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If your rotary blade cutter is feeling dull, instead of changing it right away—try this technique: take a long sheet of aluminum foil and fold it several times on itself, until you have at least 8 layers. Place the foil on your cutting mat and roll your rotary cutter on it, several dozen times. Try cutting a scrap piece of fabric and you should notice a clear improvement! This works just as well with fabric scissors too. ✂️
How often you do you test your stitch length before you start sewing a project? 🪡 While 2.5 is standard, you may want to adjust it depending on the weight of the fabric: up for heavyweight fabrics; down for lightweight fabrics. A few rows of test stitches on a scrap piece of fabric before starting a project will often tell you everything you need to know! To learn more about stitch length and when to adjust it, head to our blog. ✨
Wondering how to sew smooth curves? The secret is in your stitch length. Learn everything you need to know about this basic stitch setting on our blog.

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Where to Print A0 PDF Sewing Patterns
Did you know that since the launch of our patterns in PDF format, we have included our files in A0 format? These are essentially large sheets that are intended to be professionally printed at a print shop. ​​​​​​​​ Many of you have asked us, and we have gone around the web to select the best A0 printers for all of your large format pattern printing needs.
How to Sharpen Your Tools // Sewing Tips
If your rotary blade cutter is feeling dull, instead of changing it right away—try this technique: take a long sheet of aluminum foil and fold it several times on itself, until you have at least 8 layers. Place the foil on your cutting mat and roll your rotary cutter on it, several dozen times. Try cutting a scrap piece of fabric and you should notice a clear improvement! This works just as well with fabric scissors too. ✂️
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How to Choose a Sewing Needle for Your Fabric
Do you know the difference between a microtex and a universal needle, or what the various numbers on the package mean? Making sure you've selected the right needle type and size is the first thing you should do when starting a new sewing project. Head to our blog to read our guide and learn everything you need to know about choosing a sewing machine needle.
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Fit Tutorial: How to Do a Broad Back Adjustment
Do you ever have trouble reaching your arms forward when you wear garments? If so, you might benefit from a broad back adjustment—an easy change that will make your garments noticeably more comfortable. Head to our blog to learn how how to do a broad back adjustment on regular and grown on sleeve styles! 👉
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Testing Your Stitch Length Setting // Sewing Tips
How often you do you test your stitch length before you start sewing a project? 🪡 While 2.5 is standard, you may want to adjust it depending on the weight of the fabric: up for heavyweight fabrics; down for lightweight fabrics. A few rows of test stitches on a scrap piece of fabric before starting a project will often tell you everything you need to know! To learn more about stitch length and when to adjust it, head to our blog. ✨
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How to Sew Curves // Sewing Tips
Wondering how to sew smooth curves? The secret is in your stitch length. Learn everything you need to know about this basic stitch setting on our blog.
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How to Choose the Right Stitch Length for Your Sewing Project
Stitch length matters, but how do you know what to use and when? On the blog we are demystifying your stitch length settings, why they make a difference, and sharing some of our favorite tips and tricks. From sewing darts to basting, using fine fabrics or vinyl, learn the ins and outs of choosing a stitch length to give your garment the best finished result. Click to learn all about it. 🧵
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How to Use Washi Tape to Mark Knit Grainlines // Sewing Tips
If you're looking for another great way to use washi tape (or any other low-tact tape), try placing it on the grainline of your knit fabrics. It can help you quickly line up your pattern pieces, or act as a guide for folding precisely on the grainline. The tape can be moved as needed while you're cutting your fabric, and if it's opaque enough you may be able to see it directly through your pattern pieces. ✂️🖤​​​​​​​​
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How to Cut Notches // Sewing Tip
Did you know that you can clip your notches to the outside of your fabric instead of into the fabric? If you've ever been guilty of cutting a notch too deep (✋!), this is a great way to ensure you don't weaken the fabric or accidently end up with a hole near your seam. Plus—they are easy to spot, so matching your notches later is a cinch. 💁‍♀️​​​​​​​​
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Washi Tape Seam Allowance Markers for Sewing
One of our favorite tips for those who'd like a visual aid while you sew is to try using a low-tact tape like washi tape to highlight your seam allowance. It not only tears easily (no scissors necessary!), but can be moved or changed without leaving residue on your stitch plate. You can tear a piece as long or as short as you'd like, and it's low profile means you never have to worry about snagging pins as you sew.
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Contrast Bias Binding // Sewing Tip
Who doesn't love that nice pop of a contrast bias binding? If you don't want to worry about contrast thread, simply switch out your topstitching thread for one that matches your bias tape. Adjust the thread tension as needed, and voila! A perfect finish on both sides. 💫🖤​​​​​​​​
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Deer&Doe Sewing Pattern Levels: What Do They Mean?
Did you know that each Deer&Doe pattern is rated for sewing experience on a 5-point scale? We use the following criteria to help us rate each pattern: ✨ meticulousness ✨ techniques ✨ fit ✨ & pattern testers' perceptions This allows you to choose a pattern appropriate for your skill level—either one that's well within your wheelhouse, or one to help you learn and grow. To learn more, visit our blog. 🖤
For many of us, sewing is a form of self-care. In the midst of goal-setting, planning, and excitement for the new year—it's also important to continue to take time for ourselves and create moments that exist purely for the sake of joy. So how can we take this into our creative spaces and learn to cultivate relaxation as a part of our sewing practice? Mindfulness, How To Relieve Stress, Self Regulation, How To Plan, Self Talk, Self Care, Practice
Mindfulness and Sewing
For many of us, sewing is a form of self-care. In the midst of goal-setting, planning, and excitement for the new year—it's also important to continue to take time for ourselves and create moments that exist purely for the sake of joy. So how can we take this into our creative spaces and learn to cultivate relaxation as a part of our sewing practice?
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Your Deer and Doe Sewing Hack Ideas
We all need a little extra whimsy in our lives right now, and perhaps this is why 2021 has been the year of ruffles, dramatic sleeves, and gathered skirts. Whether your style is more bohemian, cottage core, or romantic—these details can add a feminine touch and something extra special to your garments. Even better, they are some of the simplest hacks to add to your existing sewing patterns. If you’re looking for inspiration, here are nine of our favorite Deer&Doe hack ideas from the community.
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How to Create a Digital Sewing Pattern Mockup Using Free Software
Have you ever wondered how to overlay an image of fabric onto a sewing pattern line drawing? 🤔 Contrary to what you might think, you don't need an expensive program like Photoshop to do it. Today we will show you a quick and easy way to create a pattern mockup, using the free online photo editor Pixlr X.