Sewing Hack – How to Curve Straight Needles

  No doubt, curved needles for sewing are awesome. But what if all you have is a regular straight sewing needle when you’re struggling with sewing through thick fabrics? Try the sewing hack in this video tutorial and extend the use of your basic pack of needles.

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Repairing Topstitching on Leather by Hand

  Hand sewing a zipper can be simple. This video tutorial shows how a topstitch is used to fix a purse zipper – on a mini-backpack style bag. All you need is a heavy duty needle, thread, and maybe a thimble and dot of glue – you can sew leather, heavy canvas, or pleather by…

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Sewing Tutorial – Repairing Purse Strap with D-Ring

  Fixing or making a purse strap is simple using the right needle and a straight stitch. This sewing video tutorial will help you make or repair a strap that uses a D-ring. This would be similar for repairing a D-ring belt as well. The great thing about D-rings is that they are relatively simple…

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Sewing Tools – How to Replace Rotary Blades

  Rotary cutters are great for cutting straight whether you’re piecing a quilt or cutting larger pieces of other kinds of fabric. These kinds of blades will need attention and replacement periodically. Check out this video to see how to clean the mechanisms, replace the blades safely, and save them for disposal.

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Quick Sewing Fix – Repair Snagged Knits

  Fixing a snagged sweater or pull in a woven wrap is simple. All you need is a simple tool, and you can keep your sweaters, and other garments like open weave knits in top shape! Just follow along in this video tutorial.

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Runway Inspirations: Marni – Paired Brocade

The fabrics on this dress are delicious! Mixing a couple of jacquard or brocade fabrics as shown on this dress (from the Marni Ready-to-Wear Spring 2015 runway) doesn’t have to be hard. TRY IT: The pieces that make up this dress are irregular, but you can use any dress sewing pattern and get a similar…

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Runway Inspirations: Carven – Racing Stripe

Can you replicate these sporty sewing details? Absolutely!! One look from the Carven Spring 2015 ready-to-wear runway will give you clues on how to do it! TRY IT: You have two options to get this look and need three solid colors total: two neutrals (black and white) plus one color OR two contrasting colors (think your…

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Runway Inspired Details: Valentino – Bohemian Handkerchief

TRY IT: A reinterpretation of a handkerchief style bohemian bodice – as a kite. This Valentino could inspire yours – beautifully made with a curated collection of lightweight fabric remnants! Little bits of fabric can give you a lot of available surface to work with when combined, so be daring! OPTION: Work it onto a…

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Runway Inspired Details – Diane von Furstenberg – Checks Mixing Scales

A great way to mix different pattern scales – seen at DVF Spring 2015 Collection by Diane von Furstenberg: TRY IT: Have fun taking inspiration from one garment (like trousers) to inform what kind of fabric you pick for your top. A similar pattern in a larger size adds interest, and can help draw the…

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Runway Inspired Details: Michael Kors – Flower Power

Sew up a flirty flower skirt! Just take a little inspiration from the Michael Kors Collection – Spring 2015 ready-to-wear line. MAKE IT: Think tone-on-tone color palette for this project. You only need two additional things for the detail shown here: several single stem silk flowers and buttons or beads for their centers. Pull the…

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