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Plus Size Sewing: How to Identify a Flawed Fit

By Craftsy
Patterns are created on standardized figures. That means in many cases you'll have to adjust them so they can fit your unique and/or plus-sized figures correctly. Here, Barbara Deckert, who instructs Plus-Sized Pattern Fitting and Design, shares some quick ways of spotting where a garment needs alterations. Read more »

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Fun Friday: The Kids Knit All Right

By Kathy Mancall
Kathy Mancall, owner of San Francisco-based yarn store Princess Animal, offers up her guest blogging skills in this wonderful segment about teaching kids to knit. Read away and, before you know it, you'll be itching to share knitting techniques with your favorite children, too. Read more »

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Trend Spotting: Cork!

By Stefanie Japel
Cork is in! Even sewing enthusiasts are getting into the act, using cork-themed fabric, and for more practical applications. Check out these project highlights to see what we mean. Read more »
dart marked with tailor's tacks

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Free Sewing Tip: How To Use Tailor’s Tacks

By Craftsy
Chalk and other marking devices can leave permanent impressions in the garments your making. That's why Pam Howard uses a traditional technique called tailor's tacks. Watch as the instructor of the online Craftsy class, the Classic Tailored Shirt, explains it and does it in a few easy minutes. Read more »
hemming-stitch on green wool

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Free Sewing Tip: How To Make a Perfect Shirt Tail Hem

By Craftsy
Create smooth hems on your shirttails. This technique hides the stitching in recessed folds so it's completely invisible from the outside. It's called finger felling, and Pam Howard, instructor the online Craftsy class, the Classic Tailored Shirt, shows you the technique in this free video tip. Read more »
making tailors tacks

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Free Sewing Tip: How To Sew a French Tack

By Craftsy
If a lining is too loose, it gets all jumbled when you remove the garment. It it's too tight, it pulls and buckles. Pam Howard, instructor of the online Craftsy class, the Classic Tailored Shirt, has just the solution: the French tack. Check out this free video tip to learn how to master the technique! Read more »