Sewing Glossary

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An ever-growing glossary of sewing terms and techniques.

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tailors awl

tailors awl

A tailors awl is a pointy tool that you can use to punch holes into your fabric for things like snaps or grommets.

tension

tension

The tension settings on your machine control how taut the thread is.  You’ll most often adjust the tension of the top thread depending on the type of fabric or thread you are using. Adjusting Tension A properly threaded sewing machine with the correct tension settings should set you on your way to happy sewing.  But […]

thimbles

thimbles

Thimbles aren’t just the best Monopoly piece. They keep your finger protected while hand stitching and help you push the needle through the fabric. They come in a bunch of different sizes, shapes and materials (metal, rubber, plastic, leather…) so you can get the perfect fit. Some are even adjustable. A basic metal or flexible […]

thread

thread

Thread can be made of cotton, polyester, silk or nylon and comes on spools. Polyester will work for almost any project. It is possible to use the large cones of thread with a domestic machine, but a little adjusting is required. Read more about the different types of thread on this post: Know Your Notions: […]

thread snips

thread snips

Always keep a good pair of thread snips handy. You’ll most often use them for trimming your thread at the end of the project.

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