I mentioned that the harem pants I made a couple of weeks ago called for a French seam, so I thought I’d include some photos with the explanation of how to sew them. Before joining the Apparel Design program I eventually graduated from years ago, I had no idea what a French seam was. But now I like to use French seams to make a garment look super polished. They’re also great to use if you don’t have a serger and want to make sure the inside of your garment looks as finished as the outside. They take a little extra time, but it’s always worth it.
I have a lot of sewing and craft supplies. Not a hoarder-status amount, but definitely a lot. It’s all fairly organized, but I know I could seriously improve the accessibility of everything. I probably don’t know I have some of the things I have because it’s been so long since I’ve used certain items. While the overall improvement of the sewing and craft room is a work in progress, the place I knew I wanted to start was with my sewing patterns.
I get asked all the time what the best sewing machine is for beginning sewers. See my post about that here. Once you decide on the sewing machine you want to buy, the next step to knowing how to use a sewing machine is knowing what the different parts do. Below the photos are of a Pfaff Hobby 1032, which was the sewing machine I received as a teenager that is still going strong. All sewing machines are slightly different, but the parts below will be found in some way on your sewing machine.
It’s not as intimidating as it seems, I promise.