Basic Sewing Skills

How to Finish Edges/Seam Allowances

In this article, you will learn four tips for finishing seam allowances; the three benefits of finishing seam allowances; how to choose the right seam finish for your project; and seven basic options, including stitched + pinked, 3-step zigzag, French, etc. There is even a perfect option for knits! So let’s make it pretty…

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How to Staystitch

In this article, you will learn what staystitching is and why it is important; a few rules to staystitching like a boss; and how to staystitch scoop, jewel, and V neck bodices and skirts.

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How to Topstitch & Edgestitch

In this article, you will learn the rules to pretty topstitching; how to edgestitch and topstitch with a blindhem and quarter-inch presser feet, respectively; and how to make a bold statement with your topstitching.

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How to Hem a Garment

In this article, you will learn how the anatomy of a hem; the appropriate hem depth for the style of garment you are sewing; how to measure hem allowance accurately; how to sew a turned + stitched and narrow hem with woven fabrics; and how to sew a wonky-free knit hem! So are you ready to sew a pretty finish to your garment?!

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What Are Facings?

In the article, you will learn the three types of facings — shaped, extended, bias; the function of facings; why separate shaped facings are beastly; three types of bias tapes; and the pros of bias facings.

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How to Make Bias Tape

In this article, you will learn three simple rules for making pretty bias tape; how to cut bias strips accurately; how to join bias strips to make longer strips; how to make single fold, double fold, and French bias tapes.

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How to Gather Like a Pro

In this article, you will learn what gathering is; the most common gathering ratios; how to gather step-by-step with as little fuss as possible; and how to properly press sewn gathering. Are you ready to get your flirty on?!

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