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BASIC MACHINE SEWING SKILLS

This page offers tutorials that can help you learn the basic techniques of sewing with a sewing machine. These lessons are essential for acquiring basic skills in sewing, such as fabric gathering,  seam edge finishing, sewing on buttons, installing a zipper, making piping and more.  These techniques will enable you to create various sewing items with ease.


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Blind Hem Stitch Using the Sewing Machine

Blind Hem Stitch Using the Sewing Machine

Learn how to sew a blind hem stitch with a sewing machine. You can use this stitch to hem pants, skirts, curtain, etc.
Making a hem using this stitch is fast, easy and almost invisible.
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Clean Finished Seam: How to Sew a Turn & Stitch Seam

Clean Finished Seam: How to Sew a Turn & Stitch Seam

Learn how to finish seams with this tutorial on sewing a turn and stitch seam. The end product is a clean finished seam. Needlepointers.com

Double Stitched Seam Finish

Double Stitched Seam Finish

Here is a tutorial on how to sew the double stitched seam, a great seam finishing technique to prevent fraying as well as rolling with knit fabrics. Needlepointers.com

Edgestitching - How to Edgestitch

Edgestitching - How to Edgestitch

A video on how to edgestitch which is sometimes referred to as topstitch. . Edge stitching is a finishing stitch which is sewn on the right side of the fabric very close to the edge. It is a decorative stitch. Needlepointers.com

Flat Felled Seam

Flat Felled Seam

How to sew a flat felled seam. A flat felled seam is commonly seen on sportswear and menswear. It is a strong flat seam that will not fray. This tutorial will show how to make a flat felled seam, commonly seen on jeans and denim jackets, that has two rows of stitches on the right side of the fabric. Needlepointers.com

French Seam Tutorial

French Seam Tutorial

A video on how to sew a French seam that gives a project a neat, professional-looking finish, with no raw edges. Needlepointers.com

Gathering - Basting Stitch Method

Gathering - Basting Stitch Method

Learn how to gather using the basting stitch method with this basic sewing tutorial video. Needlepointers.com

Gathering - Using the Zig Zag Over Thread Method

Gathering - Using the Zig Zag Over Thread Method

The typical instructions for gathering is to sew two lines of basting stitches and then gently pull the fabric to gather. Did you ever have the basting stitches break? This tutorial will show you a simple method of gathering using a zigzag stitch over thread. Needlepointers.com Associate

How to Install A Zipper Into A Project (Exposed Zipper)

How to Install A Zipper Into A Project (Exposed Zipper)

How to sew a basic zipper where the teeth and part of the tape is exposed. This super simple method for installing a zipper is used in sportswear, home d├ęcor projects, pouches, purses and many other projects.

How to Machine Sew On A Button

How to Machine Sew On A Button

This tutorial will show how to sew on a button using a sewing machine with a built-in button stitch. Needlepointers.com

How to Machine Sew On A Button

How to Machine Sew On A Button

This video will demonstrate how to sew on a button a sewing machine and the zigzag stitch. If your sewing machine doesn't have a built-in button stitch, you can use the zigzag stitch to sew on buttons. Learn how with this video. Needlepointers.com

Lapped Seam - How to Sew a Lapped Seam

Lapped Seam - How to Sew a Lapped Seam

A lapped seam is formed when one fabric layer is lapped over the other and topstitched in place. There are two ways to construct a lapped seam. This video will show you how to use the lapped seam when stitching a seam is difficult such as when sewing a blouse yoke or curved pieces Needlepointers.com

Lapped seam on leather, fleece, felt or suede

Lapped seam on leather, fleece, felt or suede

How to sew a lapped seam. A lapped seam is when one piece of fabric is lapped over the other and topstitched in place. This is the type of seam to use when sewing leather, fleece, felt and suede. Needlepointers.com

Lettuce Edge Hem

Lettuce Edge Hem

This video and photo tutorial will show you how to do the lettuce edge hem. This hemming technique forms a ruffled edge on knit fabric. Lettuce edge finish is cute and girly. Needlepointers.com

Lettuce Hem

Lettuce Hem

Learn to use a serger to sew a lettuce hem to the edge of garments with knit fabrics. The lettuce hem is a wavy hem used on girls' clothes. Needlepointers.com Associate

Mock French Seam

Mock French Seam

Learn how to sew a mock french seam with this video tutorial. The mock French seam is a seam finishing technique that gives the project a neat, professional-looking finish. Needlepointers.com

Pinking Shear Seams

Pinking Shear Seams

Watch this tutorial to learn how to finish seams using pinking shears. This simple finishing technique is quick and easy. Needlepointers.com

Piping  - How to Sew Piping with a pintuck foot (piping foot)

Piping - How to Sew Piping with a pintuck foot (piping foot)

A video tutorial on how to make piping using a pintuck foot. You can also use a piping foot. Needlepointers.com

Piping - How to Sew Piping using a Zipper Foot

Piping - How to Sew Piping using a Zipper Foot

How to make piping (cording) using a zipper foot. Needlepointers.com

Rolled Hem Tutorial

Rolled Hem Tutorial

Sewing a rolled hem with a serger is fast and easy! Learn how to setup a serger to sew a rolled hem with this video and photo tutorial. Needlepointers.com Associate

Shortening A Zipper

Shortening A Zipper

This tutorial shows how to shorten a zipper using a sewing machine. Simply make a new stop on a longer zipper!

Sulky - Sewing Video Tutorials

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A variety of video tutorials on beginner to advanced techniques by Sulky. Affiliate Link to Sulky Store

Topstitching - How to Topstitch

Topstitching - How to Topstitch

This tutorial will show you straight-up topstitching where a straight stitch is sewn parallel to the seamline though the top fabric and the seam allowance underneath. Needlepointers.com

Understitch - How to Understitch a Seam

Understitch - How to Understitch a Seam

Understitching is simply stitching a line close to the edge of a facing to keep it from rolling toward the outside. This technique is used in necklines, armhole facings and waistband seams. Needlepointers.com





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