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 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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"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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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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How to Slow the Speed of a Sewing Machine

I recently purchased Singer Start 1304 Sewing Machine. When I press on the foot ever so lightly it goes fast and loud. I am really taken aback by so much noise and speed (especially since I am new ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Troubleshooting a waist stay in my dress

I'm sewing a dress right now that has a pretty heavy skirt. The front of the bodice is three layers of fabric, but the back is just one layer of transparent lightweight fabric. The skirt was dragging ...
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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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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 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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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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How can I cover my desk chair's seat?

My desk chair has started peeling. I think the cat scratched it, and now more comes off after every seating. Here's what the seat shape looks like: After looking into this a bit more, I realized ...
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What materials can be used to fill a puffy jacket?

I have this jacket pattern. In case it's relevant, I'll be making it in a medium weight twill. I'm also adding a lightweight silky lining to give it a nice finish and make it easy to put on. In ...
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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, since it is for a baby toy. The sides of the work will be tucked ...
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How do I know when my sewing machine needs a service?

I have inherited a sewing machine from my grandmother and have just started sewing. How do I tell that my machine needs a service? Is there a recommended schedule or some tell-tale sign that it's time ...
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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 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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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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How to turn thin thread into thick thread for hand embroidery

This video explains how to turn thin thread into thick thread. This is suitable for making friendship bracelets, but it's not scalable to embroidering an 8-foot shawl, for instance. Plus, this shawl ...
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Are there cases where we do not reverse stitch when sewing?

I purchased a Singer Start 1304 Sewing Machine and am watching tutorials. In one of them, the lady demonstrates how to make a simple stitch. She goes a few stitches forward, a few stitches back, and ...
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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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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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What do you incorporate into a stuffed animal so that it doesn't permanently deform?

I have a concern with designing a stuffed toy which is that over time, if stuffing gets displaced from a particular region like an arm or a torso, it will be permanently deformed since the only way to ...
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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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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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How can I finish stitching those last few inches?

I am a gifted amateur when it comes to sewing - at least with a blanket stitch. Never touched a sewing machine in my life and do it all by hand. My kids are naturally rough with toys and their clothes....
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...