Sewing Tips

Get sewing tips to improve your projects and garments. Find how-to sewing tips on stabilizers, sewing with lace, and more, as well as ideas about how you can improve the design of your next sewing project.

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Creating Templates For Designs That Require Multiple Hoopings

Use the following steps to create templates for embroidery design “parts” that need to be combined to form a whole or larger design. The use of templates will insure the accuracy of the “parts” placement. The 5×7" designs have two or more parts for each full design. Embroider Part "A" first, re-hoop, then embroider...

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How to Coordinate Fabric and Trim

Martha’s Classic Cottons have matching trims! Displayed prettily, a length of ribbon provides a finishing touch that propels the ordinary into the extraordinary. A. Baby Piping – Available in Solid or Micro-Check B. Spaghetti Bias – Available in Solid or Micro-Check C. Picot-Edge Folded Bias – Available in Solid or Micro-Check D. Folded Bias...

Stabilizer Recommendations

FABRIC TYPE   RECOMMENDED STABILIZER Woven Cotton, Batiste, Denim, Linen, Broadcloth   Stitch N Wash Silk, Silk Dupioni, Satin, Taffeta   Dream Weave Towel, Terry Cloth   Base: Wet N Stick or Perfect Stick Topping: Water Soluble Topping or Heat N Gone Velvet, Velour, Suede   Perfect Stick, Heat N Gone Topping Polar Fleece,...

Sewing with Lace: Tips & Tricks

Lace Facts Insertion – lace with two straight sides Edging – lace with one straight side and one scalloped side Beading – lace with openings for weaving ribbon Entredeux – embroidered trim that resembles a tiny train track with seam allowances How to Dye Lace 2 cups strong coffee or tea 1/4 cup vinegar...

Paper Doll Stitching Recommendations

  When embroidering the paper dolls and clothing onto fabric rather than as stand-alone embroideries, hoop the fabric with two layers of stabilizer. Make sure the stabilizer is smooth. To hold the layers together firmly, use a temporary embroidery spray between the layer of fabric and stabilizer and also between the stabilizer layers. When embroidering...

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How to Embroider on Baby Knits

Click here to view all baby knits and order   When embroidering on the baby knits: Hoop a piece of the Floriani Wet-n-Gone Tacky stabilizer, with paper side up, score with a pin and remove the paper backing. Place knit fabric or knit article centered on hooped stabilizer. Cut and place another piece of...

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Tiger Tape Tip

Gathered Lace to Entredeux The technique “Gathered Lace to Entredeux” is used in almost every heirloom garment as a neck and/or a sleeve finish. Although lovely, this technique can drive you crazy for several reasons. As you stitch the two pieces together, the lace either clumps as it is attached or the sewing machine...