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Let’s Go Sew!

Let's Go Sew

Save Money doing Alterations Yourself 

Clothing alterations.  We all eventually need things a bit smaller or larger, and we all hate paying for it.  Both the cost and the simplicity of doing many of the things yourself will be exciting.  Even if you have never sewn, you can get professional looking results by following some key shortcuts with a few basic supplies!

Video

Supplies Needed
Threading a Needle– Once you know how to thread a needle, the sky is the limit to your sewing skills!  Buy a packet of multiple sized needles and choose one that both fits into the hole of your button and slides easily through the fabric.

View the how-to video here.

Needles, thread
Sewing on a Button– This basic skill will save you money, time, and maybe even your favorite shirt.  They can even be used as decoration!  Hint: keep the buttons from ruined shirts for future use.

View the how-to video here.

Needle, thread, button

 

Taking in Pants Waist and Hips- Don’t let the cost of alteration keep you from losing weight!  In a few minutes, you can save a wardrobe.  And when you gain it back again, you can undo your work with a seam ripper.

View the how-to video here.

Sewing machine
Taking in Pants just at the Waist– Also called making a ‘dart’.  This simple technique keeps you from needing a belt.  Darts ‘stop the gap’.

 

Sewing machine
Taking in a Shirt– Zippity zip like magic a large shirt becomes a smaller shirt.  And, just as fast- you can make it bigger again!

 

Sewing machine
Taking in a Sweatshirt or Hoodie– Because who wants a sloppy hoodie?

View the how-to video here.

Sewing machine, pins
Hemming Pants, No Sew Method– Who knew it just takes some heat to make your pants any length, even shorts or capris?  This method cannot be removed.

View the how-to video here.

Iron, hem tape, pins
Taking in a Shirt, No Sew Method– Hem tape is not just for hems, who knew it was so versatile?  No sewing necessary and a size or two smaller.

View the how-to video here.

Iron, hem tape, pins

Books to get started with: 

PLYMC ebooks 

 Hoopladigital.com 

Books at the Library 

Need a sewing machine tutorial?  Visit my blog on “Using a Sewing Machine” here:

https://www.libraryvisit.org/blog/general/lets-go-sew-using-a-sewing-machine/

Cindy C.

Miss Cindy has been circulating in Ohio libraries for many years. She creates programming for all ages because even though she likes the little ones, her passion is making ‘stuff’. Cindy’s husband requests that you do not show or tell her about any new ‘stuff’.  But Cindy knows you will bend her ear, and she will turn it into a program lickety-split!