Sewing Tips Directory

by Destri on August 25, 2011

Sewing Tips Directory

I have been wanting to make this sewing tips directory forever.  A list of all the best sewing tips, tricks, and techniques from around the web all in one spot.  I had some pinned, some bookmarked, others referenced on my other posts, and some just in my head.  Finally, one tidy list – kind of like a yellow pages for the best sewing tips.  I hope you find it useful too, because it took  and if you just go on and on about how great it is I will feel much better about the kink in my neck from all the linking :).   So bookmark it, pin it, or feel free to link to it – just please don’t copy and paste it (that would make me sad with a kinked neck!).

I will continue to update this as I find more too, so if you have one that should make the list, let me know!


General Tips and Techniques

Sewing Machine


Bias Tape & Piping



Making and Working with Patterns



Adding Fasteners



Handy Articles

Phew!  That’s the end folks!

Please feel free to link up any other posts you think might be useful in the comments.  Sometimes those are the most popular links!

Hope you are having a sunny day…I am off to get a neck massage :)


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{ 49 comments… read them below or add one }

knotted-thread August 25, 2011 at 2:08 pm

WHOA. amazing list of resources, thank you SO much for compiling them! I’m a new blogger and this will DEFINITELY come in handy! Enjoy that massage, much deserved!! :)


Destri August 25, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Oh good, see you are already making it worth it! Thanks so much!


marie March 12, 2013 at 5:38 am

How do I insert a bra cup?


Kira August 25, 2011 at 2:32 pm
Destri August 25, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Oh that is a great one! I have a bunch of hair thingy-s I am making and this will be perfect! I should have you show that nifty zipper tutorial you showed at Gracie Lou’s once – that was you right?!


Kira August 25, 2011 at 3:01 pm

That was me. I haven’t thought about making a tutorial on that one. Maybe!


Jessica at Me Sew Crazy August 25, 2011 at 2:44 pm

WOW! What a great directory! Thank you so much for putting it all together!!!


katie August 25, 2011 at 4:09 pm

Wow, wow, WOW! This is quite the list!! I’ve pinned it and look forward to looking at all your links!! Thank you! Good luck with the kink :)


Vanessa August 25, 2011 at 5:27 pm

Awesome! I know I will refer back to this often. Thank you Thank you Thank you!


Steph at Modern Parents Messy Kids August 25, 2011 at 8:55 pm

Wow!! What an amazing resource :). Bookmarking N.O.W.


Kay Demonbren August 26, 2011 at 4:41 am

Wow, what a list- I think you most definitely deserve a neck massage!
Thanks so much for posting this, I look forward to checking out all the links!


katharine August 26, 2011 at 6:48 am

holy cow — thank you so much!


Vicki Otts Chappell August 26, 2011 at 7:17 am

This is “sew” great!!!! Thanks for taking the time and effort to compile this into a list. It is wonderful and I will pass this along to others (as I so often do with TMH posts)!


Clover@farrbetterlife August 26, 2011 at 8:39 am

This is amazing I can erase alot of links in my favorites and replace it with this.


Brenda August 26, 2011 at 9:57 am

Thank you so much for this!


Mary P August 26, 2011 at 10:31 am

WOW – what a wonderful list. Thank so much for all your hard work. Hoping your neck is better!
Mary P


Pam Pike August 26, 2011 at 11:37 am

This is a fabulous list. I am familiar with some but not all . Thank you so much for taking the time to put this together for all of us!!!


vanessa @ silly eagle books August 26, 2011 at 11:48 am

Wow! I know how much work this took! Thanks for doing it and sharing. :)


kate August 26, 2011 at 12:06 pm

hats off to you again girl. Must have been like referencing essays for university! as a non sewer I shall always keep it close – just in case!xx


Mary August 26, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Thank you so much for including my nemesis, the mitered corner!


Raejean August 26, 2011 at 4:12 pm

Thanks for this incredibly complete link list! I posted a link to it on my Friday Favorites. This will come in handy for future sewing projects.


Mandie August 26, 2011 at 6:32 pm

What a fantastic compilation! I just read through nearly all of them. Thank you so much!


Kelly August 26, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Thank you so much for the awesome list – know this will be a great resource that I will use forever – thanks again for taking the time to put it all together for us!!!


Lyndsey August 28, 2011 at 6:21 pm

What an amazing list…thank you for taking the time to put it together and share with all of us. Such a wonderful resource. Consider yourself pinned!!


Destri August 30, 2011 at 4:57 am

Thanks so much Lindsey!


Chris September 2, 2011 at 11:28 am

Thank you for a great compendium, Destri! Thanks for including Katy’s great double needle tutorial. If your readers want some more great stuff, there is a whole Sewing 101 resource on my blog. You can find it here: Sewing 101


Christina Laun September 7, 2011 at 6:19 pm

Thanks so much for including me on this list! Can’t wait to go through some of these other links as well! : )


Kathy September 17, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Thank you so much for these tips. I’ll definitely be using a lot of them. Already read about 3. Great – thanks again. :)


Annette September 26, 2011 at 3:44 pm

This is just fantastic! Thank you so much for taking the time to put it together!


Damion October 8, 2011 at 2:09 pm

Wow… what a terrific resource! Just stumbled across it on Pinterest. Thank you so much for compiling it!


kataryna March 14, 2012 at 10:24 am

this is so awesome I could cry! thank you. no I MEGA thank you!


Keri March 15, 2012 at 8:06 am

Wow! Thanks for putting this together. Your hard work is definitely appreciated :)


Laurie April 24, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Wow. I don’t know what else to say. I’ve just recently started sewing clothing and this is so great. Many thanks for all of your hard work.


Destri April 25, 2012 at 6:10 am

You’re welcome Laurie! Have fun with it :).


Inna May 29, 2012 at 10:26 pm

could you mark which (if any) are hand stitches? or make a separate section for them? i’m always in need of tips for hand sewing. (:


Destri May 30, 2012 at 4:55 am

Oh that’s a great idea. I’ll have to look through them, and also find some more! I’ll let you know!


Lauren June 17, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Ok so I havent even gotten to go through the list extensively yet and I am so excited! Thank you so very much. I will definitely be pinning this! (as well as some of your awesome tutorials) I am very new to sewing but I am loving it and just teaching my self as I go along so lots of trial and error going on in my home. I need to by myself a seam ripper LOL I am very sure I will be coming back to this page very often.


Destri June 26, 2012 at 11:52 am

You’re welcome! And yes, seam rippers are the best. I had an hour therapy session with mine the other night :). We’ve become good friends over the years!


Kathy August 25, 2012 at 3:10 am

Love your sewing tips… maybe you know where I can find a tutorial or video on how to use a rolled hem foot…. I have printed instructions but would really like to see it done… I have been sewing since I was 10 – ‘m 55 now… always something new to learn. Thank you K:)K


Michelle November 5, 2012 at 10:42 pm


I was wondering how i transfer information on a piece of paper onto fabric. is there a special transfer sheet i can use? eg the old carbon paper? I was wanted to make a curtin for my kitchen and have differents explanations of what foods are good and which ones are bad that i want to transfer onto the fabric

please help
thank you


Destri November 5, 2012 at 11:01 pm

Hi Michelle,

I haven’t used it before, but you can pick up transfer paper at the craft store for this purpose. I have seen many projects that use it ans they look great! Hope this helps,



Kathy thompson March 2, 2013 at 6:18 pm

I am trying to lengthen the sleeves on a corduroy blazer. Anyone know any tricks so won’t leave a mark where previous hem was?


Tere Fredericks May 27, 2013 at 9:44 am

This is the most incredible list! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. This is even better than anything could do — they just want to do too much — so this is bookmarked at the TOP of my bookmarks page. Plus, I’ve pinned it. And subscribed. Hope that lets you know how much I appreciate this.


Destri May 27, 2013 at 5:43 pm

Aw, thank you – made my day :). I am so glad you found it helpful! I actually have a few new resources I need to add to it!


Tiffany January 12, 2014 at 8:07 pm

Wow, great page!! Its bookmarked!! Thank you for all the resources. I have a question. I’m making a sweetheart bodice. For some reason it always buckles at the tip in the center of the chest. Where the two rounded pieces meet. Do you know any techniques to avoid the buckling there. It’s not bad but noticeable. I’ve made a few and they all have a little wrinkle right on the center.

Thanks so much,


Destri January 22, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Hi Tiffany, so sorry for the delayed reply! For the buckle – have you tried making a vertical cut right at the center on the seam, close to the stitch? this will relax the fabric and should remove the buckle.

Let me know if it works!


Cheryl February 19, 2014 at 8:57 am

Wow what an amazing list you’ve put together! Here’s a tutorial on how to sew with velvet fabric


Christine May 10, 2014 at 6:04 pm

I think I love you! What an amazing resource! Thank you from the bottom of a newbies heart!!


Gigi June 21, 2014 at 6:24 pm

My goodness! Your kindness is so blessing many. Just had to give you my sincerest Thanks to recognize the time and effort you help others. God Bless.


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