Top Tips for Sewing Garments

When sewing garments, it’s the little touches that make it special and unique—from a perfectly stitched buttonhole to expertly applied topstitching. Learn top tips for sewing garments with these tutorials gathered together from our Sewing Experts at WeAllSew.

Tips for sewing buttonholes

Use your sewing machine to stitch precise buttonholes and stitch on buttons with these Tips for Sewing Buttons and Buttonholes.

Inserting an exposed zipper can be tricky! Learn How to Insert an Exposed Zipper in this thorough step-by-step tutorial.

Topstitching on a collar, a cuff, or button placket will be one of the first details people see. Learn how to topstitch like a pro with these Six Tips for Perfect Topstitching.

5 tips for beautiful seams

The stitches in the seams of your garment are what hold it all together. Find our 5 Tips for Beautiful Seams in this post.

How to add piping to pockets

Adding just a bit of trim like colorful piping can add a pop of color and pizzazz to a plain garment. Get the tutorial to learn How to Add Piping to Pockets here.

Instructions on how to sew a waistband

When sewing a waistband, add a special touch by making a custom facing with this tutorial to Sew a Faced Waistband.

Precision is key when inserting a collar, you will notice right away if corners are not crisp or edges do not meet up. Learn the Secrets of Sewing Perfect Collars in this tutorial.

Patch Pocket Tutorial

Patch pockets are topstitched to the outside of a garment, so the shape of the pocket and topstitching are immediately noticeable. Get tips for stitching great pockets in this Patch Pocket Tutorial.


A welt pocket is cut with a slit into a garment with a crisp, finished edge. Find out how to create a welt pocket with the Welt Pocket Tutorial here.

How to Add a Scalloped Edge Tutorial

Take the straight edge of any garment like a jacket, wrap skirt, or poncho, and create a pretty scalloped edge with this Scalloped Edging Tutorial.

Tip for sewing stretchy, stable hems on knits - Jersey stitch

Sewing with knits can be tricky; seams and hems must appear flat but still stretch along with the garment. Get top tips for Sewing a Stable Hem in any knit or stretchy fabric.

How to add cuffs to pants

Learn how to hem a pair of pants with a perfect cuff with our tutorial post How to Sew a Pant Cuff here.

How to make a ruffle sleeve video tutorial

Update the look of any sleeveless top or dress by adding a pretty ruffled sleeve. Learn how to Make a Ruffled Sleeve and add it to a garment in this tutorial.



If you ever find yourself with a pair of jeans that are too long, the hemming techniques in this Upcycled Jeans article will help you add a professional hem to any denim garment.

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4 comments on “Top Tips for Sewing Garments”

  • I love this post! As a garment sewing person it is so nice to see a post that is not quilting, crafts, or embroidery! I wish my local store supported garment sewing more!

  • There are some really good tips here but please can you explain one thing – I was under the impression that when you used a “D” pressure foot you MUST engage the extra arm at the back of the foot, this is not the case on the 8D zipper foot shown, am I mistaken? Many thanks, and keep up the wonderful tutorials.

    • Hello april, you do have a keen eye! Yes, you should always use a “D” style foot with the Dual Feed engaged. We’ve updated the last garment tip in our post to reflect the best practices for using a “D” foot with Dual Feed. Happy stitching!

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