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Tip: Upcycled Tincushions

Tip: Upcycled "Tincushions"

Easily create cute pincushions from tuna cans to match your personal preferences.

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Q&A: Where to Place Bust-Dart Points

Q&A: Where to Place Bust-Dart Points

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Sarah Veblen shares a wealth of information about bust darts.

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How to Repair a Stray Snip

How to Repair a Stray Snip

Watch this quick Threads Essential Techniques video for a creative solution to accidental fabric cuts.

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8 Ways to Make a Custom Dress Form

8 Ways to Make a Custom Dress Form

Making your very own personalized dress form will make fitting a breeze. Try these techniques and see which one you like best.

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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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9 Ideas to Decorate your Sewing Room

9 Ideas to Decorate your Sewing Room

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See how our authors adorn their spaces.

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Tip: Portable Sewing Supply Station

Tip: Portable Sewing Supply Station

For those of us without a dedicated sewing room, a toolbox on wheels is a great way to bring notions from room to room safely and conveniently.

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Q&A: Sewing Machine Prices Then and Now

Q&A: Sewing Machine Prices Then and Now

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Sometimes it seems as if modern sewing machines can be very expensive. How expensive were they, comparatively, when they first became household items?

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Q&A: Is Fabric Pilling Avoidable?

Q&A: Is Fabric Pilling Avoidable?

What is the cause of fabric pilling and how can it be prevented? An expert explains.

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The Perfect Blouse DVD Giveaway

The Perfect Blouse DVD Giveaway

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Two lucky Threads readers have the opportunity to win in this great giveaway!

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Pad a Dress Form to Your True Body Shape

Pad a Dress Form to Your True Body Shape

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Dress forms have lovely, firm shapes, with perfectly lifted breasts--which is wonderful if you have a similar build. However, they are not like “real” bodies, especially if you have any extra body weight. Learn how you can customize your dress form with household objects.

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Threads Reader Tips

Threads Reader Tips

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These fabulous sewing tips are worth trying.

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Four Prize Giveaway Winner!

Four Prize Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations to this week's giveaway winner!

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Tip: Use Painters Tape on Napped Fabric

Tip: Use Painter's Tape on Napped Fabric

This little tip can be a big help when you need to consider the direction of napped fabric during piecing.

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Make a Removable Button Strip

Make a Removable Button Strip

Put your delicate closures on a removable band.

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Create Topstitching with Running Stitches

Create Topstitching with Running Stitches

Learn how to use a simple, hand-sewn stitch to make bold topstitching.

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Tailoring with Felted Wool, Part 3: How to Add Facings

Tailoring with Felted Wool, Part 3: How to Add Facings

Now that the body of the felted wool "bark" coat is together, the collar and facings need to be attached.

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Sewing Tip: How to Decide Whether to Staystitch Knits

Sewing Tip: How to Decide Whether to Staystitch Knits

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You don't always need to staystitch when using a knit fabric. Find out when it is necessary in this sewing tip from Threads #178.

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How to Attach Appliques Across Curved Seams

How to Attach Appliques Across Curved Seams

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If you're appliquéing a net garment and intend to place any of the appliqués so that they overlap the garment seams, there's a special method for attaching them. Read on to find out how.

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Sewing Tip: How and Why to Sew Directionally

Sewing Tip: How and Why to Sew Directionally

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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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