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A Minimalist Finish for No-Fray Fabrics

A Minimalist Finish for No-Fray Fabrics

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Sometimes it’s best to let the fabric do the talking and with just a little help it can turn into a stunning oration.

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Use Lint Roller Scraps From Your Sewing Room To Make Unique Cards

Use Lint Roller Scraps From Your Sewing Room To Make Unique Cards

When I finish a sewing project, I clean my sewing-room floor with an adhesive lint roller. When my lint roller’s outer layer becomes full of threads and lint, I affix it to folded card stock, creating a unique note card.

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Needle Me: Pick the right needle and thread

Needle Me: Pick the right needle and thread

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Take a fresh look at some old sewing rules with these thread and needle tips.

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Installing a Decorative Zipper

Installing a Decorative Zipper

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This installation is a little different - the zipper is placed into a partially-sewn seam.

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Recycle plastic trays from the supermarket

Recycle plastic trays from the supermarket

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Empty plastic foam trays from the supermarket make great sewing notion storage for your workspace.

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New Use for Tailors Chalk

New Use for Tailor's Chalk

Place one triangular piece of tailor's chalk in a box with your silver jewelry to keep it tarnish-free.

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How to Make Loops in Soutache Braid

How to Make Loops in Soutache Braid

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Learn how to make small loops in soutache braid lie perfectly flat for elegant embellishment details.

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Machine Quilt a Supple and Stylish Garment

Machine Quilt a Supple and Stylish Garment

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Here’s a way to eliminate the bulk and accentuate the detail when you make a quilted jacket.

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Easy Turning Through the Seam

Easy Turning Through the Seam

Whether you're making a pillow or a sash, use this tip to help you sew anything needed to be turned right-side out.

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Make a Pressing Dauber

Make a Pressing Dauber

Make a handy pressing tool just like the one professional tailor's use using scraps of fabric.

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Not Your Traditional Patch Pocket

Not Your Traditional Patch Pocket

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The key to sewing a very flat patch pocket is where you place the interfacing and how the fabric is folded and sewn.

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Stray threads become artistic cards

Stray threads become artistic cards

Recycle used lint roller papers that were used to clean up your thread mess and transform them into works of art.

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Halloween Costume Ideas

Halloween Costume Ideas

Halloween is just around the corner, and if you haven't finished making your Halloween costume (or haven't started like me) you may be looking for some help or ideas.

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Keep fabric steady while ironing with a magnet

Keep fabric steady while ironing with a magnet

Magnets can be a sewers best friend at the ironing board.

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Spiral bobbin storage

Spiral bobbin storage

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Use recycled bindings from notebooks to organize bobbins.

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Hemming a Pleated Skirt

Hemming a Pleated Skirt

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Here's a tip or two for hemming a pleated skirt. While most of the hem is straightforward, the back edges of the pleats need to be treated differently.

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Recycled fabric makes great piping

Recycled fabric makes great piping

Can't get to the fabric store? Use recycled strips of fabric as cording to create your own piping.

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Sewing with the Bobbin Thread

Sewing with the Bobbin Thread

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When making tucks or darts in transparent fabrics, this trick will enable you to end the stitching line perfectly!

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How do you store your thread and other sewing notions?

How do you store your thread and other sewing notions?

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There are oodles of products out there for thread, bobbin and notions storage. What storage methods do you find most effective?

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Mark even hems with string

Mark even hems with string

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Getting an even hem marked without a friend can be tough. Use a string covered with chalk to help you when a buddy isn't on hand.

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