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Sandra Betzina

  • How to Sew Guatemalan Cotton

    With rich colors and bold stripes, Guatemalan textiles evoke the ethnic designs of the Central American country where they are made. Handwoven in 100 percent cotton, they often feature ikat…

  • How to Sew with Terrycloth

    Typically the go-to fabric for towels and bathrobes, terrycloth has desirable characteristics for a variety of garments. Standard terrycloth has a looped surface on both sides. French terry has a…

  • How to Sew with Rayon

    Rayon is a fabric made of regenerated cellulose from plant sources including wood pulp. While this fiber comes from natural sources, it is made with chemical processes, which puts it…

  • How to Work With Minky Fabric

    Minky is a soft, 100 percent polyester knitted fabric that feels similar to faux fur. Typically, it features a short pile, sometimes with small raised polka dots. However, it can…

  • All About Sewing with Cashmere

    Cashmere is made from the fine hair combed from the undercoats of cashmere goats. It is the top luxury fabric for softness, warmth without bulk, and breathability. Because it is…

  • Fabric Lab: Charmeuse

    Charmeuse is a light- to medium-weight woven fabric with a satin weave, which yields one bright and shiny face, while the reverse is matte. Most garments fabricated in charmeuse feature…

  • Fabric Lab: Cotton Flannel

    Get cozy with this brushed woven fabric.

  • Fabric Lab: Stretch Mesh

    Fashion-forward, comfortable knits work well for today’s styles.

  • Everyone Can Have Jeans that Fit

    Learn how to alter the pattern of your jeans for a customized fit.