Sewing tips can be found just about anywhere. On the inside packaging of notions, among the pages of glossy sewing magazines, at sewing groups on just about any social media platform as well as numerous online tutorials, videos, and online classes. Every sewer has their favorite tips for sewing.
Stabilizers are generally non-woven textiles placed inside or under fabric pieces during construction to provide support and stability to the garment when stitching, particulary during embroidery. Stabilizers are different than iron-on or sew-on interfacings which also provide fabric support.
A home sewer’s printed tissue sewing pattern is like a printed paper road map; the directions on getting from one place to another are all tantalizingly provided, but it’s up to the reader to interpret and make sense of how to get from point A (You Are Here) to point B (Unfamiliar There).
The result of our human endeavors should be to provide the best of all possible worlds for us as individuals, our families, our societies, our nations, and the environment both now and into the future. As we sew today, consider sewing sustainably with just a few considerations for what that means.
The ubiquitous zipper that opens and closes our garments, upholstery items, coats, purses, handbags, sporting goods, camping gear and more, effortlessly at that, has a long history dating back to the 1850s. Sewing a zipper in clothing needn’t be a sewer's lament.
Sewing for our four-footed canine friends is as much fun as sewing stuffed and dressed whimsical animals and toys for children. Colorful fabrics, small bits of loopy-tape, grosgrain ribbon, and bias binding go a long way to dressing up and protecting our loving furry companions.
Fashioning jewelry for personal adornment out of fabric and fibers has a long history. The usual metals, stones or fired glass materials is customary for jewelry making in modern times however, early artisans most likely had knotted threads, strips of leather, cording and woven fibers to work with.
Indoor friendly games can help to temporarily relieve the anxiety and pent up energy for some children who find themselves suddenly in a non-routine sort of day whether from uncooperative weather or by public decree. It may be helpful to engage them, at least for a little while, in a fun activity.
Focusing on the well-being of family as well as those whose welfare we care about and concern for our communities during the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) places us all in unprecedented times. We adapt as best we can. Try sewing cleaning cloth replacements when disposable resources are scare.
The historical significance of the hankie, this most unassuming of clothing accessories, a mere square of delicate cloth usually hand embroidered, at times bejeweled by the wealthy, and in its unadorned form and utilitarian use carried in men’s breast or pants pocket cannot be denied.