Fabric 101: Linen

Fabric 101: Linen

Today we're going to talk about one of our favorite fabrics- linen!

Derived from the stem of the flax plant, linen is one of the world’s oldest textiles. Linen is one of the most breathable and absorbent fabrics, ideal for hot temperatures.

Fabric 101 Linen

Easy to sew with, linen is an ultra-versatile fabric that can be used in home décor, fashion and even quilting. Watch the video below to learn more!

Linen is one of the strongest and most durable natural

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Tips for Sewing Swimwear

Tips for Sewing Swimwear

Created by: Trash to Couture

Have you always wanted to sew your own custom swimwear? These tips and tricks will have you relaxing poolside in a custom DIY suit in no time!

Tips for Swimwear

Not only can you sew a custom suit fit to your style and measurements, but there are lots of fun printed and solid fabrics that work great for swimwear. You can also create a swimsuit with a basic sewing machine- no special machines necessary. Let's get started!

Supplies

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Sewing 101: Hem Basics for Woven Fabrics

Sewing 101: Hem Basics for Woven Fabrics

In this tutorial, we will show you 3 basic techniques for hemming! The finishing touches on any project secure the construction of the piece as well as provide a clean, functional finished look. Watch the video below for the full tutorial!

Tip: Always press a hem before and after sewing for easy stitching and a clean finish. If you’re concerned that the fold of the hem will indent the face fabric once ironed, use a press cloth.

Topstitch Hem

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Men's Shirt Basics

Men's Shirt Basics

Created by: Little Fish Apparel

Whether you are creating a handmade gift for Father’s Day or an oversized boyfriend button down, these basic tips and tricks will help you as you sew men’s collared shirts!

Be sure to check out fabric.com's Menswear Shop for all of your upcoming projects!

Mens Shirt Basics

Mens Shirt Basics

Choosing Fabric

For these two button-ups we used Kaufman Classic Seersucker in Stripe Americana and Check Royal. Seersucker is an easy fabric to work with because it’s

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Sewing 101: Elastic Waist Seams

Sewing 101: Elastic Waist Seams

Elastic Seams are perfect to use for dresses and rompers. In this Sewing 101 video tutorial you'll learn how to add seam-enclosed and exposed elastic waist seams to your garments!

Supplies we used for this tutorial:

Elastic Waist Seams

Seam-Enclosed Elastic Waist Seams

The seam-enclosed variation is very common and offers a lot of comfort!

Elastic Waist Seams

Start by joining the bodice and skirt piece with a 5/8” seam allowance. Attach a strip of elastic

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Sewing 101: How to Sew Gathers

Sewing 101: How to Sew Gathers

Sewing gathers is a great way to fit lots of fabric onto a project: ideal for full dresses, skirts, and ruffles. In this tutorial we will walk you thorugh 3 variations of creating gathers- check out the video below to get started!

Fabric Choices

For these examples, we used these fabrics with this pattern:

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Sewing 101: Flying Geese 3 Ways

Sewing 101: Flying Geese 3 Ways

Flying geese are an essential quilt block you'll want in your sewing repertoire, and today we're showing you 3 quick and easy methods for sewing flying geese blocks! Did you know that this technique dates back to the 1800s? It can be used in many larger blocks like the Dutchman’s Puzzle and any blocks featuring stars. Or, use them as is to create fun patterns that are graphic and modern!

All of the instructions in this post will produce

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Sewing 101: Chiffon

Sewing 101: Chiffon

Chiffon is one of the most beautiful fabrics to use in your apparel projects, but can also be one of the more challenging fabrics to work with. Its delicate nature can be intimidating to sewists, but fear not! With some patience, the right tools and few simple tricks, sewing chiffon is easier than you think!

Fabric.com has a wide selection of chiffon fabrics, from poly chiffons in a variety of fun colors to luxurious silk chiffons.

For these tips,

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Sewing 101: Seam Basics Part 2 (Knit Fabrics)

Sewing 101: Seam Basics Part 2 (Knit Fabrics)

Welcome to part 2 of our Seam Basics series! If you missed part 1 of the series on woven fabrics, you can check it out here. Today we’ll be covering all things Knit seams. Knit fabrics can be intimidating – but fear not – this sewing 101 will give you the tools and confidence you need to succeed!

First, you need the right tools

Walking Foot

A walking foot attachment for a regular sewing machine eliminates any distortion the knit fabrics

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Sewing 101: Seam Basics Part 1 (Woven Fabrics)

Sewing 101: Seam Basics Part 1 (Woven Fabrics)

Seam construction can make or break a sewing project. We want to make sure your creations last a lifetime, so we’re kicking off a 2-part Sewing 101 all about seams. First we will go over basic seams for woven fabrics, and in the second installment we will cover all things knits!

Plain Seam

The most basic of all seams, a plain seam is simply a straight stitch joining multiple pieces of fabric. Your fabric and project will determine the

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