sewing tip Archives - Totally Stitchin

by Elise

Snip and Rip a Straight Edge

September 30, 2013 in Tips & Tricks

While working on curtains with my mom this past weekend, she shared a little tip to snip and rip fabric to create a straight edge. So, I thought I would pass it along! I had six yards of fabric and I wanted two 85" panels. I kept measuring and pinning only to find that my measuring (or my pinning) wasn't accurate and no where ...

by Elise

Notching and Clipping Hills and Valleys

June 5, 2013 in Tips & Tricks

One of the first tips my mom shared with me when I started sewing was the importance of notching and clipping hills and valleys. It is such a simple thing to do but makes a huge difference in your finished product. It helps the fabric lay correctly when you turn it right side out. Take a look at what I ...

by Elise

Minky Fabric Tips

May 23, 2013 in Tips & Tricks

Minky fabric can be hard to work with and sometimes frustrating. So what better than a few minky fabric tips to help you out! 1. Minky doesn't shrink after being washed so you can "buy and sew". Just remember, if you are sewing it to other fabrics such as flannel, you must still wash your other fabric. Otherwise, your project may ...

by Elise

The Secrets To Shirring

May 1, 2013 in Sewing Basics, Tips & Tricks

After spending more time than I would like to admit, I have finally learned the secrets to shirring! I read blog after blog and tip after tip. All pointed me in a different direction and none of them gave me the scrunch that is needed in shirring. I would line everything up, think it was perfect and bam! another perfectly ...

by Kendra

Tips for Patching your Favorite Jeans

January 11, 2012 in Tips & Tricks

Once I find a pair of jeans that fit right, I do almost anything to never throw them out. Luckily, this mostly involves patching holes as they spring up. Here are some tips for better patches:   When the hole is in an awkward place for something decorative or bright, I'll use a scrap of fabric cut from the hem, facing, bottom of sleeves, ...

by Kelly

Halloween Sewing Tip 3

October 18, 2011 in Tips & Tricks

Put your best foot forward  because Halloween is the time for challenging fabrics,and  having the right presser foot for the job can make make the difference in your project's success. For silk, velvet, elastic, or other fabrics that are difficult to feed, use a Roller Foot. The textured rollers provide more control and help move the foot freely across various fabric ...

by Kelly

Halloween Sewing Tip 2

October 13, 2011 in General, Tips & Tricks

Decorative edge rotary blade Rotary cutters are great for cutting out costumes quickly. A rotary cutter with a pinking or wave blade is often enough of a seam finish you could need.

by Kelly

Halloween Sewing Tip 1

October 11, 2011 in General, Tips & Tricks

When shopping for Halloween costume supplies do not forget the necessary notions, thread, buttons, zippers, interfacing, stabilizer, and fusible webbing. You’ll be happy you have them on hand!

by Kendra

Pearl & Piping Foot

July 26, 2010 in General, Tips & Tricks

I love trying different feet for my sewing machine, it's always an adventure and I learn a lot. My latest find is the Pearl & Piping Foot from Baby Lock. I recently used this foot to attach a string of beads to a project I've been slowly working on. My confidence had me overly hiped about how easy this would be -- ...

What’s Old is Made New Again РPart 2

June 29, 2010 in General, Tips & Tricks

Anyone who sews knows the occasional frustration of finding the perfect pattern, but being unable to find the perfect fabric. Fabric stores and quilt shops abound with wonderful fabrics from terrific designers in every color of the rainbow. Still, you can walk away from you search without finding what you're looking for. Sometimes it pays to think outside the box when it ...
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