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interfacing fabric

Everything you need to know about interfacing fabric

Deep but important to know subject today: we’re talking about interfacing fabric. Interfacing can really make or break your projects but raise your hand if you’ve just bought the cheap stuff thinking it’s all the same (waves hand then smacks forehead immediately). The truth is that interfacing is a vital part of a lot of …

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craft felt vs wool felt

How to sew felt: the beginner-friendly fabric that you’ll love

Ah felt! I feel like we throw around words like “easy to sew” a lot, but in the case of felt, felt really is a cinch to work with. Felt doesn’t fray, it doesn’t move around on you when you start stitching, and it’s cheap and easy to find (unless you upgrade to wool–more on …

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cotton double gauzes

The best summer fabrics to sew minus sweaty hot

Perhaps it’s the sting of sunscreen melting into my eyes inspiring me, but today my mind wanders to the best summer fabrics to sew. Maybe it’s just me, but I could totally do without the scorching sun aspects of summer. Thankfully for me and for you, dear reader, there’s lots of of summer fabrics that’ll …

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fleece fabric samples

Sewing with fleece 101: essential info about this versatile fabric

We’re talking sewing with fleece 101 today! Where I live, we’re staring down a weather forecast of a week and a half of solid snow. With that in mind, I thought, why not talk about one of those fabrics that’s guaranteed to keep you warm. This post is all about how to sew fleece. Fleece …

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stabilizing seams on sweater knit

8 tips for sewing with sweater knits to keep you toasty

We’re talking all about sewing with sweater knits today. Sweater knits are one of my favorite subsets of knits to work with! I’m not a knitter or crocheter, so I kind of get a cheap thrill out of knowing that I can literally sew a sweater in a fraction of the time. Not to disrespect …

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stretch velvet and tools for how to sew stretch velvet

How to sew stretch velvet without fear

Stretch velvet is a bear in the knit world for the handling, but the upsides are so worth the extra effort. It’s so luxurious against your skin, and it yields even the simplest garment positively fancy instantly. It’s so nice in fact, that it’s worth wrestling with the slipping, the longer cutting process, and the …

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faux leather jacket

Simple tips to make sewing with leather less stressful

Casually mention sewing with leather in a conversation to a sewing friend, and see if beads of sweat form on her forehead. Whether it’s faux leather or the real deal, leather has a certain presence and an attitude that say a cotton twill does not. Along with that attitude comes some tough sewing that might …

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