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How to Use Pinking Shears

Pinking shears are a fantastic tool to add to your sewing kit. They are not something you will need right away, but once you get all the basics stocked and are ready to add on some of the extras, pinking shears should be at the top of the list. (Especially if you are making garments.)…

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NSC LIVE! May 2017

During the May NSC LIVE, Nicki LaFoille discussed how often to change your needle and oil your machine, how to make alterations to sleeve caps and underarm areas, and what kind of embroidery projects you can do in the hoop.

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How to Sew a Zipper: Helpful Hacks

Sewing zippers can be one of the most intimidating and sometimes frustrating part of a sewing project. It always seems like the zipper or top fabric – or both – wants to move around. Here are some tips and tricks that can make sewing zippers a little easier. 1. Pin the zipper to just the…

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Tips for Sewing with Leather

Sewing with leather takes some special consideration. Real leather is created from the skin of animals – primarily cattle – though other animals are sometimes used including goat or sheep, or even exotic animals like ostrich and alligator. There are also very nice and realistic faux leathers available that are great to sew with, though…

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Different Types of Sewing Adhesives and When to Use Them

Whether you’re plotting an appliqué project, hemming a garment, or strengthening your stitches, sewing adhesives are definitely a helpful addition. It’s surprisingly easy to use spray adhesive, basting tape, and seam sealant in your sewing projects – you’ll soon learn that these tools belong in every sewing room! Spray Adhesive What it is: Usually found…

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15 Reasons to Buy More Fabric

“I don’t think I need any more fabric; I’ve got all that I need”… said no one ever! In case you need any motivation to go out and buy more fabric for your next sewing project (though we highly doubt that you do!), here are 15 reasons to help you support your case! Special thanks…

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NSC LIVE! March 2017

During the March NSC LIVE, Nicki LaFoille discussed some of the popular types of thread and what you can use for everyday sewing, how to work with stretchy knit fabric, and why to use a twin needle.

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