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SEW-lutions Guidelines

Your Guide to Successful Sewing

SEW-lutions Guidelines are educational articles in pdf format. They cover all aspects of sewing, from beginner and learn to sew instructions to advanced sewing techniques. The Guidelines project is ongoing and new Guidelines are added on a regular basis. For sewers of all levels, they are Your Guide to Successful Sewing! Read Copyright Information
 


 

1 - Sewing Tools

1.105

Basic Tools

1.107

Sewing Tools

1.108

More Sewing Tools

1.125

Mats for Rotary Cutters

1.126

Rotary Mat Q&A

1.130

Scissors and Shears

1.133

Rotary Cutters

1.135

Measuring Tools

1.145

Marking Tools

1.150

Tube Turners Part 1

1.151

Tube Turners Part 2

2 - Equipment

2.101

Setting Up a Sewing Room

2.102

Sewing Machine Basics

2.105

Buying a Sewing Machine

2.115

Pressing Equipment

2.116

Ironing Boards

2.150

Sergers

2.210

Presses & Home Pressing Systems

2.220

Serger Stitches

2.245

Computerized Sewing Machines

3 - Understanding Patterns

3.110

Pattern Markings Part 1

3.111

Pattern Markings Part 2

4 - Fabric

4.103

The Right Fabric

4.104

Preparing to Sew - Fabric and Pattern Preparation

4.105

Cotton

4.107

Identifying Fibers & Fabrics

4.110

Denim - More Than Just Jeans

4.120

Napped Fabrics

4.130

Unconventional Fabric Sources

4.204

Straightening Fabric Grain

4.215

Sewing with Knits

4.218

Working with Napped Fabrics

4.225

Wool

4.258

Slick Tricks: Laminated Fabrics and Vinyls

4.260

Sewing with Handwovens

4.315

Identifying Plaids

4.230

Sewing with Minkee-like Fabrics

5 -Linings & Interfacings

5.110

Interfacing 101

6 - Notions

6.105

Button, Button

6.130

Pins

6.141

Invisible Thread

6.145

Elastic - the Notion that Gives

6.155

Selecting Snaps

6.185

Bindings & Tapes

6.186

Using Bias Tape

6.206

Rick Rack

7 - Home Dec

7.115

Bed Coverings

7.120

Drapery Types

7.130

Table Treatments: Tablecloths

7.135

Table Treatments: Placemats, Napkins and Runners

7.136

Decorating with Quilts

8 - Home Dec How To

8.120

Pillows

8.130

Fabric Napkins

8.140

Covering a Lampshade with Fabric

8.150

Making Rod Pocket Curtains

8.151

Tab Top Curtains

8.160

Making a Shower Curtain

8.170

Covering a Bench Top

8.260

Tassels

9 - Quilting

9.120

Quilting Tools

9.124

Quilting Terms

9.125

Notions for Quilters

9.201 

Pre-Cut Quilting Fabrics

9.205

Quilting Rulers

9.222

Quilting Designs

9.230

Making Bias and Bias Binding

9.240

Binding a Quilt

9.250

Prairie Points

9.265

Yo-Yos

9.350

Seminole Piecing

10 -  Fashion/Apparel

10.105

Body Types

10.120

Clothing Care and Repair

11 - General How-To

11.107

Pressing Pants

11.110

Simple Seaming Techniques

11.115

Seam Finishes Part 1

11.125

Fold-Down Casings

11.130

Simple Hems

11.135

Staystitching

11.215

Easing, Gathering & Shirring

11.221

Working with Fold-over Elastic

11.226

Applied Casings

11.227

Twin-Needle Sewing

11.230

Seam Finishes Part 2

11.232

Ruffles

11.260

Working with Stripes

11.305

Piping

11.310

Princess Seams

11.330

Flat Fell Seams

11.340

Bound and Hong Kong
Seam Finishes

11.380

Beading Part 1

11.381

Beading Part 2

12 - Garment How-To

12.105

Attaching Buttons

12.150

Easy Waistband Casings

12.155

Centered Zipper

12.201

Button Loops

12.202

Covered Buttons

12.211

Understitching

12.220

Dart Basics

12.225

Topstitching

12.226

Shirt Collar Pointers

12.230

Machine Buttonholes, Part 1

12.231

Machine Buttonholes, Part 2

12.245

Belt Loops

12.246

Skirt Slits

12.250

Lapped Zippers

12.252

Exposed Zippers

12.295

Set-In Sleeves

12.310

Invisible Zipper

12.340

Continuous Lap Sleeve Placket

12.360

Weighted Hems

13 - Fitting

13.105

Multi-Sized Patterns

14 - Alterations

14.101

Hemming Jeans

14.105

Replacing a Button

14.115

Altering Dress and Skirt Hems

14.120

Shortening Pants and Sleeves

15 - Hand Stitches

15.105

Running Stitch - Basting

15.240

Diagonal and Slip Basting

16 - Machine Stitches

16.105

Straight Stitch

16.120

Blindhem Stitch

16.205

Zigzag Stitch

16.230

Decorative Machine Stitching

17 -  Machine Arts/Embroidery

17.110

Threads for Machine Embroidery

17.212

Monogramming Etiquette

17.215

Couching

17.221

Embellishing with Iron-Ons

17.222

Pintucking

17.225

Bobbinwork

17.235

Hooping Specialty Fabrics

18 - Pattern Design Changes

18.210

Patch Pockets, Part 1

18.211

Patch Pockets, Part 2

18.230

Simple Pattern Innovations

19 - Selecting a Sewing  Professional

19.105

How to Find a Sewing Educator

20 - Attachments

20.225  NEW

Multiple Hole Foot

21 - Sewing Health

21.110

Sewing Room Setup for Healthy Sewing

21.115

Ergonomic Tools and Accessories

22 - Charts and Tables

22.110

Hand Sewing Needle Guide

22.115

Sewing Machine Needle Charts

22.140

Hand Stitches

 

 

Document Numbering System

EXAMPLE

Section #

Level of Difficulty

Guideline #

 

 

  1 - Beginner
  2 - Intermediate
  3 - Advanced

 

Guideline 4.204

4

2

04

The Guidelines project is scheduled to include several hundred articles. Many Guidelines refer to other Guidelines that may still be in the process of being produced.


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