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    Looking for some new sewing knowledge? Nicki LaFoille will answer your questions with help from Ashley Hough on our next NSC LIVE. Tune in on Thursday, October 25th at 7:00 p.m. CT. Feel free to ask questions live during the show by using the chat box below.

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    In this month’s NSC LIVE with Nicki LaFoille, learn how to make alterations like fixing an underarm gap and making a garment larger or smaller- both on a pattern piece and on a readymade garment. Nicki also provides tips for sewing with fleece and other tricky fabrics. Feel free to ask questions live during the

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    In this month’s NSC LIVE, Ashley Hough highlights a portion of a 10-pattern bundle set available for purchase in the shop. This fun set will expand your sewing skills and help you create a variety of useful projects for everyday life. Ashley also answers plenty of viewer questions.

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    With so many great fabric prints available today, there are multiple ways to either highlight or avoid certain areas of a print. Ashley Hough demonstrates how to use a term known as fussy cutting to do both of those things. Fussy Cutting Motifs In general, the term fussy cutting means to be ‘fussy’ or particular

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    Embroidery hoops don’t have to be only used for embroidery, they can be used on other sewing projects as well. Learn a fun new embroidery hoop craft that incorporates different sizes of hoops, a small amount of cotton fabric and fusible felt applique shapes- Ashley Hough shows you how. Fusible Felt Shapes The main design

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    Stitch in the ditch quilting is a subtle way to quilt because the stitching is somewhat hidden. The stitching is done in the ‘ditches’ which are the seams between two pieces of fabric. Ashley Hough demonstrates how to do stitch in the ditch quilting and shows how to make it easier by using a special

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    Flannel is a popular fabric choice when it comes to making many different garments, like flannel pajamas or jackets, as well as home decor projects like pillow. ZJ Humbach shares several tips for sewing with flannel that can make preparing and working with the fabric much easier. Flannel Sewing ZJ first shows several examples of

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    Sequin fabric can look wonderful when added to a garment or home decor project, however it can be difficult to work with. Ashley Hough gives you tips for sewing sequin fabric that will make cutting out and working with the fabric much easier. Sequin Types When sewing sequin fabric, it is important to know what

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    Terry cloth is a nice, soft fabric often used to make towels and robes. While some may find this fabric tricky to work with, Jessica Giardino shows you how easy it can be and shares some helpful tips along the way. Then she shows you how to use the fabric and make a fun spa

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    Ric Rac doesn’t have to be used only as a trim or sewn on in a straight line, rather it can be folded, twisted and wound into beautiful little flowers. Learn how to make a ric rac flower several different ways to use as an embellishment on your next project- Ashley Hough shows you how.

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    There are many ways to dress up a simple t-shirt. Ashley Hough shares a fun way to upcycle a t-shirt by adding a simple beaded neckline. Upcycle T-Shirt Supplies For this method of upcycling a t-shirt you will need a t-shirt, preferably one with a banded neckline, beads and a hand sewing needle. Ashley explains

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    Lace isn’t only used on fancy dresses or home decor projects- it can be added to a basic t-shirt with side seams as an easy way to dress it up. Ashley Hough shows you how. Supplies and Preparation To do this fun upcycle of adding lace to a shirt you don’t need any pattern pieces,

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    Sewing necklines can often be the most difficult part of sewing a shirt or dress. ZJ Humbach shows you several tips for sewing necklines that can make the process much easier and help to ensure that you get a smooth, professional looking finished garment. Preparation and Sewing When sewing necklines, as with many other curved

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    Learn how to sew baby shoes for your little one, or make them as the perfect addition to a baby shower gift – Ashey Hough shows you how. Supplies and Construction To learn how to sew baby shoes you will need the pattern pieces, which comes in three different sizes- 0-3 month, 3-6 month and

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    Pincushions can be cute as well as functional. Make a fun diy cactus pincushion from felt that can be put into a small pot so it sits nicely on a sewing room table- Ashley Hough shows you how. Supplies and Construction To make these fun diy cactus pincushions all you need are the pattern pieces

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    Learning how to sew box corners is a great technique to use when sewing anything from handbags and tote bags to chair cushions and pillows. Ashley Hough shows you two different ways of how to sew box corners. Sew and Cut The first method for sewing box corners requires you to first sew your two

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    Preshrinking fabric prior to cutting out pattern pieces and assembling a garment or project can help ensure that the completed project does not shrink once washed. ZJ Humbach shares a great guideline for preshinking several different types of fabric. Fabric To begin, ZJ explains what preshrinking entails and what can happen if you don’t preshrink

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    When drawing your own pattern, adding seam allowances can be time consuming, as you are essentially having to draw your pattern a second time. Ashley Hough shows a quick and easy way to draw in seam allowances on a pattern piece using two pencils at the same time. Adding Seam Allowances One of the basics

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