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Two Threads Are Better Than One

Use separate strands of thread to prevent knots and tangles.

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Save a Thread -- Thread a Needle

Make use of long strands of thread.

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A Home for Thread Ends

Transfer extra thread to a tapestry needle to make for convenient sewing tasks and repairs in the future.

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Twist-Free Hand Sewing

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Wind your thread onto a bobbin to prevent kinks and ensure smooth hand sewing.

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Press While You Sew; Iron Finished Items

There are four distinct times to press your garments while you are sewing.

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Weatherproof Fabrics Require Special Pressing Techniques

Use these tips and techniques for optimal results when pressing weatherproof fabrics.

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Troubleshooting Pressing Problems

Use these tips to get optimal pressing results.

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Fitting Full, High Hips

Add a second dart at the waist for a better fit.

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A Better 3-D You

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You can pad your dress form to mimic your own, unique shape.

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Suspension Skirt

You can use this method to prevent your skirts from riding up in front.

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Loosen a Snug Underarm

A fast, easy, and unconventional way to loosen a blouse in the underarm area

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Remember Which Pattern You Used

Use this tip to remember which patterns you've sewn from your pattern collection and whether or not they were successful.

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Keep Track of Fitting Order

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You can use a rainbow color order to keep track of your adjustments.

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Equal Spacing for Buttons, Snaps, etc.

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Use this trick for positioning a series of buttons, buttonholes, snaps, or any sewing detail.

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Marking Seamlines on Silks

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You can use this method to mark seamlines on hard-to-handle, slippery silks and lining fabrics.

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Matching Patterns on Pockets

Here's a simple trick for matching pocket fabric when cutting out a print shirt.

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For My Finale, the Jacket

A tip for making an outfit with multiple matching garments

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Tape Tips

Advice on various tape solutions

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Trace Patterns Vertically

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Advice for tracing original patterns vertically

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Pattern Markings Made Easier

Learn how to speed up the process of transferring pattern markings to the fabric.

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