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  • The First Sea Ice Master Hunters Used Advanced Sewing Techniques (Science Nordic)

    April 25, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    1_sko_nu_med_baggrund_0 Archaeologists think that Greenland’s earliest people were master tailors. They used sewing needles that they created from bird bones and threads spun from animal tendons. These tools were advanced enough, that when used over 4,000 years ago by the Saqqaq people, they  were able to master hunting on sea ice; and were the first to ever do this. They used an overcast stitch which does not waste material. There aren't many clothing objects found from 4,000 years ago that appear to have been repaired, but shoes and socks wear a lot since they are used so much, which is why it is interesting that part of a sock, discovered by archeologists seems to have been repaired by the Saqqaq people.

  • Mending Your Favorite Pair of Jeans

    February 9, 2017 by Britex Fabrics


    With all the rain we've been having in the Bay Area lately, many of us have been spending an incredible amount of time indoors, and have probably been going through our closets and drawers looking for clothing to donate, get rid of, or mend. This 30 minute tutorial from craftleftovers.com will show you how to patch your jeans seamlessly, which will save the time and money it would take you to buy a new pair. All the supplies you will need are available in our brick-and-mortar store in San Francisco. (straight pins, denim fabric, thread, needle scissors, etc.) For the complete mending tutorial, please visit Craft Leftovers here.


  • How to Hand-Sew a Hem

    October 14, 2010 by Britex Fabrics

    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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