TUTORIAL + GIVEAWAY: The Sewtionary (+ last week’s giveaway winner!)

22 Sep

Sorry, y’all, I’m in giveaway overload this month! Can’t help it if my friends are releasing awesome shit all at once, you know?

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I’m sure most of y’all have heard all about this fabulous little book by now – The Sewtionary, written by Tasia of Sewaholic (one of my FAVORITE sewing pattern companies! Seriously, some top 5 shit right there). A couple of months ago, Tasia reached out and asked if I’d like to be a part of her Sewtionary Blog Tour to help promote the book. While I do realize that blog tours can be a little redundant if you read the same blogs over and over (I know I can sometimes get jaded at looking at the same photos/reading the same gushing daily for 2 weeks or whatever), I really wanted to help promote this book because I really do give a shit about Tasia and her business. She’s one of my friends, and I like to do things for my friends. Plus, the book is beyond excellent- a great resource of 101 sewing techniques, written out like a dictionary. The photos are beautiful, each technique includes why it’s necessary (something my nerdy brain just loves), and it’s spiral-bound, so it’ll lay nice and flat on your sewing table. Lots of wins here!

Anyway, that’s about as much of a review as you’ll get from me (if you want a true review, definitely check out some of the tour stops that I’ll be linking at the bottom of this post!). Today, I wanted to do something different. I’m going to share a tutorial from the book with y’all .Everyone likes tutorials, right? πŸ™‚

How to Make a Tailor's Ham & Seam Roll - Sewtionary Giveaway

Today’s tutorial: Making a Tailor’s Ham & Seam Roll.

First up – you’re probably thinking, “What the hell are these things and why the fuck would I spend my time making them?” Well, I’m so glad you asked! Both are used as pressing aids – the Tailor’s Ham is a big pillow-shaped tool that is used for pressing curved areas (such as darts and necklines), and the Seam Roll is a long, narrow stuffed tube that is used to press hard-to-reach seams (such as the inside of a sleeve), as well as a helpful way to avoid making seam allowance impressions on the right side of your garment. While I have a Tailor’s Ham that I’ve used for for years (and no lie, my cat literally uses that shit as a pillow when she naps on my ironing board), I’ve yet to get a Seam Roll. They are both great to have, but can easily cost you $20+ a pop when you buy them from the fabric store. So here’s where we learn to make our own – at the delightful price of FREE NINETY-NINE. You heard me!

You will need:
– Large scraps of wool fabric & cotton fabric. Try to choose something with a dense weave that does not stretch, that is 100% (aka – no poly blends!). I used leftover wool coating from my Vogue Coat and black quilting cotton.
– Something to stuff it with. Traditionally, these things use sawdust. You can also use cedar shavings (from a pet supply store), wool fabric scraps, or even old nylon stockings. For the purposes of this tutorial, I am using sawdust. It is *extremely* messy. It is also extremely free. No lie, I just waltzed right into my local Home Depot and asked for a bag of sawdust, back where they cut wood to spec. I can’t speak for other countries (Tasia tells me that you can’t sell sawdust in Canada, say whaaaat), but here in the good ol’ US of A, lots of hardware stores will give you free sawdust because they would otherwise throw it away. My sawdust man also informed me that it makes a nice mulch for the garden. Isn’t that handy!
– Sewing machine, thread, and hand sewing needles.
– Outdoor space, or a really really good broom. I told you, this shit was messy. You have been warned.

How to Make a Tailor's Ham & Seam Roll - Sewtionary Giveaway
How to Make a Tailor's Ham & Seam Roll - Sewtionary Giveaway
How to Make a Tailor's Ham & Seam Roll - Sewtionary Giveaway

Here are the instructions, Sewtionary-Style. Told y’all that book is just lovely.

Now here are my steps.

TO MAKE THE TAILOR’S HAM:

How to Make a Tailor's Ham & Seam Roll - Sewtionary Giveaway
I found it easiest to start with a paper pattern piece, since the shape is so weird. You’ll want to make your ham 14″ long; 10″ wide at the wide end and 8″ wide at the narrower end. This will result in a bit of an egg shape.

How to Make a Tailor's Ham & Seam Roll - Sewtionary Giveaway
Using your paper pattern piece, cut one egg from both the wool and the cotton.

How to Make a Tailor's Ham & Seam Roll - Sewtionary Giveaway
Pin the pieces, right sides together, leaving a nice 5″ gap at the wide end. PROTIP: Whenever I’m sewing something that requires an unsewn gap, I mark each end with a double pin. This reminds me to stop sewing when I get to the double pin! Otherwise, I’ll just keep going my merry way and complete the circle, which is exactly what we don’t want right now.

How to Make a Tailor's Ham & Seam Roll - Sewtionary Giveaway
Using a 1/2″ seam allowance, sew around the entire circumference of the ham, again leaving that 5″ gap at the wide end. Make sure it’s 5″, too – you’ll need the room for stuffing (don’t make it more than 5″, or you’ll hate yourself for it).

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Turn the ham right side out.

How to Make a Tailor's Ham & Seam Roll - Sewtionary Giveaway
Ok, time to get messy! Take that ham outside and start stuffing your stuffing in it! If you are using sawdust, expect a big mess that will get everywhere.

How to Make a Tailor's Ham & Seam Roll - Sewtionary Giveaway
Instead of just quickly trying to fill the ham with sawdust, take the time to pack down the sawdust with each handful. The narrow end of the ham especially needs to be packed pretty tight, or else it will collapse. Once you’ve packed it down, work on the next section and pack that. Again – this IS messy, and it will take longer than you think, because sawdust loves to pretend it’s tightly packed when it’s secretly not. You want the ham to be pretty hard so it will retain it’s shape. When you think it’s full – keep stuffing. Then stuff some more.

How to Make a Tailor's Ham & Seam Roll - Sewtionary Giveaway
In the meantime, here’s a photo of my cat glaring at me for daring to sit outside without her, haha.

How to Make a Tailor's Ham & Seam Roll - Sewtionary Giveaway
Once you are sure the ham is packed as tight as it can go (Are you sure? Are you sure you’re sure?), it’s time to sew it up!

How to Make a Tailor's Ham & Seam Roll - Sewtionary Giveaway
Holding the ham between your legs (do as I say, not as I do – don’t set it on the ground; you don’t want to push the narrow end back in!), turn under the seam allowance on one side and lap it over the opposite side. Using a tight whipstitch, sew the opening shut by hand.

Next, you’ll probably want to beat the shit out of your ham (if it’s covered in sawdust like mine, anyway). I just pounded mine against the porch railing until all the dust was knocked off.

This post is turning into one long “That’s What She Said” joke, isn’t it?

How to Make a Tailor's Ham & Seam Roll - Sewtionary Giveaway
End result: Completed Tailor’s Ham!

TO MAKE THE SEAM ROLL:
How to Make a Tailor's Ham & Seam Roll - Sewtionary Giveaway
Unlike the Tailor’s Ham, I didn’t bother making a pattern piece for this one – I just drew it directly on my cotton with a Chaco pen. Draw a 14″x5″ rectangle and round the four corners.

How to Make a Tailor's Ham & Seam Roll - Sewtionary Giveaway
Cut one of each of these rectangles from both your cotton & wool.

How to Make a Tailor's Ham & Seam Roll - Sewtionary Giveaway
Using a 1/2″ seam allowance, sew the two rectangles, right sides together, leaving a 5″ opening in the middle of one long side of the seam roll (I have no idea why I don’t have a photo of this, but I trust you can work this step out). Turn the roll right side out.

How to Make a Tailor's Ham & Seam Roll - Sewtionary Giveaway
Time to stuff that bad boy!

How to Make a Tailor's Ham & Seam Roll - Sewtionary Giveaway
As with the Tailor’s Ham, really stuff and pack each long narrow end before focusing on the middle of the roll. This will ensure that your roll is nice and tightly packed, and hard enough to hold it’s shape.

How to Make a Tailor's Ham & Seam Roll - Sewtionary Giveaway
Once you’ve packed the roll nice and tight with sawdust, turn one seam allowance under and lap it over the opposite side of the opening. Sew this closed by hand.

Again, you’ll probably want to beat the shit out of that thing to get all the dust off. Be aggressive! Honey Badger Seam Roll don’t care!

How to Make a Tailor's Ham & Seam Roll - Sewtionary Giveaway
And here’s the finished seam roll!

How to Make a Tailor's Ham & Seam Roll - Sewtionary Giveaway
And here’s my new pressing family! Yay!
BTW, be sure to save some of that remaining sawdust – once you use the ham or seam roll, you may find the sawdust settling and thus need to be repacked to firm up the shape. Unless you just really love having an excuse to go to Home Depot – in that case, don’t let me stop you.

GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED
All right, I promised y’all a giveaway so let’s get on that. To win your own copy of the Sewtionary, simply comment on this post and tell me your favorite sewing technique. Are you a freak about pressing (high five!) or is sewing patch pockets your thing, or…? You tell me! This giveaway is open WORLDWIDE and I will close the entries a week from today, on SEPTEMBER 29, 2014 AT 7:00 AM CST. Good luck!
GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED

If you’d like to buy your own copy of the Sewtionary, you can pick up a signed copy at the Sewaholic website (or a boring ol’ unsigned copy on Amazon). Thanks so much, Tasia, for letting me be part of this book tour & for generously donating a copy to giveaway!

How to Make a Tailor's Ham & Seam Roll - Sewtionary Giveaway

Want to read some more Sewtionary reviews and/or enter some more giveaways? Check out the full blog tour here:

ONE LAST THING – We have a giveaway winner to announce! Lucky number generator says:

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Donna, you’re a winner! Is this now offically the second time I’ve made your Monday exciting? πŸ™‚ Congratulations! Sending your email now!

Everyone else (and there were a lot of y’all – nearly 400 entries, wow!) – I’m not turning you away completely empty-handed. Kat has generously offered a coupon code, which is awesome! Use the code LLADYBIRD to get 15% off the purchase of the Jenna Cardi from Muse Patterns, good through 9/29. Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway! Y’all are the best πŸ˜€

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307 Responses to “TUTORIAL + GIVEAWAY: The Sewtionary (+ last week’s giveaway winner!)”

  1. uglybeat September 22, 2014 at 8:32 am #

    YES!!! I WANT THIS BOOK!!! Okay, enough shouty shout. I like using seam tape for my dress hems and then hand sewing it up. Often, I use an extrememly contrasting color (I tend to sew in loud annoying prints anyway), so if my hem should blow upwards, you get a flash of awesomeness. I’ve made my own ham and seam roll, but I prefer the cedar shavings you get from a pet store—when you iron, you get a pleasant cedar scent! (or does that smell like a hamster cage—aaaaaah!!!

  2. Chrystal Allen September 22, 2014 at 8:34 am #

    I’m still learning, so I can’t claim skills I don’t have. I really want to learn how to sew the insides of my clothes to look nice though, so whatever skill that is – I needs it! Would loove that book πŸ™‚

  3. Angie September 22, 2014 at 8:34 am #

    This may sound silly but I love slip stitching. It is so relaxing and I kind of feel like a sewing ninja – it holds together but you can’t see any stitches!! Plus it’s the kind of thing that I can take anywhere with me – aka the best pasttime when you’re handing out in line waiting to get into a workshop at Otakuthon. I say yes to more hand-sewing please!

  4. jen @ the stitcher and gatherer September 22, 2014 at 8:38 am #

    Ooh there is nothing better than a little extremely neat hand-sewing to finish off a hem or sew down a facing or whatnot….totally satisfying πŸ™‚
    I also totally geek out with how sneaky understitching is…!! Oh dear, think maybe i need to get me a life πŸ˜‰

  5. Katharina September 22, 2014 at 8:40 am #

    Oooh… I would LOVE to win this book. My favourite sewing technique is – if that counts – using my serger. Since I have it I dare to sew knits and the inside of my selfmade stuff looks so much better. And what I like as well, I try to learn at least one new technique with each thing I create, for example how to insert an invisible zipper or do a special kind of pocket, etc.

  6. Suzie September 22, 2014 at 8:47 am #

    Thanks for the chance to win this book (which I would love to get my hands on!) and the very entertaining tutorial. I already have a ham and seam roll and they are were a real game changer for my sewing – love them so much! As for my favourite technique, I think that might be a hand-picked zip, so satisfying to sew and love how they look.

  7. Carrie September 22, 2014 at 8:47 am #

    I would love to get my Mits in this book! Looks devine, I would say my all tine fave technique is French seams. When bulk isn’t going to be an issue (usually in the bags I make) I use them. Clothing can be a little tricky, lounge pants are amazing with French seams. Thanks for the opportunity!

  8. diya September 22, 2014 at 8:51 am #

    Wow this is like a storehouse of sewing knowledge πŸ™‚ COunt me in the giveaway..

  9. weefrills September 22, 2014 at 8:51 am #

    The book looks awesome. Where did you get the sawdust?

    • LLADYBIRD September 22, 2014 at 8:53 am #

      I got it from my local Home Depot – it was free! They just GIVE that shit away, haha!

  10. linynp September 22, 2014 at 8:54 am #

    Omg this book looks fabulous!!! Just what I need! Newbie creating disasters now can be rectified 😊. Thanks!!!!

  11. Irene September 22, 2014 at 8:57 am #

    This books seems to be precisely what I’d like as an addition to my sewing-related library- thank you for the giveaway! I am all into learning double welt pockets right now- I love them on pamts!

  12. Bec September 22, 2014 at 9:00 am #

    I love understitching and I find it so satisfying when I press a lovely understitched seam! I’m generally really lazy when sewing but I understitch even when the instructions don’t include it – what a rebel!!

  13. Mel September 22, 2014 at 9:00 am #

    When I went looking for a tailors ham, the staff at my local shop didn’t even know what I was asking for! It makes such a difference for pressing seams, though. It never occurred to me to make one! thanks for the chance at the book, it looks amazing!

  14. Tina Spear September 22, 2014 at 9:05 am #

    Yay, a free give away! Enter me as I would love to win this book.

  15. June September 22, 2014 at 9:07 am #

    Being a newbie this book would be the perfect match. I’ve just signed up for the Sassy Librarian Craftsy class and see that Christine uses a ham. The timing would be perfect for this book. Thank you for the offer, it looks wonderful!

  16. Amy September 22, 2014 at 9:08 am #

    I learned how to sew french seams earlier this year and I cannot get enough of them. A clean, professional finish every time. Love ’em. Sweet book, thanks for supporting awesome businesses and offering this up to us.

  17. Kristina September 22, 2014 at 9:13 am #

    I’ve been thinking about purchasing a tailor’s ham and seam roll but now I’m ready to make one on my own. Thanks! πŸ™‚ Learning the blind hem stitch changed my life. I still need to remind myself about how to fold the fabric every now and then, but I love the finished look!

  18. Kimberly September 22, 2014 at 9:14 am #

    As much as I love my tailor’s ham (and I do) I think my fav thing is the satisfaction I get from hand stitching down a delicate facing or a hem so that the stitching is practically invisible, inside and out. I just really get a kick out of it even if no one sees it.

  19. Angela A September 22, 2014 at 9:15 am #

    Love the Betzina fly front LOOKS SO EASY (HEHE)

  20. ltinuviel September 22, 2014 at 9:18 am #

    Thank you for the lovely giveaway! Very handy tutorial.
    It’s seems this book is very good! I wonder to see the table of contents, what other interesting topics are covered. I would like to have it and I hope to be me. Otherwise, I’ll order it πŸ™‚
    My favorite sewing technique is sewing zippers.

  21. sewingishappiness September 22, 2014 at 9:19 am #

    After I purchased a used cover stitch machine putting a hem in a knit project is now one of my favorite things. It looks great when finished and it’s easy peasey!

  22. lenelein September 22, 2014 at 9:26 am #

    I love to insert sleeves! I know I’m a bit of a freak here, but for me there is nothing more satisfying than making a vest into the final garment…

  23. Barbara Pena September 22, 2014 at 9:29 am #

    I was reading through some of the replies, and I’m so new to sewing that I don’t know what a slip stitch is. I’m happy if I can just make a straight stitch! Though I did do a practice french seam in a sewing boot camp class on a pillow and I thought it was pretty cool.

  24. askouras September 22, 2014 at 9:30 am #

    I love french seams and go out of my to finish as many seam allowances as possible that way

  25. Canal Couture September 22, 2014 at 9:31 am #

    Thank you for the giveaway! The book seems to be really comprehensive and thoughtful. I love your little tutorial. I should make myself a tailors ham.

  26. Angelica Macklin September 22, 2014 at 9:33 am #

    Patches are my jam. At heart I’m still a punk rocker with a penchant for patches. Seriously though, they’re awesome for fixing and embellishing stuff πŸ™‚

  27. Caitlyn M. September 22, 2014 at 9:36 am #

    I’m going to echo Jen and say that understitching is my favorite technique. The first time I saw the term I thought that it would be something time-consuming like blind stitching a hem, but when I found out you can do it on a machine, it’s invisible from the outside (and therefore suitable for all garments, formal or casual), and keeps bands and facings from rolling in an unsightly fashion, I was sold. I love techniques that give a garment a more beautiful and durable finish.

  28. Lisa D. September 22, 2014 at 9:39 am #

    I’m another one of those gals who loves me some French seaming. So satisfying! Thanks for the giveaway and the tutorial!

  29. rycrafty September 22, 2014 at 9:41 am #

    I enjoy the neatness of French seams! Sometimes I think about the fact that I’m taking the time to sew each seam twice, but it is worth it in the end, I think!

  30. onejolie September 22, 2014 at 9:42 am #

    So I’m officially scared, because, yes, yes, its patch pockets. I’m obsessed. Its probably unhealthy. I lie in bed at night planning how to stick pockets onto patterns that don’t have pockets… That’s not a joke!

  31. Ashley September 22, 2014 at 9:47 am #

    I love tracing patterns onto paper. It’s time consuming and I need it to be perfect, so I should hate it. I don’t, I feel so accomplished after I make a perfect copy and get even more excited to transfer it to fabric.

  32. Cris A. September 22, 2014 at 9:47 am #

    I love topstitching, it makes everything look so polished πŸ™‚

  33. alliedpassagetranslations September 22, 2014 at 9:54 am #

    I’m a big fan of French seams. Before I started sewing, everyone said how intimidating they can be, but that hasn’t been my experience, and they make everything look so nice!

  34. Nicole September 22, 2014 at 9:58 am #

    You have read my mind–I just procured some saw dust from a friend to make a seam roll. Anyhoo, my favorite technique is a Hong Kong finish + underlining in one (I’ll be posting a tutorial at http://www.nicoleathome.com soon!). It’s magical.

  35. Mertxe September 22, 2014 at 10:00 am #

    My favourite sewing technique is… I cannot pick one for the life of me! I don’t know!

  36. Sarah September 22, 2014 at 10:01 am #

    Oh, I so need this in my life! I’m a newbie and so every time a technique works for me I get so excited. Understitching blows my mind. I’m still trying to work out seam finishes, when I get there I will be celebrating with champagne and all.

  37. Suzanne Mills September 22, 2014 at 10:02 am #

    Invisible zippers. Its the other type of zippers I have problems with.

  38. kbohemia September 22, 2014 at 10:03 am #

    Ugh, favourite sewing technique… that’s a hard one! Either rolled hems (since I own a roll hem foot!!) or edgestitching with my IDT stitch in the ditch foot. LOVE that thing!

  39. Margo September 22, 2014 at 10:05 am #

    Excellent tutorial! Good tip about the sawdust, I didn’t know I could get it for free at Home Depot. I love sewing in sleeves flat! I find it so much easier than setting them in the round.

  40. julieourcheznous September 22, 2014 at 10:07 am #

    Top stitching! When the look is right of course (when isn’t it right!?)…. I don’t always get the ‘time’ to do it but love the look it gives when you’re done πŸ™‚

  41. Teresa September 22, 2014 at 10:12 am #

    I almost wouldn’t call it a technique, cuz it is just sewing a line, but I like to topstitch things.

  42. Funmi September 22, 2014 at 10:12 am #

    Zips, I’m loving inserting zips right now

  43. Alexandra September 22, 2014 at 10:13 am #

    My favourite technique is sewing crooked lines. LOL

    • Alexandra September 22, 2014 at 10:14 am #

      oops… I see that I posted this comment twice…anonymously up top.

  44. dressingtherole September 22, 2014 at 10:16 am #

    Woot, I’m dying to get my hands on this book! I hear it discusses pad stitching and other specialized techniques, which I really want to learn more about!

  45. amcclure2014 September 22, 2014 at 10:29 am #

    This is a great post and tutorial. I do use pressing tools and have a ham and a seam roll. I’m not sure I’m using them properly though! I love top stitching and edge stitching – as long as I’ve done the underneath layers okay with trimming and perhaps understitching – I love how that makes fabric lie smooth and flat – to think I was scared of doing it previously! I’d love to win Tasia’s book. Thank you Anne

  46. Rhian September 22, 2014 at 10:32 am #

    I’m still learning so I haven’t tried a lot of techniques, but I love both French seaming and pressing seams because they satisfy my urge for neatness and precision. (This urge is, alas, not always satisfied by the quality of my actual sewing.)

  47. Kadri Kaur September 22, 2014 at 10:33 am #

    I would say that my favorite sewing technique is probably a narrow hem! Love how it looks on gentle and silky fabrics.

  48. delfica September 22, 2014 at 10:36 am #

    l feel inspired to do something about the box of sawdust that’s been sitting on my shelf for MONTHS for this very purpose. After seeing your tutorial, I’m wondering why I’ve never got around to just cranking my own wooly pork out.

    As far as techniques go, I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite (it’s a pain in the ass), but I definitely try to fit a muslin every time. My garment fails pretty much every time that I don’t. Oh, and I love that double-sided temporary steamy tape, for hems and pockets and junk.

  49. Crystal September 22, 2014 at 10:48 am #

    This book seems so handy! My current favorite technique…. I just love adding new skills with each new project!

  50. Karen September 22, 2014 at 10:50 am #

    Seem like this book may be the tips and tricks of the trade bonanza. I don’t currently have any sawdust but I am sure I could locate some πŸ™‚

  51. Helene September 22, 2014 at 10:56 am #

    Pressing! It’s true, like your motto, that everything will iron out. But I want Tasia’s book so maybe I can learn another one!

  52. Jennifer Blackman September 22, 2014 at 11:04 am #

    I would love this book! It would be a great addition to my reference bookshelf in my studio. I enjoy creating flat felled seams on my clothes. It makes everything inside polished and clean. πŸ™‚

  53. Cindy September 22, 2014 at 11:09 am #

    The book looks like it would be a helpful addition to my sewing room. I just love taking a flat piece of fabric and turning it into a wearable garment! I guess my favorite technique is just sewing a nice straight seam, since that’s what starts making the fabric take the shape of the garment.

  54. True Bias September 22, 2014 at 11:09 am #

    Haha, so, let’s just say that my post tomorrow is going to be very similar to yours πŸ™‚ apparently we both had the same thing lacking from our studio. Yours looks great though. i wish i had the same luck as you finding sawdust.

    • LLADYBIRD September 22, 2014 at 11:16 am #

      Ooh, I was afraid someone was gonna STEAL MY IDEA!! Haha, just kidding! Great minds and all that (we are great minds… right? πŸ™‚ ). Bet your post will be prettier than mine, though! You always take such gorgeous pictures πŸ™‚

  55. Lola (lovelola) September 22, 2014 at 11:13 am #

    Now I have no excuse to ham myself out (ha ha). I wish I was a pressing aficionado, but really I’m more about sewing shortcuts and how to get my garment done the fastest way possible while still looking mighty fine

  56. Ciara September 22, 2014 at 11:19 am #

    Definately pressing as you go – really helps the finished item. Thanks

  57. Kelly September 22, 2014 at 11:24 am #

    This book looks awesome. I don’t have a favorite tech but I have a favorite notion. Wonder Wash Away tape. I use that stuff by the mile. Use it to stick the zipper to fleece and your zips go is perfectly – no wave, no stretch. Any tricky matching – stick it together and sew. Knit wants to have a wavy hem, stick that puppy in place first. Maybe if I have more technique I’d need it less – smirk.

  58. occasionallyobsessivecrafter September 22, 2014 at 11:27 am #

    While I’m away from my serger for the next few months, I think my fav technique is using french seams. I’d like to learn some other ways of finishing raw edges. Thanks for the tutorial – great idea!

  59. Aimee O September 22, 2014 at 11:28 am #

    I feel like this is a ridiculous thing to love but I love attaching facings to the hem, neck, and arm holes. Especially once you understitch or topstich them down in place. They just look so nice and neat and the garment usually feels ‘finished’ at that point to me.

  60. Kalie Jayne September 22, 2014 at 11:35 am #

    My favorite sewing technique I’ve learned so far is using bias tape to finish an arm hole rather then making a facing. It’s so easy and saves a lot of time and fabric!

  61. catdoesit September 22, 2014 at 11:38 am #

    I like french seams, they are tres chic!

  62. Amanda Black September 22, 2014 at 11:41 am #

    For me, it has to be button holes – I just love the sense of satisfaction when you have a completed a line of them! Thanks for the competition. Amanda

  63. brianne September 22, 2014 at 11:42 am #

    favorite sewing technique….I find that if i cuss at my project enough it will eventually cooperate with me.

  64. Melanie Williams September 22, 2014 at 11:42 am #

    I’m all about in-seam pockets. I just keep little pocket pattern pieces around and add them to whatever garments I can!

  65. Angela September 22, 2014 at 11:47 am #

    Favorite sewing technique? Getting everything all lined up and zooming my sewing machine as fast as I can. So, actual stitching, and everything else Is tedious.

  66. Elizabeth September 22, 2014 at 11:50 am #

    I’m still a newbie to garment sewing, but I have discovered that I really enjoy hand sewing. I don’t mind any of the finishing details that require hand sewing.

  67. Sara September 22, 2014 at 11:57 am #

    I love serging! It’s fast and satisfying and I personnally love a serged finish!

  68. onewarpedengineer September 22, 2014 at 11:58 am #

    WOOT! I need all the reference books I can get. I just learned about stay-stitching a neckline. Okay, I knew about it before, but just didn’t think I needed to do it. Here’s hoping it’ll keep my necklines from getting too large.

  69. Libby H September 22, 2014 at 12:02 pm #

    Cool! I am a sucker for a French seam, to the point where there are some seams I’ve made that totally didn’t need that much reinforcement that are allll kinds of French seamed.

  70. catherine September 22, 2014 at 12:05 pm #

    I could use that book too!!! Much as I learn so much from blogs, I love the feel and smell of a real book. Favorite sewing technique…. The use of “hug snug” in areas I’m stitching and I don’t want them to get all wonky on me! “That’s some good shit!” πŸ™‚ PS, in spin class this morning, I was at anaerobic threshold and the only thing that kept me going was thinking about maybe…. just maybe…. joining in on that Vogue coat sew along….

  71. Stefanie September 22, 2014 at 12:14 pm #

    I am crazy about pressing my pattern pieces before getting started on a project – I can’t stand those wrinkles, and I have had bad experiences in the past trying to cut my fabric from a pattern that is all wonky.

  72. Angelica September 22, 2014 at 12:14 pm #

    I will totally get myself the cardi pattern – thank you for the coupon code πŸ˜€ The book looks awesome too πŸ˜› My favorite sewing technique is probably sewing invisible zippers, pressing seams or doing topstitching πŸ˜€

  73. kelerabeus September 22, 2014 at 12:15 pm #

    French seaming! I would french seam everything and anything, I just love how nice and clean everything looks once is finished. Love the giveaway!

  74. Skelly Shelly September 22, 2014 at 12:19 pm #

    When my sewing muse recently bit me again (ouch!) I found your blog and it’s officially my go-to sewing blog! Love your attitude, your style, and your hair!!

    My fave technique at the moment is making french seams (which I learned from you, thank YOU very much!). I don’t have a serger and I love my older machines (they’re from the 80’s baby) so a french seam finishes the inside of my newly sewn garments so nicely!

  75. Dawn September 22, 2014 at 12:19 pm #

    I love a prick-stitched zipper. So pretty it’s worth the time….

  76. Christine September 22, 2014 at 12:20 pm #

    love a good overlock stitch! makes me feel less frazzled when my fabric is…well… less frazzled!

  77. Kimberly September 22, 2014 at 12:20 pm #

    I love French seams! They make me feel super competent.

  78. macstabby September 22, 2014 at 12:23 pm #

    Yes please to this book! I love catch-stitching. No idea why.

  79. Marty Marie September 22, 2014 at 12:32 pm #

    Awesome ham and sausage!!! Ive had my eye on this book ever since Tasia announced it! I am also a freak about pressing

  80. Chasing Happiness (@slauditory) September 22, 2014 at 12:34 pm #

    I love French seams. They’re so neat. I’ve used them on skirts, dresses, and shorts. I really like learning about new techniques, though!

  81. Ruth September 22, 2014 at 12:39 pm #

    The book looks great, and thanks for giving us the tutorial as a different approach to the blog tour! My favourite sewing technique might be French seams – I love how clean and tidy they look!

  82. Clarinda Kaleidoscope September 22, 2014 at 12:42 pm #

    It took about 30 seconds to go from ‘WOW, that’s brilliant, I’m gonna make one’ to ‘NO WAY JOSE’! My favourite technique is making and sewing bias binding (my eyes are itching just looking at that sawdust). Really love your blog btw

  83. Sabine September 22, 2014 at 12:44 pm #

    This book looks amazing, Tasia’s tutorials are always extremely well written and easy to follow, no doubt her book is great.

  84. edda September 22, 2014 at 12:52 pm #

    Lately I have been very fond of a basting my hem press line before pressing in a different color and then just press along seam. I don’t remember where I picked up this method but it makes hemming, especially hemming curved lines, so much less tedious

  85. Inclement September 22, 2014 at 12:53 pm #

    How far in from each end do you measure the 10″ and 8″ widths? How wide should the ham be at the very widest point near the center?

    (And Amelia dear, sawdust is Not Your Friend. Imagine how messy your fur would get, oh the horror!)

    • LLADYBIRD September 22, 2014 at 1:39 pm #

      I just kind of eyeballed it. The widest point is 10″, then the narrowest wide point is 8″ (if that makes sense). I think they are about 4-6″ apart from the center, and then the ends are tapered and curved.

  86. Sallie September 22, 2014 at 12:55 pm #

    I was actually going to buy a tailor’s ham today! Not anymore, though! I like to use some form of sabilizer in my knit projects, eapecially when using slidey kinds of fabrics.

  87. sewcookgardenrepeat September 22, 2014 at 12:58 pm #

    Wow, thanks for the great giveaway!!! Now that I know what I am doing, I really like inserting invisible zippers. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy to zip that shit up afterwards. πŸ™‚

  88. Lauren September 22, 2014 at 1:01 pm #

    Thanks for the great tutorial! I just learned how to do French seams and for now it’s my favorite technique. I’d love to get this book so I can learn ALL the awesome finishing techniques out there!

  89. Alison September 22, 2014 at 1:03 pm #

    I have to say that I like crisply ironed fabric, but I love, love adding piping to anything!

  90. Julie September 22, 2014 at 1:06 pm #

    I’m still very much a beginner, so I can’t really boast about having any skills… This book looks very helpful, though!

  91. Kristin September 22, 2014 at 1:09 pm #

    I use my tailor’s ham and seam roll all the time; it is so nice to see that curved part pressed perfectly. πŸ™‚ Yay thanks for the chance to win,.

  92. thesimpleseamstress September 22, 2014 at 1:17 pm #

    My favorite sewing technique would have to be French Seams. Its something I have perfected recently and instead of trying to zig-zag raw edges a french seam really makes the inside of a garment look nice! This gal just cant afford to spring for a serger but maybe once day her dreams will come true! Thanks for doing the give away I always love reading your blog and the tutorial was awesome! I learned a lot I had no idea what a Ham was!

  93. Mads (lifeinamadshouse) September 22, 2014 at 1:18 pm #

    Thanks for the hilarious (but useful!) tutorial and giveaway! I’d love to win this book, obviously. My favorite technique that I *don’t* suck at is probably a toss-up between hand-stitched blind hems and French seams; I use both of them as often as I can.

  94. jeanette September 22, 2014 at 1:29 pm #

    I’m not very experienced at sewing & my technique only seems to stretch to mending thing slowly at the moment!

  95. annika September 22, 2014 at 1:30 pm #

    My fav technique is hemming jersey with a twin needle…

  96. Rose September 22, 2014 at 1:37 pm #

    Thank you for the tutorial and the giveaway. This book sounds terrific. I sure would like to win it. My favorite sewing technique is using a flat plastic table around my sewing machine to sew knits. That way the fabric stays flat and doesn’t stretch while sewing. I got one from my Bernina dealer. Sew Steady tables sells them to fit a variety of machines and sergers.

  97. lesintemporels September 22, 2014 at 1:53 pm #

    Tasia’s blog was one of the first I followed, her patterns are gorgeous, she is soooo generous with tutorials and her instructions are totally idiot-proof. AND she got us all to thinking about cake and icing! My favorite technique I learned from her blog is understitching as it creates such a neat finish. And while I’m at it, thank you Lauren for your tute’s, your sewalongs, your tips and for de-grannying sewing – you show it as the cool thing it actually is!

  98. Anna September 22, 2014 at 1:55 pm #

    I don’t sew with a machine (I want to get a machine, I just haven’t… yet. Where do you start with that?) and I basically just use a running stitch or whipstitch for everything so I guess that’s my favourite technique because I don’t use any others.

    Actually, I’m really just commenting because I feel bad for you about the messy sawdust sitch. Girl, ain’t you got a funnel?! Seriously, so much easier and less messy…

    • LLADYBIRD September 22, 2014 at 2:26 pm #

      Me, use a funnel? Come on now… that would make WAY too much sense πŸ˜›

  99. Anonymous September 22, 2014 at 2:00 pm #

    I love when pattern instructions give you a sneaky way to enclose all the seams, like on the Datura blouse. I’d love a copy of this book!

  100. Donna Gregg September 22, 2014 at 2:09 pm #

    It has amazed me to hear many sewers do not prepare their fabrics. To me it is probably more important than needle size type thread or to serge or not. Everything I sew which is a lot of apparel sewing I wash or even dry clean my fabrics first. Especially now when fabric is so costly why make a lovely creation that can be worn once because it shrunk when washed. I also make Muslims for much of the clothes I make but the prep of my fabric is at top of my list.

  101. mrscsews September 22, 2014 at 2:11 pm #

    My fav technique would be sewing a flat-fell seam. Just love that all those raw edges are tucked away. I used it a lot when sewing reversible pants when my kiddies were toddling about.

    I’d like to add one point to your great tutorial……wear shoes when using a Tailor’s Ham. Speaking from experience, it hurts like @&*(#$*$&# when it drops off the ironing board onto bare toes!

    I’d love to add Tasia’s book to my collection. Thanks for the giveaway!

  102. Lollo September 22, 2014 at 2:16 pm #

    I love the clean finish of a french seam πŸ™‚

  103. Stacey Pedersen Keating September 22, 2014 at 2:22 pm #

    Since I just started sewing, my favorite so far is the French seam. I know it’s pretty basic, but I feel so accomplished every time I sew one!

    Thanks for the opportunity to enter this giveaway!

  104. laulipopnz September 22, 2014 at 2:23 pm #

    Thank you for that tutorial on the tailors ham I’ve been wanting one for ages!
    I also would LOVE this book!
    I would say have to say my fav technique would have to be rolled hems, they are just so neat and cute on fine fabric, and quite relaxing to sew as well!

  105. smeebot September 22, 2014 at 2:32 pm #

    I don’t know if I have a favorite sewing technique since I am such a newb. Right now I am just enjoying doing different project that introduce new techniques and challenges.

  106. ingarosa September 22, 2014 at 2:36 pm #

    Thanks for sharing this tutorial – looks pretty simple, just by now i’ve realized that no thing that looks simple and fast in a tutorial will be just as fast and simple when my hands finally get to it πŸ˜€

  107. Christy H September 22, 2014 at 2:42 pm #

    I love to put zippered pockets into my bags! My small items used to always slosh around, but not anymore. πŸ™‚

  108. Alli September 22, 2014 at 2:45 pm #

    I don’t have to look at instructions to put in inset zippers, so that makes me happy! πŸ™‚

  109. Sarah O September 22, 2014 at 2:47 pm #

    Is it weird that I totally want to make a Taylor’s Ham and name it Ham Rove (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/f0/Colbert_Report_Ham_Rove.jpg)

  110. Sheena September 22, 2014 at 2:48 pm #

    Thanks for the giveaway! Until I get myself a serger, I guess my favorite sewing technique is the good ol’ French seam. I love not worrying about fraying edges. πŸ™‚

  111. Melissa September 22, 2014 at 2:53 pm #

    I love Tasia’s stuff and I would love this book. Since all my friends have been getting pregnant I’ve been loving bias bindings (easy way to finish all the baby blankets I’ve been making for them).

  112. Frankie Carson September 22, 2014 at 3:12 pm #

    I used the biscuit method!
    Any time something goes wrong with my sewing I take a bit if biscuit
    Works a charm
    Frankie

  113. Kate H September 22, 2014 at 3:20 pm #

    I would love to win a copy of the Sewtionary! My favorite technique is using bias tape to bind hems and armscyes. SO AWESOME.

  114. Beth Holmes September 22, 2014 at 3:21 pm #

    i would really like a copy of the sewtionary, it looks fantastic. my favourite sewing technique is darts, i like their simple ways of allowing a flat piece of fabric to become human shaped πŸ™‚

  115. Rebecca September 22, 2014 at 3:22 pm #

    I want to learn how to do different stitches…and when to use them. I’ve been sewing for years and only just realised my slip stitches have been wring all this time! Rebecca.slatter(at)nab.com.au

  116. Megan September 22, 2014 at 3:25 pm #

    I’m learning different hem finishing techniques right now. I like blind hems, but they take so long! haha

  117. bergonia September 22, 2014 at 3:30 pm #

    Awesome tutorial! I have been thinking about making both but had no idea you could get saw dust from home depot like that! This project just moved way higher up on my to do list. As for technique for the giveaway I have been loving anything I can finish with a French seam. I love to make things for my sister and friends and it’s always so nice to hear how impressed they are by such an easy but pretty finishing technique.

  118. onedabbles September 22, 2014 at 3:33 pm #

    You crack me up! I am going to make myself these sewing tools. As a newbie, the sewing techniques I really like are patterned fabric facings and neat seam finishes of all descriptions, especially bound (Hong Kong?). It’s the chance to have the touches of individuality and luxury that you don’t get in RTW (not in my budget anyway!).

  119. Ash P September 22, 2014 at 3:46 pm #

    I love horsehair, although I have never used it myself. I’m dying to give it a try though…it looks magical!!!!

  120. Alexandra P. September 22, 2014 at 3:48 pm #

    I just started a sewing pattern design class and I love it. One day, I will be able to make my own perfect fitted clothes (I hope). The class is a two years course, so I have to be patient.
    This book would be very welcome, I would love to learn some new techniques.
    Thanks for the give away!

  121. Amiria September 22, 2014 at 3:51 pm #

    I must make both of those!
    My favourite sewing technique is a nice French seam – they make everything look so crisp and clean πŸ™‚

  122. Kathryn September 22, 2014 at 4:10 pm #

    I love lapped zippers and overlocker seams.

  123. Deborah September 22, 2014 at 4:13 pm #

    I really want this book. It has been on my wish list for a few months. My favorite technique is understitiching a facing to help it roll to the inside. French seams run a close second. I learned this seam finish at an early age and used it for my first brocade formal gown many years ago.

  124. traeumvommeer September 22, 2014 at 4:21 pm #

    Wow, that book sounds amazing! I actually do like to iron, so I would be glad to learn some more about it and maybe even make my own tailors ham some time.
    By the way, I recently used your felt pocket tutorial on a pair of historical Knickerbockers and it worked amazingly well, considering that it was the first time that I made those. So thank you very much for your great blog, and many greetings from London, Nora

  125. Kat H September 22, 2014 at 4:37 pm #

    Yay for a blog tour post that’s different from the others! Nice one with the tutorial. πŸ™‚

    Hmmm… fave sewing technique…. I’m quite partial to invisible zippers. And to cover stitching using my overlocker (serger) – just love the finish that gives, it makes me happy. πŸ™‚

  126. Kelsey September 22, 2014 at 4:39 pm #

    French seaming is my newest favorite. And embroidering the shit out of everything,

  127. Amy September 22, 2014 at 4:39 pm #

    The first time I made my own bias binding it went perfectly and instantly became my new favourite thing. Of course second time it was a right mess so I went off it a bit ha! That and French seams are pretty much my only techniques so far what with me still being a enthusiastic but inept beginner

  128. Jill September 22, 2014 at 4:47 pm #

    I am a fan of french seams and any technique that makes the inside of a garment just as pretty as the outside, makes the finished product feel so much more professional.

  129. Katie September 22, 2014 at 5:03 pm #

    I love love love sewing darts!
    Not sure why but it’s my absolute fave thing to do!
    What’s your favourite thing Lauren?
    Thanks for the give away.

    • LLADYBIRD September 22, 2014 at 5:20 pm #

      Oh, that’s a good question! I should really have an answer ready, huh? πŸ™‚ It’s hard to say – all techniques are my favorite (they are like children for me). The thing that first comes to mind, though, is understitching. It’s so basic and simple, but so so SO effective. I understitch the shit out of everything! Don’t ever make me stop! haha! πŸ™‚

  130. medirama September 22, 2014 at 5:05 pm #

    Dang! I love books that save me money or teach me new tricks. My favorite trick is adding piping… anywhere! Hems, seams, etc, anywhere where a good piping contrast fits in and looks nice. It’s getting to the point where I’m thinking of making tons of piping just for my stash.

    Whenever I get a chance to have extra wool (living in a desert doesn’t really require wool garments), I’m gonna make my own tailoring ham and seam roll.

  131. KZ. September 22, 2014 at 5:08 pm #

    I’ve only just started my own sewing adventure (working on Grainline’s Scout tee this weekend, my first solo sewing project!) but I am already messing around with changing things as I go – I drafted a tiny patch pocket and sewed it on yesterday, and it makes me inordinately happy. So, I guess that’s my favorite sewing technique? haha. Thanks for the giveaway, and for sharing your own stories and prowess! You’re a huge inspiration for those of us starting out.

  132. Debbie September 22, 2014 at 5:13 pm #

    Being in Canada, I guess I can’t get sawdust, so I might try making these with cedar shavings – they would smell good, at least! Thanks for posting the tutorial.
    I would have to say top stitching is my favourite technique. It makes everything look professionally finished.

  133. fp September 22, 2014 at 5:14 pm #

    I am a sloppy sewist… and want to improve my skills. I LOVE

  134. Rosemary September 22, 2014 at 5:14 pm #

    I just love sewing in general! I like making gathers the most though.

  135. c September 22, 2014 at 5:17 pm #

    I want to improve my sewing, and think knowing why i should do something will really motivate me to use more techniques. I don’t have a favorite technique… yet

  136. http://readerofthepack.com September 22, 2014 at 5:24 pm #

    I am a pretty beginning sewer, but one of things I honestly do enjoy is pressing. All thanks to my new iron and ironing board! I also recently made a skirt with French seams and can get behind that.

  137. Liz September 22, 2014 at 5:26 pm #

    I really like matching up seams…I find it super satisfying when they match up perfectly! And if they don’t, it’s like magic when they match at the seams after sewing. =)

  138. pennysewvintage September 22, 2014 at 5:29 pm #

    I love the title of this book! I would enjoy this book for sure and will be following your tutorial. I need me a ham! My favorite technique is the ladder stitch. I use it to attach the binding to a quilt. It creates such a neat and flawless look.

  139. Mandi September 22, 2014 at 5:33 pm #

    What a great looking book! One of my favorite techniques is French seams… but I’m often too lazy to sew them on anything that’s for me. If it’s for a friend or family member, I almost always French seam. They’re so clean!

  140. walkerjdunn September 22, 2014 at 5:46 pm #

    I am really getting to know more about seam finishes in the last few weeks and would love a quick reference guide to help me master some new techniques! I’m also fascinated by a whole section on pressing! This book looks beautiful πŸ™‚

  141. B. Morgan Joy September 22, 2014 at 5:52 pm #

    My favorite sewing thing
    is the step in the Colette Negroni where you press the seam allowance of the sleeve head and then use a SINGLE PIN to secure the sleeve to the shoulder seam and then sew the seam and then flat-fell the curve
    with ONE PIN
    magic
    I was SHOCKED that it wasn’t in the Hawthorn pattern instructions as well and immediately made the necessary modifications (trimmed 1/4″ off the armscyes front & back) so I can do it ALL THE TIME on ALL THE BUTTON SHIRT THINGS FOREVER
    because it is the Best Magic Thing
    ONE PIN
    it’s been almost 2 months since I learned this and I’m still not over it

  142. Basya Spiliakos September 22, 2014 at 6:19 pm #

    My favorite sewing technique. At the moment? French seams. I just learned how to make them. I recently made the Sewaholic Belcarra in a lovely lightweight wine-colored fabric. French seams everywhere. It made my top look and feel extra-special.

  143. Erika September 22, 2014 at 6:46 pm #

    Ruffling! Seriously, let me snap on my ruffling foot and I can go for miles (every day I’m ruffling hehheh, sorry, I sing that alot!)

  144. Miet September 22, 2014 at 7:06 pm #

    I like putting zippered welt pockets in every bag I make.

  145. cclc1976 September 22, 2014 at 7:26 pm #

    I’m a self covered buckle and belt making freak!! I love making a belt to match my dress or skirt, it’s extremely addictive and fun and looks great. Love your blog so much, it’s the best one. Thanks for all your tips xxx

  146. Another Mary September 22, 2014 at 7:41 pm #

    French seams. No idea why I love making them so. I just do.

  147. Lisette September 22, 2014 at 7:42 pm #

    Well, I’ve been on a roll with home dec/sewing room improvement projects lately, so why not add this to the list? I don’t know why it didn’t occur to me before that I could get sawdust for free from my handy-dandy carpenter boyfriend, but since that makes it extra free I need to get on this. I’ve needed one for years and have just been too darn lazy.

  148. Brianne September 22, 2014 at 7:57 pm #

    Not sure if this counts as a “technique” – but serging is the Best.Thing.Evar. Ever since I got my serger (cheaply on amazon – slightly dented box WUT), I serge the shit out of ALL THE THINGS!

  149. vmcm September 22, 2014 at 8:08 pm #

    I would love a chance to win this book. It’s on my wishlist. The detail is amazing! My favorite sewing technique is serging/rolled hemming. Thanks for the chance to win!

  150. Sox September 22, 2014 at 8:11 pm #

    My best sewing technique would be ironing/pressing. I may not iron the garment again, but it is ExTReMeLy well pressed while it is being made.

  151. Evie September 22, 2014 at 8:17 pm #

    I’d love a chance to win a copy! It’s really hard to pick a favorite technique, but I get super stoked about hand-picking zippers and making really OCD tiny hand rolled hems.

  152. Siobhan September 22, 2014 at 8:26 pm #

    I really love putting in zippers construction-method style; ie, sewing them to the zipper area right sides together, then attaching the facing and waistband, then topstiching. Tasia had a good tutorial in her Crescent Skirt sewalong. No hand sewing involved! Anything that gets me out of hand sewing a win in my books πŸ™‚

  153. Stevie September 22, 2014 at 9:33 pm #

    I’m still learning as I go, testing the waters I would say. So this book would be a great help to finding what I’m a freak about lol

  154. Jeannetta September 22, 2014 at 9:34 pm #

    I love to press my seams, and I love my serger. There is nothing like a clean finished seam! I love top stitching and flat felled seams too! I’m an OCD weirdo lol.

  155. Julie September 22, 2014 at 9:36 pm #

    I swear I spend more time at the ironing board than I do at the sewing machine! I’m a big believer in press as you go. Would love to add this book to my book stash!

  156. Christin Yingling September 22, 2014 at 9:41 pm #

    The first time I sewed a flat-felled seam I swooned! I was so proud of it and I couldn’t stop looking at it- it really made my pants look like RTW (but better fitting :)) Not sure that counts as a “technique” so I’ll add this: I love putting hem tape on the inside of a hem (when appropriate) and then blind stitching it down-it looks so professional and makes me feel like a million bucks when I wearing the garment…even though I’m the only one that can see it!! Thanks for the opportunity to possibly win a copy of this awesome book.

  157. Bobbi September 22, 2014 at 9:42 pm #

    My favorite sewing techniques are French seams – so tidy! – and the new-to-me blind hem stitch on my machine. I would love to learn more.
    Making a tailor’s ham kind of looks like fun.

  158. auraoriano September 22, 2014 at 10:16 pm #

    I’m into only sewing knits right now, so my favorite sewing technique is using double fold elastic. When I first read the Coletterie knit book I scoffed at double fold elastic, thinking β€œhow hard can it be?!”. I underestimated it for sure. I’m still working to make my double fold look professional.

  159. Genevieve September 22, 2014 at 10:20 pm #

    Thanks for the giveaway. One of my favorite techniques is to add ribbed collar and wrist bands- the one thing I do pretty well (for a beginner πŸ™‚

  160. Show and Tell Meg September 22, 2014 at 10:38 pm #

    Personally, I am crazy anal about just not rushing. I don’t care if I have to make 3 full muslins to make something fit me – I used to constantly cut corners to speed things along and I ended up with a bunch of things that didn’t fit right or were put together really shoddy. Now if I don’t know how to do something, I pause and look it up before I screw it up. Or I make another muslin before I cut into my “real” fabric. This book would be a great resource and fit right in with me, lol.

  161. Chris September 22, 2014 at 11:09 pm #

    French seams are my favorite. Maybe it’s the grading down,maybe it’s the nice finished look. I love them and put them in whenever I can.

  162. J K September 22, 2014 at 11:25 pm #

    Now I know why I need a tailor’s ham!
    Thanks for the giveaway op!
    My fav technique is quilting triangles.

  163. Katie Lynn September 22, 2014 at 11:38 pm #

    I’ve considered purchasing a tailor’s ham before, but never gone through with it. This is a great tutorial! I’d love to get my hands on the rest of this book, it looks like it would be full of interesting tidbits.

  164. gina! September 23, 2014 at 12:18 am #

    I am in a Babylock serger club and it is so much fun! I’m learning so many new techniques, my serger is an all-in-one BEAST! I’ve made piping, ruffled, blankets, netting for a homemade produce bag, bomb navajo inspired mittens… the list goes on and on. So I don’t have a favorite technique other than right now I just really love my serger. it’s bomb.com

  165. Clothilde September 23, 2014 at 12:19 am #

    Damn, now I have to add “making a tailor’s ham” to my ever growing To-Sew list!
    But my favorite sewing technique must be handsewing hems… Idk, it just relaxes me so much πŸ˜‰

  166. Hanne (@hanne_vds) September 23, 2014 at 12:49 am #

    I really like the fact that you did a tutorial from the book instead of a ‘normal’ promo post!
    My favorite sewing technique at the moment is how to sew square patch pockets. I always struggled until I found out how to sew mittred corners. Huge difference!

  167. Laura September 23, 2014 at 1:26 am #

    The book looks amazing! I should totally suck it up and make a ham and sleeve roll with your nice tutorial instead of trying to press my curves around the edge of the ironing board (yikes!). I kind of love hand sewing (catch stitching and hand picked zippers) even though a lot of people seem to complain about it. I like the control it gives you and the neat finish even if I also think it doesn’t seem as strong as a machine stitch.

  168. Annika September 23, 2014 at 1:39 am #

    My favourite sewing technique is probably to insert an invisible zipper with an invisible zipper foot – simply because I’m lazy and that it amazes me every single time how it is SO MUCH easier to insert a zipper that way compared to the regular way!

    Thanks for the giveaway, Lauren and Tasia! Love your blogs!

  169. MelodyJ September 23, 2014 at 1:51 am #

    I like sewing on buttons.

  170. Kate September 23, 2014 at 2:11 am #

    I’m a French seam freak. I put them wherever I can cos I like the inside to look as good as the outside. This is a great tutorial. At the moment I’m using a rolled up towel as a seam pressy thing. I really need to make a proper one and my husband always has loads of sawdust cos he’s a woodworking freak.

  171. Tomboy September 23, 2014 at 2:30 am #

    I so want this book! I love french seams. Looks so tidy.

  172. Francesca September 23, 2014 at 2:48 am #

    I am so new at sewing that I don’t have a particular favourite: anything I manage to do, that becomes my new favourite! Anyway, time to change that! I really hope to win the book, so I can learn how to sew properly instead of winging it. Please, let it be me!!!

  173. Emma September 23, 2014 at 3:05 am #

    My favourite technique is under stitching facings to give a nice crisp finish when turned under.

  174. poppyflowers September 23, 2014 at 4:44 am #

    My fav technique is for sure hand picked zipper! When I started sewing, I was afraid of using the zip foot..even now I’ve learned, I do prefer the hand version.
    Tnx for sharing that tutorial, I need both in my (sewing)life, although the windy weather here does not make it apropriate for outside crafting! Ha!

  175. DΓΆrthe September 23, 2014 at 4:46 am #

    Now I own a serger, my favourite sewing technique is serging my seams! It love how it looks and how it speeds up the sewing process.

  176. Maryall September 23, 2014 at 5:12 am #

    Rolled hems on my sewing machine! I’m in love πŸ˜‰

  177. Brigid September 23, 2014 at 5:29 am #

    I love the satisfaction of a beautifully neat French seam. Makes me proud of the inside too!

  178. Juanita's Web September 23, 2014 at 5:39 am #

    I love to press after every sewing step, and that’s with the iron set up in the next room! Distance doesn’t matter, I get up and go to the next room and press that seam I’ve just sewn.

  179. Hannah September 23, 2014 at 6:24 am #

    I would love this book, and one of the most satisfying things for me is sewing nice crisp pleats!

  180. Amanda Feller Werner September 23, 2014 at 6:45 am #

    Well, I do like pressing, but I feel like I’m pretty good at doing gathers!

  181. My Long Distance Love Affair September 23, 2014 at 6:49 am #

    My original comment got lost…but anyways, my favorite technique(s) are setting a sleeve and installing zippers…don’t judge my life, but there is something so gratifying about doing those things.

  182. anniehanks September 23, 2014 at 7:05 am #

    Gathering! It gets a bad rap but I find that I am hella good at it!

  183. Amy W September 23, 2014 at 7:46 am #

    French seams on my sewing machine and rolled hems on my serger.

  184. Geni September 23, 2014 at 8:15 am #

    I recently learned how to put in a no fail invisible zipper by basting the opening/seam closed, then baste each Sid of the tape to the seam allowances. You then take out the center basting and using a regular zipper foot, stitch close to the teeth to finish. Sounds like many steps, but since using this technique….PERFECTION every time! Hope to win the Sewtionary πŸ˜‰

  185. Sweet Little Devil September 23, 2014 at 8:31 am #

    I love Sewaholic patterns, I kind of collect them! This book seems awsome, I’m pretty sure it would look great on my sewing room πŸ™‚
    My favorite technique is… I don’t know, I like pretty much everything about sewing, except for darts. I hate darts! But to choose, I’d pick the French seams. Why ? Because I find it funny that in French (I’m French) we call them “couture Anglaise” Every time I think about it, it makes me laugh πŸ˜€

  186. Becca September 23, 2014 at 8:32 am #

    I looovee French seams. So neat and tidy inside πŸ™‚

    I have just made a ham and sleeve roll. After seeing your sawdust explosion, I’m pretty glad I stuffed mine with fabric scraps – even if it means I have to top up the stuffing one day!

  187. Rox Guillemette September 23, 2014 at 8:36 am #

    The books looks great! As to best sewing technique, I am really good at understitching!

  188. carolynmcginnis September 23, 2014 at 8:40 am #

    I press, press, press then press some more.

  189. Diana September 23, 2014 at 8:53 am #

    I really want this book! it looks fantastic! I guess my favourite technique would be using pinking shears to finish seams. I love how it looks; it reminds me of the garments my grandmother used to make. Maybe when I am more than a beginner I might move on to french seams or something.

  190. Vilma September 23, 2014 at 9:03 am #

    I’m pretty new to sewing, so I don’t think I’ve found a favourite technique yet. But I’ve started to appreciate darts, I never noticed them before I started to sew, and now I realise what and why they are. It’s fun to start to understand how clothes “work”.

  191. Grace September 23, 2014 at 9:35 am #

    French seams. I have a serger, yet hardly use it now that I have figured out how french seams work. Such a clean look and easy too! Makes me happy just looking at the finished seam, especially on my expensive stuff like liberty lawns πŸ™‚

  192. Ellen September 23, 2014 at 10:19 am #

    I would love to win this book. my favorite technique is probably making biais tape and attach it to necklines and armholes in stead of facing.

  193. Alyssa September 23, 2014 at 11:17 am #

    I totally second Jen’s comment!:
    “Ooh there is nothing better than a little extremely neat hand-sewing to finish off a hem or sew down a facing or whatnot….totally satisfying πŸ™‚
    I also totally geek out with how sneaky understitching is…!! Oh dear, think maybe i need to get me a life ;)”

    Understitching makes me feel like a true Scorpio! So mysterious and sneaky, but sleek and awesome! And a hand-sewn hem got me a Grand Champion ribbon in the State Fair clothing 4-H entry I submitted in the 8th grade, so I’m always a fan of a nice little bit of handsewing! πŸ˜‰

  194. Jessica September 23, 2014 at 12:05 pm #

    I have to say, I love adding piping in self-fabric for a fun, subtle little bit of extra detailing. That always seems to get comments from people who notice clothing!

  195. Arianna September 23, 2014 at 12:12 pm #

    I love sewing with french seams. I’d love to read this book!

  196. thegirlinthecrystalcar September 23, 2014 at 12:14 pm #

    I consider myself an intermediate/advanced seamstress, but lately I’ve found myself enjoying plain, straigth seams, the ones that are so long that you can sing to the tone of your sewing machine! πŸ˜‰

  197. Lisa S September 23, 2014 at 12:32 pm #

    I’m a sucker for hand-stitching. And I would LOVE to win a copy of Tasia’s book!

  198. Amy September 23, 2014 at 12:51 pm #

    I love using French seams. They really give clothing a finished look.

  199. Amy September 23, 2014 at 12:53 pm #

    As a newbie, I’m still learning tons–and Sewaholic has been so helpful! The OCD in me loves topstitching. It’s such a relaxing way to end the process of creating clothing. So neat and satisfying.

  200. Julia September 23, 2014 at 12:58 pm #

    Would LOVE to win that book!

  201. Trisha September 23, 2014 at 1:39 pm #

    French seams are the best! They make insides of garments so pretty. πŸ™‚

  202. Jin September 23, 2014 at 1:41 pm #

    I was given the best tip EVER in my early sewing years: IRON every seam as you go along. I believe this keeps everything clean looking and makes the following seams easy to match and line up giving the whole garment and completed and finished look.

    I’m sure this book must be filled with more tips to make my sewing easier…should I cross my scissors?

    Jin T

  203. theknittingarchaeologist September 23, 2014 at 1:45 pm #

    So, that book would make a lovely addition to my sewing library! I love having resources so that when I’m stuck I can refer to something and unstick myself. Unfortunately, I already bought a ham, but I like the sleeve roll!! I definitely need to add a smaller size to my tools. Personally, the mess of all that sawdust will likely mean I’ll buy one before I make one, but I love that yours match.

  204. Mary September 23, 2014 at 2:43 pm #

    Awesome, I need to make me a set of these now! Thanks for the tutorial, and the giveaway. I think my favourite technique is hand sewing, sat watching tv.

  205. littlesewingdreams September 23, 2014 at 3:21 pm #

    My favorite technique is sewing the lining into a garment by Hand. I just love this step.

  206. Mary September 23, 2014 at 3:21 pm #

    This book looks so good! My favorite technique is using wash away wonder tape to keep my knit seams nice and smooth.

  207. clare September 23, 2014 at 4:40 pm #

    Such a pretty book, and useful too! I know it’s simple but I like doing the stay stitching because it means the start of a new project πŸ™‚ stay stitching too, because the end result looks so neat.

  208. Clare Hercock September 23, 2014 at 4:41 pm #

    My favourite technique is basting. I find I make errors if I pin baste, so I use up all those bobbin threads and baste just about everything. I am also an advocate of press as you sew. Seam roll and ham at the ready.

  209. Leanne September 23, 2014 at 5:05 pm #

    I don’t really have a favourite sewing technique yet as I am pretty new to this craft, this book would be great to have as a newbie!

  210. Limescented September 23, 2014 at 6:39 pm #

    I love understitching. Peculiar, I know, but there it is. Something about the way it forces lining to remain on the inside is very satisfying!

  211. Sarah September 23, 2014 at 8:40 pm #

    Woowwww the boik looks amazing !! My fav techniique is tu make ruffles for pretty dresses or aprons πŸ™‚ count me in fir the give away !!πŸ˜‰

  212. Amos September 23, 2014 at 10:43 pm #

    I like sewing sleeves. But only flat! I hate setting in sleeves after sewing the side seams!

  213. Anna September 23, 2014 at 11:35 pm #

    I’m still getting started, so I don’t know many techniques (that’s why I want the book!), but I like understitching? And spending money on fabric. I’m pretty good at that.

  214. :: TΓ­a Cuervito :: September 24, 2014 at 12:48 am #

    Sign me in! My favourite technique doesn’t have a name, I guess: I like sewing as much seams as possible before turning in the iron; then I’ll iron as many seams as possible before getting back to the sewing machine.
    Time saving, maybe?

    Regarding real-life techniques, I love basting seams to make sure I’ll get a nice finish.

  215. Ali M September 24, 2014 at 1:01 am #

    Uh… sheesh..my favorite technique is cutting out the fabric and that doesn’t count because it’s not sewing, but its what I’m BEST at. I just got my serger re figured out after I let it run out of the spools it came with then let it languish for two years, and I’ve been having fun with that!

  216. Lieke // A Bouquet of Buttons September 24, 2014 at 1:25 am #

    I’ve been drooling over everywhere I bumb into this book. I would love to win it!

  217. Ellen September 24, 2014 at 4:45 am #

    Thanks so much for a chance to winners book, it really looks great. My favourite sewing technique, or better ‘moment’ is when, after a lot of hard work, you get to turn everything inside out and it actually looks like something decent!

  218. Ellen September 24, 2014 at 4:46 am #

    Winners = win this, sorry!

  219. Tara September 24, 2014 at 7:04 am #

    Oh! I want that book! :-). My favorite technique by far is topstitching. It gives such a beautiful look/finish to whatever you use it on (IMO :-). Thanks for the chance to win this book.

  220. koot September 24, 2014 at 7:31 am #

    I’d love to win this book. My favorite technique: using bias tape to finish hems or armholes etc, visible as an accent, or not visible, more like a facing.

  221. rbjaneite September 24, 2014 at 9:17 am #

    This book sounds great! I have recently invested in a ham, and think I may now need to make myself a sleeve roll to match. One of my current favourite techniques is french seaming (almost) everything. It makes insides so pretty!

  222. Sylvie September 24, 2014 at 10:02 am #

    Ooh I would love to win! I love a good hand picked zipper.

  223. Gemma September 24, 2014 at 12:12 pm #

    Hey Lauren!

    Ahh great work on the pressing ham. Love the fabric you’ve gone for, can’t beat a good check pattern!

    Personally, I love anything hand sewing or embroidery, not sure if this really counts but I’m much more of a ‘fly by the seat of my pants’ kind of crafter! Any free hand embellishment or needle work and I’m a happy bunny! I suppose this book would help me greatly with the finer points of technical sewing ; )

  224. Jess September 24, 2014 at 1:15 pm #

    I’m just a beginner but I have recently been taught the tailors tack (my mother is a great teacher) and it’s genius, so simple yet I’d never have thought about it. I will definitely be adding this book to my collection whether I win it or not!

  225. judith joseph September 24, 2014 at 4:25 pm #

    Lovely post Lauren! Didn’t realise how easy it was to make them.

  226. kelly d September 24, 2014 at 8:03 pm #

    Thanks for this tutorial (and all your tutorials!). I’m returning to sewing after a long hiatus, but this time I have a serger and I looove it! I work with a lot of knits, and hands down my favorite sewing thing right now is serging.

  227. jennettex September 24, 2014 at 9:03 pm #

    So, I’m still a total newbie and have only done small projects and whatnot, but my favorite part of sewing so far is repairing rips and things for other people. Also, whip-stitching.

    -Jenny

  228. sugar September 24, 2014 at 9:49 pm #

    yep, I’d like that book. My favorite part of sewing is the most creative part- buying the fabric! Yes, I have a huge stash……..

  229. Alyssa September 24, 2014 at 11:29 pm #

    My favorite technique would have to be sewing buttonholes:)

  230. Alison September 25, 2014 at 3:48 am #

    I am so new to sewing that I don’t have any techniques! But keeping the iron on nearby sounds like a good one.

  231. Birgit September 25, 2014 at 6:33 am #

    I love french seams, they make everything look so neat!

  232. Francesca September 25, 2014 at 6:37 am #

    I love hand finishing. I know many hate it but I love it. I love making tiny delicate stitches to sew bias binding on invisibly and hemming stuff so hems don’t show….. and recently, I am into exposed hand stitching – I’ve made a couple of things, a fitted short/semi crop top in a linen mix which I faced with bias, which I stitched down with sort of saddle stitching in thick buttonhole type thread – keeping the stitches even from the edge, but deliberately uneven in length to give off even more handmade vibe. today I’m wearing the other thing I made like this – a Colette Truffle in beige linen, I left the overlay unfinished and didn’t hem the dress, so the linen is fraying nicely:). And I didn’t line it, I self-biased the neck and armholes and finished them with thick thread same way. Love….. it takes away some of the dressy vibe of the dress and gives it a little edge:)

  233. Dee September 25, 2014 at 7:56 am #

    I love overlocking (or serging) at the moment as I’ve just got a new BabyLock Imagine – thanks to you I might add (well the video you put on your instagram of you threading yours) I showed my husband the video as I was so amazed by it and I was having a lot of trouble getting the tension right on my Singer overlocker and then 2 weeks later I opened up my birthday present to find my very own BabyLock! My last 6 projects have all been knits!

  234. Karin September 25, 2014 at 12:08 pm #

    This sure looks like a really good book to have next to the sewing machine!
    Or next to the iron…..because I really like to press the seams. I find it does make a difference!
    KarinM.

  235. surfjewels September 25, 2014 at 2:04 pm #

    I wish I was one to press every seam or make muslins, but I am sometimes found skipping these stages in my rush and enthusiasm to finish things. My thing is designing all my new clothes, mainly dresses, from my own block, I find this works well for sizing and makes life easier.

    Hannah.

  236. Gaenor September 25, 2014 at 3:04 pm #

    I always hated doing the ironing, but (ironically?) since taking up sewing I can’t beat a good bit of pressing!

  237. monica L. September 25, 2014 at 6:57 pm #

    I love myself some beautiful top stitching!

  238. lifeisjustduckie September 25, 2014 at 7:41 pm #

    As annoyingly time-consuming as hand-hemming is, I can’t beat the satisfaction when none of those stitches show on the outside.

  239. opalspeacock September 25, 2014 at 10:15 pm #

    I’m not a great sewer but I love finishing the inside of any project (lining, binding, seam finish techniques) because I like the inside to be beautiful and feel good. Thanks for having this giveaway, fingers crossed.

  240. Marg Delong September 25, 2014 at 10:31 pm #

    Love this post! These little things are definately going on my sewing list!

    Favorite sewing technique is finishing clothes on the serger… I love how professional the clothes look πŸ™‚

  241. Marty September 26, 2014 at 1:46 am #

    I’m only an adventurous beginner so don’t have too many techniques up my sleeve yet, but I do love understitching – so discreet yet effective.

  242. lorraine m September 26, 2014 at 2:34 am #

    Bar soap (ivory) makes the easiest marking for fabric. The little ball on the seam ripper is supposed to spread the fabric!!!

  243. Kelly September 26, 2014 at 3:15 am #

    I love a good old invisible zip…but I have a confession to make…I have never put in a zip that is not an invisible zip, the idea of a lapped zip terrifies me slightly! Does the book have some help on that? πŸ™‚

  244. Nessie September 26, 2014 at 6:45 am #

    I like doing narrow rolled hems with the overlocker – with stretch fabric you can get a frilly edge. Thanks for the chance.

  245. Maike September 26, 2014 at 8:59 am #

    I love pressing with the clapper (ah nicely flat pressed seams!)and sewing french seams!

  246. Bec September 26, 2014 at 9:50 am #

    mmmm this book looks delicious and so very very handy! I recently rediscovered my sewing machine accessories box full of different feet including a rolled hem foot. I tried using it for the first time on the hem of a summer top and I loved the finish.

  247. Deborah September 26, 2014 at 9:53 am #

    My favorite technique is mark horizontal balance lines and grainlines on a muslin to help see where adjustments are needed.

  248. Anali September 26, 2014 at 10:02 am #

    My favorite part of seeing is without s doubt the pressing, and also finishing by hand. They are just the things that make a piece look soooo great!

  249. jennifer stephenson September 26, 2014 at 10:49 am #

    count me in for the sewtionary giveaway! my favorite technique is blind hemming- it really kicks your outfit up a notch! thanks!!!

  250. Liz September 26, 2014 at 11:04 am #

    I like inserting invisible zippers! Is that crazy?

  251. Mandy September 26, 2014 at 11:15 am #

    I really love using my server as much as possible. I also love a well pressed seam and love my seam roll for that. Oh, and I love adding fun little decorations to the clothes I make for my nieces.

  252. vinthillvintage September 26, 2014 at 12:32 pm #

    I’m a fiend for understitching. I have no idea why but there’s something so damm satisfying about making a facing behave itself couture style. I’ve been a die hard sewaholic fan from the beginning and would love to have the Sewtionary on my desk.

  253. quiver September 26, 2014 at 12:37 pm #

    Adding bias binding makes me happy…
    Blind stitching makes me feel accomplished for some strange reason

  254. Molly September 26, 2014 at 12:58 pm #

    This book looks fantastic. I think my favorite thing about sewing is drafting the pattern….but that’s not technically sewing or even a specific technique. Shit. I guess my favorite technique is understitching, it kinda feels like magic.

  255. Lesley September 26, 2014 at 1:09 pm #

    I love the neatness of French seams but how do you deal with the bulkiness where it joins another seam? I definitely need some tips!

  256. Tash September 26, 2014 at 1:34 pm #

    that is one gorgeous book. I’d love a copy. while I’ve been sewing off and on for years I never really took the time to learn how to do more complicated techniques. I’ve finally mastered the invisible zipper and feel ready to learn more. bring it on.

  257. Kacy Burchfield September 26, 2014 at 2:34 pm #

    My favorite technique is french seams! I love to put them in everything.

  258. helen September 26, 2014 at 2:35 pm #

    I love the look of this book!
    My favourite sewing technique is contrast topstitching using the proper thread and needles. It too a while to nail it but now I have love doing it.

  259. Rita S. September 26, 2014 at 3:12 pm #

    I love serging anything at the moment. I just recently bought a serger and have been having great fun learning about it.

    Thanks for the chance to win!!

  260. TinaLou September 26, 2014 at 3:18 pm #

    Thanks for your generosity, Lauren! I was thinking I would get this copy for my niece, who’s just starting to sew, but hmmmm I might just keep it for myself. One of my favorite techniques is one I first learned from Beth at SunnyGal Studios: to clean-finish a facing when using fusible interfacing, stitch the interfacing to the facing right sides together, then turn and fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the facing. No further edge finishes needed!

  261. Levone September 26, 2014 at 5:35 pm #

    I would LOVE to win a copy of this book! If it’s anything like reading through her patterns I know I will love it. Anyhow, one of my favorite techniques is hemming and applying bindings with my coverstitch machine. It gives such a professional finish.

  262. Anna-Marie September 26, 2014 at 5:36 pm #

    Would love this book as a resource for myself and my 14year old daughter who are both very new to sewing. Haven’t managed many techniques yet but are both getting to grips with French seams. X

  263. Carrie September 26, 2014 at 7:04 pm #

    I really love topstitching. I’m pretty sure that makes me weird. πŸ™‚

  264. palebluestars September 26, 2014 at 9:47 pm #

    My favorite technique is a French seam. It is such a beautiful seam finish and my go-to for side seams in shirts and dresses.

  265. Natasha Tung September 26, 2014 at 10:38 pm #

    I love doing french seams, gathers, and serging seams such as on facings.

  266. Felisha H September 26, 2014 at 10:43 pm #

    My favorite thing is pressing right now. Makes everything so neat and nice. I’d love to have the book and learn new techniques. It’d be perfect since I’m still a newbie.

  267. Zena September 26, 2014 at 11:04 pm #

    I enjoy French seams. I also like to take my sweet time with cutting – always single layer. If the shape is rectangular, I will happily cut along pulled threads. If I’m using pattern pieces, I trace them onto the fabric first. Time-consuming, but it works for me πŸ™‚

  268. Mady September 27, 2014 at 3:29 am #

    I need to make a tailor’s ham and a seam roll asap! I find it really satisfying sewing bindings with my serger. I love the professional look they give to a garment!

  269. Sharon Molde September 27, 2014 at 6:22 am #

    I just love reading your blog! I have been sewing for a long time and find myself in a rut sometimes by doing what I know. Your blogs help me see that experimentation is essential to expand the foundation of knowledge. My favorite technique is any and all details that are and can be added to a garment. I enjoy fabric manipulation and making my own fabric from
    those manipulations especially for children’s clothing.

  270. redsilvia September 27, 2014 at 9:38 am #

    Favorite, I don’t know. One of the most life saving has been to learn to cut open button holes (I use my seam ripper – no fancy gadgets here) by cutting open the button hole from outside in. I mean that I insert the ripper at the bartack end and gently cut towards the middle, repeat at the other end and hopefully no more Jack the Ripper slashed buttonholes on newly completed garments. Yes, I’ve ruined perfectly good garments until I trained myself to go outside in.

  271. Megan September 27, 2014 at 1:00 pm #

    I want all the sewing books! When I made my ham, I didn’t quite fill it enough, so I need to add just a little more sawdust next time I’m at my parents’ (they buy it in 6 cubic ft. bags for their horses).

  272. Catarina September 27, 2014 at 1:47 pm #

    I like to make pleats and match the fabric until it gets really neat. It’s my guilty pleasure to see my garment finish and all alined.

  273. Erin September 27, 2014 at 2:20 pm #

    I’m back to sewing after a fairly long hiatus and I’m trying to relearn a lot of stuff that I’ve forgotten. I just installed my first invisible zipper (that shit is crazy!) but I think my favorite technique is a hand-sewn hem. It takes a long time to do on certain pieces but the finished neatness is totally worth it!

  274. Katerina September 27, 2014 at 4:22 pm #

    I love to finish a hem and then simply enjoy what I made!!! Would love to win the book, thanks!

  275. Susan S September 27, 2014 at 5:02 pm #

    My favorite sewing technique is to use those strange, ravelly, or unusual selvedges as trim. Usually inserted as you would piping. My latest (new to me) technique is to get knit (cheap jersey) sheets at the local Goodwill to use as muslin/toile for lightweight knits. Lots of fabric for cheap.

  276. Belinda September 27, 2014 at 6:41 pm #

    I would love to win the book. My favourite technique is the hand sewn rolled hem.

  277. Christine September 27, 2014 at 8:29 pm #

    I would love this book. I even have sawdust in my husband’s workshop to make the projects shown in the book review!

  278. unglamstar September 27, 2014 at 8:44 pm #

    Wow, that book looks awesome! I can’t wait to get my hands on it! I’m a sewing newb, so I don’t really have any skills. I guess my favorite skill would be sewing 2 pieces of fabric together and it looking half way presentable lol

  279. Daryl Reese September 27, 2014 at 9:49 pm #

    I haven’t sewn in awhile… I don’t have a favorite technique and I need to relearn a lot of skills. This book looks awesome and would help greatly.

  280. Sue September 27, 2014 at 10:04 pm #

    Heck yes I’d like to win that book! A girl has to look at all great sewing resources so she can be even more amazing amirite?

  281. Amy September 27, 2014 at 10:33 pm #

    Oh I love a nicely finished seam or hem, especially if bound with bias tape or pretty ribbon. It also forces me to be patient – I just want to finish the garment not muck around on seam finishes, but I always appreciate and love the end result.
    And iron-on interfacing – it’s like magic and for some reason it is just so satisfying to me!! πŸ™‚

  282. missjoiedevivre September 28, 2014 at 1:29 am #

    I love your seam roll and ham, such stylish fabrics you’ve used, they look great! My favourite technique is probably invisible zips, I have a foot which makes it super easy and I love that they come out perfect (almost) every time!

  283. ncjeepster September 28, 2014 at 3:53 am #

    I need this book, I’m stuck with just regular stitching and making quilts. I would love to expand my sewing skills. I love pressing after sewing block together. The hot iron brings the fabric smell out and just gives me a feeling of accomplishment. Thanks for the chance.
    ncjeepster@aol.com

  284. The Dawn Threader September 28, 2014 at 3:56 am #

    Nice tutorial. I really need a ham and roll. I think french seams are pretty fabulous.

  285. Sam September 28, 2014 at 4:36 am #

    Ola! Have to say, my favourite technique is stitching in the bed, or as I LOVE to say out loud “stitch in the ditch’ like a w/b/snitch. Boom.

  286. Shirley Tulloch September 28, 2014 at 5:52 am #

    Not a dressmaking technique as such, but box corners is def my fave sewing technique. Love how they look when you turn them inside out and discover your seams matched up perfectly! So cute. Xx

  287. Peggy Cleary September 28, 2014 at 9:54 am #

    Great tutorial! They look just like mine (made by my mom). Favorite technique: welt pockets ant flip linings. Intrigued to see the new book! I do so enjoy reading your blog-thoughts like how different three t shirt patterns can be are not just walking around my neighborhood!

  288. abinadressmaker September 28, 2014 at 10:40 am #

    Yay! I so need to make a tailor’s ham, I always end up rolling up a towel or whatever else is lying around… I think my favourite sewing technique has to be topstitching. I would never buy a special foot for it because I get a strange satisfaction from sewing perfectly straight lines freehand!

  289. Eleanor (undeadgoat) September 28, 2014 at 12:43 pm #

    Woohoo! So interested for this book, but having trouble making room in my budget.

  290. Shanni September 28, 2014 at 4:39 pm #

    The Sewtionary looks like a great resource and I’d love to win one! Pick me!

  291. Anne September 28, 2014 at 8:37 pm #

    This book would be so great to have! I love putting in invisible zippers. I can do it now so they really are invisible!

  292. cat September 29, 2014 at 12:00 am #

    My favorite technique is anything with bias tape. It is so versatile and easy to make m ake.

    thanks for the giveaway!

    PS

    lsove your blog πŸ™‚

  293. Karrie September 29, 2014 at 1:10 am #

    Hmm. I don’t have a favorite yet, as I’m learning, but I want to rule making darts. They kinda scare me, so I want to be a champion of them. (I did this when I was learning how to insert IV’s after nursing school, and I did quite well…so hopefully this type of positive thinking will have me be ruling the dart in no time)

  294. jumliana October 8, 2014 at 7:45 am #

    Hi Lauren!!
    I have a question about the tutorial.
    Do you know why one side should be made of wool?
    It’s just I found some scraps of a very sturdy-wooly-fabric that I am not sure is wool, and everywhere I look people say it has to be wool on one side.

    • jumliana October 8, 2014 at 7:51 am #

      well, actually, Tilly(and the buttons) made it all with cotton, and argument on other places is that the wool side should be used for fabrics requiring lower temperatures. But if cotton can stand higher temperatures, I don’t see the point.
      do you?

    • LLADYBIRD October 8, 2014 at 3:31 pm #

      Hey! First of all – if you’re not sure of the fiber content – burn that shit! Anything that smells like hair will probably be wool; anything that melts or smells plastic-y indicates that there is some poly blended in there. I do NOT suggest using a poly blend to make your ham; you don’t want to melt it if you turn up the heat.

      That’s a good question about whether or not to actually use wool. I’ve never considered why you’d need wool/cotton sides, I just went with it haha πŸ™‚ Maybe the wooly side helps retain any little bit of nap? Or absorbs some of the heat for lower-heat fabrics? Something to look into, I guess! I think an all-cotton ham would probably be fine. FWIW, I don’t use a specific side based on the heat I’m putting on… I just use whatever I grab first. I also have a shoe on my iron, so that keeps the scorching and melting to a minimum.

      • jumliana October 8, 2014 at 6:09 pm #

        you know, I always burn it, and I am never sure! well, wool and cotton I know, silk is still uncertain… I should have kept those notes from fashion school… ughhh!!!
        after spending the day wondering, I think there might be a reason(as you mentioned) for wool on one side. So I’ll just OBEY! lol
        thank you for your reply!

        • LLADYBIRD October 10, 2014 at 11:20 am #

          Here’s a good Burn Chart Test from Threads – that’s what I use πŸ™‚ Works every time! πŸ™‚

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