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Sewing Your Goth Swimsuit: Materials, Tools, and Techniques

Many sewists avoid making their own swimsuit because they fear it will be too difficult. Maybe they heard that to sew stretchy fabrics they need a serger, and they don’t have one. Or they might…

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Pretty on the Inside: How to Finish Your Seams without a Serger

When I started sewing, I had no idea that I was supposed to be finishing the raw edges of my seams. I would read commercial patterns, and some of them would tell me to finish…

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Press for Success: How to Press Your Seams

My mother is the queen of ironing. She will iron anything—from sheets to jeans, everything must go through the hot surface of her appliance. As much as I like wrinkle-free bed linens, I like free…

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The Many Lives of a T-Shirt Pattern, Part 1: Hacking a T-Shirt into Tops

I have way more patterns than I will ever sew. I used to jump from one pattern to the next, making a bunch of garments that did not fit me well but hey, I had…

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Three Ways to Measure Yourself More Accurately

An important part of sewing has little to do with sewing itself. In order to get the best possible fit, you will need to take your measurements. If you live with someone with whom you…

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