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

Stay stitching.

Stay Stitching

“Stay Stitch inside the seam allowance” is a fairly common instruction in patterns.  Generally, stay stitching is used to make … More

The selvedge edge of fabric is completely finished, and often more densely woven than the body of the cloth..

Using the Selvedge Edge

The “selvedge” (not “salvage”, which is what I always thought my mother was saying) edge of the fabric is created … More

The Machine Rolled Hem.

Machine Rolled Hem

The machine rolled hem is, of course, completely not period before the advent of sewing machines and special task machine … More

A Ribbon Hem, front side, worked with 1/8" wide gold grosgrain.

Ribbon Hem

This technique produces a lovely hem – fully finished, and with a decorative ribbon right at the edge.  

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

The Fake Felled Seam is identical from front and back.

Fake Flat Felled Seam

The Fake Flat Fell Seam makes a fully finished seam that is identical on both the front and back sides. … More