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Sewing on Buttons Tip#4

We can't possibly sew all our clothing--at least most of us can't. This means we have to deal with the frustration of buttons on ready-to-wear garments. I have found that this problem usually happens with two- or four-hole shirt, jacket or coat buttons. The buttons start to loosen or a tail of thread appears. When [...]

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Sewing on Buttons Tip #3

This tip builds upon Sewing on Buttons Tips #2 and #3 by covering the steps required to finish off your thread shank button.Once you have completed sewing on the button, using your sewing machine needle as a spacer  to create distance between the button and the garment, it is time to strengthen the shank by [...]

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The Classic Shirt

An Updated ClassicAs much as we all love a statement piece, it's really the basics that carry us through the days when we just want to dress smart without a lot of fuss. A classic button-up shirt is perfect for these occasions. It's one of the most timeless, versatile and elegant pieces that can be dressed [...]

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Sewing on Buttons Tip #2

When sewing on shankless buttons such as a shirt button, it is necessary to create a thread shank behind the button. Otherwise the button may be sewn too close to the garment making it difficult, if not impossible, to button it up.It is often recommended that one insert a toothpick or machine sewing needle on [...]

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Sewing on Buttons - Tip #1

When sewing on buttons, I usually use regular all-purpose poly thread, doubled and knotted. I find that conditioning the thread with Thread Heaven or bees wax, and running the thread through my thumb and forefinger several times helps reduce tangling. I cut enough thread to sew on one button at a time as that also [...]

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Moto Me and Urban Threads

Dana Marie Designs has just issued a new jacket pattern called Moto Me and I loved it immediately. It is inspired by the motorcycle jacket and presents lots of opportunity for creativity.This jungle camo print in bull denim is perfect to create an edgy look. The Baroque Punk embroidery from Urban Threads takes it to the [...]

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Jacket Express - Large Print How To

I love the Jacket Express in the Echino London Print. This print is large with a large repeat and calls for special treatment to ensure a professional looking garment.Extra fabric is needed for matching. The rule of thumb is one extra repeat for every yard or metre of fabric required. It is a little more [...]

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Jacket Express #218 - First Project

I recently received this animal print stretch denim and thought it would be perfect for the Jacket Express. Animal prints never seem to go out of style and this stretch denim was an ideal fabric for a jean style jacket. After completing the garment, I decided that snaps rather than buttons would be the perfect [...]

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Jacket Express #218 from Islander Sewing Systems

Jacket Express #218 is the newest sewing pattern from Islander Sewing Systems. This "jean jacket inspired" garment is designed to look smart on a variety of figure types. The instructions include techniques from the ready-to-wear industry adapted for the individual seamstress and production methods that speed up the entire process.The upshot is that you are not [...]

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