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Teach Yourself to Sew: Order Season 5 Now!

Teach Yourself to Sew: Order Season 5 Now!

The 5th season of our beginner sewing series is now available in our online store.

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Video: How to Make Thread Bars and Chains

Video: How to Make Thread Bars and Chains

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Watch to learn how to make thread bars and chains. These delicacies detain wayaward straps, linings and more.

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Layer Your Way to Pattern Adjustment Success

Layer Your Way to Pattern Adjustment Success

There is more than one way to adjust a pattern; some messier than others. The Joyce Simons Murphy, JSM, way is clean, easy to learn, and precise.

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How to Cut and Sew a Decorative Bias Facing

How to Cut and Sew a Decorative Bias Facing

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This technique makes bias facings a snap.

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15 Ways to Master Lining, Underlining, Facing and Interfacing

15 Ways to Master Lining, Underlining, Facing and Interfacing

Your garments can be equally beautiful on the inside and on the outside. We've curated a collection of 15 techniques, videos, and articles to help you master the inner details that give garments a complete and finished look.

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Underlining with Fusible Interfacing

Underlining with Fusible Interfacing

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Excellent fusible products make underlining a breeze and give your fabric and garments a boost.

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Pattern-Grading Basics

Pattern-Grading Basics

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How to scale a pattern from the size you have to the size you need.

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Use Couched Elastic to Create a Ruched Effect

Use Couched Elastic to Create a Ruched Effect

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Learn how to insert elastic into a garment to create a gathered effect.

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Sew Better with Staystitching Fundamentals

Sew Better with Staystitching Fundamentals

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Although one of my favorite parts of sewing is creating interesting surface design, I’m well aware that it’s the underpinning steps in the process that make a garment truly successful and wearable.

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6 Serger Secrets

6 Serger Secrets

Get the most out of your serger with these secrets and techniques.

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Video: Sew Perfect Collar Points

Video: Sew Perfect Collar Points

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There are all sorts of corners: 90-degree, 45-degree, and less—or more. Watch this video to achieve well-sewn outside corners, such as collar points.

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SewStylish Featured Giveaway!

SewStylish Featured Giveaway!

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You could win two awesome books that were both featured in the latest SewStylish magazine!

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Before You Hem a Bias Garment, Let the Fabric Hang Out

Before You Hem a Bias Garment, Let the Fabric "Hang Out"

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In "Teach Yourself to Sew: Bias basics," Threads #172 (April/May 2014) Julianne Bramson explains what bias is, how to choose the right fabric and pattern for a bias-cut design, and tips for sewing and handling these garments. Here, we share more information about bias fundamentals including why a bias-cut garment must hang before hemming.

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Where Do You Most Frequently Shop for Fabric?

Where Do You Most Frequently Shop for Fabric?

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Brick and mortar fabric stores are dwindling. Do you have a favorite?

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Quick Tips for Improving Your Stitches

Quick Tips for Improving Your Stitches

Those who sew are always on the lookout for ways to improve their garment sewing. Here are 3 incredibly helpful tips to improve your stitches.

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10 Good Sewing Tips and Tricks

10 Good Sewing Tips and Tricks

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First seen in our special issue Teach Yourself to Sew, Winter 2013, here are ten tips and tricks for every sewing enthusiast directly from the sewing community.

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How to Sew Pin Tucks

How to Sew Pin Tucks

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These easy instructions from "Tucks Made Simple," Threads #171, explain how to sew tiny pin tucks and then how to create intersecting pin tucks. Follow the steps and you'll create elegant and dainty pin tucks in no time.

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Video: How to Sew and Press Tucks

Video: How to Sew and Press Tucks

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Watch this video and learn how to fold, sew, and press tucks.

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Three Techniques to Reach Dart Points

Three Techniques to Reach Dart Points

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In Teach Youself to Sew, Threads #170, Sandra Miller shares some fabulous secrets for achieving great-looking darts. Here are three easy-to-follow techniques to reach the dart point for smooth results.

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Threads Essential Techniques: How to Sew a Pickstitch

Threads Essential Techniques: How to Sew a Pickstitch

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Watch this Threads Essential Techniques video tutorial from Threads #169, and learn how to make the classic pickstitch.

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