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 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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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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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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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 ...
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How to repair heavy duty nylon seam?

I bought a heavy sandbag which is supposed to be able to be dropped. Given the good ratings it has, I assume it had a manufacturing fault as the seam exploded the first time I dropped it. Luckily, as ...
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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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What is the name of this stitching pattern?

I've been looking around on google but can't seem to find anything similar to this: I'd like to know what is the name of that stitching pattern. This is a Chanel dress made out of cotton (search: "...
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What is the name of that type of cap? [closed]

The other day, I was watching The Office and noticed Jim's cap. I would like to find the name of that type of cap to make one of my own. Unfortunately, it's near to impossible to find a pattern when ...
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How to sew a knit fabric with a straight stitch machine?

My sewing machine, a Singer Featherweight, only has the option of a straight stitch. I can adjust the length and tension, but can't do a zig-zag stitch. Is it possible to sew a stretchy knit fabric ...
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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 do I finish hand-sewing a seam?

I'm mending my (second hand) leather gloves by hand. My sewing skills are rudimentary, but I like fixing the seams of or patching up clothes every now and then. However, I never know how to finish ...
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What could be causing my sewing machine (Singer 3223) to be sewing zig zag rather than straight?

Strange problem/query, but my Singer 3223 has decided to sew a small(ish) zig-zag style pattern--even when the stitch dial is set to the straight stitch. For clarity, the stitches in the zig zag are ...
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How to Alter Dress where Bodice is joined to Gathered Skirt WITHOUT Cutting Garment At Seams

So far, I have seen tutorials where Kurtas (these are long Indian dress-like shirts worn with palazzo, skirt or leggings) have been altered by sewing along the seam. Note the pattern is straight (Don'...
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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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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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How Do I Save This Shirt

This is the shirt I purchased when I was heavier: I was able to slim the sides. Unfortunately, fixing the shoulders was a train-wreck (now I've learned the hard way: I need to take-in the shoulders) ...
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How can I stop my thread from bunching when using a sewing machine?

I've recently started using a sewing machine to make simple cushion covers. But I've run into a consistent problem of bunching. Below is an example of what I'm experiencing: I've checked that my feed ...
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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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How can I secure the front and end of my hand-stitches without adding knot to needle, or back-stitching

I am following this tutorial for Cutting thread for embroidery project Threading the needle Adding a knot to end of needle What is the alternative to adding knot to of end to needle. I wish to ...
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What to look for when purchasing Thick Thread

I purchased whole set of embroidery thread and it is too thin (how I will return it is a different matter) What should I look for when searching thick thread? Amazon doesn't show any sort of weight ...
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How to Trim Poofy Sleeves

I purchased a boho maxi dress a while ago. I lost weight and it is now big for me. How to narrow the sleeves to maintain their poofy shape? Can I simply trim along the seam of the sleeve, or is ...
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Necessity of Pre-Washing Fabric to Create Folk-Art Shawl

I hear lot about the importance of pre-washing fabric before making a dress to get the shrinking out of it. But what if you want to make a stole, i.e. sew a border, embroider (in my case, I wish to ...
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Purse handle magic

Saw this cutie in a catalogue. I am loving this handle but am perplexed by how it works. My closest guess is that the two colors are stitched into the fabric base after knotting. Does anyone know ...
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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 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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Tracking down speckled/marbled upholstery fabric [closed]

I'm working on a project that requires some upholstery work and I cant seem to track down the fabric I'd like. I'm looking for this pattern or something near it The style shown on the website isn't ...
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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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How do I keep ribbon ends from fraying?

My teenage daughter dances ballet, and on a fairly regular basis we need to get her new pointe shoes. After so many pairs, I've gotten surprisingly good at sewing in the elastic and ribbons that need ...
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What criteria should I be considering when looking at a second hand sewing machine?

I understand the basic concept of how a sewing machine works. I also know there are many varieties of sewing machines e.g. they are capable of doing their own sets of stitches and what not, supporting ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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Can I use the potholder quilting technique to make a quilt out of t-shirts?

Has anyone used the "potholder" method of making a quilt out of t-shirts? I'd like to cut the shirt (front and back) and batting at once into a square, then quilt the single square. Not sure whether ...
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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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How to sew this seam with a Brother 847 sewing machine?

I'm a 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/test....
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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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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 ...