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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How to shorten a maxi skirt while keeping the bottom hem?

I purchased a maxi skirt that goes above my waist, and I still have to wear heels just to get by. I wish to shorten it. However, it has a hem at the bottom. What is the best way to shorten this maxi ...
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I am wondering how I can acquire this jacket [on hold]

So I found this jacket the other day, I have been looking for a way to obtain this since then. Is there a way I could order this online, handcraft this, etc.? I've been browsing the web for hours and ...
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Removing stitching from jacket

I have a sports jacket from a team I used to play for. It's a very high quality jacket and I would like to continue wearing it, but the team name is written in large text across the upper-back of the ...
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Boning for self-supporting tote bag

I'm working on a tote bag to carry various swimwear items to the pool, similar to bags from ThirtyOne. I want the bag to be able to hold itself up & open, but still be able to make it mostly flat ...
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What material is this?

What material is this stuffed toy I finished today made from? I want to know in case I want to duplicate it later and I’m not sure if I’ll be able to find the pattern again. I’ve got 2 more patterns ...
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Permanently mark pin placement for shirt

I have a light blue button shirt with a couple of ribbons that are attached via pins. The placement is very specific and I'd like to mark the exact position of the pins on the shirt. I thought about ...
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Hem pants less expensively

I feel that sewing is a form of craft, so here goes. I have some jeans that I want to shorten the length of. I would like to do so without hemming.
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What kind of stitch is this?

I wanted to know what kind of stitch is shown in this picture. Can I make it with a brother sewing machine cs6000i?
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How to sew in a single page into a book

I am binding a book using the traditional technique of sewing the signatures. In addition to these signatures I have a few single pages which should go between some of the signatures. Is there a ...
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Sewing machine: how to sew a straight line left ⇆ right (instead of front ⇆ back)?

Instead of reinventing the wheel, I'm looking for advice to use a (basic) sewing machine to sew a line from right to left (or the other way). The feed dog of my sewing machine (and most machines) is ...
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How are these pouches opened

I am trying to DIY a pouch similar to the one shown in the first image below. First Image However, I cannot figure out how the pouch can be opened once the ribbon bow is attached to it. If the bow ...
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What type of stitch is a perfect fit for elastic materials (as close as possible to Nike's sport gear for running)?

I was wondering what is the proper type of machine stitching for elastic materials(nylon, etc), to get as close as possible to Nike running(clothes not shoes) gear stitching? I've done some research(...
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What is the best way to sew knit/stretchy fabrics?

I’ve done my research and actually tried some of them but the end results are the same: wonky. I’m using needles specifically for knit fabrics, I have used a knit foot. I have tried adjusting the ...
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How to sew a ripping zipper back on

Is there a good technique for repairing a zipper that is ripping apart from the lining? About 4 inches have torn away from the fabric and I really don't want to replace the whole zipper because it ...
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How to free this sewing pin from the finished shirt

I had something rather silly happen today. I altered the cuff of a storebought shirt, then machine washed the shirt. While hanging it, I noticed this: There is a pin left in the cuff. Its head is ...
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What needle depth should I set to prevent the machinery from hitting the needle?

I'm working on an old Singer sewing machine. How should I adjust the (highlighted purple) screw in the image below? It sets the depth that the needle goes down below the clothing being sewn. If I ...
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How can a repair a hole in my sheepskin jacket?

I mistakenly put my jacket on a rounded hook. The weight of the jacket put it through. Now, I have a thumb size hole under my collar. I could leave it but I worry it could get larger over time and ...
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What hand sewing needles are best for beading?

Is there a hand sewing needle that has the same diameter and eye size as a #10 Quilting Betweens needle but that is much longer?
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Money clip rubber cement/hot glue?

My next project in my sewing group is a money clip. My question is whether I should use rubber cement or hot glue to attach the magnets that hold the clip onto the money? If it helps the magnets are ...
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How to reuse a sewing pattern without damaging it

What's a good strategy for reusing a sewing pattern without damaging it? Say I have a pattern I like, I can fuse some interfacing to it to make it last longer. That said, the way I was taught to cut ...
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How to make a cloth brim hat?

I would like to make a hat that looks roughly like this one but I'm clueless on how to go about with it. I need it to be from a material that does not keep heat much (compared to, say, felt) and ...
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Sewing machine problem: machine won't tighten the loops under the material

A year ago I loaned my Brother XL-2600i to my kid's school, and only now have I tried using it again. Yep: they messed it up. The thread tangles up around the bobbin, and it makes grinding noises. ...
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Sewing a double-sided nylon garden flag [closed]

I am using nylon to make a garden flag and read that there should be a liner between the 2 layers so the design does not show through to the other side. Any suggestions for the fabric to use for this ...
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Ribbon embroidery

I am very interested in ribbon embroidery but don't have much idea about it. Can anyone help me with the type of cloth, needles and ribbon needed to start with embroidery?
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How to sew a button?

So, my button's stitch came off and I was wondering, what is the simplest and best looking way to sew it back on so it stays on?
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Eco Friendly Alternative to Felt

I have made several toys using acrylic felt and I think the variety and options available in felt is beautiful. Recently I have been more conscious of my impact on the environment and I was wondering ...
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What materials can I source to make a shiny/rubbery blue raincoat?

I am interested in sewing a raincoat that looks a bit old fashioned- rubbery, shiny blue. The closest thing I could find was the image I've included. My problem is that I have no idea where to get ...
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When to add a waist stay?

I'm working on a dress with a strapless bodice and a gathered skirt. I'm designing my own pattern, but for an example it will have a similar shape to this dress. From browsing online I've seen that "...
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Patch for a rip in the lining of a down jacket

An Eddie Bauer down jacket has a rip in the lining which according to the label is polyester. It's a very thin fabric and it looked reminiscent of nylon but the label is quite clear that the lining ...
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Fasteners other than Hook and Loop

I am looking for fastener options to attach 2 fabrics and also keep them detachable. I am working on an adjustable knee brace so small hook and loop patches are a good option but they are difficult to ...
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What are some no sew hook and loop options, able to stick to fabric

I am looking for hook and loop options that I don't have to sew but are able to stick to different fabrics. I was able to find self adhesive ones but they are only useful for hard surfaces and not ...
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How should I select elastic for a sewing project?

I want to adapt a pair of pants to add elastic to the waistband. I have a particular "stretchiness" in mind for this project, but don't know how that relates to a given thickness, width, material, or ...
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Can I substitute fusible interfacing for sew-in interfacing?

I want to make a tote bag, using a canvas weight fabric for the outside and a quilting cotton for the lining. The pattern calls for "sew-in interfacing" or "hair canvas", but the fabric store I went ...
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Topstitching the inside AND outside seam of pants

I have cotton cargo pants (from Old Navy, I think) where the outside seam has two topstitches and the inside seam only has one. Even the seam between the left/right halves has a topstitch. How is ...
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Finding fabric and thread thickness

I was at Joann fabric store recently and couldn't figure out the thickness of the fabric or thread I was looking at. The fabric was just wrapped around some cardboard that just had a name and material....
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Fabric alternative for leather

I'm planning to sew a costume based on a character who is wearing what appears to be a leather duster. I'm trying to pinpoint what fabric to use, as leather is expensive and I can't afford to buy ...
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Will lack of a zig-zag stitch be a problem for me?

I just got a secondhand sewing machine. The straight stitch, blind stitch, and stretch stitch settings work, but the zig-zag setting doesn't (the needle doesn't move side-to-side). I plan to use the ...
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What is the most effective stitch for fabric gloves?

Whenever I hand sew gloves from fabric, I use the familiar straight stitch when sewing in the fourchettes & thumb. However, this usually doesn't last long: after a short while of wear, these ...
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What is the name of the rigid plastic cord in this hem?

I deconstructed a bag/pack in an attempt to sew one from scratch and the hem had a rigid plastic cord that helped it keep its circular shape: The best I could find after some time googling is that it ...
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How to intentionally fray curved edges in fabric?

Closely Related: - How to Sew Up "Cut Outs", (Shapes Cut Into Fabrics)? In the related question, there are solutions for prevent frayed edges in fabric. But, could you avoid the complexity ...
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How to Sew Up “Cut Outs”, (Shapes Cut Into Fabrics)?

I would like to cut letters INTO a piece of cloth, but - I would like to "fold" the inside edge under itself to make a nicer edge, (perhaps helping prevent it from unravelling/tearing in the future ......
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Name for the turning opening

I'm translating a set of sewing instructions from German to English. I don't know a lot of sewing vocabulary, and I'm having trouble finding some of it in dictionaries, Wikipedia and so on. The term I'...
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Creative embroidery technique to fix a damaged knitted sleeve

What would be a good darning or embroidery technique for fixing the frayed/missing edges on the sleeves of a machine-knitted cardigan? The cardigan material is 100% wool (see picture below). I'm ...
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Advice on sewing bandages?

I am working on a costume for an upcoming convention and the character that I am recreating has bandages that wrap all the way from his hands up to his shoulder (see image below): I would prefer not ...
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Efficient cutting and preparation of fabric for sewing clothing

My questions: Is there an 'ideal' size to cut / store fabric for making clothes? Do other sewers have an efficient system in place for cutting / preparing their fabric for future sewing projects? ...
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Any ways to damping metallic snap fastener domes afterwards?

I bought handmade cushion covers, but what I did not realize to expect was that at the back, they're closed with a row of half an inch wide snap fasteners, and their metallic dome backs protrude. On ...
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How to stitch together two fabric pieces without creating “lips”

Take a look at the stitches of this doll. It is sewn so that the shift from the upper fabric piece to the lower one is very smooth: Compare it with this kind of sewing: The shift from the two fabric ...
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How to make stitches invisible

I'm working on a DIY kit of a plush doll. This is the first time I'm sewing. Per instructions, I'm using a back stitch to sew together two fleece pieces. The problem is that the stitches are visible ...
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Trying to find a sewing pattern or style name for this style of dess

Hello I am trying to find a sewing pattern that has the same type of style for the chest area of this dress or just the name of the style so that I have something to go on. I'm not too worried about ...
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Does this type of hemming have a name, and is it fixable by hand?

Both sleeve ends of a jacket end in this type of stitching, which after a decade, is starting to come apart. The jacket itself is Tyrolean, made of loden, which is a type of melton wool. I don't know ...