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New Workshops Coming Soon: Hand Sewing 101 & Hand Sewing For Mending and Repair

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Hand Sewing 101 (coming soon)

Learn basic hand sewing techniques to banish your fears of stitching by hand. This beginner-level class will cover the essentials, from tools and materials to all the most common sewing stitches. No previous sewing experience required.

Hand Sewing for Mending & Repair (coming soon)
Rescue worn clothing with simple hand mending techniques. This class will cover basic hand-sewn repairs for tears, holes, and frayed fabrics. Students are expected to know basic hand-sewing techniques.before taking this class.

Keep up with our upcoming events to reserve your space in our workshops.

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How To Sew On A Button

HOW TO SEW ON A BUTTON
(This process works  best for shirt, suit, or pant buttons)

What You Will Need:
1 sewing needle
1 thicker sewing needle or a toothpick to use as a spacer
Button or Buttons
Scissors
Silk Buttonhole Twist

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STEP 1: Thread the Needle and Knot the End of the Thread

To start, be sure you have at least 12” of thread to work with. If you have 24” or more, double over the thread, which means you slide the thread through the eye of the needle, folding the thread in half until you have 2 equal sides of thread. Put a square knot in the end of the thread, using both sides together.

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STEP 2: Create an Anchor X Point

Starting on the back side of the fabric, run the needle through the front where the button will eventually live. Run the thread through to the back, and again to the front, to create a small X where the button will be centered. This X will also act as reinforcement for the thread so that the button doesn’t loosen from stress.

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STEP 3: Position the Button

Put the button on the anchor X and begin sewing from the back side of the fabric. Push the needle through the first button hole. At this point you will want to use a spacer. A second needle or a toothpick will work fine.

Push the needle through the second hole from the front side of the fabric to the back side, encasing the second needle in a loop.

Push the needle from the back side of the fabric and through the third button hole and pull the thread all the way through, while using your fingertip to keep the button in place.  Then push the needle back through the last button hole, while sliding the second needle in place to encase it a second time by a second loop.

Repeat 3 sets of this process for each set of holes. (A total of 6 times)

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How to Hem Jeans in 30 Minutes

This is the quick and easy way to hem any pair of jeans!
Next time you are considering taking your jeans to a tailor to be hemmed, do it yourself!

What You Will Need
Jeans
Scissors
Measuring Tape
Pins
Iron
Sewing Machine
Thread

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Simple DIY Suspenders Tutorial

SUSPENDERS TUTORIAL SUPPLIES LIST
A simple way to make suspenders with seven items, in only eight easy steps.

What You Will Need


1. Elastic
(no wider than 1″)

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2. 4 Straight Pins

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3. Needle and Thread

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4. One 1″ Metal Back Patch

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5. 1 Garment Tape Measure

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6. Scissors

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7. Four 1″ Grips With Brackets

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STEP 1: With the tape measure, measure from 1 inch below your left front pant loop, bring the tape measure over your left shoulder and down to 1 inch below and to the right of your center pant loop, or 1 inch below your right back pant loop. This is the length of elastic you will need. Be sure to cut 2 strips of the elastic in this length.

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STEP 2: With the scissors, cut 2 straps from the elastic in the length you measured in step 1.

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STEP 3: Use the straight pins to pin a horizontal line to hold the elastic end around the grip, making sure that when the grips are clipped onto your

pants, the elastic is snug but comfortable.

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STEP 4: Hand sew the end of the elastic so that it’s around one of the grip ends. (This will be the back right end)

STEP 5: Take the end of the elastic that is not yet sewn, and put it through the metal back patch, so that the point of the triangle is facing up.

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STEP 6: Sew the unfinished side so that it’s around a second grip end.

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STEP 7: Take the second strap of elastic and repeat steps 3-5, making sure both straps of elastic form an overlapping X.

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STEP 8: Trim off most of the excess elastic that remains, clip on all 4 grips.

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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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