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 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 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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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-...
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Thread for sewing silk?

I have a pair of silk pajama pants that have come apart along one seam on the leg. There’s no damage to the cloth and it’s spreading very slowly, so there was just some flaw and that bit of seam was ...
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How can I fix or prevent getting holes in my jeans near the crotch?

I am a male and I get a hole in the crotch of my jeans all the time. It happens in about 6-12 months of owning the jeans. It always happens in the same spot. I have tried many different brands now and ...
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What to look for in a good beginner's sewing machine?

I've been thinking about learning to sew and would like to get to the point where I could possibly make a dress (and try to invent one with pockets). I've repaired buttons and rips by hand but guess ...
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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 happened to slant-needle sewing machines?

Slant-needle sewing machines used to be all the rage, and it's easy to see why: being able to see what you're sewing better is great. But nobody makes them anymore. Instead, most modern machines have ...
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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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What is this tool in my sewing kit?

I found this tool in my sewing kit, and I wanted to know what it is. It is a couple of inches (centimetres) long. It has two metal prongs on one end and one of them has a plastic ball protecting the ...
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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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How can I trace a pattern from a top with darts?

I have a RTW (ready-to-wear, aka store-bought) dress which fits me well, and I'd like to sew a copy of it. I've done this before with loosely fitted tops, like t-shirts which only have minimal shaping,...
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How do I fix upper thread tension being too high?

Recently my sewing machine (Brother CS6000i) has started acting up, such that the lower stitches are pulled through to the top, and the top thread is so taut that the fabric puckers or bunches up. I ...
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What's the easiest way to pin and sew leather binding?

I'm currently making a wool cape for the upcoming winter. The pattern recommends to finish the edges with a leather binding, and I have opted to do so. My main problem is that I know you're not ...
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What is a “triple interlocking stitch”?

I'm looking at the stitching on my hammock, wondering what kind of stitch it is and how to do it myself. I see this marketed as a "triple interlocking stitch." But searching on Google only brings up ...
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Sew Hidden Seam

I have a leather couch that the seam on the arm split. How can I sew this up without showing the stiches (or least obvious that it was hand sewn)?
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What fabric would work well for a flag?

I want to sew together a flag and I was wondering what type of fabric would be best to use. I'm looking for something opaque, thin, non-stretchy, and available in various colors. I initially thought ...
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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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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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Will sewing onto neoprene compromise its water resistance?

I'd like to buy a neoprene case for my new laptop. I'd like to sew on some sequins or patches. Would doing so harm the fabric's ability to keep water off of its precious cargo?
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How can I add an internal pocket to pants that don't have one?

I've got a number of pants and shorts that I'd love to be able to carry my phone in, especially a couple of running shorts. But, they were (inconsiderately!) designed with no pockets. In the case of ...
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How can I hand-sew an “invisible” hem?

I'm sitting at work and my pant cuff started unraveling. Luckily I have a needle and thread in my purse, and I would like to repair this while I'm on a conference call with little else to do. Since ...
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How can I convert a V-neck shirt to a square neck?

My daughter needs to dress as Anne Boleyn for a school history report. We're basing her costume off this portrait: We found a cheap long sleeve black shirt to modify with a lace/pearl edging to ...
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How can I splice the tail of my tie and have it not look terrible?

I was making some clip on ties for work for me to wear on casual Fridays. I could not wear regular ties with t-shirts as that would just look odd. I picked up some second hand ties to make into clip ...
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What is the difference between serger, coverstitch, and overlock machines?

I have a standard sewing machine, but am thinking about buying a machine that is better suited to knits. I thought they were are all just "sergers" but after doing some research I've heard: serger ...
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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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How do I determine what size zig-zag stitch to use?

I have a standard sewing machine, not a serger, so I use a zig-zag stitch when sewing knits. Typically, I just use trial and error on scrap pieces to figure out a good size of zig-zag stitch for ...
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What stitches are strong for clothing seams when done by hand?

As discussed in the question about What kind of stitch makes up t-shirt seams on commercial grade clothing? we can now identify the overlock stitch. A cursory look at the Wiki for that stitch shows ...
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How can I finish stitching those last couple 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 ...
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What kind of stitch makes up t-shirt seams on commercial grade clothing?

I recently decided to take up sewing, but the stitches I use to hold two pieces of fabric together (like the side seams of a shirt for example) is a simple lock stitch. My machine (like most I've seen)...