Sewing 101: Tips for Sewing with Lace

Sewing 101: Tips for Sewing with Lace

Lace is a year-round fashion favorite fabric. Delicate and feminine, lace or lace accents add sophistication to any garment! Sewing with lace can be a bit intimidating, so today we are sharing some of our favorite lace fabrics to work with and sewing tips and tricks from our resident fabric.com experts.

Our Favorite Lace Fabrics This Season

Telio has some of our favorite lace fabrics right now, and you can browse their entire selection of lace here.

Lace

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Sewing 101: Using Tricot Fusible Interfacing

Sewing 101: Using Tricot Fusible Interfacing

Created by: Chalk & Notch Patterns

I'm Gabriela from Chalk & Notch patterns, and I’ll be talking a little about my love for Tricot Fusible Interfacing. I personally recommend it in all of my pdf patterns, for both woven and knit designs. I thought I would explain a little about why I use it for most apparel projects, and show you a maxi dress I just made using Tricot and Cotton + Steel Menagerie Rayon Lawn!

Tricot

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Sewing 101: Tips for Sewing Faux Fur

Sewing 101: Tips for Sewing Faux Fur

Working on a Halloween costume, sewing stylish seasonal apparel or a creating home decor accents? Sewing with faux fur is easier than you think!

Today we are bringing you simple tips and tricks for working with fur that will help you achieve professional results without turning your sewing space into a furry mess.

There are more than 350 faux fur fabrics available on fabric.com in a wide array of colors and textures. Some of our favorite faux furs to

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Sewing 101: Tips for Sewing With Minky

Sewing 101: Tips for Sewing With Minky

Created by: Dot Dot Baby

Hi, I’m Jes from dotdotbaby.com a handmade baby gift shop.

Tips for Sewing With Minky

There is nothing sweeter than bringing your new babe home from the hospital to wrap them up in a soft and cozy blanket! And, there is nothing softer than Minky! Shannon Fabrics offers the highest quality Minky material, with endless options like dimple dot, faux fur, patterned, embossed, etc. You can create the cutest gifts for a mom-to-be or yourself!

Tips for Sewing With Minky

Minky is a

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Sewing 101: Attaching Knit Bands

Sewing 101: Attaching Knit Bands

Nothing complements a handmade knit garment more than clean, functional arm and neck finishings. It can seem intimidating, but attaching knit bands is easier than you think!

We’ll show you 3 simple band application techniques using a serger and a regular sewing machine along with 3 optional top stitch techniques for beautiful, professional results.

For all the techniques below, I used 1 ¼” wide crosswise grain strips of coordinating cotton lycra jersey knit fabric, with black thread in order to

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Fabric 101: Determining Stretch Direction & Stretch Percentage

Fabric 101: Determining Stretch Direction & Stretch Percentage

Directional stretch and stretch percentage are important features when choosing the right fabric for your project. Some patterns will call out specifically the stretch percentage needed for the pattern to fit the best. Stretch fabrics can have mechanical stretch, in that they have a natural stretch based on the way they are made and do not include Lycra Spandex. Fabrics made with Lycra Spandex often have a greater stretch, and better recovery.

Stretch Direction:

2 Way Stretch refers to fabric

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Sewing 101: Hand Quilting

Sewing 101: Hand Quilting

Hand quilting is a great way to add a special touch to your quilt project that pre-dates the sewing machine! You can use this technique on modern quilts as well as traditional quilts, and it gives a completely different finished look to your project that we love. Check out our video tutorial and step by steps below to learn this great technique!

We’ll also be featuring a full tutorial for this color wheel quilt later this week on the

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Sewing 101: Hand Slip Stitch

Sewing 101: Hand Slip Stitch

The slip stitch, sometimes referred to as a ladder stitch, is an effective easy way to close up seams that require stuffing, or discreet seams that cannot be sewn with a sewing machine. Sewing a slip stitch by hand continues the look of a seam without seeing visible stitches.

Use this hand stitch to enclose seams for stuffed toys, pillows, apparel lining, and mitered corners.

Chair Upholstery

Depending on the project and fabric, determine if a doubling your thread or single thread

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Sewing 101: French Seams

Sewing 101: French Seams

Created by: Nikki Johnson

It can be difficult to pick the right seam for your fabric and pattern choices – but the French Seam is one of our favorites!

French seams create a perfectly enclosed seam on the inside of your garment. They’re similar to flat felled seams in their final results, but I prefer French seams for their simplicity. It’s a little tricky at first, but once you’ve got it down it’s smooth sailing.

Use this

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Sewing Tips With Knits

Sewing Tips With Knits

Created by Shannon McBride

Knit fabrics can take many different forms depending on the fiber contents and the specific knit process used to create them. Jersey Knits, Interlock Knits, Ponte de Roma Knits, ITY (Interlocking Twist Yarns), and Rib Knits are all very common knit fabrics used for fashion apparel. Throw in some Lycra Spandex in the already large variety of knit fabrics and that can be very intimidating to sewers!

But fear not, here are some tips and 3

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