High quality clothing often have invisible stitches on seams. Unwanted stitching lines draw the eye, and in the case of hems it can be undesired. In this situation you may choose to use a blind hem, in which case a blind hem foot will come in handy.
Fabric weight has a huge influence upon how fabric will drape on a garment, how warm (or cool) it is, and even how comfortable it is to wear. This lesson will teach you the basics of fabric weight, and even discuss a bit on how weighted fabric will drape.
Not all hobbyists need to know how fabric is constructed, but if you are an advanced sewer or interested in weaving your own fabric using a loom then you will want to know about the different types of weaves that are available. Afterall these different weaves can produce different looks and even different characteristics, even when using the same fibre type.
Different classifications of fibres have different characteristics. Using fibres individually or as a combination, it is possible to achieve different finishing effects. This lesson covers characteristics of abrasion, absorbency, durability, elasticity, luster, resilience, shape retention, strength, washability, wicking and wrinkle resistance.
The type of fibre that makes up fabric can determine it's ideal use. A fabric that doesn't breathe would not be suitable for a hot environment, but suitable for colder environments. If you want to make sure your garment lasts then you will need to know the type of fibre to select.
In order to produce the best results for your project you will need to know some basic fabric terms. Without this knowledge you will struggle following sewing tutorials and patterns, and risk producing a project with disastrous results. This lesson covers three simple terms: grain, selvage and bias.
Although many will consider it unnecessary, a button fitting foot is designed specifically to hold a button so that you can sew buttons onto a garment.
A binding foot can is also often referred to as a Taping Foot. Depending upon your project you may be interested in finishing your raw edges with bias tape. In many situations you can purchase pre-made bias tape, or with the hop of a binding foot you can easily make and sew your own.
A traditional seam allowance is 5/8 of an inch, but not all seams are that size. A 1/4 inch presser foot works perfectly when needing to sew sheer fabrics, such as chiffon or silk, or bulky material.
The buttonhole foot can be a life saver; its so much easier and faster to sew buttonholes with this presser foot than by hand. Luckily many newer sewing machines include it as an accessory as standard.