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PLEAT PRIMER • Pleats are pressed folds in fabric that control fullness and add texture. Add pleats to garments, such as skirts and pants, and home-décor projects, such as curtains and tablecloths. Fast and precise pleats require accurate measurements and a few must-have tools.
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FLATLOCK savvy • Functional, decorative, and comfortable, the flatlock is one of the most versatile stitches on a serger. Eager to give this stitch a try? Learn the best tips and techniques to achieve a perfect flatlock on your serger.
FLATLOCK AT A GLANCE
Zero Waste SEWING • From the purchases we make to the sewing patterns we use, reducing waste in your sewing practice is possible. Read on to learn more about zero waste sewing patterns, which use 100% of fabric yardage with no scraps or waste.
ZERO WASTE PATTERN DESIGNERS • Consider these designers as you experiment with zero waste patterns.
2 TIER or not 2 TIER? • Stitch a stylish tiered dress that features a removable tier to transform into a ruffle blouse.
Stripe DREAM • Couching is a technique that secures fiber to a fabric surface with stitching. Learn how to use a basic couching technique to enhance a basic striped woven top.
SEWSTAINABLE: JACKET PACK • Refashion an outdated leather jacket into a modern backpack featuring hand-painted accents.
CAMP SHIRT trio • Use a short-sleeve button-up shirt pattern as a base to create three different hem alterations.
Laid-Back Lace • Elevate your favorite T-shirt pattern with a lace godet sleeve insertion for added movement and style.
BRIM Bouquet • Add fun floral hand embroidery to a basic baseball cap for a cool custom look.
HAND EMBROIDERY STITCHES • Learn the most common hand embroidery stitches to easily complete a simple project.
Walkabout TUNIC • This loose-fitting tunic is the perfect light layer for spring. With a simple button closure and available in sizes XS through 7XL, this tunic provides ample coverage over a cami or a strappy dress or as a blouse.
BANDANA Bonanza • Easily alter a knit jumpsuit pattern to feature wide legs for a stylish look with added drama.
BUTTON-UP BLOUSON • Easily alter a basic knit blouse into a button-up for a twist on a classic look.
BLOUSE OPTIONS • Learn how to create fabric button loops for the featured blouse and optional side ties for a different look.
NEW #SEWSCRAPPY Coin Pouch • Bust your fabric stash with a custom coin purse to hold change, lip balm or even a phone. Learn how to draft a pattern for any size or shape of clasp frame.
NO SCRAP SET • What’s better than a matching set consisting of a skirt and ruffled top? A matching set that you can sew without any fabric waste! These coordinating pieces can be sewn with two yards of fabric of varying widths, with no scraps left behind.
DESIGNING in half-scale • Looking to practice your dressmaking skills, develop patterns, and make design adjustments in an efficient manner? Discover more about drafting and draping in half scale with Threadora Gowns founder, Britney King.
ADDITIONAL DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS
SEWING FOR GOOD: Operation Smile
HOW TO MAKE SMILE BAGS • Pattern provided by Operation...