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Tips + Tricks

  • Tips & Tricks: Estimating Yardage

    We get a lot of questions along the lines of "I have the ___ pattern and I want to do a contrast ___. Do you know how much yardage that will take?...
  • Strategic Backtack Placement

    Do you ever think about where your backtacks go when sewing? Or do you just start wherever when you sew things like hems? I'm a huge fan of strat...
  • 5 Essential Serger Tips for a Healthy Happy Machine

    Lately it seems like sergers are getting more and more attention as an essential part of a home sewing machine lineup, and rightly so! Sergers not...
  • Tips + Tricks | for sewing with silk

    Silkā€¦ the only fabric that has its own adjective; of or resembling silk, especially in being soft, fine and lustrous. It elevates garments from ca...
  • Organizing PDF Patterns & Instructions

    It's taken me a long time to get my PDF pattern organization and storage to a place where I feel it really works for me. For a while I kept them i...
  • French Seams on Various Seam Allowances

    As a follow up to Monday's post on French seams I wanted to post how to deal with seam allowances that differ from my tutorial since I've gotten a...
  • Cutting Fabric Folded vs. Flat

    I was cutting out this sweatshirt over the weekend and ended up trying a few different layouts before I settled on the one that worked. I thought...
  • Grainline Studio x Britex | Tips for Choosing & Working with Wool Coating

    I know that sewing a full on winter coat can seem a bit intimidating but they really are a most rewarding project, and one of my favorite things t...
  • Tips & Tricks | Archer Yoke on the Bias

    A quick little tip for your plaid Archers if you'd like to cut your outer yoke on the bias, consider cutting the inside yoke on the straight grai...
  • Notes on Marking

    After yesterday's post about cutting out your Archer I got a lot of questions regarding the fact that I use a #2 pencil to do the majority of my m...
  • Tips + Tricks | Cutting Silk

    I get asked a lot what my tips for working with silk are and honestly, I don't have that many. One thing I do every time I'm cutting silk, either ...
  • Tips + Tricks | Smooth Collar Curves

    You know how sometimes when you clip and notch a curve, then turn it right side out it can create a very slight angle at the point where the clip ...