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Home Sewing Group - Sewing Clothing

The Home Sewing Group is for people with a strong interest in sewing clothing or fashion accessories. This group can discuss sewing techniques, sewing patterns, seam categories etc.

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Latest Activity: Jan 7, 2018

Here are a few links to some of my sewing relevant information at the Apparel Search website...
Sewing Stitches and Seams Guide
Home Sewing
Home Sewing Patterns
Sewing Machinery
Sewing Information
Sewing Definitions
Home Sewing Patterns
Home Sewing Supply Store

You may also have interest in the pattern maker group here on the Fashion Industry Network.

If you know any other helpful sewing information, let me know...

The discussion forum is for QUESTIONS and ANSWERS. Please do NOT use this section as a blog to promote your own business. Be careful to only post in the proper category.

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Comment by Sarmistha Goswami on January 10, 2011 at 1:43pm

Special New Year sale on exciting range of vintage jewelleries!!!


Wish everyone a very Happy New Year




Comment by Helaine Beal on November 28, 2010 at 9:13pm
I have to comment on a fantastic new book, "The Party Dress Book," that is a must for the home sewer and young (or any) designer. It fits with Sewing Stitches and Seams Guide (French seams) and Home Sewing Patterns (It includes a pattern for a party dress!) Mary Adams, the author, not only writes about her process as a creative dressmaker, how she came to her art, her different techniques including layering colors, piecing fabric, over-stitching and applique, but she also relates the history of fashion design to her work. This book is very fun to read and it's an inspiration to anyone who is interested in design and fashion. (oh yeah, you can find it on
Comment by Julie Berghammer on September 10, 2010 at 11:09am
Hi Brigitte,

One of the best things you can do is to purchase a "How to Sew" book that you can get at any book store. Singer puts out a great one and so does Vogue. Also start to buy sewing magazines like "Threads", and "Sew News", they have great easy to understand how-to articles on everything from how to put in piping, to different seam finishes, to all the different interfacings available, etc, they are well worth the money for subscriptions, plus you can always purchase patterns from the magazines as well.

If you have never done any kind of sewing, buy yourself a very basic machine, like a Singer, which can be purchased very reasonably, make sure it has just some basic stitches, don't get a machine that requires a computer link up or dvd's, or get a surger yet, these machines will frustrate you with their maintaince. Just the basics to start. Another good one that is economical is called a Jenny, its small light weight and can sew everything from purses, to designer clothing. Its not the size of the machine that turns out great items its the person doing the sewing. When you get your machine read the manual and oil your machine right away, it should have come with a tube of oil. You may have to use a pushpin to poke a hole in the end of the tube to get the oil to come out, oil where the manual says too. Learn and practice how to thread your machine, and how to wind a bobbin and install it correctly. NUMBER ONE RULE OF SEWING MACHINES: NEVER EVER TURN THE HAND WHEEL BACKWARDS,(OR AWAY FROM YOU, ALWAYS PULL THE WHEEL TOWARD YOU) IF YOU DO, YOUR STITCHES WILL BE MESSED UP FOR A BIT TILL THE MACHINE GOES FORWARD AGAIN. This messes the timing of your machine up when you turn it away from you, so don't do it. While reading your manual you will learn how to backstich your machine, all machines have a backstitch, each brand does it differently. You will need to know this so you can lock your stitches.

Once you get a good basic machine, think about purchasing all the little stuff your going to need. These are your basic equipment that every seamstress has in her box.

Shears: purchase a good pair and mark them to be used on fabric only, if you cut paper with them they will get dull very quickly.
Pinking Shears: these are zig zagged and leave a toothy edge
various size sewing needles, needle threader, and a thimble.
MEASUREING TAPE: This will be your new best friend, no seamstress can do anything with out it, get a couple their cheap.
basic colors of thread to start, black, blue, red, white, grey, brown, beige. You will add other colors as you start your projects.
Small thread cutting shears
Dressmakers chaulk, for marking fabric before you unpin the pattern from it after you have cut it out.
Tracing Paper and tracing wheel, to trace long lines on your fabric before you remove the pattern.
PINS: you will need a large pack of pins, regular ones with the balls on the end work best. If you will eventually be working with alot of silky type fabrics then get a box of silk pins as well.
A box to keep it all in.

Hook up your machine and get a peice of paper, yes a peice of paper, plain is fine. Draw a circle, square, zig-zag, spiral, triangle, and any other shapes, you can use more then one page of paper, now don't have any thread in your machine, and put an empty bobbin in the bobbin case. Were going to "sew" on all of these shapes, to get a feel for sewing. Be gentle with the foot pedal too this will give you a feel for the machine.

Now that we have the above stuff, be sure to purchase some fabric remnants that you don't really care about, Your going to use these to practice stitching on your machine to learn the different stitch lengths, and what the different stitches look like on different type fabrics, be sure to get different kinds of fabric remnants. Like cotton, satin, twill, linen etc.

With the book your purchases, get it out and look at the pages with different seam finishes, use your remnants to "make" seams, this practice will give you a feel for them.

I hope this gives you a starting point sewing is a great skill to have and so much can be done on a basic machine. YouTube has some great how to's on there, "Threadbangers" is one of my favorites for quick projects, check them out, they have a web site and a youtube channel.
Happy Sewing
Comment by Brigitte Trevino on September 6, 2010 at 4:16pm

if anybody is willing to offer, do any of you know how to sew clothing and are very skilled at it and can teach someone else the skills you know?? If you do please contact me to speak more since I am looking for someone to teach me how to sew clothing ( dresses, ruffles, poofs, pleats, pattern making, draping, etc. )

thank you
Comment by Olivia Mok on August 19, 2010 at 11:11pm

To: Global Sourcing Team

Attn: Merchandising Dept and Purchasing Dept

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Lace Trimming and Lace Fabric Manufacturer –

Have sample for your PP Sample, Counter Sample and Bulk Production

If you are interested in our products, please log on our WebPages

And contact us by E-mail:
We will offer you the competitive price and the best products.

Raymond Mok
Hong Kong Li Seng Co Ltd
Tel: 852-23990369 (Hunting Line)
Fax: 852-27874982

Guangzhou Li Seng Co., Ltd. - (Representative Office)
Xiamen Li Seng Co Ltd - (Xiamen Manufactory)

Supply: Wedding Lace Fabric, Underwear Lace Pattern, Fashion Lace Fabric, Lace knitting Pattern, Lace Fabric, Eyelash Lace Fabric, Spandex Lace Fabric, Net Lace Fabric, Garment Accessories, Embroidered Lace, Cotton Lace, Lace Trimming, Crochet, Mini Crochet Lace Trimming, Mini Cotton Lace Trimming, Rachel, Peter sham, Braid, water-soluble lace, Canvas Belt, Packing Bow, String Lock Pin, Packaging Materials, Packing Printing Label, Label Alloy button, Alloy Buckles, Suspender Buckles, Fashion Buckles, Prong Snap Button, Jeans Button, Snap Buttons, Stoppers, Cord tips, Bra Slider And Ring etc
Comment by Apparel1 on August 18, 2010 at 8:24pm
This message is for those of you in the United Kingdom. I reaceived this e-mail today regarding sewing.

"Learn the lost art of making repairs and alterations to your clothes with this four week course.

Tuesday evenings from 7th September / 6.30pm - 9pm

Do you know how to take up a pair of trousers or alter something that doesn't quite fit?

These invaluable skills, which many of our parents had, are slowly dying out. If you lack the know-how but would like to learn to make repairs and alterations with confidence, then this course is for you.

Cost: £100 for 10 hours combined tuition. "

If you are interested you can call 020 7407 8664 or visit their site at FTM London.
Comment by Georgia Clark on July 10, 2010 at 5:02pm
I love to sew , I have been sewing since I was 16 and I am 62 now sewing is a passion of mine
Comment by Preciosa on June 23, 2010 at 1:38pm
I love lingerie and have been importing beautiful fine ones for my boutique but now I would love to try my hand at designing and making some. Do anyone has experience sewing lingerie?
Comment by Samantha Cole London on May 24, 2010 at 3:11pm
Comment by Bonnie Evenhouse; on May 18, 2010 at 8:35am
Hello, I have just joined here this morning & hope to be an active part here. I am a designer of children's clothing & gifts... I have my personal website as well which is, I also sell on ebay & etsy under the search name, BOOAK ... Boutique. :) Blessings!~ Bonnie

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