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November 2014 Expert Chat: Kenneth D. King

November 2014 Expert Chat: Kenneth D. King

Couturier and Threads contributing editor Kenneth D. King answers your sewing questions.

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Video: How to Sew Knits

Video: How to Sew Knits

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Discover the joy of sewing knits with these easy-to-follow tips and techniques.

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How to Align Stripes Across a Seam

How to Align Stripes Across a Seam

Strategies to match lines across seams.

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Preserve Your Precious Fabrics

Preserve Your Precious Fabrics

Useful tips to manage and maintain your stash.

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Fix Shoulder Width and Sleeve Length in One Alteration

Fix Shoulder Width and Sleeve Length in One Alteration

Correct the shoulder width and the sleeve length in one smooth operation.

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Video: How to Stabilize a Thread Spool

Video: How to Stabilize a Thread Spool

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This great tip will help keep your thread spool from rolling away from you while handsewing.

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Q&A: Stitch a Shirt Hem That Wont Roll Up

Q&A: Stitch a Shirt Hem That Won't Roll Up

Your garment hems will be better than ever.

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Tip: Make a Beading Frame

Tip: Make a Beading Frame

This simple trick will keep your beads where they ought to be and make beading a breeze.

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Sewing Tip: Turn Corners Right-Side-Out

Sewing Tip: Turn Corners Right-Side-Out

A nice, crisp corner can turn a garment from good to great.

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Take a Tour Inside a Chic Couture Skirt

Take a Tour Inside a Chic Couture Skirt

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A skirt found in a Parisian flea market consignment shop was full of charming touches. Here, I'll give you a tour inside this tweed skirt taking a close look at its construction details found in an unexpected places.

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Secure a Coat Lining

Secure a Coat Lining

Sew sturdy tabs to keep a coat's layers in line.

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Video: Prevent Disappearing Ink From Vanishing Too Soon

Video: Prevent Disappearing Ink From Vanishing Too Soon

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Watch this quick video to discover a clever trick that will help keep your marks from disappearing.

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Introducing Quick Stuff to Quilt

Introducing "Quick Stuff to Quilt"

See what's inside this quilting special issue.

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Video: Make a Thimble Liner From a Rubber Fingertip

Video: Make a Thimble Liner From a Rubber Fingertip

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Keep your thimble from slipping off your fingertip with this quick video tip.

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Video: Create a Folding Design Board

Video: Create a Folding Design Board

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A folding screen can double as a design board for sewing projects. Follow along as Threads Executive Editor Judith Neukam shows you how to make your own.

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Two Understitching Techniques

Two Understitching Techniques

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Discover two more understitching methods in this Web extra from SewStylish Fall 2014.

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Video: Use Elastic to Space Buttons

Video: Use Elastic to Space Buttons

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See how easy it can be to space buttons and buttonholes with this quick tip from Threads.

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Video: Two Great Marking Tips

Video: Two Great Marking Tips

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Sewers have a multitude of ways to mark their fabric. Watch this quick video to learn two handy tips for marking fabrics and patterns.

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Video: DIY Faux-Velvet Board

Video: DIY Faux-Velvet Board

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See how easy and inexpensive it can be to create your own faux-velvet board with this quick video tip from Threads.

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Video: Make Your Own Tailors Pressing Tool

Video: Make Your Own Tailor's Pressing Tool

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To get the perfect seam finish on wool fabrics, a steam iron isn't always enough. Watch this quick video tip to learn how to make your own dauber to help press seams on wool garments.

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