Video:10 things to know when sewing knits

- Sewing knits, Tutorials, Video

Today’s video is kinda like a best-of video where I share my top 10 tips for sewing with knits. It’s mostly geared towards beginners, but as I say in the video, it’s sometimes easy to forget the basics when we get caught up in a project and just want to get it done! Some of the tips I’ve shared in previous videos and some are new additions. I get a lot of questions about sewing with knits and requests for…

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Workout tank top

- Made by me, My makes, Sewing activewear

The last piece in my 4-piece mini workout wardrobe was a simple tank top with side panels for a more flattering fit. I drafted the pattern myself, and while it wasn’t the most time consuming or technically difficult make, it still felt like a huge victory. The reason for that is that this is the first garment that I’ve been successful when it comes to using the Janome coverstitch binder attachment. So all the binding is made with the attachment.…

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October sewing bits

- Life of Johanna, Shopping

BabyLock serger class I was finally able to get a BabyLock class at my dealer last week. Only like nine months after I bought my BabyLock Imagine serger! They do recommend that one waits for a bit, but I hadn’t plan that it would take this long. But a long wait list, a canceled class and me dragging my feet too are what caused the delay. Getting free classes is one of the reasons I buy my machines from local…

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Video: Winter sewing plans

- Video, work in progress

So let’s take a look at my sewing plans for winter! I really like to plan out my makes this way, where I create a mini wardrobe and stick to a certain theme. It can be workout clothes, a stash buster, basics or as in my latest video a color combination, which was not pre-planned, but the four garments have a very limited color range. Hopefully, November and December will allow for more sewing time since all the sewing for…

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Book update – I can smell the finish line

- Life of Johanna, Sewing activewear

This week I started working on the final chapter for my book about sewing activewear. It feels surreal to look at all the pages and realizing that I somehow managed to get it all together. The biggest effort has been taking all the step-by-step photos. I wanted to make a very visual book, as I enjoy that form of learning myself, but that process has been very labor intensive.   Now what remains is all the editing, corrections and formatting…

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Spoonflower print capri workout leggings

- Made by me, My makes, Sewing activewear

So here are the capri leggings I made from my custom Spoonflower print. I was really inspired by some of the more elaborate ready to wear leggings that have been popping up lately and wanted to see if I could mimic some of the techniques with my home sewing equipment. One of the things I’ve seen recently is curved insets. In the garment manufacturing industry, these are sewn using an industrial flatlock machine. I don’t have access to one of…

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