Finishing Touches

National Sewing Circle is here to teach you how to add a special finishing touch to your sewing projects. From ruffles to texture, hemming to zippers, and everything in between, we offer sewing tutorials to help guide you through finishing your next sewing project. We have sewing videos for beginners, intermediate, and experienced skill levels that will teach you the best sewing tips and tricks for creating a beautiful finished product!
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Using Bias Tape for a Professional Finish
Using bias tape is a great way to finish off the edge of a project on anything from clothes to quilts. However it can be easy to miss an edge of the tape while stitching because it is a narrow strip of fabric and you can’t see both sides while stitching. Stacy Grissom shows you a great technique to use to ensure that both side of the bias tape are secured to the fabric every time.
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How to Finish Seams When Sewing Silk
Silk and other silk like fabrics can be used to create luxurious garments or other projects. However, they can tend to ravel badly at the seams and need to be finished. Nicole LaFoille walks you through several ways you can finish seams when sewing silk.
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Tips for DIY Binding
Ellen March goes through each critical step with you for making your very own bias binding. Learn how to find the exact yardage you will need for making your own binding. Also, see how to match your project perfectly with your customized bias binding. Advance in your sewing skills by creating your very own bias binding!
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How to Sew Enclosed Seams
Enclosed seams provide a lovely finish for your garments. Colleen Exline shows you how to make professional looking garments with five common types of enclosed seams. She discusses which type of seams work best for which garments and fabrics. Get started on your next beautiful garment today with these helpful tips!
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The Hong Kong Seam
A Hong Kong seam finish is a great way to finish a seam and add pops of color to your garments or projects at the same time. Nicki LaFoille shows you step by step how to do this finishing technique.
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Double Needle Mock Cover Stitch for Knits
T-shirts, sportswear and other commercial garments made from knit fabrics are generally finished using a cover stitch machine. While you can purchase a cover stitch machine for home use, Holly Willis shows you how to achieve the same finished look using a standard sewing machine.
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Sewing a Hong Kong Seam
A Hong Kong seam finish is a great way to finish a seam and add pops of color to your garments or projects at the same time. Nicki LaFoille shows you step by step how to do this finishing technique.
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How to Sew a Ruffle Detail
Aurora Sisneros introduces you to a new and simpler sewing method for adding ruffle detail to your projects. Go through each step with Aurora and find out the tricks for making your ruffle details with crochet thread. It is time for you to start incorporating ruffles into your sewing projects while utilizing these helpful tips and techniques!
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How to Sew on Piping
It’s always fun to create a new accessory – especially a new bag! Once you have finished sewing a new bag, piping cord is a great way to make the bag look finished. While many patterns suggest folding the cording over itself, Stacy Grissom shares a tip on how to sew on piping, and how to connect your cording in a much cleaner way.
Hemming a project or garment is one of the finishing steps of sewing projects, and on garments in particular, this can generally be a curved edge. Ashley Hough shows you how to hem a curved edge and gives tips on how to ensure that the hem lays flat. When it comes to learning how to hem a curved edge, there are some hems that are easier than others. Sew Curved Hem, How To Hem A Curved Edge, Sewing Corners, Quilting Hacks, Beads Template, Hot Pads Tutorial, Charity Sewing, Paper Beads Template
How to Hem a Curved Edge
Hemming a project or garment is one of the finishing steps of sewing projects, and on garments in particular, this can generally be a curved edge. Ashley Hough shows you how to hem a curved edge and gives tips on how to ensure that the hem lays flat. When it comes to learning how to hem a curved edge, there are some hems that are easier than others.
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Sewing Tips: Easy Edge Finishing
If you’re like most people with lots of sewing projects to finish, you want the best way to do things, but also the quickest and easiest way too. Tara Rex shares a few sewing tips on how she saves some time finishing edges on a quick pillow project. Tara shows how she finished the edges of a fabric first before she even cuts what she needs for the pillow back. After you finish your pillow front you can simply cut the fabric in half, overlap the finished edges and stitch your pillow together.
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Applying Bias Tape To Edges And Mitering Corners
Bias tape is a great way to finish the edges of a project, whether you are making something as large as a quilt or as small as a placemat. Learn different techniques for applying bias tape, including different methods for single and double fold tape- Ashley Hough shows you how.
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Two Hemming Methods: Slip Stitch And The Blind Hem Stitch
Hemming a garment is one of the last finishing touches you can put on a project. ZJ Humbach shows you two different ways to hand sew a hem on a project including the slip stitch, also referred to as the whip stitch and the blind hem stitch.
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Sewing with Wool: Seam Finishes
Wool is a great fabric to use for projects like pillows, blankets and other home decor. It can also be used to create wonderful garments and outerwear, however it can tend to have rather bulky seams. Nicki LaFoille shows you some easy seam finishes to use on your next project that reduce bulk when sewing with wool.