Learn To Sew
Like a Pro
with these expert resources.
is a comprehensive
sewing instruction program with over 300 pages
of vital sewing information. To help you
maximize your learning, it comes with a helpful
work book designed to guide you step by step to
learn to sew.
In addition to the core
textbook and work book, there are several very
useful bonuses that you will treasure for years
as you learn to sew.
is a vital tool for you as
you learn to sew. There are many specialty
terms used in sewing, quilting, and crafting
that have special meanings. My Sewing
Dictionary provides both a PDF ebook format and
an easy to use sofware that makes it easy to
acces the definition and explanation of each
The Rotary Cutting
Many beginning sewers
overlook the special skills and details
involved in laying out patterns as well as
cutting out patterns and fabrics. The Rotary
Cutting Guidebook reveals the vital secrets you
need to learn how to sew and cut out your
To learn more about this
special instruction course CLICK
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opportunities explore the complete sewing
To Learn about hand sewing
and needle arts CLICK HERE.
Sew Centered Zipper
Sewing Tips - How To Sew An Easy Centered
There are a number of sewing
techniques on how to sew a centered zipper.
But, this is probably the simplest way to save
you from the frustration of having to rip it
out and sew it over.
Here are some sewing tips to
First of all, purchase a
zipper longer than you actually need to avoid
stitching near the bulk of the pull tab. You
can use any of your longer zippers in your
Preshrink the zipper. This
helps prevent buckling later if the tape does
Interface the garment zipper
seam allowances with a lightweight fusible knit
interfacing. Cut 2 strips of fusible knit
interfacing about 1" wide on the straight of
grain and fuse to the wrong side of the garment
zipper area seam allowances.
Stitch your garment seam
from the bottom to the mark where the bottom of
the zipper will be.
Stop and drop the feed dog
on your sewing machine and stitch up and down
in the same place a few stitches to sink a
knot. Don't backstitch. You can never
backstitch straight and this causes bulk in the
seam and never lays well.
Raise the feed dog and set
your sewing machine stitch to a large baste
Continue stitching the seam
to the top. Do not backstitch or make a knot.
Leave a long tail of thread so it will be easy
Clip the first baste stitch
beyond the knot for easy removal later.
Sandwich press the stitched
seam. Press open the seam on the wrong side.
Then press again on the right side. Use a press
cloth to protect your fabric if necessary.
Extra tip: Brown paper super
market bags make good press cloths. Avoid the
Now, wind a bobbin with
"Fusible Thread" and put it in your sewing
Set your sewing machine
stitch length to a large basting stitch.
With the zipper face down at
the sewing machine, use your regular presser
foot and sew from the bottom of the zipper tape
to the top on both sides of the zipper. The
edge of the presser foot will be along the
zipper teeth on the wrong side of the
The "Fusible Thread" basting
will show up on the right side of the zipper
Place your garment with the
zipper seam allowance side up on your pressing
With the zipper face down,
place the bottom metal stop of the zipper at
the bottom of the zipper opening and roll the
teeth down along the stitching line up to the
top. Press both sides of the tape fusing the
tape to the seam allowances.
Note: If you don't have
"Fusible Thread", try using a double sided
transparent basting tape or a strip of fusible
that you press and adhere to the zipper tape.
Then "glue or fuse" the zipper to the seam
Now the zipper is
temporarily held in place.
Cut a strip of 1/2 inch wide
paper medical tape or scotch tape the length of
the zipper opening.
Draw a fine line exactly
down the center of the tape. There should be
1/4 inch on either side of the line.
On the right side of the
garment, place this tape over the zipper seam
line matching up the drawn line on the tape
with the stitching line on the seam.
Set your sewing machine for
top stitching. Put a zipper foot on the
Starting at the bottom of
the zipper below the metal stop, stitch across
the bottom, stop, pivot and continue stitching
up to the top of the zipper using the edge of
the tape as your guide to stitch straight.
Reverse your zipper foot and
stitch the other side across the bottom and up
from the bottom to the top the same.
Now, your zipper is
installed. Remove the paper medical tape from
the right side. Pull the basting thread out
from the top. It should come out easily since
you already clipped the thread next to the
Warning: Do NOT cut off the
top of the zipper until after your waistband is
completed. Leave the zipper open. Apply your
waistband. Then cut off the excess zipper.
You did it! Admire your
centered zipper. It is easy when you know the
Try it! It just makes
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Marian Lewis is a sewing
instructor and the creator of an amazing new
fitting method for hard-to-fit sewing folks. In
her ebook, "Common Sense Fitting Method For
Hard-To-Fit Sewing Folks Who Want Great Fitting
Skirts And Pants", find out step-by-step WHAT
you really need, WHERE you really need it and
HOW to apply that to a commercial sewing
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Accessories For Your Tribe Of Kids" and "Classy
Designer Straight Skirt" where she teaches
basic and advanced sewing techniques.
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