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  • There is a common myth going around that sewing knits is hard. Well, we are here to disprove those rumors and put you on the road to endless t-shirts, maxi dresses, and yoga pants. Sure, sewing jersey and spandex is a little different than sewing 100% cotton, but with a few tips and tricks you’ll be a pro. After you watch our…

  • Welcome back to the Beginner’s Guide to Sewing! In Episode 9, we’re going to put those creative juices to work and make an easy elastic waistband skirt. No pattern needed, just a large rectangle equal to waist measurement x2. The skirt I’m making is a miniature version, so you can see the project better as I’m making it, but the steps are…

  • Welcome back to the Beginner’s Guide to Sewing! Last week you learned all about elastic and it’s time to put those skills to test. In this episode, you’ll learn how to make a simple hair scrunchie (the 90’s are back!) and 2 variations of a headband. All of these are super easy and a great opportunity to practice sewing with elastic. Not…

  • Let’s dive into the wonderful world of elastic! In this episode we teach you about the most common types of elastic and their pros/cons. By learning how to sew elastic, you will be able to sew many new projects like skirts, dresses, pants, bags…the list goes on. We teach you how to sew elastic directly on fabric, in a casing, and through…

  • Old school seamstresses say you can tell the quality of a garment and its maker by inspecting the hem. Clearly, this is some important stuff. Originally, we wanted to introduce hems and elastic in together, but decided each subject needed its own video. In Episode 6, we’re going to bombard you with information. You learn all about the most basic hems, as…

  • Unfortunately, sewing isn’t all fun and seams. Sewing machines, just like any machine, need some TLC to keep them running smoothly. That means cleaning, tune ups, and oiling as directed in your manual. Think of your machine like your car; the more you use it, the more upkeep it needs.  In this video, you’ll learn basic sewing machine care and troubleshooting. In…

  • In Episode 4 we’re actually making a project! That’s right; you suffered through 3 episodes to build a strong foundation, not it’s time to have some fun. Now, as the saying goes, there’s more than one way to skin a cat. Every sewists has his/her own special process. I’m going to teach you the way I sew, because the techniques I use…

  • Ever been completely bewildered by your sewing machine? So many buttons and knobs and little parts – which parts is which??? We understand. We were once there, too. So, to go along with our Beginner’s Guide to Sewing, we’ve made this little reference guide to elaborate on those parts we went over in the videos- plus a few extras. It’s all alphabetical…

  • In this video, we learn the basics of reading  patterns, as well as a little bit about fabric and notions. Patterns are intimidating and like learning a new language. It’s basically like putting together a puzzle; some are simple and easy, while others are incredibly difficult. The trick is to know what the lines and symbols mean. The more you expose yourself…

  • Welcome back to The Beginner’s Guide to Sewing! In episode 2, you’ll learn all about the required tools/supplies for sewing. When we were planning this video, our goal was to make the supply list as inexpensive as possible for the novice sewist. Our solution was to break the supply list into 3 categories, from “absolutely must have” to “important, but you can…