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Sewing Patterns

31 Gorgeous Free Sewing Patterns for Tops (Women)

Every week I scour the web for free sewing patterns to share with my email subscribers. In the process, I’ve come across a LOT of incredible free sewing patterns for tops. I’m going to share the best patterns for women’s tops, including blouses, tunics, crop tops, summer tops, t-shirts, cami’s, and more. All of the […]

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Sewing for Beginners

How Big a Yard of Fabric is & 6 Helpful Photo Comparisons

A yard of fabric is 36″, 3 feet, 0.9144 meters, or 91.44cm. It looks like a yardstick, or about double your shoulder width. A “yard of fabric” only describes the length, not the width. Fabric widths often vary from 43″ (1.09m) to 60″ (1.5m). Fabric stores won’t cut the width, they only measure and cut […]

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Sewing for Beginners

How To Clean & Look After Fabric Scissors: I Asked 3 Pros

Cleaning and looking after your fabric scissors will make them cut smoothly and repel rust. Here are 4 steps to make your scissors last longer: Wipe your scissors after each use to remove waste fibers. Wash them to remove glue and dirt (stainless steel scissors only). Oil your scissors so they cut smoothly & don’t […]

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15 Sewing Patterns for Potholders & Oven Mitts (8 Free!)

Here are the best sewing patterns I’ve found for potholders, hot pads, oven mitts, and double oven gloves. I’ve included free printable PDF patterns and physical paper ones. Ps. I run an email list where I send people 1 FREE sewing pattern every Thursday. If that sounds exciting to you, join here. It’s normally printable […]

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Fabric

Best Fabric for DIY Oven Mitts & Gloves (What the Pros Use)

I wanted to learn the best way to make oven mitts and gloves, so I headed to big department stores to see exactly how professionals make them. I compared cheap $7 oven mitts and pricier $33 ones. I learned that the best fabric for the outer layer is thick cotton, so it’s harder to burn […]

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Sewing Machines

How to Change a Sewing Machine Needle in 59 Seconds (Singer, Brother, Janome)

Here’s how Singer, Brother, and Janome manuals recommend changing a sewing machine needle. I reviewed at least 3 manuals from each brand, so I haven’t skipped important bits. If your machine is from another brand, this post will still apply. Most brands use the same process. Here’s how to change a sewing machine needle (in a nutshell): […]

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Sewing Machines

How to Put a Bobbin in Any Sewing Machine – 4 Ways

This is a follow-up from my previous post, how to thread a bobbin. Here’s how to put a threaded bobbin in your sewing machine. This process can be broken down into 3 main stages: Insert the bobbin into your sewing machine. Thread the upper thread system and needle. Pull the bobbin thread up. There are […]

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Sewing Machines

How to Thread Any Bobbin (Singer, Brother, Janome) – 6 Ways

Here’s how to thread a bobbin, no matter what type of sewing machine you have. I examined 11+ sewing machine manuals, from old basic models to fancy computerized ones. I focused on Singer, Brother, and Janome machines, but this post applies to other brands too because they’re largely the same. I’m going to start with […]

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36 FREE Printable Sewing Patterns for Kids, Babies & Toddlers

I’m always looking for free sewing patterns to share with people on my email list (join here for 1 free pattern every Thursday!). Here are the best printable sewing patterns I’ve found for kids. These are modern and on-trend designs. For this post I focused on clothes, hats, and accessories. The sizes include babies, toddlers, […]

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Sewing Patterns

12 Cross Back ‘Japanese’ Apron Patterns & Tutorials (+ FREE)

I’m sharing apron sewing patterns and tutorials that have a criss-cross back. They’re sometimes called Japanese aprons. I’ve included free printable sewing patterns, physical paper ones, and tutorials with apron measurements. FREE PDF cross back apron patterns Apron with front pocket by Tessuti Download now ($0) Sizes: one size. Design: this apron has a square […]