Sewing Tip: Green Light, Red Light

Simple Sewing Tip for kids (and adults too!):

Kids love to sew but sometimes they feel nervous or unsure about where to start and stop sewing. When sewing a project that requires special sewing instructions, e.g. leaving an opening for turning, use straight pins to mark where to start and stop your seam. 

Sew You Studio | Behind the Seams: using straight pins as guides

Green and red pins are great visual markers to guide you in knowing where to start and stop your seams. This is a great tip for kids but also a helpful one for adults!

Sew You Studio | Behind the Seams: Green Light, Red Light - using straight pins as guides

If you don't have green and red pins, you can double up the pins or turn them in the opposite direction to help you know where to start and stop.

Sew You Studio | Behind the Seams: Straight Pins as Guides
Sew You Studio | Behind the Seams: Straight Pins as Guides

You can find more sewing tips and tricks in our special section called Behind the Seams! Happy sewing!


Back to Sewing School!

It's Back to Sewing School time at Sew You Studio!

We're excited about our new schedule AND our new studio! We've moved next door into a larger studio space and we can't wait to have you join us in all the sewing, crafting, and party fun!

Our Fall 2014 schedule has been updated with sewing classes for both kids and adults. Most of our classes are offered as a series for the best skill-building and learning! 

Here's our Fall 2014 line-up for kids and adult classes:



Find a class you like and register directly on our siteWe look forward to sewing with you!


What is a Seam Allowance?

SEAM ALLOWANCE (SA) - the space between the stitched seam and the raw edge of the fabric. 

What is a Seam Allowance?

There are general guidelines for seam allowances; they vary a bit depending on the project or type of sewing you are doing. Below are some suggested seam allowances. Note: you can adjust the seam allowance as you find necessary for your project but quilting stays true to the 1/4" SA.

  • quilting, 1/4 inch SA
  • craft sewing, 3/8 inch SA
  • home decor & craft sewing, 1/2 inch SA
  • garment sewing, 5/8 inch SA 

Quilting requires a lot of precise sewing. Your seam allowance should be consistent in order to piece together beautiful blocks. It is helpful to use a 1/4 inch presser foot to maintain consistency.

Some sewers believe that 5/8 inch seam allowance is too big for garment sewing and they may adjust the size to 3/8 inch or 1/2 inch. If you choose to reduce the seam allowance, take care to understand how the change may alter the size of your finished garment.