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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Sewing 101: Sewing With Sequins

Sewing 101: Sewing With Sequins

Created by: Nikki Johnson of fabric.com

Sequins can be seen everywhere lately, from fashionable apparel to home decor. Their glitz and glamour are adding sparkle to everything, and we at fabric.com are totally on board with sequins and the newest sequin craze – Mermaid Sequins!

We recently added a few more to our selection, and thought it would be the perfect time to show you how to work with them for your next project. Whether you’re making a

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Sewing 101: Seam Allowances

Sewing 101: Seam Allowances

Created by: Nikki Johnson of fabric.com

Welcome to our new Sewing 101 series, where we'll highlight basic sewing techniques for beginners that are also a great refresher for more advanced sewists. If you have a sewing technique you'd like us to highlight in this series, please let us know in the comments section. Today is all about seam allowances!

Knowing what seam allowances are and how execute an accurate seam allowance is arguably the most important part of sewing

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