Tag Archive: Tips and techniques

Sewing Patterns for Nursing Mama – Sewing for Breastfeeding

Sewing for breastfeeding - sewing patterns that will work for nursing mothers - Melly SewsHey y’all, today we’re going to talk about breastfeeding, and more specifically sewing patterns for breastfeeding.  Much like pregnancy, I just had no idea about nursing until I was in the thick of trying to breastfeed my newborn. I mean you just stick them on and they eat, right? WRONG! Today’s post is mostly aimed at Read the Rest…

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How to Modify Patterns for Maternity Use

How to modify sewing patterns for maternity - maternity pattern alteration - Melly SewsHey y’all, today we’re going to talk about how to modify patterns for maternity wear. I know when I was pregnant, I hated having to buy a whole new wardrobe for a few months. And I couldn’t sew things for myself because I didn’t quite understand how to alter my normal patterns for maternity wear Read the Rest…

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How to Hem a Skirt (and Dresses)

Hey y’all, today we’re going to talk about how to hem a skirt. Have you ever watched Project Runway and seen Nina and the others criticize a crooked hem?  Hems are the quickest way to take your garment from handmade to homemade, and not in a good way. An even hem starts with precise cutting and Read the Rest…

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How to Sew an Invisible Zipper

To start inserting an invisible zipper, the first step is to unzip the zipper and iron the coils flat. If your zipper is longer than you need, sew a wide, very short stitch length zig-zag over the zipper teeth to create a new zipper stop as shown above…

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How to Hem Knits – Knit Hems

How to sew a knit hem - 5 different ways to sew a knit hem, 4 with a regular sewing machine - tutorial with video by Melly SewsHey y’all – today we’re talking about how to sew a knit hem. There are lots of ways to do this, including some you can do on a regular sewing machine and one you do on a serger. I won’t be covering the cover stitch machine, but I do have links to info about cover stitching at Read the Rest…

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Sew Knit Neckband – How to Finish Knit Necklines and Sew Knit Binding

3 ways to sew a knit neckband - finish a knit neckline with one of these methods - video included! Melly SewsHey y’all, continuing the month of sewing with knits, today I want to talk about necklines. Finishing a neckline can be the trickiest part of sewing knits, so today I have a video to show you 3 ways to do it – 2 ways to sew knit neckbands (out of rib knit or self fabric) Read the Rest…

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Types of Stretch Stitches – Sewing Knits

Hey y’all, continuing with the month of sewing knits, today we’re going to talk about different sewing stitches for knits. For those that are beginners to sewing knits, the reason you need a special stitch to sew knit fabric is because knit fabric stretches. Which means you need a stitch that stretches. If you use a straight Read the Rest…

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Understanding Knit Fabrics – Fabric Types

Guide to Knit Fabrics - Understanding different types of knits for sewing with knits - Melly SewsHey y’all, welcome to sewing with knits month on the blog! This month I’m going to be covering tips and techniques for successful knit sewing, and that starts with knowing your knit fabrics. Because the more you know, the more likely you won’t curse your machine and give up on sewing knits forever after you Read the Rest…

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How to Replace a Zipper

How to replace a zipper - How to fix a broken zipper by replacing it - video and tutorial by Melly SewsHey y’all – it’s the last post of mending month here, and I’ve got a quicky on how to replace a zipper. Because PUPPY. Sigh. If you follow me on Instagram, you know we got a Cane Corso puppy  we named Dany. And Dany is ginormous (at current writing, she’s 8 months old and 80 Read the Rest…

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Sewing Studio Organization Tips

Sewing Studio Organization Tips and Tricks from Melly SewsHi everyone! This is Susan, Melissa’s assistant. Let’s talk about that topic we love, or maybe love to hate… studio organization. In the Facebook group a few weeks ago we were discussing sewing goals for 2017, and this is something that came up. Melissa and I are quite different in this area. I have more stashing tendencies than Read the Rest…

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How to Sew a Button

How to Sew on a Button - Sew a Button on by hand for beginners or by machine with these tutorials from Melly SewsHey y’all – true story. One day a girl walked into a fabric store to see if she could pay someone to sew buttons back on her shirt – because she didn’t know how to do it. So today I’m going to show beginners how to sew a button back on, and please don’t skip Read the Rest…

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How to Patch Jeans

How to patch jeans - a DIY sewing tutorial with video from Melly Sews How to patch jeans - a DIY sewing tutorial with video from Melly SewszHey y’all, for today’s mending tutorial I’m going to show you how to patch jeans and still keep a distressed look. I know, it’s kind of a contradiction, but here’s the deal – I hate cold knees. And with my boys, once they tear holes in the knees of their jeans, if I don’t patch Read the Rest…

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#MendingFriending Challenge – How to Mend

How to Mend - Get through your mending pile with these tips and tricks from Melly Sews - DIY alterationsHey y’all – since this is Mending Month on the blog, I thought it would be helpful to talk about how to mend. Not so much the sewing skills (those will come throughout the tutorials this month) but the mental and organizational skills needed to get to the bottom of that pile! If you’re like me, Read the Rest…

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How to Hem Jeans

How to Hem Jeans - Use this method to keep the original hem and the wear and distress on it - Melly SewsHey y’all, welcome to January on the blog. This month we’re going to be talking about mending – because the first part of having a great wardrobe is making sure the things you have fit perfectly. So, if you’ve got short girl probs like me, you’ll like today’s post about how to hem jeans. I’ve Read the Rest…

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7 Great Online Fabric Stores – And What To Buy at Each

7 great online fabric stores -Where to shop for fabric online and what to buy at each store - Melly SewsHey y’all – today I want to answer a question I get a lot – where do you buy your fabric? So I’m going to talk about 7 great online fabric stores that are my personal go-tos when I shop. Before I get into the stores, though, I want to add a few disclaimers. This Read the Rest…

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How to Sew Lace Insets – Lace Insertion Tutorial

How to sew Lace Inset - Insert Lace in a Seam or anywhere else on a garment with this sewing technique - Melly SewsSometimes you just want comfy basics to put on so you just don’t even have to think. And then sometimes you want those basics to have little details that make them uniquely yours. This shirt fell into the latter category for me, so today I’ll be showing you how to do a lace insertion. Y’all, Read the Rest…

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How to Embroider Clothes

How to Embroider Clothes - an overview by Melly SewsI am a sucker for embroidery on clothes. If you ever take a look at my fashion inspiration board on Pinterest, you’ll notice a lot of clothes with embroidery. So I thought today I’d use the post to talk about how to embroider clothes, which is another way to play with this month’s theme of Read the Rest…

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How to Adjust the Bust Apex on a Pattern

Bust Apex Adjustment Tutorial - Find Your Bust Point and Alter Sewing Patterns to Fit - Melly SewsHey y’all, today we’re going to talk about busts and how to adjust the bust apex on a sewing pattern to match your own measurements. One of the reasons I hear often that women don’t want to sew for themselves is that fit is hard when you have curves. Which is why my goal is Read the Rest…

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How to Add a Ruffle to a Garment

How to Add a Ruffle to a Garment - DIY Sewing Tutorial by Melly SewsHey y’all – today we’re going to talk about how to add a ruffle to a garment. Ruffles are s a fun, feminine detail you can add to pretty much any top or dress. For example, I added one to the hem of my Auberley Dress. Adding a ruffle is super simple to do. First, you Read the Rest…

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What is Fabric Drape?

How Fabric Drape Affects a Sewing Pattern - Melly SewsHey y’all, today we’re going to talk about fabric drape and how it affects a garment. My newest pattern is going to call for a drapey fabric like rayon, and I realized that exactly what drape is and how it affects the outcome of a sewing project is a subject that might need clarification. So Read the Rest…

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Sewing With Vintage Sheets

vintagenovelista-2If you’ve read this blog for any amount of time, you know that I have a thing for sewing with vintage sheets. If you’re new, check out this robe, these shorts, or this top and you’ll see what I mean. So today, instead of just showing you my latest button up shirt (the Novelista pattern)to Read the Rest…

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Jean-ious Sewing Prize Pack!

Be a sewing Jeanious - Sew jeans for yourself - HUGE round up of resources and tutorials - Melly SewsY’all, this has been the craziest week behind the scenes, but I hope from your end it’s been fun to revisit our jeans sewing series. And to top it off, today we’ve got a giveaway for you! Make sure to check below the giveaway to see the big ‘ol jeans sewing round up. One U.S. Read the Rest…

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How to Fade Your Jeans – Jean-ious Ideas

How to Fade Your Jeans - Tips and Techniques from Melly SewsOne of my biggest hesitations with making my own jeans is that I really, really, really love that comfy, faded and broken in jeans look. And you just can’t get that right off the bat with jeans you made. So today let’s talk about how to fade jeans. First, it’s important to understand a little Read the Rest…

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Fix Jeans Waistband Gap – Jean-ious Ideas

How to Fix Jeans Waistband Gap - Do it Right and This Alteration is Almost Invisible - Melly SewsY’all, there are a few mysteries of ready to wear clothing that I just can’t solve. Like, why can I find bras and underwear that fit but not swimsuits? Or why do all the cute shoes start at a size 6 when I wear a 5? Or, why do jeans always gap at the back Read the Rest…

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Fabric Warehouse Shopping in Dallas

Warehouse Fabric Shopping in Dallas - a Guide to Inexpensive Fabric - Melly SewsA few years ago, I joined some friends in Los Angeles and discovered the joys of fabric warehouse shopping. Up until that trip, I had never shopped for fabric outside indie fabric shops and big box stores. But warehouse shopping is a whole other thing. Since then, I’ve discovered fabric warehouses in Dallas, and mentioned Read the Rest…

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How to Sew Shorts from Pants Pattern

How to Sew Shorts from Pants Pattern - where to cut, how to figure out inseams, etc - a tutorial by Melly SewsA while back, I lost my sewjo. I was doing a lot of sewing that was WORK, and I never had time anymore for sewing something just because I like sewing. And even if sewing is my job, I should still get to sew just because occasionally, right? Well, that’s how today’s tutorial on sewing Read the Rest…

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Fabric Substitutions – Can I Sew a Pattern for Knit with Woven Fabric?

Can You Switch Knit Fabric for Woven or Substitute Woven Fabric for Knit? A Guide by Melly Sews  One of the questions I often get via email or Facebook is whether a given pattern can be made in a different fabric from the suggested fabrics. And the answer is – it depends. So let’s delve further into the issue and I’ll give you my best rules of thumb for fabric substitutions. I’ve Read the Rest…

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How to Sew a V Neck – Alternate Method

Alternate method to sew a V NeckHey y’all, today we’re revisiting one of my most viewed posts and most downloaded patterns – the Men’s V Neck Tshirt. The V Neck is one of the options on my free Men’s T-shirt pattern, which is what I used to sew this one for the Coach. I’ve done a whole post on the overlapped Read the Rest…

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How to Make Bias Tape – Video and Tutorial to Sew Continuous Bias Tape

How To Make Bias Tape - Sew Custom Bias Tape with this tutorial - Video included! - Melly SewsHey y’all, for today’s Sewing Glossary post, we’re talking Bias Tape and I’ve got a continuous bias tape tutorial for you. This is a method to make bias tape and only have to sew two seams for yards of tape. I’ve got a video tutorial for you below; this may be especially helpful to you Read the Rest…

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Sewing Machine vs Serger vs Coverstitch – What’s the Difference?

Sewing Machine vs Serger vs. Coverstitch - learn the differences between these machines to determine which ones you actually need and what to look for if you buy - Melly SewsHey y’all – today I’m going to be talking about different types of sewing machines – what they do, and which you need. So we’ll be comparing a sewing machine vs. a serger vs. a coverstitch machine. Let’s start with the sewing machine. I sew on a Baby Lock Elizabeth, and I love it (full Read the Rest…

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