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  1. So I am always puzzled when I do a hem sir someone with high heels and a bigger bottom. It seems the pins are higher in the back and lower in the front when I am done. I wonder if I should just make it all one length like it came from Macy’s?!!!

    How will I know the answer?

  2. Hi there,

    Just wanted to say that I love your content. Keep up the good work.

    My friend Jordan from Thailand Nomads recommended your website to me.


  3. First thing…I just stumbled on your site. Wow! There is so much useful information here. Thank you! Looking at the post about making a skirt from a shirt, I either found a mistake, or just some terminology I don’t understand yet. This is the phrase that was confusing to me: “To make the waistband – cut waistband pieces from the hands of the skirt.” Is this what you meant to put: “…cut waistband pieces from the *sleeves* of the *shirt*.” ? That makes sense, but I wasn’t sure.

  4. Hi,
    Thanks for all the info that you share! I’m wondering if you can recommend sources to purchase buttons and other notions.
    Thank you,

  5. Thanks Sarina. I found out what a strap seam is from you. You definitely love sewing/fashion-related topics as you’ve put a lot of work into your website. Much appreciated.

  6. Hello,
    I need help with a large double metal zipper on a Joseph Ribkoff jacket.
    The zipper is splitting after closing. Do you do the repairs if I shipped to you?
    Exoense is no problem
    Thank you for your consideration
    Janine Burke

  7. I have been asked to alter a little girls shear lace backed dress. There is a bodice on the front but the back is shear. She asked me to add a bodice on the back. I cut a rectangle to fit just under the arms , it is sleeveless, side seam to side seam and meets at the waist I was just going to hand stitch it down on the waist but it has a built in elastic in the seam allowance for this little girl it will be pulled taught. How do i attach it along the waist. Do i stich it with the machine and pull it to full elastic length ? or should i just tack it down across the waist seam?

  8. First thing: I love your site. It’s really, really useful. You are so generous to share your knowledge.

    Now here comes “The Ask”! It was a few months ago, I think, that you offered a suggestion about making cushions so that the entire cushion cover is filled out properly, i.e., the corners as well as the sides. I think it had something to do with tapering the sides. Do you remember this? If yes, would you please refer me to that post.

    Thanks in advance.

    Deb, in New Brunswick, Canada

    • Hi Deb,
      I can give you the post here.. But I do not remember saying to taper 🙂 I know that the cover should be a little smaller than the cushion insert for it to be filled and fluffy.

  9. I am trying to make the Hippie pants. The pattern looks to be using 42 x 45” and the leg length should be around 42” or so. I am short and from my waist to ankle is only 37”. Do you have a suggestion on how to shorten it?
    Thank you, Jane

  10. Hi,
    I love Sewguide because I love to sew, but I find it hard to get teh pattern right. Could you sell pattern packs maybe, across the internet, so it would be easier to sew your beautiful garments?
    Many thanks

  11. I tried to shorten my pants to make summer shorts. I found that there was not enough material in the “new turned up hemming fabric” to go completely around the circumference of new shorts length that I needed to hem. I have LARGE thighs and even “venting” the outer edge seam of the new hem site was a challeng. I would appreciate knowing how to overcome this hem problem.

  12. I don’t have a suggestion at this time, but I wanted to tell you how much I enjoy you. I get some joy every time I see a new post and I try to save the projects I intend to do. Your projects are very fun to watch and approachable. Thank you!

  13. Hi, what are some of the things you should put into consideration when you are working around a flatlock machine and and also a Kansai machine used to stich tracksuits. Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

  14. Hello Sarina,
    I taught myself how to sew and for years as a young woman, I made my own clothes. It was a neighbour that asked me if I can make her pillow cases, this then gave me the idea I can do this for the public but never tried embroidery.
    So I enrol into a class, My tutor name was Sue, the subject was about learning ‘Embroidery ‘ and our tasked was to bring in an object that we really like to the next class. I brought in my peacock feathers from home as I love the colours, they were green, blue and yellow. Plus we were only allowed to use 3 colours, .
    The end product was a bomber – style jacket, which was made in a satin fabric, on the front bodice I added 2 flaps, were a stitched leaves on it, on the the back of the of the jacket it has a yoke, which I embroidered by cutting out strips of different fabrics in 3 colours, that I mentioned. Then using different machine embroidery stitches to stitch down each strip until it covered the yoke. The tutor was so impressed with the jacket, she asked if she could put it in the show with the others. Never give up other things you enjoy just prioritise.

  15. Enjoy your posts & always learn something new! Ty! (Not on social media.). I’ve been reading about toxic fabrics worn next 2 the skin. Is this something u could post about?

  16. I just want to say thank you for sew guide, everytime an email from sewguide arrives in my inbox, I can’t wait to open it to see what there is to sew. I never really knew anything about sewing, but loved the idea to create my own clothes, bags etc. I now have my own sewing machine and save each and every email from you, as I want to make all the things in sew guide. I learned alot from your emails, and wow!! I love them all.

  17. Dear sirs can help me with my dream have fabric cat dog birds FARMERS teascups ,make pillowcase for me iamhandcaip got sezuire no money debbiebarlogio 9939gouldst Oakland ca94603.2344. Can ask around the world wide web site help me please.

  18. Hello Sarina:)
    I’ve been trying for ages to find out WHAT this top I have is called and when I came across YOUR site I thought that somebody there would no doubt know what to call it, providing I’m able to describe it good enough! Why I’ve spent sooooooo much time looking for this top is because I’ve JUST started going thru menopause and it’s one of the BEST styles that doesn’t make me feel like I’m going to go into spontaneous combustion! It’s made by a company called “Leanne” which I’ve tried to research with no luck as well.
    If you were to take an oval piece of fabric and fold it in half and end up with it being 37″wide at the top and in the center a hole measuring 7 1/2″ is cutout for your head to go through. Looking at it laid out the cutout for the neck has a lower front then back oval cut out.
    -If your looking at this fabric laid out with your 37″ at the top, then it’s straight down 13″ on both sides, then it has an oval from the bottom of each 13″ sides. If you were to measure from the center top to the bottom oval at the front it would be 22 1/2″ down.
    -At the top of that 37″, and measuring approx. 7″ towards the center from both top sides and from there measure down approx. 9″ and angle over to the bottom of the 13″ mark on both sides. Then it’s stitched approx. 8″
    -At the bottom of those 13″sides it proceeds to having an oval bottom!
    I realize that my description is far from being the best but I sincerely am getting desperate fighting these GOD awful hot flashes so ANY assistance from anybody would be so very very much appreciated. As I’ve mentioned, I’ve had NO luck trying to find any to buy so I’m going to try my best to find some sort of pattern to try my luck at sewing. The one top I have is getting wayyyyyy past it’s expiry date…lol. I’m by no means a whiz when it comes to sewing but IF I have to and it’s certainly looking that way, I shall take apart that one I have and cut out a pattern!
    Thanks in advance for ANY assistance that anybody could give me.
    Cheers & all the best:)

  19. Hi there ❗do you have patterns for lining casual jackets & overshirts with silk style linings ➖ Thank You for your attention to my inquiry ➖ Erik.G.Holmquist.➖

  20. Hi Sarina, I absolutely love your site but I can’t find the link to subscribe to your newsletter. I’ve looked through all the comments below hoping to find it. You said something like it’s above the browser but still I can’t find it. I am a techniphobe so maybe it’s obvious to others lol. Sorry for any inconvenience, Sharon xx

    • Hi Sharon
      Sorry about that; Infact I do not have the form at present as there are some technical problems. I will add your email to my list for newsletter if that is ok.

  21. Do you have an address or website that I can purchase the arm curve pictured in your post on measuring tools and rulers? I’ve been wanting one of these and can’t get the search engines to give a resource. I’m in the US.

  22. Hi there,

    You have some interesting written content on your site. Would you like any of it transformed into engaging videos? If so, let me know and I’m sure that we can work out something fair.

    It’s no doubt that video rules in this day & age so if you’re not taking full advantage of it you’ll be left in the dust.


  23. Do you know of a company that would buy embroidered hats, clothes, mugs etc with unwanted logos ?
    I don’t have the time to remove all the stitching.

  24. Hi Sarina

    I’ve read your post on 55 most popular Quilt blocks and other posts online about old designs and are wondering about copyright on old designs. Are there copyrights on them or is it the colorcombination or…..
    I havent found anything online on it yet and wondered if you could help

    With Thanks
    Bernd Bachmann

  25. I have never been very good at reading a tape measure of any kind, (other than 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, whole), and I’m not that great at math! Your instructions on how to read a sewing tape were awesome! It totally made everything click in my head! I wish they had taught me this in school when I actually took sewing class, maybe I would have understood the math of it all better. Thank you!

  26. If you take your bust measurement and divide by 1/4 you are multiplying by 4, I don’t think that’s what you intended as that’s a lot of easy!

    • What nonsense have I written 🙂 I meant divide by 4, ofcourse. Where did you see this? Thanks for pointing it out

    • “ Width – you can make a Kaftan with cloth which are 44 inch and upwards. Even a 36 inch cloth is ok but the sleeve length will be less. Just decide how much you need the cloth to hang from your shoulder and go from there.

      Take measurement of your Bust round loosely and Divide this by ¼

      Add 1.5 inches to it

      Fold the full length of fabric in half and iron this half-way mark. This will be your shoulder line.”

      Nota problem if one already sees, but ……..

  27. Hi, I really loved this site and its contents. I would love to learn more. It would be great if you activated a “subscribe to Sewguide” option and sent newsletters. Thanks <3

    • Hi Sadia
      Thanks for the nice words. I have a “subscribe to Sewguide” option activated and I do send monthly newsletter – on the top of the browser. I hope you will subscribe.

    • Hi Sarina, I, too, would like to subscribe, but I can’t seem to find the place to do it. I’ve been on your website for an hour now, looking through stuff, but haven’t seen it. Please will you be more specific about exactly where the subscribe option is to be found? I originally was searching for info on polar fleece, luxe fleece and anti-pill fleece. I appreciated the detail I found on the differences between fleece types. Then I found the hemstitching page with all the different types of blanket stitches wonderfully illustrated. So interesting. Thank you.

  28. Hi, I was just wondering if you have an amazon page for the recommended pattern books so that I can see which editions you recommend

    Many thanks

  29. Hi Sarina – My name is Deborah Phelps and I sell laminated cotton fabric and have a correction that you might consider in your description of PUL. PUL is indeed Polyurethane Laminate – but polyurethane can be applied to cotton as well as polyester.
    https:// laminatedcottonfabric. com/

    Your explanation says it’s applied to polyester.


  30. Hi Sarina,

    Thank you for the reply, for myself I cannot even consider myself a beginner but a friend told me to start by making squares so i can practice the technique, this means I have lots of questions but you have provided a huge amount of information here, enough to write at least 3 books worth.

    If I can share have you seen this small series on youtube by Vitale Barberis Canonico,

    It looks like about 12 lessons or tips, I used the closed captions to translate into English from Italian and the tailor starts off by ironing the paper he will use to make the pattern for the coat he is making. I’ve noticed a lot of your writing is about female clothes so it may not be too helpful though.

  31. https:// www. 368durham. com/posts/blog/scam-alert-false-image-copyright-claim/

    Hi sarina, i did a quick google search on Melangelle illistrator and this was the first result – this looks like a scam email but search it for yourself

    The scam works the following way:

    An email is sent out to the main contact email on the website claiming that images or illustrations on the website are stolen.
    A link (usually legit looking) is included in the email. Clicking on that link can lead you to a google site which includes a download. The download itself is compromised.
    The scammer may also demand payment to settle the case before moving forward.

    A good indication that this email is a scam is the following:

    The text used in the e-mail is always identical, it typically features a few things. The text always includes “I was puzzled, frankly speaking, when I came across my images at your web-site.” and “It’s unlawful to use stolen images and it’s so mean!”
    The email will never directly tell you which images, or section of the website they are referring too.

    Hopefully this is the case, and no further action on your part is needed, I’m not a lawyer but this does not look legitimate in any way

    PS really impressed by the site,

  32. Hi! Could some of the topics and images covered on your website be used as reference/examples in class notes, with proper reference provided to the website?

  33. I’ve had trouble with some cotton towels not absorbing moisture very well. This applies to both terry cloth towels and smooth woven kitchen towels, all 100% cotton. Can you explain to me how to know if a cotton towel is going to be absorbent before I buy it? Thank you!

    • Hi Susan
      Are you sure it is 100% cotton or a blend? I would think cotton will absorb moisture very well. A waffle weave cotton fabric or a huckaback fabric towels would absorb the most.
      Usually cotton may have finishes on them when they are fresh from the store – you will have to wash them thoroughly to get them to be more absorbent. You can check the fabric content following the post here.

    • Hi Shamla
      Thanks for the nice words. You may have to check on this but I have seen that commercially available onesies are made with jersey knits of 190 gsm upwards

  34. Hey Sarina Your website is awesome. I have never sewn in my life but after checking your website I feel like.

    I want to stitch a onesie for one of my friend’s newborn baby. And then there are so many options of fabric available that are making me go bonkers. When I called a supplier for knitted fabric he asked for a thread count or gsm and I have no clue about it. Could you please guide?

  35. Hi love you sarina and the good work your doing pls can you add me to your subscription list as I love all your articles and want to take my time to learn them bit by bit. I’ve always loved designing clothes since I was a kid this is my life time opportunity to really practice what I love. I love to get newsletters and videos from you. Thanks in advance. Do hope for your reply. Love ya

  36. Hi Sarina
    Great work.
    You site is extraordinarily informative. I was hoping I can be added to subscription, if that’s possible?

    Thank you

    • Hi Franc
      I have added a form on top of the page – is it not visible? Did you browse with a mobile ? I will have to check what is the problem as many people are telling me this. I will add your email ; thanks for asking : )

  37. Hi there, I have a bag issue that I am trying to resolve through sewing and was wondering if you have experience with this and can provide the necessary tools. I recently bought a bag online that is having some zipper issues. Any time I unzip it, the zipper edges bulge outward which make it impossible to zip back up unless I fold the edges back into position. I am wondering if you have any solutions to this issue and may be of assistance. I also emailed you with a picture if it helps!

    • Hi Luisa
      To be honest, I do not have experience with this issue. The bag looks like it is faux leather? The only suggestion I can make is to use a hair dryer and use heat to bring it to behave. Obviously you cannot press it with hot iron – use heat from a distance (not for a long time or too close) and manipulate into shape. Heat when kept close can damage the material.

  38. I just found your site and would love to subscribe and refer my sewing students to you. But I too did not find the place to subscribe on this website. Please add my email to your list. Thank you.

    • Hi Genie
      Very nice of you; I will manually add your id to the list – thanks for wanting to be a part. Cheers

  39. I love your post on how to DIY your own camisole pattern, but I noticed a glaring typo that needs attention. You keep referring to point B on the diagram as “O” in the text (I was able to figure it out from context clues because going in 3.5 inches from point J brings me to point B on the diagram). Also, you don’t describe how to find J-O anywhere on the picture or in the text. As point O in the picture is the start of line O-P (the waist line), it’s pretty important to know where to put the waist on a pattern like this. Can you clarify how you came up with that placement?

    • Hi Arwa
      Can you not see the subscription form on top of the page or in the article. I will add your address to the contact list ; Thanks for wanting to. : )

    • Sarina,
      You have a great site. Found you through a search for presser feet. Bummer that I’m in the same boat as Debbie and Arwa. Unable to find a sign-up area for your newsletters.
      Thank you,

  40. Hello,
    Right now I am experiencing alot of new changes in my life. I have had to have multiple surgeries due to a life threatening disease that collapsed some of my abdominal organs. I have gone through one of the multiple corrective surgeries for this internal damage and ended up having to have an emergency Ileostomy surgery. I now have a part of my small intestine on the outside of my stomach that I attach to a plastic bag. Not sexy anymore but alive. Because of this new addition that lies upon my stomach clothing has become a real challenge. I have read alot on your site and have decided to try my hand at sewing my own clothes instead of trying to find stuff on the market. I bought my 1st pattern – an apron. This way I can succeed, fail and get to know my sewing machine and get some experience under my belt before I try anything more complex.
    I am writing to you to ask if you take questions about sewing and anything else that might come up for this beginner and if you don’t if you could direct me somewhere that could.
    Thank you, your site is hands down the best i have ever come across.

    • Hi Xoe Coco Kahlo,
      Very sorry to hear about your troubles. You are very brave. Thanks for the appreciative words. Makes me want to work more on the site than I do.
      Can I suggest you to join some of the facebook groups dedicated to sewing. These groups have many people who are very dedicated to sewing and if you join the group (it is free for all but they should approve you, which they do for all) some one will be there to answer your questions after you post it. Like this one /groups/462679890594490/. There are many others too – you can join more than one group and ask your questions. If one person doesnot have answer there will surely be some one in the group who knows. You can ofcourse, put out the questions here as well.
      Best wishes
      Take care and stay safe

  41. Hi there,

    We’re interested in advertising on your website.

    Could you please let me know what advertising options you offer?

    Thanks for your time.

    Karen Smith

  42. Hey Sarina,

    My name is Shawn, and I am the Senior Editor at Feedfond. I hope you are having a great day.While browsing your website, I found some great articles, and an article idea popped in my mind.

    I thought I’d share that with you. Because I am sure your audience would love to read about that.

    Please let me know if you allow guest posting. I would be more than happy to contribute an article on the topic.

    Waiting for your reply.


    [P.S.: I am open to discussing any Editorial terms you have]

  43. hello

    as you did not answer my question after translate this article , i mention and link your name site in our shop i hope you will consent me

    • Hi Mahdi
      I am sorry for not replying. You can mention the site name and thanks for that. If there is a problem do not link. Thanks again and best wishes

    • thank you , no problem

      excuse me just a one more question

      can i add a new text to article or change some part like that is say this type is popular or remove like this

      My husband is quite a clothes horse and loves to dress

      i say people instead of husband

      because you mention to husband and i try connected the ext to the people

  44. hello thanks for your good Article.
    i’m sorry because i can’t speak English as well
    i have one question :
    we have a shop clothing and we need article.
    i come to ask you can i translate your article for our site? i’ll mention your site name but i don’t link it because google analytics give a negative point for our site.

  45. I just bought a brand new ST371HD Brother Sewing Machine. I need to find the right threads for heavy, medium and light thread. I do know how-to sewing light machines on a regular basis every day but it is broken. So I bought a new Heavy Duty Brother Sewing Machine, in case if heavy require to sew such as laundry bag with thick handles. I tried to print “All About Selecting the Right Sewing Machine Thread” but I get only one print (one page). Do you sell the book as above? I don’t want to go online and spend wasting my money on something I don’t know, especially on my inexperience. I need money-wise with the right type of thread. Thank you so much. My name is Laura Urrutia and I’m deaf.

    • Hi Laura
      You can sew with your regular threads with this sewing machine. If you look at the manual for the machine it will have a detailed section on the type of thread to use with the machine . For eg for this particular machine it says – For medium weight cotton fabrics, denim, you can use the regular cotton thread (size within the range of 60-90)
      For thin fabrics with synthetic fibers like Georgette, polyester taffeta etc you can use polyester thread (size within the range of 60-90). For thicker fabrics you can use a cotton thread of size 30 -50
      When sewing thick fabrics/many layers with any machine you can follow some guidelines which is better explained in this post “ Tips for sewing thick fabrics/many layers of fabric with your sewing machine”
      I suppose you have already read this post on sewing machine threads

  46. Am Mary from Nigeria am a beginner in sewing and I just came across your post and is very educating please were do start from or do you have any for beginners and also contains pattern for beginners also to enable me start from the scratch. Thanks

  47. Hey – I’m working with a company that is looking for sites that have content relating to clothing and I came across yours.

    Any chance you’d be open to hearing about a way you could link to a merchant and make money in the case someone clicks on the link and purchases something?

    Just wanted to see if it’s something you’d be interested in hearing about! If not, I hope you have a great day!

  48. Hi Sarina, greetings from Indonesia. I’ve read your tutorial on shirring ruffle cuff. It’s so clear and easy to understand. But I was wondering how do you sew the lining to prevent itching caused by the elastic thread? I have imagined it, but would like to hear your thoughts. Thanks

  49. Dear madam/Sir
    Say hello to you
    I’m from China. Our 400-employee factory makes children’s and adult clothing and women’s t-shirts. Children’s cotton-padded clothes, USB charging intelligent heating cotton-padded clothes (there are pictures for your reference), if you need, you can directly buy goods from my factory, I can save you 30 ~ 40% of the money earned by middlemen, we have OEM services. It’s my honor to be your supplier. Looking forward to your reply.
    Thank you very much

  50. I had a pattern many years ago that had an unusual pocket design. Is there any way I can send pictures so that someone may be able to help me find the pattern? It got lost sometime during a couple to moves?

    • Hi Judy
      I think the best bet for you would be to join one of the sewing groups on facebook with many members (running to thousands) and post your request there, with the photo. One of the many members who see your post may (or maynot 🙂 ) help you.

  51. I had a pattern many years ago that had an unusual pocket design. Is there any way I can send pictures so that someone may be able to help me find the pattern? It got lost sometime during a couple to moves?

  52. This is a great website! Every time I get your e-mails, there is always at least one great idea to try. So many great projects! Especially for clothes that are still in great shape, but just need some adjusting.
    Do you by any chance have a lesson/tutorial for adjusting patterns?
    I have bought some vintage patterns, but they are a bit small. Some are multi-size – 14-16-18, but I will need to make them larger. I don’t want to wait until I lose weight.
    Can you help me or tell me where I can find the info?

  53. Hi Sarina, your site is a treasure trove for anyone interested in the art of sewing and fashion-if I have to summarize in one word – SarinaSewpedia. Heartfelt thanks and appreciation for all your efforts. Wishing you all the very best!

  54. am so interested in your page , I just started a designing course and I would really be honored if I could easily have access to all the tutorials and teaching notes. Please contact me Thank you

  55. Hi,
    On the post/page smocking there is a picture of 4 dresses. I would love to make the dresses, especially the blue stripe one. Are these patterns available?
    I enjoy reading and gathering info from your website.
    Thank you

  56. Have you any suggestions on using children’s outgrown
    Denim jeans? Purses, bibs, etc., and the like?
    Any suggestions will be appreciated…thank you.

  57. Hi Sarina

    love your website whenever I am stuck I come over and checkout what to do next
    I use to receive emails from you but now I don’t what happened

    Thanks a lot god bless you

    • Hi Titilope
      You can subscribe by entering your email on the bar on top of the site (if viewed on a PC) or on the pop-up box which appears on the website. Thanks for asking – really appreciate. I have now entered your email if you do not mind

  58. I very much wanted to download the diy tote with a floral embroidery design. Howver after running through the “extension” three times, and having my toolbar re-designed, I still did NOT get the template. Can you email that to me, or tell me how to get it downloaded.

    thank you.

    • Hi Elizabeth
      I am sorry for the trouble you had – please do not click on download buttons, unless you really want to – those are not from the site but advertisements ( a necessary evil – necessary for running the site and evil if they are ruining your experience). I am afraid I do not have any downloading patterns in the site- it is simply drawn on the fabric with the dimensions given in the pictures . If you go further down in the post you will find the dimensions and they are easy enough to make.

  59. Your website is so useful & helpful in so many way! I sell clothes online on Poshmark & its is so helpful to me to find out names of collars etc. I was wondering if you had any books & if not why not you would be great to make a Fabric Dictionary Book, Pieces of Clothing Book…I have a lot of ideas. Mainly i just wanted to say Thank You for all your hard work you do to keep people like me, informed & education in the craft of sewing.

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