Sewing Resources

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Sewing knits with a sewing machine: Testing foot-tension-needle combos

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I am sergerless. At Van Handel Headquarters, I’m sewing knits with a sewing machine. And, for the most part, sewing knits without a serger works just swell for me. I’ve sewn scuba knit, sweatshirt fleece, ponte, heavy sweater knit, cotton spandex, and more on my Babylock Elizabeth machine and been happy with the results. And then I sewed my Bridgetown backless dress. And I scowled a lot. That experience inspired an epic sewing experiment. […]

How to press scuba knit and more: Tips for working with scuba fabric

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Scuba knit fabric is having a moment. It’s showing up at my local Jo-Ann, and Threads magazine ran a big scuba knit article in late 2016. I used scuba knit to sew the Victory Patterns Jackie dress. I’d never worked with scuba, and it took some research to figure out best pressing practices. That’s when I decided to write all MY tips for working with scuba fabric. So, dear sewing friends, keep reading to learn scuba knit basics, how to press scuba knit, and more tips for working with scuba fabric. […]

Anorak sewing pattern guide: 3 popular jackets, side by side

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Along with stirring up autumn leaves, the nippy fall breeze also has brought us anorak patterns! This autumn, there are two new anorak pattern releases on the indie sewing scene: Kelly, from Closet Case Patterns, and Lonetree, the first solo pattern from Indiesew co-founder, Allie Olson. These two fresh jacket patterns join Sewaholic’s beloved Minoru, […]

Swimwear sewing tips: 8 can’t-miss resources in one place

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1: Helen’s Closet 2: 101 Creations 3: Helen’s Closet 4: Seamwork 5: SeamstressErin Designs 6: Indiesew Line swimsuit illustration: Closet Case Files I recently wrapped on the Reno halter swim top and high-waisted Dakota swim bottoms from Seamwork magazine. As I sewed, I wished there were a single place to check out lots of different […]

Sewing tips: 12 sewing truths for rookie sewists

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I’m mostly a self-taught sewist. I took one two-hour class at a sewing machine store when I lived in Madison, and that’s been it for formal training. This means I’ve mostly learned by trial and error, online tutorials, and books and magazines. I’ve missed having a seasoned sewist looking over my shoulder. I imagine she […]

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