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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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Streamlined shirt collar

Streamlined shirt collar

Whenever I cut a shirt collar that has a straight edge, I remove the seam allowance from the outer edge of the pattern piece and cut the collar on the fold. That way, there are no intersecting seams...

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Raster Prints and Images to a Giant Scale

"Raster" Prints and Images to a Giant Scale

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Play with a program that enlarges images in a big way  

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Easy, elasticized swimsuit straps

Easy, elasticized swimsuit straps

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This is a trick I learned when trying to figure out how my bathing-suit straps were made: Cut elastic for the strap as long as the desired finished strap plus two seam allowances and 3 inches. Cut...

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Wicked Witch test for wool

"Wicked Witch" test for wool

To determine if fabric is 100 percent wool, soak a small swatch of it in chlorine bleach for about eight hours. If the swatch dissolves completely, is significantly smaller, or has clearly...

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Ive Pieced It Together: Web Sites Offer Full-size Patterns

I've Pieced It Together: Web Sites Offer Full-size Patterns

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It's a breeze to download a PDF, print it, and assemble the papers into patterns as big as life.

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Unstick hoops with shaving product

Unstick hoops with shaving product

If you use spray adhesives to adhere fabric to hooped embroidery stabilizers, you’re likely to wind up with sticky hoops. There are plenty of products that will degunk your hoops, but...

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Trimming Tricks

Trimming Tricks

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For beautifully faced edges, you need to eliminate bulk. It’s not glamorous, but a few simple steps produce amazing results.

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