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Reader Tip: Stitch Sharp Corners

Reader Tip: Stitch Sharp Corners

A secret for sharp corners, sew skinny piping with an unexpected foot.

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Change a Sleeve Pattern to Add a Quilted, Zippered Cuff

Change a Sleeve Pattern to Add a Quilted, Zippered Cuff

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

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Reader Tip: Fit With a Stapler

Reader Tip: Fit With a Stapler

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Fitting without a partner can be tricky - unless you've got a stapler to work with.

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Q&A: Proper Sequence for Pattern Adjustments

Q&A: Proper Sequence for Pattern Adjustments

This expert advice will help you adjust patterns the proper way.

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Video: Offset Stitching for Smooth Piping

Video: Offset Stitching for Smooth Piping

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Threads has published lots of great advice on how to get great results for piping. Here is a tip for sewing a ripple-free piped edge.

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Video: Grade to Reduce Bulk in a Piped Seam

Video: Grade to Reduce Bulk in a Piped Seam

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If you're looking to add a design detail to a garment, turn to piping. Watch this Threads Essential Techniques video for a great tip on grading a piped seam.

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Video: How to Press Shaped Edges

Video: How to Press Shaped Edges

You can make any garment special by adding shaped edges. Watch to learn how to press these curved details.

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How to Draft an Action-Back Pattern Piece

How to Draft an Action-Back Pattern Piece

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This vintage jacket has some interesting detail. The feature I like most is known as the "action back." Follow along to learn how to draft this detail.

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21 Fabric Tips and Tricks You Should Know

21 Fabric Tips and Tricks You Should Know

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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9 Ways to Make a Custom Dress Form

9 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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Video: How to Sew a Scarf with a Hidden Pocket

Video: How to Sew a Scarf with a Hidden Pocket

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Learn a clever technique for adding a secret pocket to a scarf.

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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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16 Smart Sewing Tips from Professor King

16 Smart Sewing Tips from Professor King

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Techniques and advice to boost your sewing skills.

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Four Smart Ways to Finish a Facing Edge

Four Smart Ways to Finish a Facing Edge

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In Threads #185 (June/July 2016), Daryl Lancaster teaches the essentials of drafting and installing facings. Learn the best ways to finish those facing edges.

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Tips for Sewing a Pickstitched Lapped Zipper in a Faced Edge

Tips for Sewing a Pickstitched Lapped Zipper in a Faced Edge

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It's easy to install a hand-stitched lapped zipper in garments. Here's how to do so with a facing.

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Serger Darts for Knits

Serger Darts for Knits

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Serger expert and instructor Pamela Leggett shares her technique for achieving great-looking darts in knits using a serger.

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Tip: Divide Measurements Easily

Tip: Divide Measurements Easily

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Discover a handy trick for evenly dividing a measured length.

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Zipper Basics: Sliders and Stops

Zipper Basics: Sliders and Stops

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This information is essential for anyone who wants to be sure they're approaching zippers the right way.

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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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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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