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Favorite notion: how to use bias tape

Man I love me some bias tape. It has to be one of the most useful notions in our arsenal as sewists. That’s why I’m showing you how to use bias tape today! Bias tape is one of the first things that I learned how to make when I was a beginner…

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Sweet finish: how to make button loops

Ah button loops. If you’ve never tried them they’re one of the prettiest ways to finish off a neckline. But if you have tried them, you know that sometimes making a skinny little bias loop is a little fiddly. In this post, I’ll break down how to take a piece of bias…

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All about how to use PDF sewing patterns

This post is gonna be all about how to use PDF sewing patterns. PDF sewing patterns are great for so many reasons, but like all pattern formats, they come with some quirks we gotta get over. The biggest frustration to PDF sewing patterns is easily the printing and assembly issue. Beyond that,…

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How to read a sewing pattern and avoid frustration

We’re busting frustration today as we chat about how to read a sewing pattern. Do you remember the first time you picked up a sewing pattern? Did the room start spinning as you were trying to decipher everything? It’s funny, but learning to read a sewing pattern can be a big hurdle…

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10 things to sew when you’re stuck at home

Let’s talk about 10 things to sew when you’re stuck at home. With all the shakeup happening in the world right now with Coronavirus, I’m really glad I sew. Sewing is one of those hobbies that occupies your mind as it busies your hands. As such, sewing can really be a great…

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13 seam finishes to make your garment insides sing

We’re diving deep into one of my favorite topics today: beautiful seam finishes. Here’s the thing: at some point in your sewing journey, you’ll start wanting to make the insides of your projects as pretty as the outsides. It shouldn’t be your first sewing goal, but eventually dreams of bias bound seams…

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Gamechanger tips for sewing buttonholes

I’ve always been amazed by how many people shudder at the thought of sewing buttonholes. Maybe it’s that buttonholes are often the last thing you sew. You’re 90% through a shirtdress, mentally already wearing it, and then you have to hold your breath hoping that the buttonholes turn out well? The truth…

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19 ways to shake off your sewjo slump

As I was writing my email list this week about 3 mistakes that are killing your sewjo, it got me thinking. I firmly believe that the desire to want to sew is not something that you have no control over. You don’t have to be making THE most creative anything to refuel…

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How to topstitch and elevate all your sewing now

I’m pulling out all my best thoughts about how to topstitch. By the end of this, you’re going to want to topstitch all the things. Topstitching is one of those sewing tasks that can make or break a sewing project. Do it well, and those jeans looks better than designer. But if…

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Who would win: sewing machine vs. serger

In a battle between sewing machine vs. serger, who would win? Well, like a lot of things, the answer is not either/or, but yes. When I was first starting to sew seriously a question I asked a lot was, what is this serger thing I keep hearing about, and do I really…

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8.5 Tips for faster batch sewing

Do you know about batch sewing? It’s one of my favorite ways to cut out the fluff and be able to make more in the same amount of time. But Elizabeth, I sew for fun. I don’t like to run around my room like a headless chicken. I know! Me too! There’s…

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How to clean a sewing machine (buh bye lint!)

As we’re talking about organizing your sewing room, it’s a good time to give your sewing machine a good cleaning. Your sewing machine and serger and coverstitch if you have one all work really hard for you. To keep your stitches looking the best and your machines running the smoothest, we gotta…

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Plan a sewing snow day

As I write this there’s 13″ of snow out my window, so I thought, what better than to talk about how to plan a sewing snow day. And while it might not be snowing where you are today, there’s a long holiday weekend ahead, so why not figure out how to sneak…

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10 tips for surviving Black Friday at Joann

I’ve been shopping Black Friday at Joann for years now. What can I say? The sales are too good to pass up. But getting through the crowds and all that jazz can be annoying, stressful, and otherwise something that makes you want to crawl back into bed. I actually love this sale….

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How to use sewing pattern magazines like an ace

I’ve been a user of sewing pattern magazines almost as long as I’ve been sewing. The styles are always so fashion forward and they’re jam-packed with patterns in a small space. But sewing magazines bring up STRONG feelings in people. I have to trace what now? How do you see all those…

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7 Ways to Start Sewing Without a Pattern

Sewing without a pattern has been my reality this past week! I’ve been locked away ticking dragon and Viking bits off my plan for our Halloween plans, and freewheeling has been a total necessity. But this whole process has got me thinking about just how good it is to sew without a…

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The ultimate jumbo mega guide to online fabric stores

After writing all my tips for savvy fabric shopping online, I wanted to put together a guide to online fabric stores that would be a great companion for sewists. I really wanted to be as comprehensive as I possibly could be. This post is the result of a ton of research, and…

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16 tips for better fabric shopping online

There’s a lot to love about fabric shopping online. For those of us who don’t live near a garment district, it let’s you still get the benefits without expensive travel. You can order things at weird hours of the day, and you can cash in on some pretty awesome deals. But being…

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Can you sew knits without a serger?

One of the things I think a lot of sewing beginners ask is can you sew knits without a serger? The short answer is yes, and the long answer we’re going to talk about. I always believe with using what you have vs. buying the next greatest big thing. We’re tackling all…

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Sewing encouragement for beginners from the pros

What beginner doesn’t need a little sewing encouragement? I know when I first started seriously sewing, I needed a whole lotta hand holding. I distinctly remember Diana Rupp and Sandra Betzina’s books and videos giving me the cheerleading that got me through so much frustration. Here’s the deal: There’s a lot to…

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15 ways to make time to sew

If I had a dollar for all the times that people ask me how I find time to sew, I’d have a lot of dollars. When you’re a Mom with 4 kids, it’s true that time is short and with a lot of moving parts. I’ll admit to feeling resentful at times…

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Conquer your sewing UFOs in 5 steps

Can I get a hand for all the dread your sewing UFOs dredge up for you? I know we all have those secret corners of shame in our sewing spaces where all the unfinished objects live. Maybe we find those projects years later and forget why it was that we abandoned them….

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Warning: Sewing fails ahead

Sewing fails are coming for you. No matter how long you’ve been sewing, no matter how good the advice you follow, once in a while you’ll have a project completely and utterly fail. Every time it happens to me, it’s like a total surprise. Haven’t I learned anything? I thought I had…

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Sewing Efficiently: Your ultimate guide

Sewing efficiently is a sport to me. Every Black Friday, my kids and I wake up at the crack of way too early and truck it over to JoAnn. They’re in it for the donuts afterwards. I’m in it for the bargain basement prices on flannel. It’s a little crazy, but afterwards,…

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Sew without pins [Why you need to do it!]

I’m telling you to sew without pins, and you’re already freaking out. There you are on the other side of the screen with all the dagger eyes. I get it–pins make us feel safe as sewists. But pins are slowing you down and making your sewing not super accurate. I’m going to…

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