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For a completely polished look, your pants should hit at the right length. You don't want them dragging on the ground or getting caught on your shoes. But you don't need to spend time or money taking your trousers to a tailor to get it right. If you're wondering how to hem pants, you'll be pleased to learn that it's surprisingly easy. Start by finding a thread color that matches what was used to create the original hem. Remove that hem with small sewing scissors or a seam...
English paper piecing is an old technique often associated with patchwork quilts. Because this method of piecing is so time consuming and cumbersome, a lot of people avoid patchwork. English paper piecing involves cutting the pattern pieces from paper. Old letters or envelopes were used because they were made of sturdier paper. This method was widely used with silks and other thin fabrics to add stability to the design. The paper pattern was traced around on the fabric...
As technology changes, so does quilting. If you know how to make photo quilts, you will be combining some of the new with some of the old to create a fabulous memory of a person or a happy event. How to Make Photo Quilts First, you have to decide on who or what you would like to memorialize. Then, go to your pictures. If you have a high quality scanner, you might be able to scan photos, but photos from your digital camera are probably your best bet. Upload your images to...
The easiest way to learn a new sewing technique is by practicing it when you are not under pressure. You ideally should have some extra time to really look at the fabric and the way the seam is created as it runs through the machine. Sewing machine hemming is no exception to this. It is a little bit tricky to learn but once the technique is mastered you will wonder why it ever seemed difficult. What You Will Need for Machine Hemming The list of things you will need for...
New to sewing? Getting to know your sewing machine parts will help you get going on your first project. Knowing the important parts of sewing machines can also help you decide on which sewing machine you would like to buy, should you be in the market to having your own. Important Sewing Machine Parts If you are looking at buying a sewing machine, you will find a number of different brands available. In addition, each brand may offer several types of sewing machines that...
Knowing how to sew a button on a garment can help solve potentially embarrassing situations. It also can return otherwise sound pieces of clothing to daily use or allow you to spruce up your wardrobe without buying new clothes. Buttons are the most popular type of closure for clothes. They also are the easiest to repair or replace. Standard button-sewing technique Sewing on a button has two main objectives: The button must be secure, and it must not be too tight against...
Sewing miter corners will give your project a finished, professional appearance. While miter corners may sound scary, they really aren't that hard to do with a little time and practice. And, miter corners really do cut back on the decidedly bulky appearance that corners can have. Sewing Miter Corners Using an iron, press your desired hem into the fabric. For purposes of discussion now, think in terms of an overall one inch hem with a one-quarter inch fold underneath....
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