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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

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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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

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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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