Sewing Terms to Know

Sewing is a past time for many who love the idea of creating while relaxing. Sewing is a hobby that can become more than just a past time. It's an outlet that not only brings relaxation, but also can lead to a side business venture. Those that sew create beautiful garments and accessories that many would love to purchase. With that in mind, those just starting out with this new hobby should consider several things before jumping in, head first. 

Sewing Terms |  Fabric Stores in Portland 

In a previous blog post, we offered key terms and definitions that will help you get started. Those terms were ones that are very important and easily misunderstood. Today, we offer a list of other terms that are common as well. These are ones you should slowly begin to learn while during your journey in to learning how to sew! If you have questions after this article, please feel free to contact our fabric stores in Portland!

  • Zips - Invisible zips
  • Zippered pockets
  • Zipper foot
  • Zig-zag stitching
  • Zig-zag machine
  • Yoke
  • Yoke
  • Yarn
  • Wrong side
  • Woven fabric
  • Worsted fabrics
  • Wool
  • Wickability
  • Whip stitch
  • Weft
  • Webbing
  • Warp
  • Walking Foot
  • Waistline
  • Voile
  • Viscose
  • Vintage
  • Vilene/Pellon interfacing
  • Vertical bobbin
  • Velveteen
  • Velvet
  • Upper thread sensor
  • Understitch (stitch in a ditch)
  • Two-way needle plate
  • Twin needle capability
  • Twill Tape
  • Tweed
  • Tulle
  • topstitch
  • Toile de Jouy
  • Toile
  • Thread Tracing
  • Thread Count
  • Tension
  • Tailors Ham
  • Taffeta
  • Taffeta
  • Tack
  • Symbol of sewing-machine presser foot
  • Sweep
  • Sweep
  • Sweep
  • Sweatshirting/sweatshirt fabric
  • swayback
  • Surah
  • Style line
  • Striped fabrics
  • Stretching treble-seaming
  • Stretching
  • Straight Stitch
  • Stole
  • Stitch in the Ditch
  • Staystitch
  • Stash
  • Smocking
  • Sloper
  • Sloper
  • Sizing
  • Single Repeat
  • Shirring
  • Sewing machine
  • sewbie
  • Serger and Over Locker
  • Selvage
  • Seam Allowance
  • Seam
  • Scissors
  • Satin stitch
  • Satin Stitch
  • Satin
  • Salwar Kameez
  • Safety pin
  • Saddle Stich
  • Running Stitch
  • Ruler or measuring tape?
  • Ruffler
  • Ruche
  • Rotary Cutter
  • Rolled-hemming stitches
  • Roll hem
  • Rivet
  • Rivet
  • Rise
  • Rip-stop nylon
  • Right sides
  • Right side/wrong side
  • RicRac
  • Rib-knit fabric
  • Ribbons
  • Rib weave
  • Rib knit
  • Reversible fabrics
  • Resiliency
  • Repellency
  • Rep or repp
  • Raschel knit
  • Ramie
  • Raglan sleeve
  • Quilting
  • Push-pull clutch system
  • Purl stitch
  • Prominent pattern
  • Princess Seam
  • Pressing/Ironing before cutting out
  • Presser foot
  • Preshrinking
  • Position fingers
  • Position brackets
  • Portable case
  • Poplin
  • Polyester
  • Polyamide
  • Polyacrylic
  • Pockets
  • Plus Size
  • Pleat
  • Placket
  • Placket
  • Pique
  • Pique
  • Piping
  • Pintuck
  • Pin cushion
  • Pin
  • Pilot cloth
  • Pill
  • Piling
  • Pile Weave
  • Pile Knit
  • Pile
  • Picot Edging
  • Petersham ribbon
  • Petal Sleeve
  • Peau de soie
  • Peau de soie
  • Pattern pieces - small pattern pieces
  • Pattern notcher
  • Pattern layout
  • Pattern display
  • Pattern
  • Patch pockets with flaps
  • Patch pockets
  • Papillon
  • Paper-backed fusible web
  • Pant
  • Panne Velvet
  • Paisley
  • Oxford
  • Overlock Sewing Machine
  • Overedging
  • Overcast
  • Organza
  • Organdy
  • Openwork
  • Olefin
  • Oak Tag
  • Nylon
  • Novelty Yarn
  • Notions
  • Notch
  • Newsboy Hat
  • Net
  • Needle Threader
  • Needle Storage
  • Needle clamps screws
  • Needle clamps
  • Needle Clamp Gib
  • Needle
  • Neatening/finishing raw edges
  • Nap
  • Nainsook
  • Muslin
  • Motor
  • Monogram
  • Monk’s cloth
  • Moiré
  • Mohair
  • Modacrylic Fiber
  • Mock Fly Front
  • Mitred/mitered corners
  • Micro-Fibres
  • Metallic Fiber
  • Metal conditioner
  • Mesh
  • Merino
  • Mercerization
  • Mending
  • Melton
  • Mechanical sewing machine
  • Measuring tape
  • Matelassé
  • Magnet cushion
  • Madras
  • Machine stitches

Ready to learn more? Visit back with our next blog post, as we will offer another list of terms to know, as well!

Josephine's Dry Goods | Fabric Stores in Portland

Interested in learning more about our fabric stores in Portland? Contact us! In addition to providing you with the finest fabrics and accessories, we also offer couture clothing services for those that aren’t able to create garments. We understand how busy life can be. That’s why we offer you a way to bring your visions for our fabrics to life, without having to take time out of your day to do so! We are excited to continue to offer you the following:

  • Liberty Fabric  (cotton lawns & poplins, silks, jerseys, wools & twills)
  • Creative trim
  • Distinctive ribbons
  • French laces
  • Inspiring knits
  • Italian wools
  • Japanese denim
  • Luxurious fabric blends
  • Scrumptious silks
  • The world’s finest linens
  • Unique buttons

You’ll fall in love with the designer fabrics we have readily available for you! We strive to inspire your creativity with the most quality materials available. To find out more about our fabric stores in Portland, prices and production schedule, be sure to call soon!