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Techniques for Sewing with Knit Fabrics – Free Video Series

Sewing with stretch knit fabrics can be tricky but the folks at sew-whats-new.com can help! Watch this free video sewing video play list to help you learn how to sew knit fabrics including choosing the right fabric, thread, needle, and stitch. This playlist is automatically sorted by popularity.   More about sewing with knits: Sewing With … [ Read More at SWN! ]

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Fall Fashion Sewing with Inside the Hem – 2016

Join Abbey and Lindsey from “Inside the Hem” as they share their autumn garment sewing inspiration in this free video series covering fall fabrics, patterns and more!   More Autumn Projects at SWN:           

Basic Sewing Terms and Fabric Anatomy

Basic Sewing Terms and Fabric Anatomy

The Anatomy of Fabric: In this free sewing video, Angel Peterson of FleeceFun explains the different parts of fabric. This is an important beginner sewing lesson that will help with any sewing pattern you are working on. Angel will explain “cross grain”, “selvage edge”, and what the “wrong” sides are. Learn the sewing terminology for … [ Read More at SWN! ]

Fabric 101: All About Silks

Fabric 101: All About Silks

Watch this video from Fabric Mart and learn more about different fabrics made from silk, what to sew with them, and how to care for your silk fabric accessories and garments!   Learn to how to sew and work with silk, or silk like fabrics that are slippy and troublesome. We will share tips and techniques on … [ Read More at SWN! ]

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Fibres and Fabrics Video Series with Verena Erin

The fabrics we choose for sewing and wearing garments, household linen, and accessories are very important. Fabric directly affects the comfort and performance of any garment we make.  How we care for our fabric also impacts the environment even more so than others, according to Verena Erin of  My Green Closet. Verena discusses the different textiles available, all with different looks, … [ Read More at SWN! ]

A Look Inside America's Textile Mills and Factories

A Look Inside America’s Textile Mills and Factories

Check out INSIDE AMERICA’S TEXTILE FACTORIES AND MILLS by Susan from Sew Whats New at Mode “NY-based photographer Chris Payne’s latest work Textiles takes us behind the doors of America’s textile industry. To highlight the roots of this industry, Payne has chosen to photograph factories and mills located in the Northeast where it was born. … [ Read More at SWN! ]

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Shweshwe Fabrics – The Denim or Tartan of South Africa

Seshweshwe is a printed fabric widely used for traditional Sotho (South Africa & Lesotho) clothing. Originally dyed indigo, this fabric is manufactured in a variety of colors and printing designs characterized by intricate geometric patterns.  Due to its timeless popularity, shweshwe has been described as “the denim, or tartan, of South Africa”.  From Wikipedia, the … [ Read More at SWN! ]

35 Years and Still Sewing Strong,” an exhibit in the basement of the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis

Exhibit shows sewing’s evolution from hoop skirts to tablet cases – By Anna Pratt

Local group shows 35 years of home handiwork. Special to the Star Tribune AUGUST 14, 2015 How did sewing help hospital staffers who might have to deal with the Ebola crisis?   That’s one of the questions you could get answered at “35 Years and Still Sewing Strong,” an exhibit in the basement of the … [ Read More at SWN! ]

Sew a Big Beautiful Beach Bag with SewVeryEasy

Sew a Big Beautiful Beach Bag with SewVeryEasy

Get this free pdf sewing pattern and follow along with this free video tutorial from SewVeryEasy to sew this big beautiful beach bag!   Helpful sewing tips in this video make creating this bag beginner-friendly. This large beach bag has knotted rope handles that slide through grommets.  Fusible fleece makes this beach bag sturdy, the Pellon … [ Read More at SWN! ]

No-sew fabric flowers craft tutorial by Dana Made it.

Fabric Flower Bouquet No-Sew DIY + Round-Up

If you don’t have time to set up a sewing machine and want to make Mom something unique for Mother’s Day, check out this DIY bouquet of fabric flowers that Dana Made with a free tutorial! These pretty blooms look like roses, (or carnations if you have a pinking blade!).  You will need a hot glue … [ Read More at SWN! ]