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Best Sewing Tip: Use Two Rows of Pins for Slippery Fabrics

Working on a bra pattern with 1⁄4-inch-wide seam allowances, as well as multiple layers of slippery fabric, tested my patience. Repeatedly, I carefully pinned as instructed, only to have layers slide out as I sewed. After staring at the fabric for a while, wondering if glue was an option, I realized I needed two rows of pins. The first was as indicated: close and parallel to the fabric’s raw edge. The second was approximately 1⁄2 inch away, parallel to the original row. This allowed room for my presser foot to glide along while I removed the pins from the first row as I sewed. The second row of pins kept the inner fabrics from sliding out of place.

—Denise Stahl, Spring, Texas





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