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Machine Savvy: Tips for Creative Sewing
Machine Savvy: Tips for Creative Sewing
Linda McGehee
Get the most out of your machine with this FREE mini-class! Learn quick tips to make your sewing, piecing, quilting and embroidery faster and more fun.
Curiously Similar
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Don't get flustered when facing the feet that come with your sewing machine. Steffani Lincecum explains what they are and how they work in this free mini-class.
Steffani Lincecum
Steffani Lincecum
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Don't let broken needles or skipped stitches ruin your sewing! Learn how to fix common sewing machine problems in this free Craftsy class presented by Baby Lock.
Amy Alan
Amy Alan
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Explore the ins and outs of machine embroidery as you create chic matched linens—FREE!
Yvonne Menear
Yvonne Menear

Join the discussion! While your instructor may choose to chime in, this space is intended as a maker-to-maker forum.

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