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Color Correction

Color Correction

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Fashion designer Angela Wolf offers tips for transforming your garments and fabrics with dyes.

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A Fix for a Baggy Seat

A Fix for a Baggy Seat

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Here is a better way to alter pants to decrease a baggy seat.

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Creating a Minifacing

Creating a Minifacing

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Mini-facings, right in the corners of a square neckline, stabilize angled seams without needing separate facings.

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Last Minute Thanksgiving Ideas

Last Minute Thanksgiving Ideas

The bustle of the Thanksgiving holiday doesn't leave much time for garment sewing, so here are a few last-minute decorating ideas, cooking fixes, and some ways to save on your holiday shopping.

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Sneak Peek at Its Sew Easy Season 2

Sneak Peek at "It's Sew Easy" Season 2

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The PBS sewing series resumes in December - here's what's coming up!

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The Big Finish - Completing the Fantasy Fur Jacket

The Big Finish - Completing the Fantasy Fur Jacket

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The final installment to the epic series of posts on making this hairy beast! We'll be covering lining the jacket, as well as final details in this post.

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How to Add Texture and Shape to Garments

How to Add Texture and Shape to Garments

Add texture and shape to the simplest garments with just a twist.

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Bad Sewing Habits

Bad Sewing Habits

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Even the smallest bad sewing habits can make it harder to get great results. Is time management the real culprit?

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DVD GIVEAWAY: Threads Magazine Archive, 1985-2011

DVD GIVEAWAY: Threads Magazine Archive, 1985-2011

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Leave a comment to win computer access to all Threads issues through issue #158.

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Corsets from the Hardware Store!

Corsets from the Hardware Store!

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Some of my students told me of using zip ties as a substitute for whalebone in corsets, and--it works!

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BOOK GIVEAWAY: Couture Sewing Techniques by Claire B. Shaeffer

BOOK GIVEAWAY: "Couture Sewing Techniques" by Claire B. Shaeffer

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Claire Shaeffer's latest book is a must-have for any dedicated sewer

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Creating a Back Neck Facing for a Garment

Creating a Back Neck Facing for a Garment

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Many garment patterns don’t include a back neck facing. But try creating this ‘clean finish’ to turn the collar under from shoulder seam to shoulder seam across the neckline of the back of the garment.

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Shape a Sleeve with this Easy Fold-Over Placket

Shape a Sleeve with this Easy Fold-Over Placket

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You can use this trick when you’re making something from scratch or when you want to alter an existing garment.

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Style adaptations are a must when sewing for the disabled

Style adaptations are a must when sewing for the disabled

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If you sew for someone who is handicapped, design tips can make a huge difference

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Hanging a Garment Properly

Hanging a Garment Properly

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Certainly, the lion's share of making a garment is in the designing, the fitting and the sewing - but there are always a few little finishing details to take care of, and among those is how to hang the finished item just the right way.

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Installing the Front Band to the Fantasy Fur Jacket

Installing the Front Band to the Fantasy Fur Jacket

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Here's the next installment in the continuing series, installing the front band to the fantasy fur jacket.

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Add Gradual Width

Add Gradual Width

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Adjust your pattern for the perfect fit.

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Favorite Sewing Blogs and Websites

Favorite Sewing Blogs and Websites

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If I can learn something from another sewer's experiences (be they mishaps or triumphs or simple tutorials), it's a good day. That's why I peruse so many online sewing blogs, from personal sewers' blogs to those of bigger organizations.

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Creating Perfect Bias Fabric Loops

Creating Perfect Bias Fabric Loops

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It's all in the details (well, not all of it), but an otherwise nicely-made garment can be spoiled by less-than-perfect finishing touches. Here's a guide to creating perfect fabric loops.

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A New Improved Seam Roll

A New Improved Seam Roll

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I love pressing over a seam roll. Here's how to make a new and improved version!

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