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Learn the technical information you need to sew successfully from the fun ladies over at SewHere.comZede and Mallory are a mother/daughter team who run Zede's Sewing Studio in Columbia, MO. They sell sewing machines, teach sewing classes and provide excellent sewing entertainment online and in-store!

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Learn the technical information you need to sew successfully from the fun ladies over at SewHere.comZede and Mallory are a mother/daughter team who run Zede's Sewing Studio in Columbia, MO. They sell sewing machines, teach sewing classes and provide excellent sewing entertainment online and in-store!

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Couldn’t stop smiling as I listened. 😂🥰 I have binged my way through all of your episodes and don’t mind listening to them again. Look forward to every Friday when new episodes come out!

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This podcast is informative, funny and entertaining. The best sewing podcast out there.

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297 Ratings
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26
14
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20

🎄12 days of sewing carol💕

By geeemom - Dec 07 2019
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Couldn’t stop smiling as I listened. 😂🥰 I have binged my way through all of your episodes and don’t mind listening to them again. Look forward to every Friday when new episodes come out!

Beat sewing podcast

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This podcast is informative, funny and entertaining. The best sewing podcast out there.

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Learn the technical information you need to sew successfully from the fun ladies over at SewHere.comZede and Mallory are a mother/daughter team who run Zede's Sewing Studio in Columbia, MO. They sell sewing machines, teach sewing classes and provide excellent sewing entertainment online and in-store!

Knit Construction and Finishing Techniques

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In this installment of Sewing Out Loud Zede and Mallory discuss construction and finishing techniques for knit fabrics. They dedicate the entire first half of the episode to neck binding and treatments. If this is an area of knit garment construction you struggle with or could use some new technique information, you are not going to want to miss this episode! Mallory and Zede also talk about how they stabilize shoulder seams, construct side seams and handle hems on knits.

Have knit construction questions that weren’t answered by this episode? Leave them in the comments or join the Facebook group for more support.

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THE SELF SEWN WARDROBE PLANNER

The planner is available in a universal style as well as a monthly theme that follows along with The Self Sewn Wardrobe Group on Facebook. Both planners offer helpful guidance in planning out your next wardrobe make as well as thoughtful prompts to keep your makes relevant to your likes, style, and wardrobe needs.

Universal Planner

This planner is a guide to planning and finishing any wardrobe project.  You define the project, evaluate your current wardrobe, and follow our guide to form a plan of attack.  You ll be on your way to a Self Sewn Wardrobe in no time.

This 17-page planner can be customized and printed over and over again.  You may want to print some pages more than once, depending on your project, for example, you ll probably make more than one pair of underwear in a month, but most likely only one coat in that amount of time.

This planner is available to Straight Stitch, Backstitch and Zig-Zag members of SewHere.com. Check out membership options here.

This is a printable PDF file that will be immediately available after purchase when you log in at SewHere.com/Profile.  You will not receive a physical planner.

Themed Monthly Planner

A new, themed planner will be published every month!  Each month’s planner will follow along with the theme in The Self Sewn Wardrobe Group on Facebook and include relevant planning and goal setting information as well as hand drawn sketches by none other than Mallory herself.

This planner is included in the Zig Zag SewHere Membership level. If you re interested in becoming a Zig-Zag member, the themed planner will be automatically delivered to the Downloads section of your SewHere profile each month!

This is a printable PDF file that will be immediately available after purchase when you log in at SewHere.com/Profile.  You will not receive a physical planner.

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Mar 30 2018

47mins

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Hobby Shaming

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In this episode Mallory and Zede explore the many facets of hobby shaming. They get personal and share how they have felt hobby shamed and have witnessed it in the sewing world, even by other sewers. That’s right, sewer on sewer hobby shaming. Zede and Mallory share their views and advice on the topic, including how they too have caught themselves with shaming thoughts before.

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This episode of Sewing Out Loud is brought to you by Makerist.

Makerist is an online platform that connects hobbyists like us to designers from around the world.  Designers take home 85% of each sale, and pay no listing fees!  Check out their $2 Pattern Sale March 12th-18th by clicking here.

Sewing Out Loud listeners get 50% off their video courses by using code “VID50SOL”

Popular Patterns include the Jordan Baby Shoes and the Yoki the Dragon Softie!

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Mar 09 2018

49mins

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Sewcabulary 1: Croquis, Sloper, Muslin, Moulage, Pattern, Tailor Tack

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Mallory and Zede clarify these sewing terms to create a more universal sewcabulary for conversing.

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Jan 20 2017

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Digital Pattern Drafting

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Nov 01 2019

47mins

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Fabric Library Development

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Zede and Mallory explore their fabric library “stacks” and Mallory quizzes Zede along the way.  Zede does a great job recalling where the fabric is located and what she has made from it. The stacks sometime spill over and the many large bolts of dot sequin end up inhabiting the multiple corners of the library. The Donohue stacks allow open containers – of fabric of course (definitely not beverages)! These totes are filled with vinyls, silks, and Zede’s beloved special stripe fabrics.

Mallory and Zede like to organize their fabric by type or what it’s used for. They encourage you to find what works best for you whether that be by color, fabric content, or utility.

What’s your favorite way to organize your fabric library?

Keep in touch with us at:

www.SewHere.com

Self Sewn Wardrobe Facebook Group

@ZedesSewingStudio on Instagram

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The Easy T Class is the first online sewing class from SewHere.com.

We’re excited to offer an introductory course on pattern drafting, because we know that one of the biggest obstacles in sewing your own clothes is getting the right fit. Instead of downloading a pattern, taping it together, and then cutting it apart again to try and get a perfect fit, try taking your own measurements and drafting this simple top.

The Easy T is a semi-fitted, short-sleeved shirt made from a lightweight, woven fabric.  While the possibilities for customization are endless, we recommend sticking to the basics for your first custom pattern.

One student says, “I ve purchased many (20+) online classes from Craftsy, Creative Live and others. Your Easy T videos are some of the best I ve seen. I love that you created many concise, easy to understand segments.  Breaking the steps down in separate  short sections makes it easy to follow and review things.”

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May 18 2018

39mins

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Sewing Don’ts

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Jul 12 2019

36mins

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Going Rogue With Garment Fabrics

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Mar 15 2019

32mins

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Online Fabric Shopping

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Mallory and  Zede share their online fabric shopping knowledge and offer great suggestions for how to go about making your first online purchase. They cover how to find reputable fabric sources, how to try before you buy (ordering samples and visiting JoAnn’s can be mighty helpful), and explore the new trend in fabric buying – preorder Facebook groups.

Do you have any great tips for buying fabric online?

Keep in touch with us at:

www.SewHere.com

Self Sewn Wardrobe Facebook Group

@ZedesSewingStudio on Instagram

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Aug 24 2018

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FFTCM: Leos and Easy T Dress Alteration

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Zede and Mallory are feeling free to compliment each other on their recent makes. Zede loves staying active and slays at aerial yoga. She does not love silk burns however and has been inspired to make leotards to combat this problem. She shares her progression from her quick-leo makes using t-shirts and ready to wear underwear to drafting her own princess seam leotards.

Mallory shares how she resurrected her beautiful and sparkly Easy T dress for a date night. She describes her process of splicing in extra fabric at the side seams and basks in her accomplishment that sent her to date night feeling fabulous.

Have a recent make that you are proud of, tackled a project you were dreading but got it done? Share with us so we can Feel Free to Compliment You!

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Pin is .75″x1.25″ with a military clutch fastener

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May 04 2018

31mins

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Needles For Stretchy Fabrics

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Jersey/Ballpoint Needles

A jersey needle is a ballpoint needle and vice versa, these names are used interchangeably. This needle was created for the first knitted fabrics. These first industrially made knit fabrics only stretched in the east to west direction, selvedge to selvedge. A jersey/ballpoint needle has a blunted round tip which allows the needle to pass between the fibers and not through them (cutting them). On a woven fabric the sharpness of a needle can actually pierce the fibers sometimes, which is why it’s best to use the smallest needle appropriate for the project. The less holes/smaller holes the less pierced fibers there will be.

There are many sizes of jersey/ballpoint needles but Mallory and Zede defer to the size 80’s because they are in the middle of the size range. They note that it’s also useful to have 70’s and 90’s on hand too but if you only have one pack, go with size 80.

Many times you can see the actual knit stitches and the spaces between each individual stitch on knitted fabrics. The texture of knitted fabrics comes from all the connected knit stitches. These spaces allow the fabric to stretch and recover. Jersey fabrics were originally manufactured without spandex, lycra, or elastane. There were many types of jersey like cotton jersey, polyester jersey, wool, silk, etc…

Why didn’t fabric and clothing labels say 95%/5% spandex/lycra? Because these fibers didn’t exist yet, at least not in fabrics yet.

Stretch Needles

A stretch needle is a medium ballpoint needle with a longer/deeper scarf on the back of the needle and a longer and deeper groove on the front of the needle. Stretch needles were designed by needle manufacturers this way  because they assume this needle will be used on fabric containing some type of rubber be it spandex, lycra, or elastane.

Fun fact – spandex is an anagram of expands, get it! Zede loves sharing this neat fact.

This longer/deeper scarf and groove helps accommodate the bounce and drag of the spandex on the thread and needle. The bigger groove and eye helps deliver the thread through the spandex fabric and delivers the proper thread loop and size of thread loop in the bobbin system at the correct time. Needle type matters and can make a huge difference in how well a stitch is made. When you see a skipped stitch on your knit fabric it generally means the top thread was not delivered properly.

These special features of the stretch needle allow a larger thread loop to be made in the bobbin area. The top thread makes the loop in the bobbin system and the bobbin thread goes through this loop and creates a lock stitch (this happens in all bobbin systems).

For a really good visual of how a stitched is formed check out this video of Mallory and Doug from the Babylock technical department.

Stretch needles also have a ballpoint needle tip because you still want it to go between the fibers and not cut the rubber and other fibers in the fabric. The rubber/spandex will cause the needle to  drag going into the fabric so the groove is larger the protect the thread and prevent dragging. The thread should ride in the groove and complete the cylindrical shape of the needle. The thread should fit perfectly in the groove which is why there are different size needles to accommodate the different sizes of threads.

So far we have discussed jersey/ballpoint needles for use on knit fabrics without spandex/rubber but you may be able to use them, just do a test first. It’s possible you could use a universal needle on some knit fabrics too, again test.

Schmetz (one of our favorite needle manufacturers) says that jersey/ballpoint needles and stretch needles have medium ballpoint tips and universal needles have slightly rounded points making it something in between a sharp and ballpoint needle. Universal needles are designed to accommodate a wide array of fabric types.

Zede points out a good quality and correct type of needle are very important but equally important to your sewing success is thread quality. She says she would rather sew on crappy fabric with a good needle and thread than sew on really nice fabric with low quality thread and needle. The quality of her needle and thread are very important to her.

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THE SELF SEWN WARDROBE PLANNER

The planner is available in a universal style as well as a monthly theme that follows along with The Self Sewn Wardrobe Group on Facebook. Both planners offer helpful guidance in planning out your next wardrobe make as well as thoughtful prompts to keep your makes relevant to your likes, style, and wardrobe needs.

Universal Planner

This planner is a guide to planning and finishing any wardrobe project.  You define the project, evaluate your current wardrobe, and follow our guide to form a plan of attack.  You ll be on your way to a Self Sewn Wardrobe in no time.

This 17-page planner can be customized and printed over and over again.  You may want to print some pages more than once, depending on your project, for example, you ll probably make more than one pair of underwear in a month, but most likely only one coat in that amount of time.

This planner is available to Straight Stitch, Backstitch and Zig-Zag members of SewHere.com. Check out membership options here.

This is a printable PDF file that will be immediately available after purchase when you log in at SewHere.com/Profile.  You will not receive a physical planner.

Themed Monthly Planner

A new, themed planner will be published every month!  Each month’s planner will follow along with the theme in The Self Sewn Wardrobe Group on Facebook and include relevant planning and goal setting information as well as hand drawn sketches by none other than Mallory herself.

This planner is included in the Zig Zag SewHere Membership level. If you re interested in becoming a Zig-Zag member, the themed planner will be automatically delivered to the Downloads section of your SewHere profile each month!

This is a printable PDF file that will be immediately available after purchase when you log in at SewHere.com/Profile.  You will not receive a physical planner.

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Microtex/Sharp Needles

The following information/discussion has caused heated debates and controversy before and Zede and Mallory have angered people and seen others anger people by suggesting microtex needles can be used on knit fabrics.

Schmetz puts out information on all their needles and this is what they say about microtex needles found here on their website:

Microtex (Sharp)
Size: 60/8, 70/10, 80/12, 90/14, 100/16, 110/18, Assorted
Color Code: Purple
Feature: Very slim acute point.
Fabric Use: Micro fibers, polyester, silk, foils, artificial leather, coated materials. Very thin acute point creates beautiful topstitching and perfectly straight stitches for quilt piecing when precision is paramount.

We however also find microtex needles to be very helpful on fabrics with high spandex/lycra/elastane counts.

Zede says she’s had to resort to a microtex needle when sewing on some performance type knits to get a decent stitch. These types of knits have a high percentage of spandex and a tight recovery. Of course people have told her using a microtex needle will cut the fibers and it might but because the tip of the microtex needle is so thin and acute it goes between fibers quite well. She says if a ballpoint or stretch needle are not giving her a good result she will try a microtex and that usually does the job.

Zede makes a point of noting that those spandex fibers will eventually break from everyday wear and tear and washing/drying. She has made leggings that she’s worn so many times to aerial yoga that all the spandex in the knees have worn out making the knee area appear a different color/thinner. But what Zede and Mallory have never experienced is having a fabric run or a bunch of broken spandex fibers peeking out of the fabric after using a microtex needle.

Mallory and Zede generally default to using stretch needles when sewing on knits with a sewing machine and they both test this needle on their project because sometimes a ballpoint needle or microtex is needed to get a better stitch.

Mallory has been asked if a microtex needle can be used as a default needle and Zede and her believe you can. They both really like microtex needles and use them for lots of applications. There are so many fiber blends in fabrics today that microtex needles can be very handy. They see no reason why microtex needles can’t be an everyday needle.

Serger Needles

First thing you’ll want to do is check your owner’s manual for the type of needle your machine requires. Sometimes this information is on the inner cover or face of the machine. If you can’t find your owner’s manual check online because many of them are available as PDF’s.

Some sergers will use home sewing machine needles (those labeled H) or it may say HA which is a specialty needle. Zede says in the 60’s-80’s sergers did not use regular home machine needles they took needles with a rounded shank/butt (no flat back). So if you have an older serger this is something you need to know.

Zede and Mallory are Babylock gals and they have the Acclaim which is a 4 thread overlocker that takes HAx1SP needles. Below is information from the Schmetz website about this needle:

“Special point universal needles. Chrome-plated with a reinforced blade. Has a medium ball point and is mainly for stretch and other elastic materials. Has a longer and wider eye than the normal Universal needle which makes the needle suitable for thicker sewing or embroidery thread.”

When Mallory gets asked what needle people should use in their 4 thread baby lock sergers for knits she tells them to use the HAx1sp because it’s made for use on stretchy material. Mal and Zede have used this type of needle on woven fabrics as well with success but it’s always good to test.

Something Zede really loves about the higher end Babylock overlockers and combination overlocker/coverstitch machines are how the needles are set perpendicular to the fabric. Other sergers will have the needles slanted back about 30 degrees. The reason she likes the perpendicular needle set up is because there is more penetrating power and this angle wears less on the needle.

They also have the Babylock Triumph which is an 8 thread combination chain/coverstich and overlocker machine. This machine can use ELX705, ELx705CF, and ELx705CFSUK type needles.

Below are needle descriptions for each type sourced directly from the Schmetz site.

ELx705 and ELx705CF:

“This is an ELX705 needle with a regular point. The ELX705 needle system is specially designed for cover stitch machines. This needle has a long grove on both the front and back as well as a slightly larger scarf and a light ball point. The chrome finish (CF) reduces heat and wear and aids in slipping through the fabric. Consult your manual for the proper needle selection for your brand and model number.”

ELx705CF SUK

“This is an ELX705 needle with a medium ball point. The ELX705 needle system is specially designed for cover stitch machines. This needle has a long grove on both the front and back as well as a slightly larger scarf and a medium ball point. The chrome finish (CF) reduces heat and wear and aids in slipping through the fabric. Consult your manual for the proper needle selection for your brand and model number.”

So once again this highlights how the needle is used as a thread deliverer and not just a fabric piercer. Needles have all these special surfaces to deliver thread properly. There are more serger needles than the ones we’ve mentioned so make sure to consult your owner’s manual.

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Jan 04 2019

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Halloween 2019 Debriefing

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Nov 08 2019

56mins

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Machine Embroidery

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It’s not always leggings and ballgowns in the SewHere studio. Mallory and Zede both have a long machine embroidery history too. Do you know the largest hoop available for the first embroidery machines was 4″x4″? Crazy, right?

Mal and Zede take a stroll down memory lane and recount the history of machine embroidery. They also share some fun personal embroidery stories including some of the more novel things they’ve embroidered on and for.

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Mallory and Zede want to make more awesome sewing media for you. More entertaining and informative podcasts, more instructional videos, more online classes, and more time spent socializing and answering your questions on social media. Doesn’t that sound sweet? We think so too. To free up the much needed time to accomplish this, they have decided to use affiliate links instead of fulfilling and shipping orders themselves to make sure you get the amazing sewing products you need and deserve.

They will still sell the SewHere boxes and other hard to find sewing tools and of course have some fun swag for you too, so don’t worry. But next time you need thread or pattern paper (#teamtrace all the way) we may share an affiliate link for a recommended product.  This gets you sewing stuff you need and want, fast and still supports us at SewHere.

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Jan 12 2018

33mins

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What to Get When You Buy an Embroidery Machine

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May 24 2019

1hr 5mins

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Garment Sewing Skills: Fabric Selections

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On the last installment of our Garment Sewing Skills series, the ladies discuss the fine points of fabric selection.

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Jul 08 2016

27mins

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Making Your Own Wedding Dress

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The hot topic this week? Making your own wedding dress! Zede and Mallory examine all facets of making your own special occasion dress, whether that is embellishing upon a purchased dress, refashioning an heirloom or making the whole dress from dream to reality. They share some thoughtful conversation on the to make or not to make debate as well as years worth of knowledge on things to consider and be aware of if you find yourself on the making side.

Keep in touch with us at:

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Self Sewn Wardrobe Facebook Group

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THE SELF SEWN WARDROBE PLANNER

The planner is available in a universal style as well as a monthly theme that follows along with The Self Sewn Wardrobe Group on Facebook. Both planners offer helpful guidance in planning out your next wardrobe make as well as thoughtful prompts to keep your makes relevant to your likes, style, and wardrobe needs.

Universal Planner

This planner is a guide to planning and finishing any wardrobe project.  You define the project, evaluate your current wardrobe, and follow our guide to form a plan of attack.  You ll be on your way to a Self Sewn Wardrobe in no time.

This 17-page planner can be customized and printed over and over again.  You may want to print some pages more than once, depending on your project, for example, you ll probably make more than one pair of underwear in a month, but most likely only one coat in that amount of time.

This planner is available to Straight Stitch, Backstitch and Zig-Zag members of SewHere.com. Check out membership options here.

This is a printable PDF file that will be immediately available after purchase when you log in at SewHere.com/Profile.  You will not receive a physical planner.

Themed Monthly Planner

A new, themed planner will be published every month!  Each month’s planner will follow along with the theme in The Self Sewn Wardrobe Group on Facebook and include relevant planning and goal setting information as well as hand drawn sketches by none other than Mallory herself.

This planner is included in the Zig Zag SewHere Membership level. If you re interested in becoming a Zig-Zag member, the themed planner will be automatically delivered to the Downloads section of your SewHere profile each month!

This is a printable PDF file that will be immediately available after purchase when you log in at SewHere.com/Profile.  You will not receive a physical planner.

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Jun 22 2018

46mins

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Handmade Gifts

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Mallory and Zede offer up their thoughts and advice on receiving and giving handmade gifts. This episode is chock full of personal stories and laughter and possibly some relatable moments.

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Dec 15 2017

40mins

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Fabric Snobbery

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Zede and Mallory share what it means to them to be fabric snobs and how important fabric choice can be to your sewing success.

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Sep 23 2016

23mins

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Needles Part 1

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Needles 101…Part 1! Learn how needles can be your biggest supporters as you sew. If you can’t remember the last time you changed the needle in your machine- go change it!

Article: Sewing Machine Needles: Grooves, Eyes and Butts

Video: How a Stitch is Formed with Doug from Baby Lock

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Feb 12 2016

25mins

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Ruffling, Pleating and Puffing

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Ruffles, pleats and puffs oh my! How does a ruffle differ from a pleat? What does a gathering foot create? Zede and Mallory dedicate this podcast episode to answering all those confusing questions about the what, hows, and whys to ruffles, pleats and puffs.

Mallory’s amazing differential feed blog post

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Jan 26 2018

36mins

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Thrift and Resale Resourcing

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Jun 07 2019

41mins

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12 Days of Sewing Part 1

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Dec 06 2019

28mins

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The 12 Days of Sewing Carol

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Enjoy a Sewing Christmas Carol!

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Dec 06 2019

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Holiday Gift Strategy 2019

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Nov 29 2019

37mins

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Sewjo

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Nov 22 2019

42mins

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The Creative Process

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Nov 15 2019

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Halloween 2019 Debriefing

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Nov 08 2019

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Digital Pattern Drafting

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Nov 01 2019

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Home Decor Episode 5: Hollywood Chair

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Oct 25 2019

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Home Decor Episode 4: Draperies and Curtains

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Oct 18 2019

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Home Decor Episode 3: How to Recover Dining Room Chairs

Oct 11 2019

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Home Decor Episode 2: Tools, Glue, and Hardware

Oct 04 2019

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Home Decor Episode 1: Fabrics and More

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Sep 27 2019

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Home Decor Series Introduction

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Sep 20 2019

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What We are Sewing in September 2019

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Sep 13 2019

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Halloween Costume Supplies

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Snaps

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Welcome to Our Episode on Snaps!

We’ve covered several other types of closures on the podcasts- but not snaps.  The Wikipedia article on snaps is unsatisfying and short, but it includes some interesting tidbits. For example: “Some of the oldest snap fasteners and snap-together connectors were made of metal and developed for the Chinese Terracotta Army dating back to 210 BC. The horse halters, comprised a gold and silver tube, were linked with metal snap fasteners and made using advanced fastener-making technologies during the Qin dynasty.Inside the halters lay a pin that could be pulled out, allowing the snap to unfasten so the halters were able to be removed. Of course, many snaps are still made of metal.  The Wikipedia article also shows a picture of Roy Rogers wearing a Western style shirt with pearl snaps- which we still use today.  Unfortunately, there’s not a lot of information on how snaps spread from different cultures or appeared in different areas of the world independently, which means Mallory should probably go get her doctorate degree in snaps or something (snapology).

A Snap is a Unique Closure

You may choose a snap over another type of closure or fastener, depending on what you’re making.  Snaps don’t require a hole, like a button does, and they’re very secure.  Snaps are made up of a male and female part.  The male part has a protruding post and the female part is recessed.  The female part on many snaps includes some kind of spring or it’s a bit smaller than the male part, so that there is tension holding the snap together in the closed position. Here’s an example of a tutorial where we add lingerie guides to a narrow strap.  The small nylon snap is the perfect fastener for this project.

In costuming, snaps are extremely useful.  Velcro can catch on other materials and be loud on stage.  Buttons can be difficult to manage.  Zede and Mallory don’t like to use a lot of magnetic closures on costumes, because they don’t want another force coming into play as someone dresses and undresses- so they mostly use riveted and sew-on snaps.

Snap Materials and Characteristics

Metal Snaps:  Many snaps are made of some type of metal.  Snaps on older garments may show rust (such as the ones Zede used when she first started sewing), but newer snaps are made from metals that do not rust. According to Wikipedia, modern modern snap fasteners were first patented by German inventor, Heribert Bauer. In 1885, as the “Federknopf-Verschluss”.  The article includes a picture of some snaps from 1968, and we’re pretty sure that there are some from that time period in our collection too. Magnetic Snaps: Some metal snaps are magnetic.  Instead of having a sort of spring system to keep the two parts of the snap together with tension, there is a magnet.  They are great for purse closures! Here’s a video of a very young Mallory showing you have to insert a magnetic snap that has prongs.  There are also magnetic snaps that can be sewn onto or into a project.

Nylon Snaps and Plastic Snaps:  Plastic snaps are handy when you want a lightweight option.  We use the small, sew-on nylon snaps between shirt buttons to prevent gapping or to secure delicate details. These are definitely something to have on hand and a sewing notion that you shouldn’t be afraid to buy in bulk- because they’re useful and inexpensive!

Attachment Methods for Snaps:  Snaps can be attached in a few different ways. Sew-on snaps have spaces along the outer edge of the snap to sew through.  Save time attaching sew-on snaps by quadruple threading your needle.  Cut a length of thread 4 times the length you want, then fold it in half and thread the two cut ends through the needle.  Knot the thread so that all four layers are knotted together.  Now there are 4 threads through your needle, rather than 1 or 2.   This way you should only have to sew through each opening in your snap once- maybe twice at the most. Covering a Snap– on some couture garments, the maker will cover the ring of the snaps with fabric, so that when the garment opens, as little metal is showing as possible. Riveted snaps come in plastic or metal.  Kam Snaps are plastic snaps that are installed with a plier-type tool.  You see these types of snaps a lot on cloth diapers.

Kam Snaps and pliers.

Our favorite metal riveted snaps are SnapSource long-prong snaps.  These snaps come with a sort of jig to hold the snaps in place as you hammer them into the garment.  We find these to be more reliable than the plier method for metal snaps, because the prongs are super long (locking everything into place securely), and you get to use the pressure of a hammer, which you’ll never get from using a pair of pliers.

Snap Source tools and Snaps on Etsy

Snap Source has a huge variety or metal ring, decorative and pearl snaps.

Snap Tape- You can buy snap tape where snaps are already applied to a fabric strip or twill tape.  Then you can sew the tape to your garment to create a long line of snaps easily and quickly!

Male and Female Snap Parts- When installing a snap, you want to install it so that the male part of the snap protrudes from the wearer’s body, and the female part will close the snap as it comes toward the body.  This rule exists, so that people don’t poke themselves or others while getting dressed, in case they misalign the snap.

Tangents

The Snap Cup Zede brought up the Snap Cup from Legally Blonde, and Mallory had no idea what she was talking about! Here’s a video

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