Inserting a Shirt Front Placket


I am about to release a new shirt pattern that has a front placket detail so I wanted to do a tutorial on how to insert a placket. I have used white thread intentionally in this tutorial so it is easier to see my stitches.  Ordinarily I would match the thread to my fabric so … Read more

How To Assemble a PDF Pattern


There are a lot of tutorials or blog posts like this one on the internet that show you how to put together a PDF print-at-home sewing pattern.  Truthfully, this tutorial is not that different from the others.  However, being a designer and seller of PDF patterns, I do feel it is necessary to write a … Read more

How To Make Fabric Covered Cording and Apply It To Your Project!


Self covered cording, sometimes referred to as piping, is used in many different sewing projects for both the home and garments.  It is easy to make and adds a nice detail. It is typically made by covering a length of cotton cording with a strip of bias cut fabric.  Because of the nature of the bias grain, this allows the fabric to roll … Read more

How To Sew A Blind Hem

A blind hem stitch is used a lot in home sewing projects.  It is mostly used for side and bottom hems of shades and draperies.  The blind hem can also be used to hem a skirt or pair of pants in place of hand stitching. Most sewing machines today have a blind stitch setting.  You can choose … Read more

How To Sew A Mock French Seam

The mock French seam is another easy way to create a clean finish on your seams for light to medium weight fabrics.  It encases the raw edge in the same way that a French seam does, but the sewing technique is slightly different.  The ‘mock’ french seam finish can be used on curves, unlike the traditional French seam. Step … Read more