and bottom only (leave sides open). Turn inside out and press seams to edge. Turn sides inside concealing raw edge about 3/8'' (does not need to be exact). Cut about 6 inches of 1/4''-wide elastic and pin inside mask. Fit mask to size: Stitch around perimeter of mask 1/8'' from edge securing elastic and seams. Stitch second stitch line...

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Stitching Hems - Signature Box Top

HEMMING BODICE Refold hems at side seams, this can be done with a finger press and securing with a pin. Pin hem as needed, match center front seam to center front seam. Stitch hem 1/8'' from edge of hem. Make sure to back tack at start (and end). Beginner tip- stitch bodice back first for practice. End at side seam, make sure to back tack: It isn't uncommon for your stitching to be a little rippled or puckered. This can be pressed out with an iron. If it is severe, it may be a needle/machine issue. You can troubleshoot this...

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Pressing / Prepping Hems - Signature Box Top

 BODICE HEMS Lay bodice back, wrong side up on ironing board. Starting at center back, press 3/8'' fold, working your way to sides of pattern piece. First fold: Starting at center back again, fold second time 3/8'', first fold should help guide second fold. Fold all the way to bodice sides. Do the same for bodice front. SLEEVE HEMS At this point your shoulder seams will be already stitched together (raw edges finished with zig zag or serger): with wrong side facing up, fold 3/8'' first, start at shoulder seam and work your way to side seams. Fold second fold...

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