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Sewing Tip: How and Why to Sew Directionally

Sewing Tip: How and Why to Sew Directionally

This handy sewing tip from Threads #178 helps you get both sides of the garment to stay the same length throughout the construction process.

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Zipper Basics: Sliders and Stops

Zipper Basics: Sliders and Stops

This information is essential for anyone who wants to be sure they're approaching zippers the right way.

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Tip: Color-Code Patterns for Easy Access

Tip: Color-Code Patterns for Easy Access

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With this easy little trick, finding the pattern you're looking for will no longer be a chore.

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Sewing Tip: Gathering Mid- to Heavyweight Fabrics

Sewing Tip: Gathering Mid- to Heavyweight Fabrics

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This simple tip will make sure you're gathering fabrics the right way.

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Create Elegant Dyed Designs on Silk

Create Elegant Dyed Designs on Silk

Use a resist to create artistic designs with dye.

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Sewing for Beginners: 23 Tips and Techniques You Should Know

Sewing for Beginners: 23 Tips and Techniques You Should Know

Improve your sewing skills with this collection of expert tips and techniques.

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Best of Louise Cutting

Best of Louise Cutting

21 of Louise Cutting's most timeless articles are now together in one place.

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2014 in Review: Top 21 Most Watched Sewing Videos

2014 in Review: Top 21 Most Watched Sewing Videos

This end-of-year roundup puts 2014's most popular instructional videos in one place. Start off 2015 by adding a few techniques to your sewing arsenal.

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Make & Use Thread Bars and Chains

Make & Use Thread Bars and Chains

Delicately detain wayward straps, linings, and more.

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Create Innovative Garments from Ordinary Shirts

Create Innovative Garments from Ordinary Shirts

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Upcycle yesterday’s fashions into original garments.

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Sewing Tip: Block-Fuse Interfacing to Facings

Sewing Tip: Block-Fuse Interfacing to Facings

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An easier way of dealing with fusible interfacing.

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Tip: Close an Opening Easily

Tip: Close an Opening Easily

No longer will you struggle when sewing an opening closed on a project that you turn right side out.

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Notions: Organization Solutions

Notions: Organization Solutions

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This collection of modular furniture is the ultimate way to stay organized as a sewer.

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Notions: Magnetic Wristband

Notions: Magnetic Wristband

This solution to lost pins is clever and convenient. You can store needles, safety pins, and paper clips, too.

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How to Match Plaid Across a Seam

How to Match Plaid Across a Seam

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No-fail techniques for precise matching.

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Ideas for Attaching Fagoted Rouleau

Ideas for Attaching Fagoted Rouleau

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Bias tubes and fagoting create beautiful trims and medallions.

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Video: Double Your Tape Measure

Video: Double Your Tape Measure

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Get the most out of your measuring tape with this There's a Better Way quick tip from Threads.

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8 Top Lace Tips

8 Top Lace Tips

Discover eight fabulous tips for sewing and designing with fine lace.

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How to Turn Ready-made Bras into Strapless Dress Support

How to Turn Ready-made Bras into Strapless Dress Support

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Rescue your strapless dresses and tops to get the support you need with these five techniques in this web extra from "Party Dresses" (Winter 2014).

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Video: Quiet Serge

Video: Quiet Serge

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Watch this quick video tip to learn how to keep your serger from moving during use.

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