Understanding why something is sewn one way or another way is half the battle to ending up with results you are happy with. Learn or ask your sewing questions by following these questions and answers. If you would like to have an ongoing conversation about a sewing problem, stop by our sewing forum
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What's the Best Way to Sew a Pocket Seam? Can I just Zigzag the Seam?Looking at the seam the is the outside edge of an inside pocket, can I just use a zigzag seam or is there another stitch I need to know about?
A viewer ran into a problem with the bottom layer of fabric stretching out when she was sewing straps on a tote bag. One solution would have been easy but there is more than one solution to this common problem.
Is there a way to make my sewing machine sew a chain off the fabric? My sewing machine doesn't like to sew off the fabric or sew a chain after the fabric. Is there a way to make it sew a chain?
Why are some seams pressed open and some pressed to one side? Pressing is an important part of sewing to obtain professional looking results. So when a viewer asks, "Why are some seams pressed open and some pressed to one side?" it's a question that deserves an answer to help understand why some seams are pressed open and some are pressed to one side.
What is the fabric behind a button and why is it there? When I look at ready made clothing, there is a patch of fabric behind where the button is sewn on. What is it and why is it there?
When you've sewn for a long time, sewing straight may seem like second nature, but it's not when you are learning to sew. A few simple tricks makes sewing a straight line second nature.