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 […]
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 […]
If you’re new to sewing, you might be wondering what the difference is between fabric scissors and normal scissors? Are fabric scissors necessary? Or can you cut fabric with regular scissors? To find out, I spoke to Ernest Wright and LDH Scissors. Ernest Wright is a manufacturer of scissors. They’ve been in business since 1902! LDH Scissors […]
When you start sewing, something you’ll hear all the time is “never cut paper with fabric scissors”. But can you actually cut paper with them? Or does it really dull your fabric scissors that badly? To find out, I spoke to Ernest Wright, LDH Scissors, and Pro Sharp. Ernest Wright is a manufacturer of scissors. They’ve been in […]
I interviewed 3 companies that make fabric scissors and/or sharpen them. Here’s their professional advice on how to sharpen fabric scissors and pinking scissors. The best way to sharpen fabric and pinking scissors is to send them to a professional sharpening service. Expect to pay about $7 – 20 (£6 – 15). You only need […]
So you’ve just bought some gorgeous new fabric and are ready to cut into it? WAIT! There are 5 important things to do first, or you’ll have problems later on with your project. For example, your new top might shrink after it’s first wash! Or the colors may run. Here’s how to prepare your fabric […]
Sew in interfacing vs fusible: Interfacing gives structure to “limp” fabric. There are 2 main types: sew-in and fusible. The first is sewn onto the fabric, and the second is glued on using an iron. You can buy woven and non-woven versions of both. They come in different weights and colors too. I can’t say […]
Learn what sew-in interfacing is, the different types there are, and when to use them. All explained simply, with pictures.