Today’s video is a big one! I share my top reasons why pdf patterns are awesome (just in case you’re not already convinced). Then I share my top tips for how to successfully print pdf patterns (including the printer settings you need to make sure the entire pattern prints on the page). And finally I show how to efficiently assemble and cut the pattern. I even show you the techniques I learned in design school for safely using an exacto knife or blade. I’ve never cut off a finger using these techniques so hopefully it will help you and keep your fingers safe too!Read More
Have you ever looked at all the presser feet that come with your machine and wondered “what on earth to these things do”? Well, trust me, I’ve wondered the same thing. And today I’m going to demystify one of the most amazing of them all, the rolled hem foot, also known as a narrow rolled hem foot or hemmer foot. This magical little foot, rolls a very narrow hem along the raw edge of your fabric and stitches it in place. It’s great for when you want a very narrow hem and have a LOT of hemming to do. I recently used it on my Vogue dress which had an endless circle hem and it was perfect.Read More
I love using my sewing machine but there are times that I prefer to sew by hand. And most of the time, I use a slip stitch. The slip stitch is very useful in place of topstitching on hems and bias facings when sewing with delicate fabric. The magic of this stitch is that it is nearly invisible from the right side of the garment. And because it’s invisible, even if you have a difficult fabric, no one will know that your stitches aren’t perfect.
If you are looking for ways to slow down your sewing practice, hand sewing is a great practice. Not only will you have a beautiful garment, but you’ll get to relax a little bit into the process and really take your time and take care of your fabric.Read More