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Sewing Basics

Do you know the difference between a serger and a sewing machine? They are very different in purpose and functionality, but when paired together, they make an excellent team! 

A double-fold hem is a great method to learn. It involves folding the raw edge of the fabric under and sewing it in place to ensure a clean and neat finish to your projects!

Once you start sewing, you realize how fast your sewing supplies and fabric stash start accumulating! Keeping your supplies and fabric organized from the start will help keep you motivated to sew (and to stay organized). It's amazing how much less time it takes to sew when you don't have to search around for your scissors or dig through drawers to find the right needle. See our stylish and economical ways to store your sewing supplies.

  Threading a sewing machine may seem easy enough. You simply open the machine manual and follow the thread path described, right? Some machines even are marked with a series of numbers indicating the order and direction the thread should run.   There are, however, a couple of pitfalls that can prevent success if you don’t know two simple things: how to keep your thread properly situated in the tension discs and how to turn the handwheel to more easily access the take-up lever.  

Most of us have been successfully using scissors since first grade. Because of that, you might think that cutting the fabric for a sewing project is the easiest part of the process. But you can’t cut fabric like you cut up magazines for a school project. Here are five great tips you should know about cutting fabric that will make your next project easier.

Whether you’ve purchased a new sewing machine, inherited a machine from a friend, or found one at a yard sale, understanding a few key points can make a difference when threading it. For the precise threading path for your machine, refer to the machine’s manual or looking up the specifics online. To learn more about threading a machine in general or to refresh your memory, watch this video!

Proper pressing is essential to successful sewing. Regardless of the quality of your equipment, knowing how to press can make a significant different in the quality of your work.

Here’s a fact: If you sew, you will “unsew.” Simply put, sometimes it is necessary to remove a line of stitching. What you need to unsew is a sharp, good quality seam ripper. It is a must-have tool in your sewing kit; make friends with it.

The first step to success in sewing is threading a needle, which is not as simple as it sounds. Getting a thread end through the eye of a needle can be tricky. We show you easy tricks, so you can begin sewing.

When you’re standing at the great wall of notions in the store, how do you know which needle and thread to pick for your project? Here are four of the most common combinations, plus a few tips to help you decipher the product labels.

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