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How to Use a Sewing Machine

Sewing machines come with lots of gadgets. You don’t need to learn all of them at once. Manuals can get you started and keep you going. No need to learn everything at once. Start slow, you’re in it to win it! In the past six months I’ve had the fun of helping two 30-somethings take…

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The Walking Foot–Optional or Necessary?

On many of the supply lists for projects in Sew News, CME and Sew it All , you’ll find the following: “Optional: Walking foot for your sewing machine.” If the designer is a little more opinionated, it may read: “Optional, but helpful …” So what does this odd-shaped foot do, and is it: optional, helpful,…

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Great Tips for Making Spring & Summer Bags

  Spring and summer are the seasons of the bag and the Sew Daily team has produced a new eBook that has 9 lovely bag patterns and a ton of great techniques and tips. Here are tricks from Katrina Loving on how to make your bag sturdier:  Consider the Stress Points Think about how your bag will be…

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Tips for Hand Sewing! For Couture Sewing & Beyond

I’ve always loved hand sewing, and, like most of us, it was some of the first sewing that I did. But I took my hand sewing to a new level when I was studying for a couture certificate. Pin, baste, sew was the mantra. Where previously, I had only seen basting as an impatient step…

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Flirty Paper Pieced Dress: Free Sewing Pattern

Piecing is a fun way to combine a traditional technique with a classic fit and flare dress with a circle skirt. The patchwork for this dress is paper pieced, and the circle skirt is made up of four quadrants which are each made of six pieced strips. The skirt strips are placed differently in each…

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Free Sewing Pattern: Snowflake Skirt by Mari Miller

This high-waisted, quilted, half circle skirt will keep you warm this winter. Inspired by the geometry in snowflakes, the skirt is easy to piece and quilt with simple straight lines. Couture techniques make for a skirt that is as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside. Find all the instructions in the…