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January 12 2011 Costuming Newsletter

Greetings from snowy New England,
It's a great time to hunker down and sew costumes, don't you think? I'm working on figure skating dresses for a show coming up in February. Perfect work for a blizzard.

Here's this issue's sewing tip:
"My upper thread is breaking! Why?"
These are the most common causes:
-The needle is in backwards
-Machine is threaded wrong
-Tension is too tight
-The needle is dull or bent or too long for the machine
-Thread is too fat for the needle being used
-There's a burr on the needle or throat plate
-The take-up spring is bent or broken
-Threads are not pulled back under presser foot when you start sewing
-Lint or dirt buildup around the bobbin area

Get more great sewing tips in this book:
1,000 Clever Sewing Shortcuts and Tips

Here's the latest article from the Costuming site at
How to Make Your Own Beaded Appliques
Learn how to make these easy and cheap costume embellishments with just a little scrap fabric and a handful of beads.

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Julie Anne Eason, Costuming Editor

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