Tips for taking up pants using the original hem

Tips for taking up pants using the original hem

Here's a quick run down on how to hem your pants without losing the original hem. You might like to do this if you need to let the hem down again at a later date or you would like to keep the character of the hem.
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Tips For Taking Up Pants - Measuring & Marking

Tips For Taking Up Pants - Measuring & Marking

Admittedly alterations are not the most exciting part of sewing (at least for me they aren't), but they are probably the thing that friends and family will ask you to do the most. For the times you might decide to say yes, here's a quick run through on the pinning, marking and measuring for taking up pants.
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Two Options For Hemming A Skirt With A Slit

Two Options For Hemming A Skirt With A Slit

This week we'll show you two options for hemming your skirt with a slit. Option one is simply folding the hem up and option two is creating a mitred corner.
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Sewing A Balanced Dart

Sewing A Balanced Dart

Sewing A Balanced Dart

Balanced darts are used in garments to reduce a 'stepped' look when sewing darts in bulky fabrics. The additional fabric that is added actually creates a smoother silhouette and provides a good fit. 

Here's how:

1. Mark the dart on your garment.

2. Pin the dart then cut an extra rectangle of fabric that is bigger that the dart (longer and wider).

3. Re-pin the dart with the rectangle of fabric underneath.

4. Stitch the dart beginning and ending in the excess fabric.

5. Pull the excess fabric away from the stitching line. Cut the excess fabric to match the shape of the dart on the main garment.

6. Press the dart apart from the excess fabric so that the dart is 'balanced' and there is the same amount of fabric on both sides of the stitching line. 

 

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Tips For Working With Pleats

Tips For Working With Pleats

If you are wanting perfect pleats in your next garment read on to find out how. Tips include how to avoid unwanted ridges when pressing and creating a hem that behaves!
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A Couple Of Gathering Tips!

A Couple Of Gathering Tips!

Here are few gathering tips to help get your gathers just so!
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Exposed Hong Kong Seams

Exposed Hong Kong Seams

Read on for a quick how to sew an exposed Hong Kong seam. Hong Kong seams do take extra work so why not put them where they can be seen. This is a great way to add a bit of individuality to your garments. Happy sewing!
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How to: French Seams

How to: French Seams

Read on for a quick run through on sewing French seams. A great option for sheer or lightweight fabric or if you don't own an overlocker and require a professional finish.
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Reducing Bulky Seams

Reducing Bulky Seams

Reducing the bulk inside your seams is really important for getting a professional finish. Read on to find out how I like to create crisp necklines without the lining peaking out.
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Using The Prym Turning Set

Using The Prym Turning Set

Read on to find out how to use the Prym Turning Set. Perfect for turning out straps, belt loops and ties.
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Pattern Matching

Pattern Matching

Pattern matching shows real attention to detail and is totally worth it for those special fabrics (or just those people who pay attention to details!).

Here’s a quick run down on how to pattern match. 

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Narrow Hemming

Narrow Hemming

This is my favourite method for narrow hemming. I love it as no pinning is needed and it can be completed in 4 easy steps.
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