Inspired by Diary of a Chainstitcher, here is a list of various useful techniques for garment sewing. This includes techniques I’ve never tried as well as ones that need improvement. I’m not crossing a technique off the list until I feel confident in my ability to complete the technique with consistently good results. Where possible I’ve included links to relevant tutorials that I’ve found especially useful.

  • regular buttonholes
  • bound buttonholes
  • welt pockets
  • pockets with flaps
  • patch pockets
  • inserting regular zipper
  • inserting invisible zipper
  • inserting fly zipper
  • inserting lapped zipper
  • inserting exposed zipper
  • inserting separating zipper
  • creating a facing
  • using a facing
  • setting a flat sleeve
  • setting a sleeve in the round
  • french seams
  • flat-felled seams
  • lining a garment
  • underlining a garment
  • attaching belt loops
  • sewing a collar and collar stand
  • sewing button and buttonhole plackets
  • sewing a coat
  • sewing underwear
  • sewing a bra
  • making bias tape
  • bias bound necklines
  • matching stripes
  • matching plaids and checks
  • sewing with piping
  • sewing darts
  • sewing pleats
  • sewing a rolled hem
  • sewing a faced hem
  • using a twin needle
  • using fold over elastic
  • sewing a skirt vent
  • lining a skirt vent
  • sewing with denim
  • sewing with leather
  • sewing a bias cut garment



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