Sewing 101: Fastenings

Sewing 101: Fastenings - The Thinking Closet

Yesterday, my Brother and I navigated uncharted waters with fastenings of all kinds: buttons, zippers, snaps, and elastic.  It was quite the educational experience.  I even got to change my J foot for the first time and swap it out for three different feet a.k.a. “robot claws.”  I felt really proud of myself when I got in the groove of poppin’ ‘em off, and poppin’ on new ones.  (Oh, the small delights of a beginner!) Buttons: {read more…}

Sewing 101: Shirring

Sewing 101: Shirring by The Thinking Closet

My poor sewing machine was totally and utterly neglected over the holidays.  My crafty projects just seemed to call for a hammer and nail or glue gun instead.  I even thought I heard my “Brother” crying during those eight hours of working on my No-Sew Christmas tree skirt. Let’s just say I had some making up to do. Yesterday, I pulled my Bro out of the closet, sat him on the table, asked for forgiveness, {read more…}

Sewing 101: Tucks

Sewing 101: Tucks via The Thinking Closet

It has been over a month since I last tackled Raechel Myers’s Sewing 101 course…but it felt good to dust off the ole new machine and get back into the trenches today. I never knew what the term “tuck” meant in the sewing world…until now.  And I’m proud to say that I have conquered three different types!  Spaced tucks, blind tucks, and pin tucks: Apparently, tucks are well above Sewing 101 level, but once they’re {read more…}

Easy Denim Skirt Tutorial for the Beginner Sewist

Easy Denim Skirt Tutorial for the Beginner Sewist via The Thinking Closet

They say the best way to learn something…is to teach it.  Right? So, I’m going to attempt to teach what I just learned in my beginner sewing class at my local Jo-Ann’s Fabric store last Monday: how to sew a denim skirt. There is no pattern involved, and it’s a very do-able project for novices – – I can attest.  Our instructor, Jeanette, has been teaching at Jo-Ann’s for fourteen years, and this project is {read more…}

Sewing 101: Darts & Marking

Tracing Paper - Sewing 101 - via The Thinking Closet

I’m back to Raechel Myers’s Sewing 101 course online.  This time, we’re practicing darts & marking.  And apparently, darts aren’t just things you throw at a target.  And marking…well, let’s have a quick heart to heart about marking. So, I sort of lol’d at myself because when Raechel said we needed tracing paper for this project, I went out and bought what I thought was tracing paper – – the clearish thin paper of my {read more…}

Sewing 101: Seams of All Kinds

Sewing Practice. Inside curve, notching, outside curve, clipping.

That moment they mention French seams on Project Runway and not only do you know what they’re talking about, but you just did one….  Ah, the sweetness.  It made the beginner sewer in me sit a little taller at my machine yesterday. So, I’m making progress in Raechel Myers’ Sewing 101 course: seams of all kinds.  I’m using white muslin and black thread for the most part through these exercises for contrast purposes (so if my edges {read more…}

Sewing 101: First Stitches

Straight stitch examples from Sewing 101

Yesterday, my Brother sewing machine and I shared a lot of bonding time.  I carefully unwrapped him from his box, gave him the ‘ole once over (about twelve times over), and even put him to work! I’m working my way through a free online Sewing 101 course by the amazing Raechel Myers from Finding my Feet, a punny blog that covers everything from design to family life to sewing tutorials.  In her course, Raechel shares with {read more…}