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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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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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Fabric Scissors vs Normal Scissors: 7+ Differences Explained

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 […]

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Cutting Paper with Fabric Scissors: What 5 Pros Think

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 […]

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I Asked 3 Pros How to Sharpen Fabric & Pinking Scissors

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 […]

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How to Prepare Fabric Before You Cut & Sew: 5 Critical Steps

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 […]

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Sew-In Interfacing VS Fusible – Which is Better?

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 […]

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What is Sew-In Interfacing? 6 Types Explained & When to Use

Learn what sew-in interfacing is, the different types there are, and when to use them. All explained simply, with pictures.