National Sewing Circle provides numerous sewing tips and tutorials to guide you through every step of your sewing project, no matter your skill level. Whether…
Darts can be added to many garments as a way to add shaping. For example, many shirt and dress bodice patterns use a dart on either side of the front to shape the garment into the waistline. Sewing darts doesn’t have to be tricky – Ashley Hough shares several tips on how to achieve professional looking darts, even on lightweight fabrics.
Learn what types of photos would make good hand embroidery patterns, and how to isolate elements from a photograph to create a hand embroidery that will be easy to complete and make a pleasing finished product. You’ll also learn some tips for taking a good photo that will make a great embroidery pattern.
Although one of the smallest and least expensive sewing tools, sewing pins can be very important for our sewing projects. ZJ Humbach shows the three types of sewing pins she uses the most, and explains what each can be used for. Watch these helpful tips for choosing sewing pins, and get the best tools for your next sewing project.
T-shirts, sportswear and other commercial garments made from knit fabrics are generally finished using a cover stitch machine. While you can purchase a cover stitch machine for home use, Holly Willis shows you how to achieve the same finished look using a standard sewing machine.
When it comes to garment alterations, hemming a pair of pants is one of the most common alterations that someone who knows how to sew gets asked to do. While many projects, garments included, can be finished with a simple double-fold hem, the two most commonly hemmed pairs of pants require different finishes. Ashley Hough shows you how to hem both jeans and dress pants.
Button closures can be added to everything from garments to accessories and even fun home decor projects. Using a buttonhole foot on your machine can be a quick and easy way to accurately stitch buttonholes that will be the correct size for any button. Nicki LaFoille shows step-by-step how to attach, set up, and use a buttonhole foot.
Bias binding is a great way to finish off the edges of projects with curves, however creating long strips of bias binding can be difficult and require lots of fabric. Nicki LaFoille shows you how to create continuous bias binding in long strips from one rectangle of fabric and shares several other tips to making your own binding.
Great sewing is centered around flawless details. One of my favorite techniques is to apply a contrasting bias tape to trim my garments, quilts, and wall hangings. Using this bias tape as a trim grounds a project and ties all the fabric and design elements together. Taking the time to apply bias tape elevates a project from ordinary to extraordinary.
There are many different ways to mark your fabric or transfer markings from a pattern to the fabric you are working with, and the method you use may differ depending on the type of fabric you are using. Nicki LaFoille teaches you about some of the various pattern marking methods and shows how to choose the best one.
When it comes to sewing, many people like to pre wash their fabrics. Whether you are washing a fabric that has many different colors on it or you want to wash multiple fabrics at once, Tara Rex shares with you a product that can prevent the colors in the fabric from running.
Mitered corners are a great way to create professional looking results when sewing corners. Many times mitered corners are associated with quilts or other projects that are being finished with some kind of a binding. However, Stacy Grissom demonstrates how to create a mitered corner while doing a double fold hem around the edge of a project.