How To Hem a Dress with Tulle or Netting

Several of you have been wondering how to hem tulle. This post will explain how to hem either a dress or skirt made of tulle. Usually, I will get a dress from a customer that has the tulle only on the bottom of the dress. This time, I received an entire dress of tulle! It…

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How To Put Gussets in Pants or Shirts

When a garment is really too tight in the crotch area of a pair of pants or in the underarm area of a shirt, you might want to add a gusset. A gusset is typically a diamond or triangular shaped piece of fabric that is sewn into one of those areas to give some extra room…

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This is Luke!

Happy New Year, everyone!!! I hope each and every one of you had a wonderful Christmas and are enjoying the first few days of the New Year! We had an amazing Christmas with our kids and grand kids here and I realized that I never introduced you to the newest addition to our family. But,…

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We’re Cultivating a New Website Here!

Welcome to my new website! If you were looking for “Sew For Dough”, you’re in the right place! I just want to let you know that I am updating, rearranging and adding some new things on this site! One of the new things will be a name change! Instead of Sewfordough, the new name will…

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How to Permanently Restore a Mattress Pad

This post teaches you how to do more than temporarily mend your mattress pad. It shows you how to make a lasting fix that will keep you from getting frustrated with those cheap materials that mattress pads are made of these days!

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An Alteration Dilemma, How Do You Know if a Garment Can Be Altered?

I received a good question via email today. It concerns taking in a garment where the customer has lost a lot of weight. Here is the question I received from a reader: “I need to alter scrub jackets for a woman who lost 22 pounds after she purchased them. They are embroidered with the dental…

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How to Replace a Jean or Pant Zipper

You know it’s time to replace a zipper when the teeth are missing or the zipper tab has pulled away from the teeth, like this one: It’s almost impossible to put the tab back on the track. (But if the slide has broken off and the zipper is still intact, you can always just replace…

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How to Sew a Zipper into a Pillow, the Easiest Way Ever!

Yes, there are many tutorials online that teach how to put a zipper in a pillow. But this method is Different. Easier.  As I stitched up some pillows recently, I wondered if there was already a post out there with these instructions. To my amazement, there weren’t any. So I thought I’d share that with you…

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How To Add Lining and Hem Your Drapes or Curtains

Finding drapes in the color, length and fabric you need is not an easy task, unless you get them custom made. But that is expensive. I found a set of drapes in the color and style I wanted, but the length was too long. Also, when I stood on the curb outside, they didn’t look good…

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How to Make A Dress With A Tulle Skirt

As you readers know, altering garments is my focus, not constructing them. But, I just got a great question from a reader and I would love your input in helping her. I’d love your thoughts on the tulle (netting) fabric. Do you have some tips on how to expedite the process and make that skirt…

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