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Changes that Extend the Life of Your Pattern (aka Hacking)

Imagine that you are a chef. You spend hours getting a certain recipe just right. You play around with ingredients, ratios, and temperatures. It is hours, days, sometimes weeks until you get to the perfect…

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Sewing 101: Sewing Freebies!

Sewing can be an expensive activity. When you start adding up the cost of patterns, fabrics, notions, and knowledge (books, classes, workshops), you realize that buying your own clothes can sometimes be cheaper. But hold…

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Sewing 101: Knit Resources for Beginners

You’ve just started sewing. Or maybe you’ve already made a few woven fabrics. You decide to sew a garment using stretchy fabric. You apply the same principles you’ve been using with success to this new…

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Sharp Corners… A Work in Progress

I can definitely tell that my sewing skills have improved with practice. Patterns that I once avoided because I was afraid of this or that technique no longer scare me. I can sew better, stronger, faster.…

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Simplicity 1197: I Made a Coat!

What better way to start the year than with a sewing challenge? After recovering from the sewing hangover from Halloween, I was ready to try something new. I had two options: a coat or a…

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