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Sew a Lace Bolero or Shrug
The traditional season for weddings and prom festivities, late spring to early summer, brings great joy and new excitement as many bride-to-beís and young lady prom goers search for a gown, often opting for the sheer elegance and sophistication of a revealing neckline and bare shoulder look.

Sewing with Selvages
Sewers have often been instructed by pattern layout details to not use the fabric selvage edge, a word combined from self-edge, which was expected to be cut off and discarded. These factory loomed finished edges today no longer fill the waste basket or cutting room floor but have surprising uses.

Boot-cut to Skinny Jeans
The stiff, cuffed dungarees of the past used by cattlemen and miners, the 1950s and 60s youth subculture that adopted denim jeans in defiance, the bell-bottoms of the 70s and onto todayís boot-cut and skinny fashionably ripped jeans, these popular slacks experience never-ending fashion adjustments.

Sashiko - Mending and Embroidery
With the application of a simple yet versatile running stitch, you can create beautiful hand worked embroidery that is both organic and pleasingly geometric in design.

Basics of Home Sewing Patterns
A printed paper sewing pattern is like a road map; the directions on getting from one place to another are all tantalizing provided, but itís up to the reader to interpret and make sense of how to get from map point A - You Are Here, to map point B - Unfamiliar There.

Sewing Details, Old and New
The invention and general acceptance of the slide fastener or zipper as we have come to know it allowed garment sewing to become a more efficient endeavor for the home sewer. In addition, the rise of sewing pattern companies greatly enhanced the abilities of home sewers to clothe their families.

Sewing Fleece Fabric
When winter refuses to lose its grip on the weather in northern climes or when an impending fall seems chillier than expected southernmost, sewing projects made with fleece fabric seems a great compromise to using heaver woolen materials for outdoor wear.

Sewing Machine Thread Missteps
Sewing tips that can save time, cost or reveal some clever tidbit of info are always welcome. It is only those that provide really practical workable results to have expected value for the sewer. Sewing machine thread issues can provide frustrating moments if not for a few simple tips to consider.

Applique for Embellishment
Applique designs, those smaller pieces of fabric overlaid onto a larger fabric background, are often seen on quilts however they can be used as whimsical decorations on clothing, elegant patterns on curtains or artistic expressions on throw pillows, totes and fabric purses.

Easy Sewing Projects for Beginning Sewers
Learning how to thread a sewing machine, thread a needle, fill a bobbin, and stitch a straight seam may seem common-sense and elementary to a novice sewer, however there is much for a sewing newcomer to learn about sewing, and seemingly all at once. Just where to begin can be daunting.

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