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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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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

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 threw 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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What is so complicated about drafting a pattern for pants?

I have been learning how to sew and after looking at several pants patterns I am ready to draft my own, but checking online shows that every seamstress has her own method for measuring and the ...
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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 ...
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How to pick an embroidery machine

I'm looking at buying an embroidery machine (or more specifically my partner is). We only have one real hard requirement: The machine must be capable to accepting a pattern from our computer that ...
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How can I handle the existing thread from a broken seam?

What is the general recommendation as to what to do with the thread from a seam that has been broken? I have this concern when I am repairing stuffed animals, which my kids have a plenty of, that get ...
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How can I attach a large satin applique to a skirt?

I'm making a skirt, and I'd like to attach an applique of a thin satiny fabric to the thicker base fabric. It's going to be in the shape of a city skyline, with the satiny stuff as the buildings. It's ...
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How to sew this seam with a Brother 847 sewing machine?

I'm a bloody beginner with respect to sewing and I'm wondering how I can use my Brother 847 to accomplish the following seam: For some context you may check out this video: https://video.bellroy.com/...
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Sewing pattern confusion

In this pattern step what do I do with the bodice lining?
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Glue for sides of cross stitch work

I would like, in order to prevent frays, to glue the sides and the thread stops of a finished work. The work should then be washable. Which kind of glue should l use?
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Cuff strategy to maximize longevity of pants

When the bottom hem of pants/slacks gets frayed there are various ways to re-sew the hems or cuffs so that the frayed material is no longer exposed. Presumably there are ways to optimize/extend the ...
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How should I go about designing clothing for a teddy bear?

While I can sew on a sewing machine, I've never created a pattern myself, and only seldom worked with them. Now we decided to create a jacket or a nightdress for our teddy bear. The problem is how to ...
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What is the best way to attach backing on a quilt with irregular pattern?

I'd like to make a quilt with a design such as the one in the picture: I understand that normally, when a quilt is just made up of squares or rectangles, you can just stitch a bunch of lines up and ...
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Can I replicate this “bumpy” fabric on a pillow?

I saw this pillow for sale and would like to make it with my own fabric, in a different color. How can I replicate this look? I have a sewing machine and moderate confidence in my by-hand skills as ...
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Overlocker tension discs threading

I have an Singer Overlock 14SH754 Sewing Machine but I'm not sure that my thread is routed correctly, as the tension seems off. Can I confirm that the thread routes through the "tension discs" in-...