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  • How To Sew and Turn Spaghetti Straps | Grainline Studio How To Sew and Turn Spaghetti Straps

    When you ask sewists what skills or particular techniques they dislike, you're likely to get varied responses. But if you specifically ask them about their experience making spaghetti straps, you're likely to hear shared stories of resigned frustration. Whether you're new to sewing, or someone with years of experience, it can be challenging to turn [...] Continue Reading
  • How To Sew Mitered Corners | Grainline Studio How To Sew Mitered Corners

    The first time I sewed a mitered corner was in 2016; it was a revelation. Up until that point, I had finished corners by folding the seam allowances of the hem and side seam under one another before stitching them down. It didn't seem to matter how many pins I used to hold everything in [...] Continue Reading
  • A Guide To Seam Finishes | Grainline Studio A Guide To Seam Finishes for Woven Fabrics

    We've slowly been combing through our post archives in order to update older posts, and simultaneously identify gaps in the resources we provide. Outside of two French seam posts - one that covers a how to for straight and curved seams and another for right angles - we've never provided a comprehensive guide for common [...] Continue Reading
  • 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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  • Strategic Backtack Placement | Grainline Studio 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 strategic backtack placement and try to start and stop whenever possible in a non-noticeable place on my garment. I'll show you what I mean on this Scout [...] Continue Reading
  • 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 & [...] Continue Reading