• Different thimbles
    5:20

    Understanding Different Types of Thimbles

    Whether you use a thimble in your everyday sewing or only on certain projects, there are many types of thimbles that are perfect for every person and project. Types of Thimbles When thinking of the important sewing tools that most people have in their sewing room, the standard thimble comes to mind. While this is…

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  • Hemming a curved edge
    19:22

    How to Hem a Curved Edge

    Hemming a project or garment is one of the finishing steps of sewing projects, and on garments in particular, this can generally be a curved edge. Ashley Hough shows you how to hem a curved edge and gives tips on how to ensure that the hem lays flat. Fabric and Hem Width When it comes…

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  • Squares of flannel fabric
    6:04

    Sewing with Flannel: Tips and Techniques

    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 pillows. 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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  • Cutting the corner of a piece of fabric
    7:45

    2 Ways to Sew Box Corners

    Learning how to sew box corners comes in handy when sewing anything from handbags and tote bags to chair cushions and pillows. Ashley Hough shows you two different ways to sew box corners. Sew and Cut The first method for sewing box corners requires you to first sew your two pieces of fabric together. Ashley…

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  • Four piles of fabric
    4:34

    Preshrinking Guidelines for Sewers

    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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  • Sewing necklines
    34:03

    Sewing Necklines: Tips and Techniques

    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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  • Deer head fabric pouch
    4:04

    Fussy Cutting: Tips and Techniques

    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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  • Ric rac flower embellishments
    26:08

    How to Sew Ric Rac Flower Embellishments

    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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  • Drawing a line with a ruler
    5:11

    Adding Seam Allowances to a Sewing Pattern

    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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