The 4 types of measuring tape you need in your sewing room

As a tailor, fashion designer, seamstress or seamster, you need to consider having this measuring tools to make your projects easier to handle at any given time.

I’m already certain you have an idea of what a measuring tape should be like. Also remember we have different textures and brands of these tapes.

Buy the ones that will last longer. And buy different types that will come in handy whenever you need them.

1. The regular 60 inches with cm on reverse side for easy conversions

2. 80 inches, don’t limit yourself to 60. Save yourself the stress off adding up measurements

3. 120 inches is a plus. Especially if you will be sewing beddings/ curtains.

4. Retractable taperule- your easy Carry on tool everywhere you go

Sewing with a wrong Needle

As fun as sewing is, we all know when the frustration sets in…

• Thread cutting

• fabric puckering

And so on……

What could be the cause?

At the fashion college – Ibadancity Fashion College- we had an instructor who was nicknamed “Mr Change your needle ” he would tell anyone who came to ask him to fix their sewing machines if they had changed the needle.

He understood that many problems come from using a wrong needle to sew, and this leads to other small issues.

No matter how beautiful or strong your sewing machine is, the needle can make it malfunction if any of the following happens.

Using Dull Needles

How often do you change your needles?

If you are constant on your machine, try to use a new needle daily if possible. It’s not costly, so it’s a low maintenance issue.  It saves you a lot of stress. Dull needles pucker the fabric and can cause real damages to soft fabrics like silk, chiffon, satin even some cotton fabrics.

Bent Needles

Will keep hitting your machine and making strange sounds. The danger of this is it can cause damages to the sewing machine plates.

Wrong Size and Wrong type of needle

We have different brands and these brands may have the same sizes, the fineness of the sizes differ. A size 16 violin (brand) is different from a size 16 butterfly or orange brand etc. It’s safe to have different brands and sizes in your haberdashery.

If you’re not using industrial sewing machine, HA type is most suitable, although you can settle for DB, DP is also common In the market but the problem of DP is its too strong for some machines and fabrics.

Know Your Tools – it makes your work easier and smoother.

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We are not all in the sewing business for money. Right? Some of us are here only to learn how to make clothes for ourselves, our family and make the necessary amendments when needed without having to go look for a tailor.

If you’re in a country where getting tailor isn’t as easy as it is in other countries, most especially developed countries. You don’t like the idea of booking appointments, or the nature of your work doesn’t give the time, how can you blend this in?

Knowing how to take your measurements by yourself saves you a lot of stress.

Either when sewing or when you have to send your measurements to your tailors or choosing clothes online / in a store.

This video is as simple as ABC.

The guide is easy and you will see its really not a big deal getting a hang of it.

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For every closure in your garment there is an opening. Ironically, the same principle applies to life. But today we are focusing on sewing.

How many types of closure and openings can you handle. At least, these few ones here, you should be able to handle them as a fashion student or fashion designer.

What Are Openings And Closures?

Openings and closures are the spaces you leave on garments made to allow for wearing and removing. These openings are closes in different ways as you choose or as suits your design.

Let’s examine a few-

FACING – easy to handle and one of the basic opening techniques you learn and master as a fashion designer. It is sewn by cutting fabric of same shape around the neckline but shorter than the garment. It’s few inches long, and flipped inside or outside the garment as the design calls for.

This is made by a slit and sewing on fabric cuts to make the placket. Same or contrasting fabrics can be used to achieve this.

Hemmed openings is about the simplest, but one needs to be extra careful to avoid stretching the curves thereby giving excess. The fabric is folded in twice and sewn. As much as it appears simple, it can go wrong if care is not taken. This type is best used when working with sheer fabrics, delicate fabrics etc.

FALSE PLACKET- as the name suggests, it’s just a placement for fashion sake. It’s not exactly an opening, but sewn on the garment to give an appearance of one.

BIAS BOUND- using BIAS cut fabrics or bias tape / ribbons to finish the garment opening. It can be done inwards or outward. When sewing this, avoid stretching the bias fabric/ tape and the fabric. Stretching either of this will equally alter the size of the opening originally planned. And may cause gaping.

FLY OPENING -for zipper closures. It’s a layover kind of opening. Used mostly on trousers but not for trousers only, can be used in skirts, blouses, dresses, etc.

This openings are on the seam lines. Side, back, shoulder etc. Any type of zipper can be used. But the use of invisible zippers is common with this type of opening in menswear lately.

OVERLAPPED OPENINGS as seen in wraps or surplice designs, jackets, tops, and more. This can be used in a way it works with the design you are working on.

BACK OPENINGS- who doesn’t know a back opening? No one. Simply and can be used among side facing, bias bound, false placket, zippers on and on. When making garments won’t high front neckline and you want to avoid zippers, back opening can be used and closed with fasteners of your choice. – hook and eye, snaps, etc.

GATHERED/ DRAWSTRING – commonly seen in off shoulder maxi tops and dresses, or any other kind of garment. Here little excess are drawn together to make the opening firm. Also used in finishing skirts, trousers etc.

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Sewing is fun. Yes we that Sew, know. But, once in some times, little things can make you cranky while working on your projects.

Today, we have some saving tips for you. You need them and surely, they will help you a whole lot. Don’t just read alone, share with a friend that sews too.

Many a times, the thread just refuses to cooperate with you when you want to fix it, due to different conditions. You’re not alone. There’s a very simple hack to make this stop.

Your Hairspray! That spray is enough to help you stiffen the thread, and that makes the threading perfectly easier. ✅. Check that. And don’t forget.

•• Sewing gathers made easier. This will only work if you have or use a zigzag sewing machine. Get a knitting thread/wool. Place in the middle and run your loose zigzag stitches over it. Then pull the wool. There you have your easy and well laid gather. And every time you pull your gathers to the needed inches, always remember to run your regular firm stich over the line to make it stay and well laid. ✅

••• The Bar Soap and pins Magic.

If you have heard of emery bag in your sewing classes. It’s that bag that contains special dust to keep your pins sharp. There are times you would want to push the pins through some fabric layers and they just won’t go. If you can’t access the emery bag. Your soap could do the magic. You will be surprised!

That’s a license to no more bent and rusted full pins. ✅

To get sharp pointed edges. Trim twice. Trim the excess that creators bulk inside off.

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The 5 senses commonly known as – Sense of Sight; Touch; Sound; Smell and Taste. Are not just there for the Biology classes alone. They have roles to play in many aspects of our daily lives as we all know. 

But in the fashion industry, how do they come into action? 

Every design has a process. As a Fashion student or a fashion designer, you should be used to this. The process starts from the thought-stage, when it was just an idea to it’s final execution and display. This looks like a Brief sentence, but the stages can take  as long as the design takes, hours…..days….weeks……months……  

The design process applicable to different business development can also come to use in the Fashion workplace, the way you interpret it is up to your personal specifications. 

 This is a topic for another time. 
Today we are focusing on the 5 senses we were taught in school and how it helps our designs. 

Each of the five senses play a significant role in the process. And each should be considered if you always want professionalism take a key role in your fashion business. How you understand working with it is what matters now. 

When you get so passionate with your work, some things come easy. Same way in the process of the job, lots of lessons are learned and things get easier by and by. 

Let’s start with the sense of ……


There is no faster way to assess your works yourself, and by others, than how it appeals to the eyes. An appealing outfit /Fabric draws attention faster. We call them “eye candy”. You must activate the ability to know this and develop it. It matters when you want to consider display clothes. Either as store display or social media displays. At this stage, the finishing and other details come later, it must be able to attract the eye at first glance. 

How vibrant are your color choices?  

How the shapes and other factors align to create perfect attractiveness.?

How you work with the Contrasts. ? You must be dramatic with the way you work with contrasting colors to create pretty illusions. 

Next we have the …


After seeing, there are responses and results. He client or prospective clients will want to feel it. Either by trying it on or by touching to feel the texture. 

How the Fabric feels against their skin. 

If it’s soothing and smooth on the body. Or by touch. 

How the outfit lays on their body, how it conforms and makes them feel matters here. The more comfortable it feels, the better. This means, when shoooing for the resources, in your design process cycle, you have to put a lot into consideration. Don’t just buy because it’s attractive, touch and feel how it feels on the skin.   Soft or stiff? Smooth or rough? 


 The next sounds quite funny too. It is 

You start to wonder, what sound does your designs make? Apart from the sounds of details. There are sounds that remain inaudible, but let’s face the facts. Designs speak. If only you have the “ear” to hear it. Some great designers will tell you, when they see a lovely Fabric , it’s telling them ‘something’. Maybe we will call that an extra 6th sense 😉. 

But here let’s apply this to the ruffling sound the Fabric makes, it the clicks of the details attached to it, like beads and sequins and buttons. The rustling sound they make as you move. The rhythmic pattern of the blings on your garment, etc. why do we see an outfit and say it is loud? – it is definitely saying ‘something’. 

Consider the sounds your designs will make. On the stands and on the wearer. 

Next we have 


Scents are called ambience transformers. We have designers who make the scents of their stores attractive and peculiar to them. That you could almost link the air to them.  This will come into play in your design process when we consider the marketing and display duties. When a client enters your store, how appealing? It looks beautiful, does it smell good.? The way your store or workspace smells will transfer to the outfits too. It is called “psychological trigger” or “aromatherapy + Fashion”. Make the scents appealing enough to keep them till they make their purchases and even keep them coming back. 

And lastly , we have 


In the fashion world, we call them -Edible garments. Designs so sweet you could almost eat. Asides ‘Taste’ – that reflects how you follow the other 4 senses tastefully, choosing and making with a particular sense of purpose that fits some ‘Tastes’ or target customers. Sometimes you play around fashion by using edible items, although this is meant for runways or photoshoots alone. 

So In this sense, let’s settle for the first definition. If you are in an area, ensure your designs fits the taste of that area. You won’t kill your market if you obey your environment. Ignoring what works in your environment is like stabbing your market in the eye. Let your designs and taste match. In a student community, if you major on Couture, you may not hit the market in the eye the way you should. 

And ensure your designs are so good we can almost feel the flavor on our lips. 

 It is believed , we humans have more than 5 senses. Reach in and tap into all the senses you are gifted with. Even the ones you haven’t used before, they just may be somewhere waiting for full expression. 

The way you apply all you learn will influence the results you and others see. Don’t just be a regular in the fashion industry. Dare to be Different!

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You Really Want To Stay In The Fashion Biz….

Choosing to study fashion used to be a second opinion back in the days in Nigeria . When some go to high school and colleges, those who couldn’t go due to different reasons opt to acquire different skills.

The rating of those acquiring skills then was not as high as what we are seeing now. Who would have said the times could turn so fast. Even the government is preaching skill acquisition to the graduates and students now.

It’s becoming clearer that the fashion industry is getting more people daily. The self awareness factor, the lack of employment, unstable college calendar etc…. as major contributors.

As much as it is good to consider acquiring skills, how deep have you thought about it before embarking on it. Fashion business is no joke. As fast as it can make you, losing a small step can either make you irrelevant or out of the game.

You have seen the booming fashion designers with their posh cars and rich lifestyles. Before you covet it, pause and look deeper and think. Is what you see the reality of the game. Whatever you see is not what they built in a day. Silent years of labour is lying somewhere in between the memories.

Now, as you would see, the industry is growing fast. And becoming highly competitive. You need to have Ace cards to play your game right.

First thing first, While planning to embark on the fashion lane, while putting things in place. Tell yourself that no opportunity to learn and get better will fly without you grabbing them. Asides from learning, learn more.

Gain all the experiences that can help your vision. Your basic training is your key to a wide range of exciting career opportunities and options.

Fashion has to do with ideas. Open up your minds. Anything could bring inspiration.

When you open your mind to learn and grab from every passing Inspiration, you’re helping yourself grow.

Don’t always copy what you see, let every thing inspire you. Add your own touch and bring out your own masterpiece always.

be ready to work hard. Fashion business is not a child’s play. Even when you have good hands working for you. You have to be in your toes.

Quality Control – The standard you are building for your fashion line must be on the rise. Never falling nor failing. Otherwise, you may lose out. Remember the competition is tight.

Don’t Joke with first impressions.

Anytime you’re meeting or working for a new client is time to never joke with. you are having the opportunity to create a lasting impression, that determines if you gain them and gain more through them, or lose them and lose more.

Sourcing for your Fabrics and other materials.

Go for originality. Go for classics. Give your clients pieces that will last it’s worth. Think about investing in good textiles. It is the fuel of your business. Your business will boom wherever you are located if you are very good at what you do. Packaging and giving it that “it” look is not what sells eventually. It is the quality of what comes out of it. Just as the book cover attracts, the contents keeps you glued.

invest rightly.

How you start and why you start with. Don’t buy what you won’t need. Buy the essentials that can and will serve you. The cash you will use to buy machine you won’t need now can be spent buying other essentials. If you want to buy a heavy duty industrial machine, and your power generator can’t serve the purpose. That might be a right investment based on wrong timing.

Allow the business to grow naturally.

Watch and study. And allow the business grow, so you can know how worthy it is. Don’t spend your profits, re-invest. Don’t borrow to sustain the business. If it’s not growing check and see where the loopholes may be. Did you gain enough before starting off. A half baked bread can’t last. Be sure it’s the business and not you.

Don’t judge your pace by another person’s speed. You are not wearing their shoes.

Give it thoughts and always double check. See if the business is meant for you. Don’t stay struggling. And always seek to improve yourself. Otherwise you may fade out.

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for everyone sewing, some tasks pose certain difficulties that can be easily avoided. Of course with aided knowledge. As much as you Learn, keep learning, it’s the only solution  that never runs out. Recently, taking our students through the lessons on presser feet made some see a new side to sewing projects. 


Sewing can be made easier. That’s the good news. 

The job of the presser foot on your sewing machine is to hold the fabric against the feed dogs ( the plate that keeps the fabric pushing forward against the sewing machine, that part that looks like it has teeth, where your machine clamps down your fabric. Gotten? 👌👍)  and guide it in a straight line as you sew.

 That’s why you have to raise the presser foot each time to move your fabric from under the needle. You can definitely do a lot of sewing with the standard foot your sewing machine came with, most people do almost everything with that. However, some techniques or projects can be made easier with the help of the various presser feet we have available around. It’s very helpful to know he these magic little helpers can make your work seem easier. 

Those little specialty feet can work wonders. 

Sewing machine feet come in various designs. Knowing and picking the right one for the job makes more professional looking results on your sewing projects.  



The price range, brand and model of your sewing machine determines the set of feet you can work with. Your sewing machine may not come with any extra set, you can definitely get them at online stores as our local market may have limited offers. Your presser feet set could either be the basic or the deluxe set. The higher the brand of your sewing machine the more different they look. Note that some of these presser feet works with double sewing machine while some can work with either. The big industrial sewing machines have their sets as well. Ensure you are buying the set your sewing machine needs. Don’t put round pegs in square holes. Before buying any specialty foot, know the brand and model of the sewing machine you are working with. 

  • The Favourite of All – THE ALL PURPOSE FOOT

  • Also called the Standard Foot or Zig Zag Foot, this is the presser foot you find on your sewing machine at the time of purchase. It can be used for general sewing – straight sewing, zig zag stitches and some decorative stitches. It comes in either metal or plastic feel. 
  •   Zipper Foot is used for fixing zippers. But it does a bit more than that. It can be used when you want to do close or tight sewing like piping, because of its ability to pin down and see close to targeted spots.



This foot is useful when you are sewing slippery fabrics or when you want to sew multiple layers of fabrics without shifting. It comes in different mm widths depending on the sewing machine brand and model. And note that these feet are definitely detachable. 


  • As the name implies, this foot is used to make buttonholes to the exact size needed for the project or garment being worked on. To use, place the button in the Button space on the foot, the machine thus uses the foot as the measurement gauge and creates the perfect sized buttonhole to fit the button set in. 



This sounds strange to many always. Can a button be sewn with sewing machine? Definitely Yes.  The Button Sewing Foot fixes buttons and saves you the needle finger pricking sessions. ( I like the sound of this…..👌)  this foot has a bar on the base for extra stability, and mostly has a rubber covering to help grip the button as it sews, metal covering may glide the button off. But as good as it sounds, technology has only solved it for the flat buttons. It can work when fixing flat buttons; not for buttons with shank back. Before you use this foot, you will need to adjust your stitch guide and set it to the hole space on the buttons. Sounds great ✋🏼. 


  • The Gathering Foot helps you make those  gathers on your fabrics. The base of the foot is specially designed to feed the fabric to gathers as you stitch on, creating gathered edges as you sew.  The fullness of the gathers is determined by the number you set the stitch guide to, the longer the stitch the more gathers. 



  • A blind hem foot is just as its name sounds. It makes hidden hems. Hems with stitches one can barely notice. This is good for garment hems and anywhere you want that neatly finished edge looking clean.  The Blind Hem Foot comes with a metal guide in the middle of it, as you sew, the fabric fold will rest against the guide to maintain accurate seams . This foot also has grooves on the bottom, which grip your fabric to prevent it slipping off  as you sew.  Who doesn’t want to have a clean finished work?, we all want that crisp looking finish. This is the way to go. 


  • This can as well  be called the Overcasting Foot or Overlocking foot, this foot helps you finish the edge of fabric so it won’t  fray or pull out threads, just like the finished edge a serger (overlocking machine) does. The foot must be used with the Overcast Stitch on your sewing machine. There is a stitch pattern on your double machine that looks like the overlocking stitch, use this when using this foot. 


  • Yes you can definitely Insert that thin ribbon or string sequins through the guide on this foot, and they will feed through as you sew. 


  • We all know that sewing strings of beads and pearls to garments takes a long time. Using this Beading Foot, you definitely can attach long strands in seconds. This foot is popular among couturier, bridal and evening wear designers, as well as crafts designers. This foot comes in different versions for large and small beads. Master it and just bead on ✂️✂️✂️✂️

Some of these feet have different stitch settings they can work with on your sewing machine There are more feet to discover , let’s peg it here for now to allow you digest these ones and find ways to use and maximize them for your projects super efficiency. If you have anyone that has the old singer machine box with spare parts , this box contains some presser feet that may be applicable to your project, if it can match your brand of sewing machine. 

Discover more in your sewing projects and do more wonders as your SEW …… 


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Tailor’s Clinic – Your Machine’s Check-Up

          by now, we should know our tools and equipments are nothing to be overlooked if we want a smooth job. Nothing discourages or stresses out more than a sewing machine giving ‘issues’ or thread cutting etc…… We can go on and on…

Most sewing machine problems are caused by neglect, overlook and poor maintenance. Sparing just a few minutes daily or weekly, depending on how much you are using the machine, can keep your machine running smoothly. Your sewing machine should not be going to the repairer always, know few tips to keep you working.

 Keep it covered 

Dust, lint,hair, threads and other tiny dirts can find their way into your machine and cause problems, especially in the tension disc area. Do not place Your sewing machine near an open window, and always cover it when not in use. You can make one yourself, or even use an old pillow case- but keep your machine under wraps and cover when you’re not sewing.


 Change your machine needles regularly

Proffessionally, Its recommend you replace the sewing machine needle after every four hours of sewing time. Each time you sew, the needle passes through the fabric thousands of times per minute, and each time it does two things: It makes a hole in the fabric for the thread to glide through, and it forms a loop with the thread to make the actual stitch. The bobbin hook picks up this loop by moving just .05 mm or less behind the needle- about the thickness of a piece of paper- so if the needle becomes bent or dull, you may get skipped stitches, broken or looped threads, runs and pulls in the fabric, or even damage to your machine.

When the needle is compatible with your fabric and thread, your machine sews more smoothly. An inappropriate needle will force the thread through the fabric instead of letting it glide cleanly through the needle hole and may cause broken threads or puckered fabric. A common mistake is to use a needle that’s too small for the thread. For example, a size 70/10 needle is the right choice for fine fabrics like silk, and a size 60 or 65 with fine, lightweight thread. 

Regular ballpoint needlesare still the best for sewing knits, fleece fabrics, and elastic. And now there are needles specially designed for sewing with metallic threads that havecoated eyes to reduce friction and thread breakage. Unfortunately some of these are not available in our local markets. Endeavor to make it a necessity any time you visit another country to visit their tailors’ market or any haberdashery store you see around. 

Wind the bobbins correctly

A bobbin not well threaded or inserted can jam the machine and cause the upper thread to break. Always use a bobbin designed for your machine in order to avoid skipped stitches, loose threads, and noise, as well as permanent damage to the bobbin case. 


Regular cleaning is essential 

Get in the habit of cleaning your machine after each day’s work or project. Basically, a routine cleaning can be accomplished quickly and easily this way 👉🔻

Start at the top and clean the tension disks with a folded piece of fine fabric. Be sure the presser foot is up, so the tension springs are loose and the fabric can move easily between the disks, dislodging any lint. blow air into it from back to front, to remove loose particles from around the tension disks and to clean other areas inside the machine. Don’t blow into your machine too much because breath contains moisture and will eventually cause corrosion.

Always remove the machine’s needle and throw it away after completing a project. Then take out the throat plate, bobbin, bobbin case, Clean under the feed dogs and around the bobbin area with a small brush, and blow out any lint from inside of the bobbin case. If the hook mechanism is removable, wipe it clean with a dot of oil on a piece of muslin, and add small drop of oil before returning it to the machine. Use a light oil recommended for sewing machines ONLY.  Check with your manual regarding other areas on your machine that may require oiling, and use only a small drop for each spot. It is always better to oil too little more often than too much at one time, and avoid oiling any plastic parts.

  The shaft under your machine, the lever shaft and other moving parts need to be oiled well for effective function. 

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