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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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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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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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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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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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Q&A: Travel Sewing Machine

Q&A: Travel Sewing Machine

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

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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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The Case of the Sewing Solutions: Dye Disasters Disaster

The Case of the "Sewing Solutions: Dye Disasters" Disaster

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What does Threads do when an article technique doesn't pan out? We figure out why, find a replacement, and soldier on. But even techniques that we couldn’t make work might still offer solutions to other sewers.

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Video: Install a Folded Nylon-Coil Zipper

Video: Install a Folded Nylon-Coil Zipper

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This zipper technique is useful in bag and garment applications. We also demonstrate something unique about nylon-coil zipper teeth: They work in either direction.

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Video: How to Strengthen Thread for Hand Sewing

Video: How to Strengthen Thread for Hand Sewing

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Ruth Ciemnoczolowski shows you a simple way of adding stability to your hand-sewing thread.

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Video: How to Thread a Twin Needle

Video: How to Thread a Twin Needle

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Learn how to set up your sewing machine to use a twin needle.

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Tip: Custom Repair Kits

Tip: Custom Repair Kits

Create a unique repair kit for each new garment for quick, no-compromise fixes.

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Video: How to Use a Tailors Board

Video: How to Use a Tailor's Board

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Many professionals use a tailor's board to achieve crisp, well-pressed garments. Learn the various ways to use this specialized tool for better pressing.

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Six Thread Types that Add Variety to Your Projects

Six Thread Types that Add Variety to Your Projects

Try fun options to take your sewing to the next level.

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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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Tip: Portable Sewing Supply Station

Tip: Portable Sewing Supply Station

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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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Reader Tip: Color-Code Patterns for Easy Access

Reader 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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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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