Zipper 101: Different Types of Zippers, Parts, & Sliders

Zippers come in a wide variety of designs and sizes for different uses. The most common types are nylon all-purpose, molded plastic VISLON, metal, invisible, closed-end, open-end, waterproof, reversible, locking, continuous, and 2-way zippers. This guide will help you find the right zip for your next sewing project. Contents list: Different zipper types & their … Read more

21 Types of Buttons (Photos, Names, Uses)

Buttons differ in design, material, and uses. There are 5 main designs: 2 and 4-hole flat buttons, shank buttons, stud buttons, and toggles. These are available in a wide variety of materials including wood, metal, pearl, horn, plastic, etc. In this article, I’ll walk you through the most popular types of buttons so you can … Read more

25 Leggings Sewing Patterns for Women, Kids, Men (9 FREE!)

From basic leggings to unique designs, pockets, and high waists, here are the best sewing patterns we’ve found for women, men, and kids. 9 are free!  Contents list: Free patterns Free kids’ patterns High-waisted women’s leggings Women’s leggings with pockets For plus size women Other designs For children For men Quick Q&As Free women’s leggings: … Read more

How to Sew a Buttonhole by Hand – Ultimate Guide (+ Video)

Contents list: Thread Supplies Preparation Rectangle buttonhole Round end buttonhole Keyhole buttonhole Troubleshooting Hand sewn vs machine sewn buttonholes What thread do you use for hand sewing buttonholes? Traditionally, silk buttonhole twist thread (for example [1], [2], or [3]) is used for hand working buttonholes. It’s a thicker silk thread that’s very strong, and it … Read more

38 Skirt Sewing Patterns for Women (23 FREE!)

Skirts can make perfect first projects for beginner sewists, as well as more involved, exciting projects for those who are more experienced. Today, I’m sharing 38 great skirt sewing patterns with you, including 23 free downloads and tons of different styles! Contents list: Free patterns Easy skirts for beginners Maxi and midi skirts Wrap skirts … Read more