• How to Use a Bias Tape Maker
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    How to Use a Bias Tape Maker

    Bias tape or straight grain tape can be used on many different sewing projects as a way to neatly finish raw edges. Depending on the size of project you are making, making your own bias tape or straight grain tape can be time consuming. Ashley Hough shows you how to use a bias tape maker…

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    How to Make Pattern Weights

    Using pattern weights can be a great alternative to pins depending on the type of fabric you are using. Ashely Hough demonstrates how to make pattern weights using large washers and circles of fabric. Materials and Supplies Patterns weights can be fairly straightforward and easy to make as they only require metal washers, circles of…

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    How to Clean an Iron: Tips and Techniques

    Cleaning your sewing machine and sharpening your scissors and snips may be the most common cleaning or maintenance items you address in your sewing room, but cleaning your iron is also important. Learn how to clean an iron, including what kind of product you should use to clean it and whether the iron should be…

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    No Knot on Wrong Side of Fabric

    When doing hand stitching, whether on a garment or home decor project, it is not always possible to start that stitching along the edge of the fabric, at a hem or in some other area where knots and thread ends can be easily hidden. Ashley Hough shows you how to start your hand stitching with…

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    Ironing Board Improvements

    While most ironing boards that can be purchased at either fabric and craft stores or big box stores are all fairly similar and work well, there are several products that can be used to improve them. ZJ Humbach shows what several of these products are and share which are her favorite to use and why.…

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    Using Fusible Interfacing

    Using fusible interfacing can make raw edge applique easier and help make your end project look more professional. ZJ Humbach talks about some of the different kinds of fusible interfacing and shows you how to use them. Fusible Interfacing ZJ first talks about some of the different kinds of fusible interfacing, also referred to a…

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    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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    How to Sew Box Corners – 2 Ways

    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 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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