Sewing Tutorials

Pinning or Tracing Your Pattern

There are a couple options when securing your pattern to our fabric. This process should be done with great care to make sure pattern is traced "on grain" to your pattern. For more information on placing your pattern pieces correctly, visit tutorial "Placing Your Pattern Pieces on Your Fabric." Pinning Your Pattern To Your Fabric When pinning a pattern to your fabric, make sure you do not hinder the path of your scissors with pin placements. Pinning pattern pieces to a garment allow the pieces to remain attached to the pattern until they are ready to be sewn which can be...

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French Seams

French Seam Tutorial - 3/8'' Seam Allowance - On Scrap of Fabric Tutorial will demonstrate french seam on a fabric with a print in order to help reader identify "wrong" and "right" sides of fabric. Place your pattern pieces wrong sides together. Pin along edges matching end points and notches. Stitch 1/8 Inch from seam allowance making sure to back tack at beginning and end. Trim any fray strands, or trim down seam allowance if you noticeably strayed larger than 1/8 Inch.  Press seam flat, then open seam, press seam to one side.  Turn over and press seam from back to...

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Bias Facings For Necklines and Armholes

Over the years of sewing garments there are simple techniques that I have learned that have transformed the quality and polished look of my work. Bias facings are one of them. This method is how I always do my necklines and armholes so it lays flat and looks clean. The finished result yields one visible stitch on the outside of the garment framing the neckline, while the inside you will have two visible stitches along the bias facing. I will show you in two demos, first one being on a simple scrap of fabric, the other on a "garment neckline". ...

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Simple Elastic Waist Band Tutorial

Elastic waist bands are an easy way to finish the waistline of pants/shorts/skirts as it will naturally gather around your waist and is very easy to fit. Keep in mind that there are multiple techniques and approaches when sewing an elastic waistband (many of which require a serger or cover-stitch machine and secure the elastic to the fabric). This tutorial will solely utilize a straight stitch machine using the method of creating a channel for the elastic and then feeding the elastic through. This technique is applicable for the Third Born Signature Short, Skirt, and Pant.    Before doing this step, make sure both side seams, center front, and...

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