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Cutting Slippery Fabric: How I Learned the Hard Way

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Cutting slippery fabric can be a beastly sewing task. It shifts. It slips away. It bunches up when you ever-so-gently brush against it when you’re trying really REALLY hard not to handle it any more than it needs to be handled. This is the story of how I learned how to cut slippery fabric the hard way โ€” and the technique I use today to ensure drama-free, slippery-fabric slicing. […]

How to Choose Fabric: A Crash Course in Fashion Textiles

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I took “How to Think About Fashion Textiles”ย at the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo, and it was one of those classes that confirmed what I already knew. Natural fabrics (cotton, linen, etc.) are predictable. Denim is hard to buy. A fabric’s properties will determine how a garment turns out. The course did, however, introduce me to new ways of thinking about how to choose fabric. […]

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. […]

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