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Reader Tip: Gather with Clear Elastic

Reader Tip: Gather with Clear Elastic

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Here's a clever technique that produces exceptionally even gathering.

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Q&A: Travel Sewing Machine

Q&A: Travel Sewing Machine

Susan Khalje offers some thoughts on taking a sewing machine on an airplane.

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Cinch a Dress with an Elastic Waist

Cinch a Dress with an Elastic Waist

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Breathe new life into an ill-fitting garment by taking in the waist.

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21 Fabric Tips and Tricks

21 Fabric Tips and Tricks

There's no end to what you can learn about fabric. This collection of articles and videos helps demystify sewing with silks and knits, demonstrates how to identify fabric with a burn test, and even shows you how to dye fabric.

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Reader Tip: Use Big Graph Paper for Patternwork

Reader Tip: Use Big Graph Paper for Patternwork

If you're looking for the perfect material for copying patterns and making your own, look no further.

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Q&A: Sharpen Pinking Shears

Q&A: Sharpen Pinking Shears

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It can be hard to find someone who will sharpen your pinking shears. In this expert Q&A, Patricia Keay shares some thoughts about what to do in this situation.

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Video: Free-Motion Sewing with a Stitch Regulator

Video: Free-Motion Sewing with a Stitch Regulator

Watch to learn how a stitch regulator can help create even free-motion stitching.

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Video: Create a Slashed Opening With an Underlay

Video: Create a Slashed Opening With an Underlay

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Watch to learn how to take a simple placket to the next level.

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Video: An Alternative to Clipping Seam Allowances

Video: An Alternative to Clipping Seam Allowances

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For smooth edges along curves, skip clipping. Watch this video tutorial to see how this works.

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Video: Easy Seam Turning

Video: Easy Seam Turning

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This seam-turning technique is easy to follow and is perfect to use when creating pillows or items with a lining.

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Q&A: Shortening Pants for an Asymmetrical Figure

Q&A: Shortening Pants for an Asymmetrical Figure

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Fitting for an asymmetrical figure can be tough. Learn how to make pants that will fit any body shape.

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Q&A: Tween-Sized Patterns

Q&A: Tween-Sized Patterns

Find out what the best sources for tween patterns are.

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Video: A No-Bulk Elastic Join

Video: A No-Bulk Elastic Join

Learn a bulk-free method for joining two elastic ends.

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Reader Tip: Cornstarch Paste Makes Bold Marks

Reader Tip: Cornstarch Paste Makes Bold Marks

Give this method for marking fabric a try for a bold mark that is easily removed.

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Catching Up With Designer Terry Fox

Catching Up With Designer Terry Fox

The British designer finds her next calling in sewing education.

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Kenneth D. Kings Print Mixing Principles

Kenneth D. King's Print Mixing Principles

A proven formula for stylish combinations.

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Video: How to Clip Curves Accurately

Video: How to Clip Curves Accurately

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Watch to learn an alternative method for clipping seam allowance curves accurately.

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Video: How to Thread Woolly Nylon

Video: How to Thread Woolly Nylon

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Watch video to learn an easy way to thread your serger with this slightly fuzzy, stretchy thread.

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Threads Sewing Tips

Threads Sewing Tips

In this video series, we share clever reader-submitted tips to help improve your sewing.

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Video: Color-Code Pleat Marking Lines

Video: Color-Code Pleat Marking Lines

Threads Sewing Tips: Easy Pleat-Marking Technique When you're making a garment with many sets of parallel pleats, it can be difficult to differentiate between marked pleat lines and foldlines.

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