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Help me say sewer, but not sewer, en espaƱol por favor.

How do I say "sewer" in Spanish? Not the pipe that waste water goes into, but a person who sews on a sewing machine? [more inside]
posted by buzzv on Nov 28, 2012 - 9 answers

Best tips and advice for a sewing beginner?

Sewing-filter: Top 5 tips for a beginner working on my first real project from a pattern? Bonus question: can I do this? Pep talks welcome. [more inside]
posted by mireille on Nov 23, 2012 - 28 answers

Channeling my inner fashion designer

What's the most cost-efficient way to hem and dart my shirts? What kind of sewing machine fits my urge to adjust clothing? [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88 on Nov 23, 2012 - 10 answers

How do I learn to become a bespoke tailor and/or find an apprenticeship in the United States?

Where should I look for information on becoming a bespoke tailor (through books/self-education, training, and/or apprenticeship) in the United States? [more inside]
posted by faeuboulanger on Nov 18, 2012 - 9 answers

How to use a sewing machine?

Have sewing machine. Have kids that need Halloween costumes. Have no knowledge of how to use said sewing machine. Help! [more inside]
posted by chicxulub on Oct 15, 2012 - 10 answers

Run! she's got scissors!

How can I tell in advance if a knitted fabric will run when I cut it? [more inside]
posted by Corvid on Oct 12, 2012 - 4 answers

What's the best sewing reference book?

I would like to buy a good book on how to sew. I don't mean a beginner's instructional book, since I can already sew quite well, but a comprehensive reference book that covers everything from the basics to advanced tailoring and couture techniques. I want a sewing book that is the equivalent of Vogue Knitting, which is revered among knitters as the knitter's Bible. I've come across Vogue Sewing, and Power Sewing by Sandra Betzina. Would you recommend either one of these as the best choice, or do you know of another book you think is better?
posted by orange swan on Sep 21, 2012 - 10 answers

New sewing machine for canvas and Cordura?

I'd like to upgrade from hand-stitching, and buy my first sewing machine. I'm only interested in sewing bags (mostly messenger bags), and I'll be using Cordura and natural canvas. What sewing machine will do the job? I don't want to fork out a lot for an industrial machine, because that's just too much of a commitment for something I only dabble in. And I don't have enough space for those antique Singer cabinets.
posted by Xere on Sep 12, 2012 - 12 answers

Knitters are to Ravelry as Sewers are to....?

Is there a community web site for sewers that is comparable to what Ravelry is for knitters? This means, in case you're not familiar with Ravelry, that I can use it to document my sewing projects, look at other people's sewing projects, search for patterns (or pattern reviews), and share information with other sewers in the forums.
posted by orange swan on Aug 29, 2012 - 10 answers

Help Me Get My DIY On In The Bay

I just moved back to the Bay Area and am trying to get my DIY on again. Please recommend resources and spaces for ceramics, knitting, and sewing lessons/classes/circles in the East Bay or SF. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on Aug 23, 2012 - 9 answers

I wanna stitch on the edge!

Hand Embroidery Filter: How do you keep something taut enough (ie handkerchief, tablecloth) to embroider around the edge of it? [more inside]
posted by koucha on Aug 20, 2012 - 8 answers

How do I sew this type of applique?

Master Seamstresses and Tailors: I have the dress. I have the applique. Help me sew them to make them one! [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Aug 14, 2012 - 11 answers

Fleas got into my sewing stuff--do I need to throw it all out?

Alrighty. We were about to move into a new house, and found AFTER I'd moved several plastic tubs of sewing stuff (LOTS OF CLOTH) into the house that it was terribly infested with fleas. Do I just need to throw it out, or is there something I can do? [more inside]
posted by supercoollady on Aug 7, 2012 - 27 answers

Help me sew a bamboo martial arts gi.

I want to use bamboo fabric to sew a custom martial arts gi. Help me find fabric and plan this out. [more inside]
posted by jeffmshaw on Jul 31, 2012 - 9 answers

What kind of elastic will do the job?

AskMe sewers! That's as in ("sewing," not as in sewage). I found a piece of fabric I'd like to make a simple tube-style dress out of, sewing in a back seam to join the fabric and then sewing in elastic above the bust. I have two kinds of elastic on hand. Should I use the flat 3/4 inch specifically "non-roll" kind, which seems kind of wide and bulky, or the flat 3/8" braided one? [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on Jul 3, 2012 - 12 answers

My robe is more wrinkled than I am

I just finished sewing a kimono-style bathrobe out of 100% woven cotton fabric. When it came out of the dryer, the belt, bottom hem, and front band were wrinkled enough that I had to iron them. Ironing a bathrobe is not what I signed up for! Short of taking the robe apart to put interfacing in to prevent wrinkles, is there anything I can do? In case it matters, I have a HE front-loading washer and the matching dryer; the robe was washed in warm water and dried on normal heat, then removed immediately. The fabric was washed once before being cut, and I was scrupulous about laying the pieces out on the grain.
posted by DrGail on Jun 25, 2012 - 5 answers

What sewing machine should I buy?

What kind of sewing machine should I get my beloved for her birthday? [more inside]
posted by Jode on Jun 21, 2012 - 16 answers

I want to get both of them in there

Help me work out how to alter this dress pattern for a big bust. A friend walked me through doing one with a bust dart, but I want to avoid frustration with this and hopefully get it right myself. [more inside]
posted by mippy on Jun 7, 2012 - 13 answers

The dress must be out there.

Mefi Sewers! I am a beginning sewer and just found a fabulous vintage patterned length of fabric (two yards x 58 inches) at a thrift shop for two bucks. I want to make a very simple a-line shift dress that is made from two cuts of fabric, front and back, that sew together on the sides of the body. A zipper in the back is ok. I cannot seem to find a pattern, vintage or otherwise, that fulfills these criteria. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on May 19, 2012 - 8 answers

Serging forward

I used an overlocker (serger) for the first time yesterday, and I was impressed. I'd like to get one when I am in a position to have a proper sewing space (hopefully in the next year), but can I survive without one for dressmaking well enough? And what should I be looking for in a first machine? [more inside]
posted by mippy on May 17, 2012 - 13 answers

Useful gifts made of beautiful fabric

What (relatively useful) items/gifts can I make out of beautiful fabric? I'm developing a dangerous Spoonflower addiction. [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee on May 12, 2012 - 27 answers

Sew help me

So I've bought a sewing machine. Now what else do I need to get going? [more inside]
posted by guessthis on May 7, 2012 - 22 answers

Becoming an at-home tailoring whiz

Hi Sewers! I'm just learning how to sew thanks to a new sewing machine and a community college class this summer, but I'd like to develop a specific expertise in alterations and tailoring due to my love of thrifting. There are lots of sewing books out there- is there one that has an especially good chapter on tailoring and altering? [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on Apr 23, 2012 - 4 answers

This Will Probably Be Harder Than Pajama Pants

What are good pattern resources for sewing a basic, A-line dress? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Apr 18, 2012 - 20 answers

Lost a ton of weight, clothes don't fit anymore. Should I learn to do my own alterations or buy new clothes?

I've lost a lot of weight in the past year and have gone from a size 14 to a size 8. After a few years of thinking it was just a metabolism/getting older thing, my doctor recently discovered my weight gain was caused by the beginning stages of hypothyroidism. (I ballooned 47 lbs. in a year and half.) After I started taking medication (and increasing my workouts,) the weight started dropping off. I was a size 4 before all the gain, so it's possible I might lose more. I have a lot of nice clothes that don't fit me anymore. Some pieces are really nice designer items and I'd like to keep them and protect my investment in them. Alterations are expensive, and buying new clothes isn't cheap, either. Is it worth it to learn how to sew and do my own alterations? Before I invest in a sewing machine and some classes, I want to know if this plan is doable. I know nothing about sewing, so is taking in clothes something that's complex and should be left to the professionals?
posted by matrushka on Mar 30, 2012 - 16 answers

Sewing machine vibrations and Computer hard drives.

Can a mini sewing machine and iMac live happily on the same desk? [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams on Mar 25, 2012 - 4 answers

Help me make a Dirndl?

Where can I find a pattern for a modern dirndl-style summer dress? [more inside]
posted by permiechickie on Mar 20, 2012 - 14 answers

Help me to efficiently and accurately search for a piece of cord!

My favorite ratty old coat is away at the tailor being freshened up. I need to order some replacement parts to give the man who's fixing my beloved outerwear, but I don't know what to call these parts when I'm googling for shopping options. I need help efficiently and accurately searching for a piece of cord with which to re-affix the fasteners to my coat. [more inside]
posted by treefort on Mar 19, 2012 - 4 answers

What's the best way to hem a stack of fat quarters?

Is there a simpler way to sew a hem than how I'm doing it now? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Mar 9, 2012 - 16 answers

Please help me identify this fabric

Please help me identify this fabric. [more inside]
posted by homodachi on Mar 5, 2012 - 9 answers

What color thread should I use for quilting?

What color thread should I use to quilt this quilt? [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Mar 2, 2012 - 16 answers

Put my sewing machine through its paces!

I'm a relatively new sewer and just got my first good sewing machine. It's a Brother CS6000i. Before I get started on the various projects that I've been waiting to do since my old machine broke, I want to get to know the machine well. I've read the manual. Now, what should I do to put it through its paces? Give me your idea of an afternoon of sewing machine boot camp.
posted by ocherdraco on Mar 1, 2012 - 18 answers

Basic (as in, no bells and whistles) sewing machine recommendations for a beginner...

Can anyone recommend (from personal experience) a good, basic, durable sewing machine? [more inside]
posted by brownrd on Feb 14, 2012 - 14 answers

Sewing machine service vs. upgrading?

Sewing machine issues: should I go for a service, or upgrade to a better model? [more inside]
posted by robintw on Feb 8, 2012 - 6 answers

Making a set of leather armor from absolute scratch

I want to make a set of armor out of leather. Where on earth do I start? [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith on Feb 7, 2012 - 13 answers

Guidance for buying a used sewing machine?

Shopping for a used sewing machine - what should I check for, and what questions should I ask before buying? [more inside]
posted by gg on Feb 6, 2012 - 10 answers

DIY gone maybe a bit overboard?

I have two wing chairs, unfortunately expensive taste in upholstery, and a desire for a long-term project. Can this work? [more inside]
posted by gracedissolved on Jan 24, 2012 - 10 answers

I swear we were born into the wrong generation.

[SewingFilter] We'd rather avoid making the worst sewing machine related purchase of our lives? Help us decide if getting an older machine could be a better choice than a newer model. [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld on Jan 5, 2012 - 37 answers

Craft ideas for plain scrap fabric

Looking for uses for small scraps of plain (not particularly pretty) fabric. [more inside]
posted by sarae on Dec 23, 2011 - 16 answers

The World's Best Pins

My wife has requested sewing pins for Christmas. Please help me find the world's very best sewing pins! [more inside]
posted by Irontom on Dec 14, 2011 - 14 answers

Do new and hip fleece patterns exist?

DIY Holiday Gifts: I love sewing easy projects with fleece, but hate how all the patterns out there are stuck in the 80s. Help me find some more hip, updated and/or useful patterns! [more inside]
posted by Kindlekat on Nov 28, 2011 - 17 answers

What to give the seamstress who has everything?

What's a super fancy thing to buy the seamstress in your life? [more inside]
posted by 10ch on Nov 25, 2011 - 30 answers

How do I alter the sleeves on a sweater?

I have a long sleeved hot pink sweater that is kind of marmish looking. I think it could be made kickier with short sleeves, though. How would I go about altering it? [more inside]
posted by bluefly on Nov 14, 2011 - 6 answers

Practical assistance with sewing trouser lining

I have a couple new pairs of black dress trousers and would like to keep them hole-free as long as possible. I need some practical assistance on the subject of sewing a lining into the crotch area. [more inside]
posted by cranberrymonger on Oct 26, 2011 - 3 answers

Witty Cross-Stitch Won't Cut It

New Hobby; Need Help. Colorful bead art like the pieces that Mardi Gras Indians wear... how to learn? [more inside]
posted by sestaaak on Oct 19, 2011 - 6 answers

Sewing Links for Home Decor/Pattern projects

Sewing and Curtains [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Oct 4, 2011 - 11 answers

How can I repair or disguise tiny holes in wool gabardine?

How can I repair or disguise small holes and tears in wool gabardine (skirts)? [more inside]
posted by skbw on Oct 4, 2011 - 10 answers

Sofa, so good.

Do I cut the piping off a sofa when making a new cover? Please help me avert a diy-disaster! [more inside]
posted by motsque on Oct 3, 2011 - 4 answers

Please fix this bear's coat. Thank you.

The leather-thing holding it on snapped and one of the toggles has come off my duffle-coat. I have the toggle itself, and I have acquired some spare leather-things, but I'm not sure of the best way to re-attach. I don't have a sewing machine, and I don't think I know anyone who does. I have discovered that a thing called 'Fabric glue' exists, but is it any better than superglue? Will superglue work on wool/leather? I could put a few hand-stitches, but the thickness of both bits of material make me think that I might not be able to do a very good job. [more inside]
posted by gregjones on Sep 26, 2011 - 7 answers

Repairing a tear in crepe silk

I tore a silk dress, a long way from any seams or pleats or details. How do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by carbide on Sep 24, 2011 - 12 answers

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