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Nothing kills the look of a great pair of denim like fabric pooling at the ankle. And hemming the jeans — only to lose that original cool, worn edge — hurts our souls just a smidge. That's why we dug deep to find a solution that doesn't require going to the tailor. The secret: moving the original hem up higher, and making it look like it was always there.
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If you find that some patterns are a tad too snug in the sleeves, don’t blame your arms — they’re just fine! The problem is the pattern. Commercial patterns are designed to fit average proportions. And not everyone is average, or wants to be. Fortunately, reworking the upper arm of a pattern to fit your dimensions is a quick and easy fix.
Beth Galvin
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Sewing should make you feel happy, productive and totally in the zone. What it definitely shouldn't do is kill your back. But without a sewing-machine table that fits your body, all that hunching forward is eventually gonna cause some misery. You need a table that gives you support in all the right places.
Julia Garza
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If you ever made a piece of loose-fitting clothing and thought, "Ugh, this kinda looks like a sack," we have one word for you: shirring.
Ashley Little
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We've all been there: A pattern tells us to staystitch and we, um, don't. Given that staystitching is done on a single layer of fabric and doesn’t even show in the finished piece, skipping it doesn’t seem like a big deal. How important could it really be?
Maris Olsen
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The outer construction of a garment gets all the likes. But no dress, coat or pair of pants would look nearly as good (or feel nearly as nice) if it weren’t for the interlining, lining, facing and interfacing.
Julia Garza
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To make a skirt or dress feel sexier — or heck, more comfortable — there's one insanely easy trick: adding a slit. That little change can totally shift the mood of a garment depending on what type of slit you choose. Think about it: there are short and saucy slits, pencil skirt slits, even thigh-high maxi dress slits. And don't forget about your tops — adding a slit in a side seam can take a shirt from fitted to feeling much more casual.
Christine Haynes
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If you're looking for a quick and gratifying sewing project, knitwear is an excellent place to start. After all, knit fabrics are pretty easy to fit and usually don't need fiddly closures. With knit fabrics there's not a lot standing between you and a garment that's so comfortable you may never want to take it off.
Andrea Brown
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Real talk: If you want that homemade scarf you're sewing to look a little less homemade, you need a rolled hem. A smooth, even-looking rolled hem is where it's at — but how do you get one?
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Sheer fabrics like muslin and chiffon add a touch of easy-breezy elegance to any look, but TBH they're a pain to sew. They can bunch up from the first stitch and mess up your technique so you think you'll never sew a straight seam again. Or they can sink into the needle plate, making it nearly impossible to backstitch seams so they don't come undone.
Linda Reynolds
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