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Every issue of Threads features techniques perfect for any skill level. To help grow your sewing talents, we've created a series of web-only videos bringing to life some of the most essential techniques seen in our pages.

In this video series, you'll find an array of techniques we feel are important in cultivating a well-rounded set of sewing skills. No matter what your proficiency level is, you'll find something that's just right for you.

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thread a twin needle  

How to Thread a Twin Needle
Threads #183

Sewing with a twin needle is an easy way to create beautiful embellishments on garments from even the simplest machine stitches. Learn how to set up your sewing machine to use a twin needle.

tailor's board  

How to Use a Tailor's Board
Threads #183

Pressing is one of the most important aspects of garment sewing. There are many tools to help you achieve well-pressed clothes - one of them is a tailor's board.

knife and box pleats  

How to Fold Knife and Box Pleats
Threads #182

This web extra from "Pleat to Measure," Threads #182, we show you how to use the templates to mark the pleat foldlines, and then how to fold the pleats.

repair stray snip  

How to Repair a Stray Snip
Threads #181

Stray snips, cuts, and holes in fabric often happen in the least desirable or convenient spots on fabric. Sometimes they go unnoticed until you've cut your garment pieces and are ready to sew. Find out how to turn this potential disaster into a design feature by camouflaging it with stitches.

hand rolled hem  

Sew a Hand-Rolled Hem
Threads #180

Special Projects Editor Stephani L. Miller demonstrates an easy-to-follow method for sewing a hand-rolled hem. This technique is an excellent choice for hemming fine and delicate fabrics.

sew lace seams  

How to Sew Lace Seams
Threads #179

When sewing lace garments, you'll want to steer clear of any seam allowances showing through. To help you create the illusion of no seams, we're going to demonstrate two different techniques for sewing lace seams, by machine or by hand.

running stitch topstitching  

Create Topstitching with Running Stitches
Threads #179

We reviewed Simplicity Threads 1103 pattern. This dress pattern comes in four variations and we tested the short-sleeved version. Watch this Threads Essential Techniques video tutorial to learn how to create hand-worked topstitching with a running stitch, as seen on the test garment.

welt pocket


How to Sew a Welt Patch Pocket
Threads #178

It's a scary proposition to cut a welt pocket opening through an almost-finished garment. Instead, try adding a welt pocket on a patch pocket. Watch this video tutorial to learn an easy, expert way to cut the welt opening without cutting through your garment.

sleeve head


How to Sew and Install a Sleeve Head
Threads #178

Sleeve heads help to fill, shape, and stabilize jacket shoulders. Watch this video tutorial to learn a simple and quick way to sew and install sleeve heads. This small addition can take any jacket from ordinary to stunning in a small amount of time.

thread bars and chains


How to Make Thread Bars and Chains
Threads #177

In this video tutorial we bring Claire Shaeffer's method to life to demonstrate how these delicacies are sewn. Once you've mastered the techniques you'll be able to detain wayward straps, linings, and more



How to Embellish Knits with Rhinestones and More
Threads #176

Watch this video tutorial to discover three methods of adding shine to your knit garments. As a bonus, we've included a downloable guide.

how to sew knits


How to Sew Knits
Threads #176

Learn which machines, needles, and stitches are best suited for particular knit types. You'll also learn a foolproof technique for stabilizing shoulder seams on knits, how to handle necklines on knit garments, and how to sew a durable hand stich for hemming knits.

collar points


Sew Perfect Collar Points
Threads #175

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.

silamide thread


Meet Silamide Thread
Threads #174

Watch this quick video to learn about waxed silamide thread and its uses.

figure eight stitch


How to Sew a Figure Eight Stitch
Threads #173

Watch this video demonstration of how to sew a figure-eight stitch using techniques by Claire Shaeffer.

bind a sheer edge


How to Bind a Sheer Edge
Threads #172

Binding the edges of sheer fabrics is easier than you think with our fast technique.

sew and press tucks


How to Sew and Press Tucks
Threads #171

Learn how to sew straight tucks and press these delicate folds.

machine bead a design


How to Machine-Bead a Design
Threads #170

Watch and learn how easy it is to machine-bead any design.

bead a motif


How to Bead a Motif with a Template
Threads #169

Bead a beautiful motif using a freezer paper template.



How to Sew a Pickstitch
Threads #169

Watch and learn how to make the classic pickstitch with ease.

marble fabric with shaving cream


How to Marble Fabric with Shaving Cream
Threads #168

Create beautiful marbled patterns with this simple method.

burn testing for fabric identification


Burn Testing for Fabric Identification
Threads #168

Learn how to burn and read the ashes for some common fiber types.

sew a blind hem


How to Sew a Blind Hem
Threads #167

Learn how to sew a blind hem on both, standard and industrial
sewing machines.

serge seam allowances


How to Serge Seam Allowances
Threads #166

Serging works on nearly any fabric. It can also trim the seam
allowances as it stitches.

sew a french seam


How to Sew a French Seam
Threads #166

French seams work best on sheer, lightweight fabrics.

sew a stitch and pink seam finish


Sew a Stitch and Pink Seam Finish
Threads #165

Stitch and pink seam allowances with theses step-by-step instructions.

sew single-fold finished seams


Sew Single-Fold Finished Seams
Threads #165

Follow these steps for creating a single-fold clean finish seam.

stitch together seam allowances


How to Stitch Together Seam-Allowances
Threads #165

Watch and learn how to create a stitch together seam finish.

Check back after every new issue to find the latest Threads Essential Techniques video.

Comments (3)

rhodeanie rhodeanie writes: These are so helpful! Thank you!
Posted: 5:48 pm on April 28th

ardiemae ardiemae writes: I wish I had these ideas a few years ago while doing alterations on purchased clothing. It would have made my life a whole lot easier. :-)

Posted: 11:04 am on February 18th

user-2418800 user-2418800 writes: These are all wonderful skills to have and this series of videos is the ultimate in usable information. Thank you for posting these.
Posted: 12:21 pm on January 16th

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