28 Types of Fabric for Dresses (Names, Pics, Uses)

Here are the most popular fabrics used for dresses. I’ve listed their names, described what each fabric is like, and what types of dresses they’re used for.  I also interviewed a fashion industry veteran on how to choose the best fabric for your DIY dresses. Polina spent over a decade doing fashion development and production … Read more

11 Different Types of Sewing Machines

There are many different types of machines that sew fabric. Each one has a specific use which I’ll explain today. Electronic sewing machines  They’re basic machines with no computerized elements. They have a limited number of stitches – typically 10 to 30, with only 1 buttonhole style (rectangle). The most basic versions will have pre-set … Read more

How to Sew Linen from Start to Finish

Linen is one of my favorite fibers to work with, and I’ve made countless items from different types of linen. I have a small army of linen shirts, many pairs of linen trousers, a few linen tops, and even a few linen jackets. I also recently sewed some heavy linen curtains for our kitchen, and … Read more

26 Best Sewing Patterns for Teddy Bears (12 Free PDFs!)

Here are the best sewing patterns I’ve found for teddy bears! I’ve covered different styles, sizes, and formats (printed and PDF). I’ve also rated them based on how beginner-friendly they are. Skip to: Free patterns Small & easy bears for beginners PDF patterns Paper patterns Memory bears Vintage bears Free teddy bear patterns (printable PDFs): … Read more

The Best Sewing Machine Brands (Ranked by Pros)

The most popular sewing machine brands Babylock Bernina Brother Elna Husqvarna Viking Jaguar Janome Juki Singer Pfaff Toyota Note: I’m only including brands that still exist today, and this post is focused on their home sewing machine ranges only. Brother Who are they? Brother was founded in 1908 by Kanekichi Yasui in Japan (source) under … Read more

The Best Fabric Dyes for 23 Fabrics

When choosing the best dye for your project, the most important thing to be aware of is the fiber content of the items you’re dyeing. This will help you choose the most reliable and permanent dye, as different types of dyes are formulated to work with different types of fibers.  The best dye for cotton, … Read more