Questions tagged [sewing]

The craft of connecting two things using a needle and thread. This tag can cover all methods from hand-sewing to machine sewing. Questions specifically about specialty "sewing" crafts like embroidery or cross stitch should use those tags instead.

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When do you serge with an open seam

If you are sewing two panels together and then pressing the seam allowance open , when do you serge the edges? Do you serge that end before stitching the two panels together, or do you stitch then ...
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How do I rescue a skirt that I attempted to lengthen but now has a very wavy hem?

I tried to upcycle a skirt by adding a lace trim to increase the length, but I think it sticks out like a sore thumb. The skirt is straight but the hem below has extreme waves. How can I flatten these ...
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When to chose jersey binding vs. bias binding

I recently had a problem with binding a rectangle of fabric with rounded corners. The fabric had a slight stretch to it and the corner was rounded off about an inch / 3 cm, so no sharp angle there. ...
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How to take the measurements of a plus-sized woman?

I'd like to make some clothes designed for my wife, who is plus-sized. I understand the basics of bust, waist, high hip, hip, but I've never taken measurements before. The differences I can see from ...
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Fraying hems on trousers

A perennial problem I have is that I often wear khaki/chino trousers and the hems fray. Is there any way to repair this? At one point I took some of these trousers to a tailor with some olive green ...
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Connecting 5mm wide elastic bands in multiple locations

I have a project where I have two 5mm wide elastic bands (such as these ones) that I would like to connect in ten distinct locations that are seperate from each other. So far, I have tried using ...
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Corset making: which material should I use for the boning?

I'm interested in historical costume making (or rather "historybounding": integrating historically inspired items of clothing into my day-to-day wardrobe). Currently I want to tackle making ...
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What flattening technique is used when a pant / trouser length is altered?

When purchasing a new pant, it needs to be altered to the length of my leg. When I get the alteration at a branded store, the edge is nice and flat, as shown in the image below. However, when I give ...
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Is there a machine that can make an overhand stitch the same way a human makes it?

Because normal sewing machines have a needle that goes in and out of fabric, not around it, they cannot make overhand stitches. However, for some jobs the true overhand stitch is ideal, so it would be ...
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Needles for machine-sewing rubber

Now I have a sewing machine with a walking foot (Bernina Activa 145), I'm having another go at my upcycled bike inner tube wallet design (old question from when I tried hand-sewing it); the answer I ...
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Is there a way to "revive" or protect hand sewing needles from corrosion?

I often find myself hand sewing small seams or buttons, repairing a garment or embroidering something using standard hand sewing needles. After about 8 hours of active use, the needles start to become ...
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Captain America suit's raised surface pattern?

What is the technique/fabric technology to make raised surface pattern as seen on Captain America suits (see the image below)? At first sight, I thought it was quilting pattern, but upon closer ...
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How do I attach frilly extension of skirt using a sewing machine WITHOUT the thread appearing on the front of the skirt?

How do I attach frilly extension of skirt using a sewing machine WITHOUT the thread appearing on the front of the skirt? Without sewing machine only alternative to sew on the frilly extension is to ...
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How can I attach fabric detailing to a dress?

I would like to add patches of material to a dress (95% cotton, 5% elastane), however I don't own a sewing machine and it would be a lot of work to sew by hand. Essentially I just want to add shapes ...
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My grandma's fingers are becoming too old for knitting. What alternatives are there?

My grandma is getting old. She loves her knitting and needlework. Especially with less visitors coming to her retirement home in Covid times, it keeps up her spirits. But now she tells me her fingers ...
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Are you supposed to oil the upper thread tension discs on a sewing machine?

I am getting erratic behavior when I adjust the upper thread tension knob on my sewing machine. For example, no matter how slowly I adjust it, it's either too loose or too tight. Or during sewing the ...
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Adding a guy rope point mid-panel to a tarp, how should I sew to minimise the risk of tearing?

I have a lightweight bike-camping setup that involves a coated nylon tarp over the bike. I'd like to add some guys to improve the shape and stability, but this will require stitching attachment ...
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What is the best way to reinforce/mend a fraying elastic strap by hand?

I would like to mend the elasticized shoulder straps of a dress. The straps are fraying along the edges. The material of the dress is synthetic, with a close-knit weave and four-way stretch. I do not ...
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Why are needles designed for sewing thick canvas or heavy leather three-edged?

Needles designed for sewing thick canvas or heavy leather (e.g. on a traditional sailing ship) have a triangular point, see example 1 and example 2. (These needles are sometimes also called “rigging ...
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What type of sewing machine is appropriate for making heavy fabric bags?

I've been making custom bags, purses and totes out of heavy cloth fabrics for the last several years and have been struggling with my two home sewing machines (Brother CS6000i and Janome HD3000). I ...
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When should I cut fabric with scissors, rotary cutter, or knife?

Inspired by Can a pizza cutter cut through fabric? I started thinking. I tend to cut fabric with scissors, or occasionally a scalpel (x-acto knife) on a cutting mat. I used to have a rotary cutter, ...
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How can I identify/select a foam for stiffening a bag (buying online)?

I've started making my own bike luggage. The first is a simple zipped frame bag, unlined. Now that's finished successfully I want to make a full length toptube bag. Because these sit on top of the ...
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Are these fabric scissors?

I am new to sewing. I have a box of old sewing stuff (+ other stuff) from an older relative, which includes the two pairs of scissors below. Sewing tutorials say you need to use fabric scissors to cut ...
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What drawbacks would there be in drawing miniaturized patterns in a vector-image program and then scaling them up?

As a means of making demo sewing patterns I was thinking of making them with the use a program such as Inkscape and then scaling them up. My idea is to use small scale designs, so I can rough them out ...
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How I can protype clothes without making them fullsize?

Recently, I came up with some ideas for clothes as gifts. But instead of making them full size and potentially wasting money, I thought of making some prototypes first as a means of displaying them ...
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How I can design a skirt pattern without taking measurements?

I am thinking of making a skirt as a birthday gift for my sister. Therefore taking measurements seems kinda impossible. So is it recommended to use size charts in order to make the pattern instead, ...
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How I can calculate how much fabric I need to buy?

I am planning the materials I need for the skirt mentioned in my question here. It is a pencil skirt with false cuts and I want to order the appropriate amount of fabric. But I do not know how I can ...
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Is it a good idea to hand sew a denim pencil skirt with false cuts instead of using sewing machine?

I am thinking of making, as a gift, a custom pencil skirt with a false cut. I make a rough sketch in order to figure out the appearance of the skirt (the upper part of the image is how will look in ...
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What should I look for when I look for sewing machine needles?

I am thinking of buying new needles for my Silvercrest SNM 33 B1 sewing machine, but I do not know whether sewing machine needle have a specific compatibility with specific a sewing machine ...
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Why does the thread keep snapping on my Silvercrest sewing machine?

I started using my mom's sewing machine for the first time a Silvercrest SNM 33 B1 sewing machine, but the thread on it keeps snapping. Why does this happen? Is it my needle's fault or are the threads ...
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Hand Sewing Patch to Huge Elbow Holes in Sweater

I have a favorite (cashmere/lambswool) sweater from a fast fashion store that I sort of let go to seed from wearing it all the time. It now has huge elbow holes that go further up my arm where it gets ...
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What is the best way to decrease the circumference of a vest arm hole?

I created a vest from a jacket by removing the sleeves. Now I see that the vest arm holes are too big. I have two ideas how to make the arm hole smaller I would like to know the best way. My ideas so ...
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Curtains lined with the same material: where should I put the seam?

I'm making some small curtains with both sides facing inside the house (they're for a cabin bed). Normally the inside (fancy) fabric would be folded over and slightly larger than the lining fabric, ...
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Are all ruffles gathered, or are there different types of non-gathered ruffles?

Are all ruffles gathered, or are there different types of non-gathered ruffles? I am new to sewing and I was wondering if all ruffles are gathered or not. By ruffles, I mean the ruffles we often see ...
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How does Flanders ground connect to cloth stitch?

I am currently in the process of learning the five-hole ground used in Flanders bobbin lace. However, I can only find information on the ground, not on how to transition from the ground to cloth ...
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Is there a name for embroidery that is only an outline?

When I think of embroidery I think of something detailed like this: I am wondering if there is a particular name for embroidery that is only a bare outline of the shape of something (color is ...
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"Set-in" vs "Flat" sleeve sewing -- is there really a difference?

When sewing for costuming/cosplay, most of the patterns I tend to turn to have a "flat" style sleeve construction; that is, the front and back pieces of the garment are joined at the ...
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What important tools does a small tailoring outfit need?

Please note: this question is intended to give me some ideas so I can start formulating a surprise gift for my wife. The obvious answer here might be: "Just ask her!" but that defeats the ...
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How do I make a finished hole through a lined jacket?

I want to make a hole in a jacket that I can pass the wires of some electronics through (it’s a US Marine parade jacket I got an op-shop in the UK.) But the jacket is lined—so simply sewing a ...
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How is the string attached to this clear piece of plastic?

As seen in this piece, the thread goes thru the plexiglass (not sure if it is plexiglass) at the beginning and at the end of the word. But I don't see how the thread is being fixed onto the plexiglass ...
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Are computer controlled sewing machine commercially available? [closed]

Are such sewing machine available? Ones that start or stop or do reinforcement stitches by computer instruction?
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How do I achieve a clean cut of small circles? [closed]

Using a template for placement, how do I get a clean cut of 1/4, 3/4 and 1 inch holes in fabric? What tool would you recommend?
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Looping on bottom of fabric while sewing - even after adjusting the tension [duplicate]

We have a Brother XN1700 and have been hitting some problems with looping appearing on the bottom of the fabric. We've tried the following, per the instruction manual and some guides on the internet: ...
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How do you accurately mark fabric without a pattern?

I’m trying to use a pattern for a bag, courtesy of a friend. The pattern instructs me to “cut two rectangles, 14 by 16 inches from main fabric”. I have sewn for a while now, but never without a ...
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Drafting tapered pants for better outer seam pattern matching?

I am interested in modifying a straight-legged trousers pattern to achieve a more tapered look. I found a good resource for how to taper pants legs that includes tapering on both the outer and inner ...
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Cleaning and oiling a Singer 3002

I would like to properly clean and oil a borrowed Singer 3002 machine! I have the instruction manual but it only says clean and oil, without much instruction on how to do that. I've been looking for ...
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Muslin as a curtain with the option to remove hooks

I just purchased some green screen muslin as a background for video editing, and am wondering how to best attach it to the wall. Both the wall and the green screen are 6m wide and 3m high. Most of the ...
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How to recreate drawstring effect on this dress on homemade nightie pattern

I have 2m of fabric, and I want to make a cotton nightie with it. I want to create drawstrng shoulders and also a front drawstring that ties losely. I managed to find an image similar to what I would ...
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Is there any way to salvage a broken needle (discrete form-factor, hard to replace)?

My wife broke a needle, which apparently is not a conventional one you could easily buy a replacement for. Not surprisingly, a search online reveals the general consensus would be to simply replace ...
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How do I attach the back of sheets of paper when layflat binding a book?

I want to attempt to bind some booklets myself. An issue is that the paper I will be using (darkroom paper, to be exact), has only one printable side. Therefore, were I to bind the booklets the ...
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