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Double Bias Length Extension

Double Bias Length Extension

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Extend your sleeves with bias fabric insets. This technique could also be used to extend the hem of a pair of pants or add interest to a straight skirt.

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Prevent Stray Bobbin Threads

Prevent Stray Bobbin Threads

Use hair elastics to help keep thread on your bobbins.

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Sewing Books Crop Up for the Kindle

Sewing Books Crop Up for the Kindle

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Yes, there are sewing guides to read on the Kindle, and they're getting better

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Spike Your Hand-Sewing Thread

Spike Your Hand-Sewing Thread

When hand-sewing, I use a bill spike to hold my spool of thread. They are available in stationery-supply catalogs. It helps keep my spool of thread readily accessible without rolling away but gives...

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Sheath a tracing-wheel blade

Sheath a tracing-wheel blade

Use a toothbrush holder as a handy storage place for tracing wheels.

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The Fortuny Shirt

The Fortuny Shirt

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I came into a large piece of Fortuny printed cotton recently. I chose to make a shirt, which presented a challenge when finishing the armhole.

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Perfect Narrow Mitered Corners

Perfect Narrow Mitered Corners

Use this method for easy-to-sew, professional-looking corners.

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Fabric U Puts a World of Fabric at Your Fingertips

Fabric U Puts a World of Fabric at Your Fingertips

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App for iPhones and iPads offers is an on-the-go guide to fabric

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Silicone Hem Guides

Silicone Hem Guides

Create iron-friendly pressing guides using recycled potholders.

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Thread Bars

Thread Bars

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There are lots of options for closures, and thread bars are often overlooked. Best of all, they're nice and sturdy, and fun to make, too.

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Hair elastics for closures

Hair elastics for closures

Hair elastics make excellent button loops, and they’re perfect for many other embellishments as well. I use a simple circle elastic joined with crimped metal, glue, or stitching. The elastics...

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Looped button closure

Looped button closure

To make an interesting button closure, I start with a small standard buttonhole (about 3⁄8 inch long), one for each closure. I tie a 3- to 5-inch piece of decorative ribbon, rope, or thin...

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Add style and flair with pleats

Add style and flair with pleats

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In a recent 'snoop' shopping trip I was noticing a series of pleats at the waist areas in blouses, shirts, and lightweight jackets.

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Easy seam-allowance guide

Easy seam-allowance guide

A rubber band around the base of my sewing machine is an excellent way to temporarily mark a wider-than-usual seam allowance. It’s easy to follow and stays in place securely, but itrsquos...

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iPod App Tracks Your Fabric Stash

iPod App Tracks Your Fabric Stash

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One little program offers a way to sort and search a mountain of material

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Used-needle identification

Used-needle identification

Some projects require that you change needles after you’ve used them briefly, e.g., switch from a lightweight needle to a heavyweight one. To know if a needle is slightly used or brand new, I...

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Tepee relaxes magnetic pull

Tepee relaxes magnetic pull

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My magnetic pin holder secures my silk pins so tightly that it’s difficult to remove them, so I push a knitting needle or stiletto under the pins to sculpt them into a tepee shape. Then I can...

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Sewing Perfect Matchpoints on Intersecting Seams

Sewing Perfect Matchpoints on Intersecting Seams

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Lining up intersecting seams can be tricky - despite careful pinning, things often shift. Here are a few techniques to improve your results!

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Sewing tools from the art- and office-supply store

Sewing tools from the art- and office-supply store

On my latest forays to art- and office-supply stores, I found some useful marking and cleaning tools. While a lot of sewers know the virtues of drafting tape—it’s inexpensive, can be...

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Video: How to Sew a Dart

Video: How to Sew a Dart

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Learn how to sew different types of darts in this new episode of our beginner sewing series.

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