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Back-Stitch & Whip-Stitch


Just in time for all you debonair craftsters, who are coming to bow tie Craft Bar this coming Thursday, here are clear instructions on how to make a simple back stitch from Janet at Stitch School! And to sew the bow tie center piece, here is a simple whip stitch from the folks at Holiday Crafts and Creations. Come on over and let The Museum of Craft and Folk Art, Britex Fabrics, Bretts, and Avery help you get your suave on!

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How to Hand-Sew a Hem


Natalie at Craftzine has posted beautiful instructions on how to make a hand-sewn hem. In her example, she mends a skirt whose hem has come partially unraveled, but you could also use this technique to shorten or lengthen sleeves, pants, dresses, or skirts. If the hem edge isn’t neatened up with a zig-zag finish or folded under, then you will need to prevent unsightly fraying by folding it under a very small amount prior to pinning.

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Basting Techniques


Basting is crucial for constructing well-fitted garments. Chapter 8 from the book “Paris Frocks at Home” (1930), covers basic basting techniques, including armhole basting, basting tucks or pleats, and basting points and curves to ensure sharp points and curvilinear curves. (Thanks to VintageSewing.info for providing us with this resource!)

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Bespoke Hand-Rolled Handkerchiefs

Father’s day is June 20th! Just in time to make some handsome gifts for the very special daddy in your life, here are instructions from Peggy at Skip the Chips for making bespoke hand-rolled handkerchiefs. We think these would be particularly toothsome in either a handful of time-honored Liberty of London prints, or our imported men’s shirting cotton fabrics.

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Hand Hemming Stitch

It is a hemming marathon! Georgene, Mary, and Els are the Sewing Divas; they have made this fabulous tutorial on how to make a simple hand slip stitch. There is even mention of how to hem lined garments, where the lining is attached to the garment fabric. An invisible, finely stitched hem is the cat’s meow when it comes to couture detailing, therefore is a skill that we would all profit from learning.

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