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Teach Yourself to Sew

  • Choose the Correct Pattern Size

    You can't rely on your ready-to-wear size when selecting a pattern size. Your best bet is to record your basic body measurements and refer to them when it's time to…

  • A Pin for Every Purpose

    Author Carol Laflin Ahles shows us that a pin is not just a pin. Consider its five parts: head, point, length, thickness, and metal content. Read more in Threads #120,…

  • How to Choose the Right Sewing Machine Needle

    There are lots of sewing machine needles to choose from. Ensure a project's success by selecting the right one.

  • Bias 101

    Master the tricks of sewing bias-cut garments with a simple style and foolproof fabric.

  • Fabric Shopping with a Pro

    Simplify making decisions at the fabric store by systematically comparing swatches.

  • How to Measure Up

    Use our printable measurement chart and instructions to guide you through the process of taking and recording accurate body measurements

  • A Primer on Sewing Knits

    A guide for easy-to-make knit garments that look like ready-to-wear.