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Sewing Skills Library




Tips and Techniques

Where are you in your sewing journey – just beginning, confident but wondering where to go next, or well down the path to becoming an expert?  Our Library of tips and techniques is a great resource for sewists of all levels of expertise.



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BIAS BINDING

Make Your Own Bias Binding (video)

Facing a Curved Edge With Bias Tape (video)

Binding a Curved Edge With Bias Tape (video)

Index

BUTTONHOLES

Concealed Button Placket

Hand-worked Buttonholes

Mastering Buttonholes

Rectangular Bound Buttonhole - written instructions

Rectangular Bound Buttonhole - video instructions

Triangular Bound Buttonhole

Spanish Snap Buttonhole

Index

COLLARS and necklines

Banded Collar

Banded V-Neck

Draft an Easy-Sew Collar Stand - video instructions

Perfect Collar Points - video instructions

Sheer Collar

Slashed Opening with Underlay

Index

DARTS

Balanced Darts

Manipulating Darts | French Dart 1 - video instructions

Manipulating Darts | French Dart 2 - video instructions

Raise/Lower a Bust Dart - video instructions

Waist Darts Re-Designed

Index

EMBELLISHMENT

Perfect Piping

Sequin Flowers

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FASTENINGS

Covered Snaps

Hook and Eye - attaching with the couture method

Thread bars - the couture method

Index

hems

Commercial Blind Hem Stitch - how to unpick

Hemming Techniques

Mastering the Narrow Hem Foot

Mastering a Split Hem - video instructions

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pattern adjustments

Bust Dart Position Adjustment - video instructions

Draft a Cowl Neck Top - video instructions

Fixing a Gaping Neckline

Full Bust Adjustment - video instructions

Round Back/Sloped Shoulder Adjustment

Sleeve Cap Adjustment for Forward Shoulder

Sway Back Adjustment

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pockets

Double Welt/Jetted Pocket

Invisibily Stitched Patch Pocket

No-gape In-seam Pocket

Single Welt Pocket

Welt Patch Pocket

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sleeves

Remove excess cap ease using new design lines

Sleeve Adjustments - bicep, cap height and cap ease

Sleeve Cap Adjustment for Forward shoulder

Sleeve Plackets - video instructions

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WAISTBANDS

Couture Waistbands

Expanding Waistbands

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zippers 

Inserting a Lapped Zipper - video instructions

Inserting an Invisible Zipper - video instructions

Inserting an Exposed Zipper - video instructions  |  Exposed Zipper Measurement Chart

Inserting an Exposed Zipper - written instructions

Inserting a Hand-Sewn Zipper - video instructions

Inserting a Fly Front Zipper

Facing for a Lapped Zipper - video instructions

Facing for an Invisible Zipper - video instructions

Index

other

Built-in Skirt Hangers

French Seam Refinement - video instructions

Hand Sewing Needle Guide

Lined Vent/Walking Split - video instructions

Mastering Mitre Corners - video instructions

Mastering the Pick Stitch

Working with Sheer Fabrics - video instructions

Index

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