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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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Prethread Serger Needles

Thread serger needles before putting them into the machine

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Build in No-Slide Shoulder Straps

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Use elastic cording to create no-slide shoulder straps

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Neat Seams without Backstitching

A method for producing smoother, neater seams

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Pin-Tuck Timesaver

To save time, sew tucks on the fabric before cutting

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Add Support to Fabrics with Old Flannel Sheets

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Used flannel sheets can provied the right backing for a variety of sewing projects

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Put a Bead Behind That Button

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Sewing a bead behind a button is an elegant trick that works with a variety of garments

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The Most Important Button Position Is the One on the Bust Point Line

Determine your correct bust point

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Tape Protects Ruler

Use tape to prevent ink marks

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Stitch Buttons by Machine

Stitch buttons by machine for a more secure attachment in less time

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Organize Your Button Stash

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A strategy for keeping your button stash organized

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Keep Track of Yardage

Tips for marking fabric measurments

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