• 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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  • Person with a green zipper
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    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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  • Elastic book mark in a notebook
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    Elastic Book Marks

    This quick stash-buster project uses fabric scraps and elastic to create a double-duty bookmark and pencil holder. Ashley Hough shows you how! Supplies Cut two fabric strips measuring 18”x2 ½” and 8”x2 ½”. Ashley uses ½”-wide elastic, but any width will work, provided it’s narrower than the finished bookmark. Prep To create the pocket, Ashley…

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  • Cleaning a sewing machine
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    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
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    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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  • laid out fat quarter fabrics
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    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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  • Pressing tools on a border
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    Pressing Tools for Travel

    Not all sewing and quilting is done at home in the sewing room. Whether you are someone who likes to take their sewing with them when they travel and vacation, or you frequent guild meetings, camps, and retreats – learn about several different tools that are great for pressing on the go. Pressing on the…

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  • image of a person marking up a pattern with a blue pen
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    Pattern Marking Methods

    There are many different ways to mark your fabric or transfer markings from a pattern to the fabric you are working with, and the method you use may differ depending on the type of fabric you are using. Nicki LaFoille teaches you about some of the various pattern marking methods and shows how to choose…

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  • Removing stitches
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    Best Way to Remove Sewing Stitches

    In sewing, eventually you are going to have to remove some stitches. While a seam ripper is often people’s go-to tool for this task, it isn’t the only one. ZJ Humbach talks about several different ways to remove stitches when needed. How to Remove Sewing Stitches The Rip Method: ZJ begins by showing the most…

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