• Serger Tips + Tricks | Grainline Studio 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 only can assist in cleanly finishing a woven garment, they can also be used to sew knits with ease. Today we’re sharing a few of our favorite tips & […]

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  • Tips + Tricks | for sewing with silk

    Silk… the only fabric that has its own adjective; of or resembling silk, especially in being soft, fine and lustrous. It elevates garments from casual to formal. It’s elegant and of course… expensive. But there is no reason to be intimidated by it. With the right techniques it is easy to work with! Here are […]

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  • Hemlock Variation 01: Split Hem Sweater

    As promised in our last post today I have instructions on how to make your own Hemlock pattern with side splits! It’s really very easy so you’ll have one of your own in no time. For this tutorial you’ll need the Hemlock pattern, which you can get by signing up for our newsletter in the sidebar. […]

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  • Archer + Alder Version 02

    Today I’ll be walking you through another version of combining the Alder and Archer patterns to create a dress. If you remember, we posted the first Alder + Archer variation shortly after the Alder was released. That version used the complete Alder pattern and required you to re-draft the yoke to combine with the Archer […]

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  • 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?” I love that people are thinking outside the box and going to town with their ideas but unfortunately it can take us a […]

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  • Archer Pleated Popover Variation Tutorial

    Back when we introduced the Archer Popover Variation Pack we had a lot of people interested in a tutorial on how to put a pleat at the bottom of the center front placket. Today we’re going to show you how to do just that! You’ll need to make a few alterations to your pattern to begin […]

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  • Thread Chains

    We were just talking about our love of thread chains in the studio in relation to a new pattern we’re about to release and we started wondering, do you guys use thread chains? They’re great for keeping two layers of fabric together when you still need to allow for movement such as a main fabric and […]

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  • Best of 2015: Variations and Tutorials

    Have you noticed we have a theme going this December? We have spent this last month of 2015 talking a lot about the patterns we have put out, our personal makes, and what’s been a hit on the blog. To stay in that theme, we wanted to take the time to look back on some […]

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  • Quilting Tips for the Tamarack Jacket

    I know a lot of you are mainly garment sewers and not quilters so I wanted to take a minute and talk a little bit about a few basic quilting techniques you might find useful if you’re making a Tamarack Jacket, as well as a few alternative quilting options. You don’t need a ton of […]

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  • 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 in a folder on my computer, but when I got a new computer they moved to an external drive…which I never seemed to have […]

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  • Appliqué Linden Tutorial

    Today I have another Linden Sweatshirt tutorial for you, I’ll be demonstrating how to appliqué your Linden with a fun phrase or word. I’ve been seeing sweatshirts pop up for sale with appliquéd phrases on them, usually either French or funny, but I thought it would be fun to make one of my own! You should have […]

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  • Split Hem Linden Tutorial

    A few months back I posted this split hem mariner stripe Linden and just realized that I never shared the tutorial on how I split the hem. This is a super easy alteration that adds a nice custom touch to the basic sweatshirt version. I really like it paired with a sweater knit but it would […]

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  • French Seams on Right Angles

    I’ve gotten a lot of questions about how to work French seams on the waistline seam of the Alder Shirtdress. Here’s a little tutorial to show you how to make this happen. This tutorial assumes that you already know how to make French seams so if you need a refresher you can check out our […]

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  • 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 lot of questions about this. The three pieces above have a 1/4″ seam allowance, a 1/2″ seam allowance, and a 5/8″ seam allowance. Basically when you […]

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  • French All Your Seams

    If you’ve been following along for a while, you may remember this post, but I’ve been getting a lot of French seam questions lately so I figured it wouldn’t hurt to resurrect this tutorial from the blog archives and set it free a second time. I’m first going to do a run through of the […]

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