Special Stitches, Tips & Guides
Blanket Stitch How To
Three Ways to Mark Fabrics
Conversion Guide for RTW to Patterns
Buttoning Gowns Quick
Reading Bolt Ends
Pin Tucks, Gathers & Pleats
Know Your Feet (Presser Feet)
Using Your Snap Tools
Ladder Stitch (Hidden Stitch)
Stitching on knits or woven fabrics
Pressing While Sewing
Pinning and basting
Restore Frayed Fabrics & Carpets
Sewing Machine Needle Guide
Zipper Pocket - How To Install
Alterations: Tapering Jeans
Alterations: Taking in Button Down Shirts
Fitted Sheets from Flat
Replacing Coat Liners
Wool Care & Dye - American Wool
Make Fabric Yarn!
Fun with Green & Frugal Living
Use up those scraps from sewing and crafts by making fabric yarn with them. It's especially easy when you have the no sew method of joining fabric pieces. Join, wind and go! It's also a great way for charity clubs or giving groups to participate in giveaways for blankets and/or mats. Watch the video below and click the link for your free printable how-to sheets!
Basics & Guides
Sewing Machine Basics
Thread Guide by Coats & Clark
Standards & Guidelines - CYC
Proper Measuring V2 -
*Click on Pic for PDF
Basic Tools - Let's Get Started!
Quick reference on the basic tools you will need for hand sewing and learning to sew your first project on a sewing machine. It is advisable this be the first step - learning what your basic tools are and their purpose. Once you have an idea of the basics, it is advisable to learn about your sewing machine through its manual.
Click the picture to download Tool Basics.
*Click HERE for Hand Sewing Needle Guide.
Sewing Machine Basics
The basics of care of your machine and tools needed to keep it running smooth for years to come.
Click HERE for PDF Guide
Pressing Ham & Sleeve Roll
If you've been waiting to buy these tools, don't! Make your own with shredded pet bedding and a little wool, cotton and a FREE Pattern!
*Click pic for guide and pattern.
Anatomy of a Zipper
What's the difference between coils and teeth? Learn the complete anatomy of the zipper and find the spare parts along with fix-its from ZRK. www.http://www.zipperrescue.com/faq.html
*Click Picture to Download PDF
A quick guide to sewing terms with some uncommonly heard or used terms.
If you know of any that could be added, I invite you to submit them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Click Dictionary to Access PDF Guide
Attach a soap holder to the side of your sewing machine to hold frequently used items - keeping your workspace organized.
More of these tips:
Did you know there are several sizes of the Narrow Hemmer foot?
They come in a variety of widths - my most used are 1/8", 1/4" and 1/2".
Rolled hems take practice using a specialty foot, and some believe the traditional method (by hand) works best. I'm a fan of both!
No-Sew Totes: Green & Thrifty
Use clear nail polish over loose threads on a button
until you can properly mend it,
Save your favorites by adding an elbow patch on sleeves that are thread bare or have holes.
Reading Crochet Charts
Taking the mystery out of the meaning of all those little symbols. Make your favorite crochet patterns with this easy to read guide. For extra assistance, download the PDF guide from the Craft Yarn Council.
* Click picture for PDF Guide
Pillows Made Easy!
Fill in empty spaces or make hanging out comfortable with your own pillows! Click the pic for a guide to make your own pillow covers.
*Click picture for PDF Guide
Double Wedding Ring Quilt
Free McCalls pattern and template plus tips I learned while making this work of art! Use the tips to assure success with your DWR Quilt!
* Click HERE for Pattern and Template