finished button hole

Narrow Bound Button Holes

I love bound button holes. They’re beautiful beasties. The problem is, I don’t like fat bound button holes with a … More

finished bias tape

Making Bias Tape

Making bias tape is shockingly easy. Sure, it’s a little tedious, but it’s really easy. The question is, why would … More

repeating the stitch to create a row of squares

The Square Chain Stitch

According to my handy-dandy stitch dictionary, this is also called the “open chain stitch” or “Roman chain stitch”. This is … More

blanket stitch continued around edge

Blanket Stitched Edging

This is a really nice looking edge finish. It’s decorative and fully sealed. It shows up all throughout the ages … More

Eventually, you have a perfectly straight cut that follows the grain of the fabric.

Pulling a Thread

Sometimes, fabrics don’t play nice.  Like, you have a wonderfully soft, light weight, breathable, utterly perfect fabric you want to … More

The finished Hairline Seam.

Hairline Seam

This is the ultra-thin version of the French Seam.  It’s very useful if you’re making fine linen pieces (like coifs), … More

The finished French Seam, from the back.

French Seam

The French Seam is my favorite seam of all time.  It’s fully encased and leaves no visible stitching on the … More

A finished Fell Seam, seen from the top.

Felled Seam

A Felled Seam is a nicely enclosed, reinforced seam.  We tend to associate it with modern blue jeans, but it’s … More