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Reader Tip: Tame Your Embroidery Floss

Reader Tip: Tame Your Embroidery Floss

Wind embroidery floss on these special spools for a collection that will not tangle.

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How to Pin

How to Pin

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Let's talk pins. We're referring to those essential little notions that hold fabric pieces together as you sew and may stick you on occasion.

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Improve Your Sewing with 4 Specialized Measuring Tools

Improve Your Sewing with 4 Specialized Measuring Tools

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Break away from the straight and narrow and learn about some unique and helpful measuring tools.

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Quick Tips for Sewing Under the Gun

Quick Tips for Sewing Under the Gun

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The steps I take to set up for speedy sewing

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Preorder Sandra Betzinas All New Fabric Savvy book

Preorder Sandra Betzina's "All New Fabric Savvy" book

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Check out Sandra Betzina's updated "Fabric Savvy" book.

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Vintage Sewing Tools: The Singer Bound Buttonhole Maker

Vintage Sewing Tools: The Singer Bound Buttonhole Maker

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If you've seen this tool but never knew what it was for, here's the answer.

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Profiles in Sewing: Meet Bonnie Simmons, Simplicity Pattern Groups Senior Design Director

Profiles in Sewing: Meet Bonnie Simmons, Simplicity Pattern Group's Senior Design Director

Meet the creative mind behind Simplicity’s diverse designs.

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Reader Tip: Nail Polish Makes Notions Match

Reader Tip: Nail Polish Makes Notions Match

Nail polish can be used for a wide variety of things in the sewing room.

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Video: Expert Tips for Faced Edges

Video: Expert Tips for Faced Edges

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Use these expert tips to create professional-looking faced edges.

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5 Tips for Organizing Your Fabric Stash

5 Tips for Organizing Your Fabric Stash

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Take a hands-on approach to managing your textiles.

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Video: Shape Bias Tape with an Iron

Video: Shape Bias Tape with an Iron

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Bias tape may be best known for its flexibility. This versatile material can easily follow any curve, and that's why it's so useful for finishing armholes, necklines, and other shaped edges.

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Q&A: How a Walking Foot Works

Q&A: How a Walking Foot Works

Learn all about the walking foot, its main uses, and whether you should have one.

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How to Make a Mitered Pocket Welt

How to Make a Mitered Pocket Welt

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This free pattern produces a smooth welt with bulk-free ends.

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Video - Essential Tools: Measuring Tapes

Video - Essential Tools: Measuring Tapes

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Threads Contributing Editor Judith Neukam shares essential information about measuring tapes and offers clever tips for taking two measurements.

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Reader Tip: Press Ribbons with a Flat Iron

Reader Tip: Press Ribbons with a Flat Iron

You don't have to take out your ironing board to press ribbons with this handy tip.

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Video: Quick Tip for Labeling Your Serger

Video: Quick Tip for Labeling Your Serger

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If you own a serger whose dials are not labeled or are faded, use this tip instead of being at the mercy of your manual.

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Video: Quick Tip for Clipping Short Threads

Video: Quick Tip for Clipping Short Threads

Conquer your fear of thread clipping with this quick tip.

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Video - Fitting: Key Pattern Adjustments

Video - Fitting: Key Pattern Adjustments

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In this video, Threads contributing editor Judith Neukam walks you through two important pattern alterations that can simplify the fitting process.

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Change a Sleeve Pattern to Add a Quilted Cuff

Change a Sleeve Pattern to Add a Quilted Cuff

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See Angela Wolf's pattern change for the SewStylish 1467 jacket

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9 Zipper Installation Techniques

9 Zipper Installation Techniques

Take the mystery out of installing zippers with these 9 techniques. You'll learn how to install lapped zippers, exposed zippers, replace zippers and more.

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