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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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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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 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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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 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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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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"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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Sewing pattern confusion

In this pattern step what do I do with the bodice lining?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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My grandma's fingers are becoming too old for knitting. What alternatives are there?

My grandma is getting old. She loves her knitting and needlework. Especially with less visitors coming to her retirement home in Covid times, it keeps up her spirits. But now she tells me her fingers ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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 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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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 ...