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Elastic Connection

You can use these tips to eliminate bulk when sewing elastic waistbands.

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Keep Track of Your Fabric Stash

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You can use this method to keep track fo your fabrics; it will help you know if you have enough fabric for certain projects that you may have in mind.

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Keep Stripes Symmetrical

Adding a seam and seam allowances allows you to keep collar-stripes symmetrical with those on the rest of your garment.

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Keep Fabric Info Handy

Saving fabric information can be helpful for future purposes.

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Prevent Prewash Fraying

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A wide zigzag stitch can help minimize fraying.

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Video: Cut Synthetics with a Hot Tool

Video: Cut Synthetics with a Hot Tool

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The low melting point of synthetic shell fabrics makes cutting overlays with a hot tool a simple job.

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Use a Whetstone to Smooth Machine Needles

Using a whetstone can help extend the life of your needles

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Choose the Right Notions when Sewing White Fabric

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Tips for selecting notions for white fabric

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Sewing In a Zipper

Sewing In a Zipper

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Learn now to install centered, lapped, and invisible zippers, along with some helpful tips regardless of the type of zipper or insertion method you choose.

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20 Ways to Improve Your Sewing

20 Ways to Improve Your Sewing

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Use these sewing principles to streamline your work and greatly enhance its quality.

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Smooth Curved Seam

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A tip for sewing a convex curved piece to a concave curved piece

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Zipper Finishing Made Easy

Use machine-basting and quilter's tape to sew a perfect zipper

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Hemmer Foot for Piping

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A hemmer foot allows for easier adjustment and better stitching

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Drawstrings that Stretch

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Elastic drawstrings make clothing more comfortable to wear and more accomodating to minor weight changes

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Mirror Image Pleats

Notch the pleat positions on both the skirt and the waistband in order to get equally deep and evenly-spaced pleats.

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Perfect Thread Tension Every Time

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Perfect your tension setting by having the top and bobbin threads break in exactly the same place

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Speaking of Buttons

A simple zigzag stitch allows you to sew lots of buttons by machine in half the time

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No-Bulk Elastic Joint

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Make a smooth elastic joint with the help of a thin piece of fabric

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Color-Code Pleat-Marking Lines

Use different thread colors to differentiate between marked foldlines and placement lines

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Binding with Fusible Thread

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Use fusible thread in your bobbin for flawless binding aplications.

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