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Video: Make Your Own Tailors Pressing Tool

Video: Make Your Own Tailor's Pressing Tool

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To get the perfect seam finish on wool fabrics, a steam iron isn't always enough. Watch this quick video tip to learn how to make your own dauber to help press seams on wool garments.

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6 Serger Secrets

6 Serger Secrets

Get the most out of your serger with these secrets and techniques.

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8 Zipper Installation Techniques

8 Zipper Installation Techniques

Take the mystery out of installing zippers with these 8 techniques. You'll learn how to install lapped zippers, exposed zippers, replace zippers and more.

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Q&A: Vintage Pattern Preservation

Q&A: Vintage Pattern Preservation

Find out the best way to ensure your vintage patterns are kept safe.

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Sewing Tip: The ABCs of Fitting

Sewing Tip: The ABCs of Fitting

This nifty tip will help you remember an essential rule of fitting.

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Tip: Mark New Seams With a Scalloped Blade

Tip: Mark New Seams With a Scalloped Blade

Save time when altering a pattern by using a scalloped blade.

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Apply Elastics to Your Garments

Apply Elastics to Your Garments

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Bind an edge and create a stay tape with these stretchy bands.

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Video: Sew Perfect Collar Points

Video: Sew Perfect Collar Points

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There are all sorts of corners: 90-degree, 45-degree, and less—or more. Watch this video to achieve well-sewn outside corners, such as collar points.

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Chat with Couture Expert Susan Khalje

Chat with Couture Expert Susan Khalje

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Log on to Threads' Facebook page from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET on Monday, April 14, for a Q&A with couture expert Susan Khalje.

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How to Create Echo Stitching

How to Create Echo Stitching

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Lately, I have been finding echo stitching on numerous designer garments. I've seen it on collars, cuffs, and on front plackets. Learn how to add this stitching for a designer look.

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How to Support a Dramatic Sleeve Cap

How to Support a Dramatic Sleeve Cap

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When it comes to adding support to sleeve caps, you have a variety of options: standard, shaped, extended shoulder pads, and all manner of sleeve heads. In this case, we needed something different; we needed a little internal support.

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Make a Mary Poppins-Style Carpetbag: Part 2

Make a Mary Poppins-Style Carpetbag: Part 2

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We're now ready to finish this colorful carpetbag! I'll show you how to add the lining, frame, and handles.

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Make a Mary Poppins-Style Carpetbag: Part 1

Make a Mary Poppins-Style Carpetbag: Part 1

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This is a two-part blog series on how I created an old-fashioned carpetbag using the scraps from my kilim carpet coat. Even Mary Poppins would envy this bag!

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Sewing Tip: Sewing With Plaid

Sewing Tip: Sewing With Plaid

Plaid can be a tricky design to master. Here are some tips on how to get it right.

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Q&A: Create Pant Waist Facings

Q&A: Create Pant Waist Facings

Learn everything you need to know to make a beautiful waist facing.

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Tip: Make Your Own Silicone Tape

Tip: Make Your Own Silicone Tape

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A simple technique to keep up a strapless dress.

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Quick Tips: Waistband Adjustment for Ready-to-Wear Pants

Quick Tips: Waistband Adjustment for Ready-to-Wear Pants

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Sewing expert Angela Wolf and Threads Executive Editor Judith Neukam share two quick tips on making adjustments to ready-to-wear pants for a custom fit.

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Quick Tips for Improving Your Stitches

Quick Tips for Improving Your Stitches

Those who sew are always on the lookout for ways to improve their garment sewing. Here are 3 incredibly helpful tips to improve your stitches.

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How to Replace a Sleeve Lining

How to Replace a Sleeve Lining

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I hit the jackpot recently at the local thrift, with this venerable morning coat. I needed to reline the sleeves and thought you might enjoy seeing it!

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10 Good Sewing Tips and Tricks

10 Good Sewing Tips and Tricks

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First seen in our special issue Teach Yourself to Sew, Winter 2013, here are ten tips and tricks for every sewing enthusiast directly from the sewing community.

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