The A – Z of sewing terms

A Anchoring stitches – These are machine stitches that are sewn with zero stitch length, to keep from pulling out. This term can also be used to refer to when you stitch backwards for a couple of stitches, to anchor it. Applique  – This comes from the French word “appliquer,” which means to apply or put on. In sewing, applique is used to describe the process of applying one kind of fabric on top of another layer of fabric. This is fixed into place by sewing or by another fusing means. It…

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How to use fusible web for applique

Fusible web is a double-sided adhesive that has a paper backing. It is great for appliqué because you can stick one piece of fabric onto another, then sew the raw edges. The paper also temporarily adds stiffness to your appliqué fabric, making it much easier to cut curves, notches and details.In short, you iron it to one fabric, cut out a shape, peel the paper away, then iron it to another fabric. There are several brands of fusible web–Wonder Under and Steam-a-Seam being the most well-known. It’s fun and easy…

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How to create your own pattern

Pattern Drafting Supplies: When it comes to clothes pattern making, you will need to collect a few things before getting started: Large sheet of craft/art paper Different color sharpies Tape measure Ruler Scissors How to Make a Pattern: Step-by-Step Tutorial   Take your large piece of construction paper (I used 20″x 40″) and fold in half. Lay your shirt on top of the folder paper as shown below. Fold the sleeve toward the center of the shirt and trace all the way around. Mark a line where your neckline starts on…

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How to add a detachable wristlet strap

Having a strap or handle on your bag or purse gives you something to grab onto and offers a bit of added security so you have less chance of losing your purse while you’re out and about. Adding a detachable strap to a zipper pouch or a clutch purse is easy to do using using a simple lobster clasp and d-ring, plus the metal hardware always adds a professional finish to your bag. Supplies One piece of fabric 1-1/2″ x 2″ for the loop and one piece of fabric 1-1/2″…

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