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Tapering or Widening Pants

Tapering or Widening Pants

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Tapering and Widening pants involves more than just adjusting the leg seams; learn how to make a custom fit.

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To Get the Right Armhole, Fit the Bodice

To Get the Right Armhole, Fit the Bodice

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Learn how to successfully fit an armhole by using a muslin; Adjust bust, back, and shoulder—and your armhole almost takes care of itself.

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The Great Elastic Waistband

The Great Elastic Waistband

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Sewing professionals and designers share their secrets for comfortable, fashionable waistbands.

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Everyone Can Have Jeans that Fit

Everyone Can Have Jeans that Fit

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

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Bag Your Jacket Lining

Bag Your Jacket Lining

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This ready-to-wear method of inserting a lining gives the fastest and most professional-looking results.

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Bra-Making Sources by Mail

Bra-Making Sources by Mail

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If you want to make a custom bra, you'll need patterns as well as elastic, hook closures, rings, slides, and more. Here are some companies that sell what you need.

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The Bra Dilemma Solved

The Bra Dilemma Solved

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Once you select your style and perfect the fit, you can sew your own custom bra again and again.

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Seam Finishes for Silks

Seam Finishes for Silks

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Tame the slinkiest of fabrics with these finishing techniques: French seam, double zigzag, turned and stitched seam, Hong Kong seam, and serged seam.

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Video: A Neckline Binding for Knits

Video: A Neckline Binding for Knits

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As when attaching a turtleneck, you divide the neckline and binding each into quarters, then stretch the binding to fit the neckline. Watch this video to learn how.

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Ralph Ruccis Double-Cloth Seams

Ralph Rucci's Double-Cloth Seams

Follow these step-by-step drawings and incorporate a couturier technique in your own garments.

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Grade Your Pants for a Perfect Fit

Grade Your Pants for a Perfect Fit

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If you've succeeded sizing your pattern to make a pair of pants that fit, you can record your changes on these downloadable planning sheets.

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Video: A Turtleneck Finish for Knits

Video: A Turtleneck Finish for Knits

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Create a smooth, professional-looking edge that stretches.

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Sewing In a Zipper

Sewing In a Zipper

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Learn now to install centered, lapped, and invisible zippers, along with some helpful tips regardless of the type of zipper or insertion method you choose.

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Smooth Curved Seam

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A tip for sewing a convex curved piece to a concave curved piece

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Zipper Finishing Made Easy

Use machine-basting and quilter's tape to sew a perfect zipper

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Hemmer Foot for Piping

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A hemmer foot allows for easier adjustment and better stitching

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Drawstrings that Stretch

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Elastic drawstrings make clothing more comfortable to wear and more accomodating to minor weight changes

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Mirror Image Pleats

Notch the pleat positions on both the skirt and the waistband in order to get equally deep and evenly-spaced pleats.

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Perfect Thread Tension Every Time

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Perfect your tension setting by having the top and bobbin threads break in exactly the same place

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Speaking of Buttons

A simple zigzag stitch allows you to sew lots of buttons by machine in half the time

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