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Beginner’s Guide to Sewing (Ep 15): Alterations Part 2

Welcome back to the Beginner’s Guide to Sewing! In episode 15 we learn a simple technique for lengthening hems by adding a hem facing. This technique can be used on pants, skirts, dresses, shirts…even curtains and table clothes. It’s even a great way to add a fun decorative touch to your projects.

This skill is particularly helpful for those with children, as extending the pant length will extend life of your children’s clothing.

Feel free to have fun with contrasting fabric and colors for a bold, custom look.

19 Comments

  1. I need some help in setting up my color change system in my embroidery machine. It is 15 needle. The cam is either loose or too tight and so my color change does not move easily from needle to needle. Would appreciate any help. Thanks. Vilma

  2. I have been sewing professionally for 20 years.(I am 40). I was watching these videos, (I used to teach/train sewing also), and I was amazed!!! there are so many time saving tricks that the beginner could benefit from. I wish I had not had to learn the hard way. these videos are extremely helpful to a beginner and moderate seamstress. keep up the great work and keep the videos coming!!!

  3. I have a new belt for my 158.18030 sewing machine but I can not figure out how to install it. Can you help me. Thanks so much. Barbara

    1. Hi Barbara! You have to use a screwdriver to remove the back sewing machine case, which will expose the belt. Then, simply remove the old one and replace the new one. Make sure to turn the hand wheel towards yourself a few times to make sure the belt is secure.

  4. I have a Simplicity sewing machine, model 2507 and i have misplaced my manual, I need to be refreshed ( as i haven’t used it for awhile ) on how to remove the free arm so i can get to my bobbin Any help will be greatly appreciated…… Thank you Viola.

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