Sew Better! 8 BEST Beginner Sewing Machine Tips from The Last Stitch

8 Best Beginner Sewing Tips – Sew Better with The Last Stitch

If you want to get better at using your sewing machine, follow these eight simple steps from Johanna Lundström, the author of Master the Coverstitch Machine and Sewing Activewear, that will make your garment sewing look sew much more professional! Johanna discusses and demonstrates releasing and balancing the tension, needle down when starting a seam, pulling back the thread, stitch length and width, sewing straight and guiding fabrics…

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Evelyn Wood Shares 14 Things She Wishes She Knew As A Beginner Sewer

Evelyn Wood shares 14 things she wishes she knew as a beginner sewer. Evelyn discusses her sewing tips for tools, machines, fear of cutting fabrics, patterns, fitting, being overwhelmed, and the sewing process as a beginner. Watch this free video and listen to Evelyn’s very best tips for those of us who are beginner sewing enthusiasts…

Sewing, Cutting and Pressing on the Bias

Sewing, Cutting and Pressing on the Bias

To make a bias cut essentially means to cut the pattern piece from the fabric on a 45 degree angle to the straight grain so that the fabric will drape and contour with the shape of the body.  To put it simply – the fabric is cut on a diagonal angle rather than along a fold line.  Garments such as skirts, dresses, blouses and capes are perfect garments for sewing on the bias to achieve a beautiful drape! 

How to Sew More Efficiently and Minimize Sewing Mistakes - The Last Stitch

How to Sew More Efficiently and Minimize Sewing Mistakes – The Last Stitch

Johanna Lundström from The Last Stitch shares her best sewing tips and tricks for sewing more efficiently and minimizing the risk of sewing mistakes. Some of these helpful tips will also help you sew faster increasing your production…

Sew a Long Winter Coat Sewn From Scratch

Long Winter Coat – DIY + Tips

For the very first time, April from coolripa patterns, cuts and stitches this lovely, cozy, long winter coat. Taking a pattern from an existing garment she feels is appropriate for her own sewing skills, she reproduces the coat with a super result.  A collar, facings, lining, pockets, and buttons.  April uses a  Juki HZL-G Series sewing … [ Read More at SWN! ]

loop turners for sewing straps, drawstrings, and doll arms

How to Turn a Tube Right-side Out

Melly Sews shows us five ways to turn a long strip of fabric with a seam, such as a bag strap, or arms and legs for a doll. Five ways to turn straps right side out when sewing – using a tube turner, a loop turner, and a safety pin. Melly Sews also offers a … [ Read More at SWN! ]

schmetz sewing needles

Sewing Machine Needles – Purpose and Size – How to Read the Package Info

There are specialized needles for most types of machines and fabrics, and many different sizes and purposes.  The information found printed on the packaging the needles are displayed in tells us just about everything we need to know, but do you know what it means?  Classification, brand, needle type and size.  Laura Coia from Sew … [ Read More at SWN! ]

5 painters tape hacks for quilting and sewing

Five+ Quilting Tips | Tricks Using Masking Tape

Karen from Just Get It Done Quilts shares her five quick and simple sewing/quilting hacks that will improve your quilting skills and accuracy!  Such an inexpensive and simple tool that most of us have in a junk drawer or workshop. Watch now: More tape tips: Tape only one direction at a time, don’t overlap or … [ Read More at SWN! ]