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How to Alter a Sewing Pattern

We all know one of the most exciting parts about making a garment is picking out the fabric and cutting it all up in to pieces, but my advice to you is to be patient! First take a close look at your pattern – does it need to be altered? Sometimes it can be difficult…

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Top 5 Tips for Hemming Pants

There are thousands of folks out there who learn to sew for one reason only: to hem pants! We’ve all been there: standing in the dressing room, thrilled to have found that perfect pair of slacks that hits you in all the right places, only to realize that (shoot!) they’re way too long! Luckily, you…

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Oilcloth Beach Bag Pattern

Summer makes me think of a lot of things: long, lazy days, warm sunshine, green trees, and of course, beach weather! Whether you’re headed to the lake in your own hometown or jetting off for a tropical vacation, you’re going to want a cute and sturdy beach bag to carry all your gear. This beach…

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Pleated Oilcloth Clutch Pattern

Learn how to make a cute and stylish clutch purse using oilcloth fabric, which makes your design not only extra durable but also water resistant. Oilcloth comes in a wide variety of prints and colors so it can be fun to play around with different combinations for the exterior and lining fabrics of the clutch,…

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Infinity Scarf Pattern

Infinity scarves really are the perfect accessory – they can be worn in so many fun ways, they can quickly jazz up an otherwise plain outfit, and they’re easy to throw on in case of chilly temperatures. Plus, they’re very simple to make on your own. In this article, you will learn how to sew…

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Adding Easy Slant Pockets to Garments

Have you ever come across a pattern that is just about perfect, but is missing the cherry on top? Like the elusive pocket – so many great garment patterns could be 100% perfect with a pocket or two added in. Well, luckily the great thing about patterns is that you don’t have to follow them…

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Zippered Pouch Pattern

This small zippered pouch pattern is a quick and easy sewing project you can make in no time. You can use the pouch to store makeup, carry toiletries while traveling, keep your purse organized, or even as a casual clutch. The possibilities are endless with this cute and easy-to-sew design. Related Video: How to Sew…

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Tips for Cleaning Your Sewing Machine

Since your sewing machine is your best friend, why not take excellent care of it? There are several things you can do for your favorite companion to keep him healthy and happy. Here are a few easy steps to clean, maintain, and keep your sewing machine in tip top shape! After every few uses, it’s…

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How to Choose a Sewing Machine

All it takes is one Google search to get overwhelmed by the amount of sewing machines that are on the market. How do you know which machine is best suited to your needs? What type of sewing machine should you buy? Well, let’s talk about some of the essential features of sewing machines to help…

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Keep Your Thread Long and Strong

I come from a long line of sewists and seamstresses. In fact, my great grandmother used to sew costumes for the San Francisco Ice Capades! I even have the very machine she sewed them on. I was lucky enough to get a lot of her old sewing stuff, including French curves, boxes of buttons, and…

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