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Fabric Drawstring the Quick Way

The easiest way to get a drawstring is to buy one; any twill tape or ribbon will make great drawstrings. But sometimes you just need one in the exact color and fabric that you like. I found myself in that situation all the time, so I do have some practice making my own. My secret weapon […]

How to topstitch an Elastic Waistband

How to Topstitch an Elastic Waistband

In store-bought clothes, you’d usually see that the waistbands of pull-on pants or skirts are topstitched. At home, I try to achieve that same look too. But it’s not just a matter of esthetic; by topstitching the waistband, the elastic inside does not roll or move anymore, so you will never have to fuss with it. […]

An Easy Way to Create a Curved Narrow Hem

How to Make a Narrow Hem on Curves

There are many tutorials out there on how to create a narrow hem. The problem is they mostly demonstrate on a rectangular piece of fabric, which makes the process deceivingly easy. With a few exceptions, that usually is not how I use a narrow hem. If I need to hem something straight, a wide hem of 1″ or […]

single-welt-pocket

Single Welt Pocket Tutorial

Hello sewing world! Today I’m going to share with you how to sew a welt pocket to the Belize Shorts, but you can really use this tutorial to put a welt pocket on anything that you think needs one. When the Belize Shorts were released I just knew I would love these shorts and adding […]

Save Your Sanity Removing Serger Threads

Save Your Sanity Removing Serger Threads

Well, it’s been awhile since I’ve joined in here at Itch to Stitch. I’m a teacher and back to school time is a crazy, exciting, hot mess as I’m sure many of you know. Do you know what else used to be a hot mess for me?! Removing serger seams! Honestly, I didn’t used to […]

Notch or Clip Seam Allowance

Clipping or Notching? That is the Question.

When sewing a curved seam, you are supposed to be clipping or notching the seam allowance, so that the seam can stay flat and smooth. The rule is that when the seam is concave, you clip the seam allowance; when the seam is convex, you notch the seam allowance. This is an important step. Without […]

How to Make Thread Chain Carriers

A while back, I talked about making chain stitch when I discussed four easy ways to tack your lining. The lowly chain stitch is actually quite versatile. Besides tacking the lining down, I also use it to make carriers for bra straps and belts. Because my pattern, Bonn Shirt & Dress, has a thread chain carrier for a sash, […]

Fearless Set in Sleeve

Fearless Set-in Sleeve

Not to brag or anything, but to me, sewing a set-in sleeve is not much more difficult than sewing a sleeve flat. I know that many don’t share my sentiment; I have seen sewists going great length avoiding sewing anything in the round, even when the end result would be better otherwise. Knowledge is power. The first step […]