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Fabric - what is it? Will it work for my purpose?
  29 Records, Last updated on 9/29/13 5:15 PM
(sample) External Link Types of Knit Fabrics
A description of the qualities of a variety of knits
9/29/13
Sewing Machines & Sergers - How and where to shop
  14 Records, Last updated on 7/28/12 11:16 AM
(sample) External Link Serger Shopper's Guide
What to look for in choosing your own serger?
7/28/12
Sewing Machine & Serger - Speciality Feet
  14 Records, Last updated on 7/28/12 11:08 AM
(sample) External Link Presser Feet Instructions
Manuals from Singer
7/28/12
Sewing Machines & Sergers - Maintenance & Troubleshooting
  14 Records, Last updated on 7/28/12 10:57 AM
(sample) External Link Do it yourself serger repair - How to adjust serger timing
Helpful troubleshooting tips from Laura's Blog
7/28/12
Sewing Machines & Sergers - Features
  30 Records, Last updated on 7/28/12 10:43 AM
(sample) External Link Serger Tips &Guidelines
Includes information and tips in sewing using sergers
7/28/12
Closures - Buttons & Buttonholes
  28 Records, Last updated on 6/15/12 2:46 PM
(sample) External Link Bound Buttonholes
A tutorial on constructing bound buttonholes
6/15/12
Closures - Zippers
  30 Records, Last updated on 6/15/12 2:44 PM
(sample) External Link Guide to Zippers
Descriptions of different kinds and sizes of zippers and all their elements
6/15/12
Sewing Lingerie
  7 Records, Last updated on 6/7/12 9:25 AM
(sample) External Link Jalie: How to Make a Bra
Video Tutorial for how to make a bra
6/7/12
Advanced Sewing Techniques - Tailoring
  15 Records, Last updated on 6/7/12 9:02 AM
(sample) External Link Welt Strip Pockets
A brief instructional on how to construct welt strip pockets
6/7/12
Facings and Bindings
  30 Records, Last updated on 6/5/12 3:08 PM
(sample) External Link Fold and Flip Facings
A tutorial on how to use a facing with cowl neck top
6/5/12
Lining, Interfacing & Stabilizers
  40 Records, Last updated on 6/5/12 3:08 PM
(sample) External Link Fold and Flip Facings
A tutorial on how to use a facing with cowl neck top
6/5/12
Closures - Snaps
  11 Records, Last updated on 6/5/12 2:57 PM
(sample) External Link Attaching Snaps
A tutorial on how to insert snaps
6/5/12
Basic Sewing Techniques
  21 Records, Last updated on 6/5/12 2:55 PM
(sample) External Link Shirring and Smocking
A tutorial on how to use elastic thread to do smocking and shirring
6/5/12
Sewing spaces
  10 Records, Last updated on 5/10/12 12:56 PM
(sample) External Link Large Sewing Spaces
Images and ideas for Large sewing rooms
5/10/12
Patterns - Tracing and Preparing
  41 Records, Last updated on 5/2/12 2:19 PM
(sample) External Link Make your own Pattern
tutorial on how to use an old onesie as a pattern for new tshirt for a child
5/2/12
Sewing for Men
  7 Records, Last updated on 4/17/12 3:20 PM
(sample) External Link Tutorial on inserting collar stays
step by step guide to using collar stays with shirts
4/17/12
Notions - what do I need? Where do I get it?
  8 Records, Last updated on 4/17/12 3:20 PM
(sample) External Link Tutorial on inserting collar stays
step by step guide to using collar stays with shirts
4/17/12
Fitting - Upper body
  4 Records, Last updated on 4/17/12 2:14 PM
(sample) External Link Small Bust Adjustment Tutorial
Learn how to make adjust adjustments for smaller bust size in bodice garments.
4/17/12
Fitting - Pants
  23 Records, Last updated on 4/12/12 1:49 PM
(sample) External Link Pants Fitting Cheatsheet
A guide to fitting symptoms and the adjustments needed to correct them
4/12/12
Sewing with Knits
  21 Records, Last updated on 4/11/12 3:22 PM
(sample) External Link Troubleshooting when sewing with knits
Part 7 in the series: Troubleshooting and Resource guide for sewing with knits
4/11/12
Sewing Historical Clothing
  1 Records, Last updated on 4/3/12 4:25 PM
(sample) External Link Glossary of Fashion Terms
A fun list of terms from the Vintage Pattern Lending Library
4/3/12
Fitting - Skirts
  12 Records, Last updated on 4/3/12 9:25 AM
(sample) External Link Tutorial for adding extra room to back of skirt
Blogger and Member in Focus, Julia Bobbin shows us how to alter your pattern to add room for your backside
4/3/12
Patterns - Altering
  20 Records, Last updated on 4/3/12 9:25 AM
(sample) External Link Tutorial for adding extra room to back of skirt
Blogger and Member in Focus, Julia Bobbin shows us how to alter your pattern to add room for your backside
4/3/12
Couture Techniques
  7 Records, Last updated on 4/2/12 3:57 PM
(sample) Chat Archive Chat with Kenneth King
We talk with Kenneth about his book Cool Couture and about couture techniques
4/2/12
Creative Sewing
  34 Records, Last updated on 4/2/12 3:54 PM
(sample) Chat Archive Chat with Sarai Mitnick-Colette Patterns
We talk to Sarai about how her love of vintage styles influences her designs
4/2/12
Patterns - where can I get them?
  7 Records, Last updated on 4/2/12 3:52 PM
(sample) Chat Archive Bag Making with Nicole Mallalieu
We chat with Nicole about her patterns from her company, Nicole Mallalieu Design
4/2/12
Fabric - where can I get it?
  13 Records, Last updated on 4/2/12 3:29 PM
(sample) Chat Archive Designing Your Own Fabric with Stephen Fraser of Spoonflower
We chat with Spoonflower co-founder about the process of designing your own fabric
4/2/12
Patterns - Features by company
  12 Records, Last updated on 4/2/12 2:35 PM
(sample) Chat Archive Chat with Suede
We talk to fashion designer and television personality, Suede about his new line with Simplicity
4/2/12
Sewing with Leather
  8 Records, Last updated on 4/2/12 2:07 PM
(sample) Chat Archive Sewing with Vinyl and Pleather
Cheryl Kuczeck leads a discussion about working with these materials and her patterns from Paradiso Designs.
4/2/12
Beginners corner
  29 Records, Last updated on 4/2/12 11:57 AM
(sample) External Link General Tutorial on sewing with a Janome
Includes a video on how to use a variety of feet
4/2/12
Basic Sewing Techniques - Hems
  14 Records, Last updated on 4/2/12 11:32 AM
(sample) External Link List of Bernina Hemmer Feet
photos and descriptions of a variety of hemmer feet
4/2/12
Fitting - Bust
  12 Records, Last updated on 3/30/12 4:19 PM
(sample) External Link Princess Seams
tutorial on how to transform bodice darts into a princess seam
3/30/12
Notions - DressForms
  14 Records, Last updated on 3/30/12 3:14 PM
(sample) External Link Making a Dress Form
see how to make your own dress form using tape
3/30/12
Stitching on Sewing Machines
  2 Records, Last updated on 10/21/10 2:46 PM
(sample) Online Class Fun with Machine Embroidery
An online class by Jennifer Stern
10/21/10
Sewing with Sergers
  11 Records, Last updated on 10/21/10 2:46 PM
(sample) Online Class Break your Serger Out of the Box
An online class by Jennifer Stern
10/21/10
Basic Sewing Techniques - Waistbands
  39 Records, Last updated on 10/5/09 5:24 AM
(sample) External Link How long should my elastic be?
Sizing guideline for sewing elastic
10/5/09
Sewing for Children
  17 Records, Last updated on 9/5/09 6:11 PM
(sample) External Link Tips And Tricks For Sewing Children's Pajamas
Tips And Tricks For Sewing Children's Pajamas
9/5/09
Thread - Troubleshooting
  8 Records, Last updated on 9/5/09 5:49 PM
(sample) External Link Sewing Machine Troubleshooting: Solving Sewing Machine Problems
Skipped Stitches, Knotting or Breaking Thread, Helping Hands, Tension Adjustments, Regular Maintenance
9/5/09
Patterns - Cutting and Marking
  11 Records, Last updated on 9/5/09 5:35 PM
(sample) External Link Lay-Out, Cutting & Marking
Fabric Lay-outFabric CuttingMarking Pieces
9/5/09
Patterns - choosing size
  14 Records, Last updated on 9/5/09 5:36 AM
(sample) External Link Using a pattern twice and achieving the same fit!
Tips on choosing the right fabric
9/5/09
Fitting - Back
  8 Records, Last updated on 9/5/09 5:19 AM
(sample) External Link Problem Areas: The Back
Altering for Broad & Narrow Back from the pages of Threads Magazine - by Sandra Betzina
9/5/09
Basic Sewing Techniques - Seams
  10 Records, Last updated on 9/5/09 4:49 AM
(sample) External Link How to Sew a French Seam
Step by step directions to sew a French seam
9/5/09
Sewing for the home
  21 Records, Last updated on 9/5/09 3:21 AM
(sample) External Link Introducing Decorator Fabrics
Includes a yardage estimator. Threads online by Laurel Sprigg
9/5/09
Organizing (fabrics patterns notions etc.)
  7 Records, Last updated on 9/4/09 6:03 AM
(sample) External Link Tips:Organizing Patterns 9/4/09
Advanced Sewing Techniques - Bias sewing
  26 Records, Last updated on 9/4/09 5:42 AM
(sample) External Link What is 'Bias'?
History of bias, fear and how to make bias work for you
9/4/09
Fitting - How do I make or copy this?
  9 Records, Last updated on 9/4/09 5:38 AM
(sample) External Link Basic Pattern Drafting
What and Where to Measure -To Start -
9/4/09
Fitting - Other (e.g. leotards accessories)
  6 Records, Last updated on 9/4/09 5:35 AM
(sample) External Link Fit Clothes Correctly To Your Body Type
Right From Sandra Bettina’s Desk
9/4/09
Sewing Costumes
  7 Records, Last updated on 9/4/09 4:29 AM
(sample) External Link Sewing Spiffy Clown Tips 9/4/09
Notions - Irons
  9 Records, Last updated on 9/2/09 8:49 PM
(sample) External Link Some Pressing Tips (PDF)
PDF file from New Mexico State University by Susan Wright
9/2/09
Fitting - Drafting from scratch
  15 Records, Last updated on 9/1/09 11:33 PM
(sample) External Link Drafting A Basic Bodice Pattern
by Baroness Briana Etain MacKorkhill
9/1/09
Frequently Asked Questions on PR
  49 Records, Last updated on 10/31/07 2:46 PM
(sample)   I am new to the site. How do I find my way around here? 10/31/07
Fitting - Shoulders/Neckline
  11 Records, Last updated on 3/4/07 2:27 PM
(sample) External Link Fit For You: Shoulder Savvy
Some tips and drawings on fitting shoulders, from Sew News
3/4/07
Thread - Serger Thread
  9 Records, Last updated on 9/29/06 4:53 PM
(sample) External Link Thread - brands and types
from SewingWithTom.com
9/29/06
Basic Sewing Techniques - Sleeves
  10 Records, Last updated on 9/15/06 8:06 AM
(sample) Newsletter Article Bell Sleeves
Pattern Recreation-by Dale Chun
9/15/06
Sewing Bottlenecks
  5 Records, Last updated on 9/11/06 11:19 PM
(sample) Newsletter Article No time to sew
An article by Deepika
9/11/06
Closures - Unconventional
  2 Records, Last updated on 6/7/06 7:46 PM
(sample) Message Board Closure options
A quick listing of some possible closure alternatives, to get you thinking...
6/7/06
Sewing Formals
  3 Records, Last updated on 3/19/06 8:38 PM
(sample) Message Board Bias Cut Gown
To underline bias charmeuse or not...
3/19/06
Thread - Sewing Machine Thread
  11 Records, Last updated on 3/12/06 8:30 PM
(sample) Message Board Basting: Any tips or favorite notions?
Types of thread best for basting
3/12/06

 
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