Category: Sewing tips

Sewing tips

Bias Tape Foot

Since becoming serious about my sewing, I have purchased a number of specialty presser feet. A bias tape presser foot is specifically designed to sew double fold bias tape in a single sewing step. If you’ve sewn double fold bias tape with a universal presser foot (aka zig zag presser foot), you’re likely familiar with …

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Continuous Bias Tape

In the previous post (Continuous Bias Strip) showed you how I create continuous bias strips. In this post I’ll show you how I transform those strips into continuous bias tape. Bias tape is a bias strip that has been folded (wrong sides together) and pressed. It’s used for concealing cut fabric edges in a variety …

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Continuous Bias Strip

In my previous post I mentioned that I didn’t have any solid white fabric to make my own bias tape. Making your own bias tape allows you to match your project’s fabric perfectly. It’s also a good way to use up some of your fabric stash. In this post you’ll show you how I make …

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Emery Pin Cushion

My pin cushions are filled with batting. In my previous post (Common Sewing Tools2) I mentioned that I’ve noticed that some of my pins are dull. I’ve heard that an emery-filled pin cushion keeps pins sharp. (As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.) I ordered a package of “Yarn Tree 4333 Sewing White …

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Common Sewing Tools2

In the previous post I outlined some common sewing tools for cutting fabric. In this post I’ll outline common sewing tools to help get the sewing done. Pins There are two kinds of pins used in sewing: straight pins and safety pins. Both are used to hold fabric together. CreateForLess has a great post on …

Sewing tips

Common Sewing Tools1

Regardless of what kind of sewing projects you like to sew, you will need to cut fabric. Common sewing tools to accomplish this task include sewing shears, plinking shears and rotary cutters. Sewing Shears Sewing shears have been a common sewing tool for centuries. While scissors have two handles that are the same, shears have …

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Narrow Zipper Foot

Since becoming serious about my sewing, I have purchased a number of specialty presser feet. One of my more recent purchases has been a “narrow zipper foot”. That’s right… a “narrow zipper foot”. There is more than one kind of zipper foot for regular zipper applications (an “invisible zipper foot” is used when sewing invisible …

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Pre-wash fabrics

This week at Sewn By Tanya, new fabrics are being washed and pressed in preparation for sewing.  Why pre-wash? That’s a good question Some items (like the Sewn By Tanya Slouch Bag) use a combination of different fabrics. Home decor fabrics,  cotton canvas, quilting weight cotton, light weight cotton, cotton polyester blends, and brocade all …