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  • Modern hexagon blocks
    26:06

    Modern Hexagon Blocks

    Learn how to adapt quilting techniques to add hexagon blocks to your sewing projects. No quilting knowledge is necessary to easily create hexagon appliques to attach to any project. Ashley Hough demonstrates this hexagon English paper piecing method. Acrylic templates make cutting out perfect hexagons fast and easy. In addition to acrylic templates, pre-cut paper…

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  • Stiletto sewing tool
    4:47

    Favorite Sewing Tool: Stiletto

    The stiletto sewing tool comes in handy in many different ways. Use it to hold down seam allowances as they pass under the presser foot to ensure the seam allowances don’t get flipped the wrong way. You can also use the sewing stiletto to help the fabric start moving under the presser foot at the…

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  • Flower fabric zippered basket
    38:54

    Zippered Box Pouch

    Learn how to sew a zippered pouch for storing sewing notions or cosmetics. This boxy fabric pouch uses only two supplies and stitches up in no time. This zippered pouch pattern is made using quilting cotton for the outer and lining layers, but if a sturdier fabric basket is desired, Ashley recommends either fusing mediumweight…

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  • Modern hexagon blocks
    26:06

    Modern Hexagon Blocks

    Learn how to adapt quilting techniques to add hexagon blocks to your sewing projects. No quilting knowledge is necessary to easily create hexagon appliques to attach to any project. Ashley Hough demonstrates this hexagon English paper piecing method. Acrylic templates make cutting out perfect hexagons fast and easy. In addition to acrylic templates, pre-cut paper…

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  • Person with a green zipper
    7:20

    Top 5 Types of Zippers

    Ashley Hough reviews the five most common types of zippers, including the different materials used to make the teeth in different types of zippers. Types of Zippers Invisible Zipper This zipper type has the coil on the wrong side of the zipper. Only the zipper tape is visible on the right side. When sewn in…

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  • Applique pressing sheet
    6:14

    Favorite Tools: Appliqué Pressing Sheet

    An appliqué pressing sheet can be a very helpful tool when it comes to building and applying appliqués. In this video, ZJ Humbach shares her favorite appliqué pressing sheet and shows how to use it. Appliqué Tips Depending on the appliqué design you are creating, there could be multiple small pieces required. Having a way…

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  • Canadian smocking
    18:56

    Canadian Smocking

    Learn how to use the Canadian smocking technique to create a beautiful woven effect for pillows and other sewing projects. Begin with a piece of fabric 50-60% larger than the desired finished piece. There are many varieties of Canadian smocking textures. Some patterns don’t shrink symmetrically; check to be sure you begin with a large…

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  • Seams on leather
    20:05

    Decorative Ways to Seam Leather

    You can stitch leather using a typical home sewing machine, no heavy-duty machine is required. Ashley Hough teaches you seaming techniques for any leather project that are both functional and decorative, using a combination of machine and hand stitching. Leather can typically be found in packages of small pieces in craft and fabric stores. Ashley…

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  • laid out fat quarter fabrics
    4:34

    How Sewers Can Use Fat Quarters

    While fat quarters of fabric are commonly used when quilting, they can be new to you if you are someone who generally sews garments or home decor projects. ZJ Humbach explains what fat quarters of fabric are, including their size and fabric types, and then shares some fun things to make with fat quarters. What…

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  • Person pointing to a hem on pants
    23:48

    Blind Hem Stitch

    When it comes to garment alterations, hemming a pair of pants is one of the most common alterations that someone who knows how to sew gets asked to do. While many projects, garments included, can be finished with a simple double-fold hem, the two most commonly hemmed pairs of pants require different finishes. Ashley Hough…

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  • Mitering a corner
    13:29

    Mitering Any Degree Corner

    A perfect mitered turn isn’t limited to only 90-degree angles. Ashley Hough shows you how to miter any angle. Mitered Corners Ashley begins by explaining that an easy mitered corner is generally done on a quilt, table runner, placemat, or other flat projects, and that these projects are usually squares or rectangles. Having a 90-degree…

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  • Knit binding
    30:41

    Knit Binding Tips

    Adding a knit binding to your garment is a great way to finish the edge of a knit fabric around armscye openings and necklines. Nicki LaFoille shows you step-by-step how to cut and make a binding strip and then how to add it to a garment. Knit Binding Nicki begins by talking about what binding…

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  • Flower fabric zippered basket
    38:54

    Zippered Box Pouch

    Learn how to sew a zippered pouch for storing sewing notions or cosmetics. This boxy fabric pouch uses only two supplies and stitches up in no time. This zippered pouch pattern is made using quilting cotton for the outer and lining layers, but if a sturdier fabric basket is desired, Ashley recommends either fusing mediumweight…

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  • Blue and white striped shorts
    1:01:03

    Bound Shorts Pattern

    Get your spring and summer wardrobe ready with these cute, comfy shorts. Follow along with Ashley Hough as she shows you how to sew elastic waistband shorts using French seams. Download the pattern for shorts with an elastic waist and print. Shorts Before you learn how to sew shorts with an elastic waist, Ashley gives…

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  • Flower fabric accordion pouch
    51:52

    Sew an Accordion Pouch

    Learn how to sew a pouch using denim, cotton, and a magnetic closure. Seven different pockets create this expandable accordion pouch. Fabric Ashley discusses other fabric options for this accordion pouch, including tips for stabilizing quilter’s cotton to use instead of denim. From the outer and lining fabric, cut three 8”x16” and one 8”x21” rectangle.…

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  • Stiletto sewing tool
    4:47

    Favorite Sewing Tool: Stiletto

    The stiletto sewing tool comes in handy in many different ways. Use it to hold down seam allowances as they pass under the presser foot to ensure the seam allowances don’t get flipped the wrong way. You can also use the sewing stiletto to help the fabric start moving under the presser foot at the…

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  • Cleaning a sewing machine
    0:52

    Maintaining Your Sewing Machine

    Learning how to clean a sewing machine is an important part of sewing as it allows you to maintain your machine and keep in running smoothly for years to come. Ashley Hough breaks down how and where you should be cleaning your machine on a regular basis and what tools to use when cleaning. How…

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  • Sewing instructor points to sewing needles in the process of explaining how to address sewing machine tension issues
    7:45

    Tension Trouble Shooting

    Problems with your thread have you feeling a little tense? Learn how to troubleshoot and fix basic sewing machine tension issues with Nicki LaFoille. Sewing Machine Tension Nicki begins by talking about the basics of sewing machine tension and explaining some of the different issues that unbalanced tension can cause, like skipped stitches, thread breakage,…

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