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Tip shows how to sew clean corners with either a butt miter joint or sewn miter joint.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS May 1999 (v.77#5) pg. M3

How to sew French seams.
HANDMADE Jul-Sep 1981 (v.1#2) pg. 15

French hand sewing. A beginner's project of a boudoir pillow gives instructions for entredeux, lace insertion and edging, roll and whip, puffing, and French seaming.
HANDMADE #18 Mar-Apr 1985 pg. 94

Getting it straight. How to plan, weave, cut and sew handwoven fabric to achieve straight seams in clothing.
HANDWOVEN Nov-Dec 1985 (v.6#5) pg. 23

A review of conventional machine-stitched seams and seam finishes.
HANDWOVEN Jan-Feb 1988 (v.9#1) pg. 21

A look at the positive and negative features of overlock (serger) machines. Several specific seam finishes are described.
HANDWOVEN May-Jun 1988 (v.9#3) pg. 24

Weaving and sewing linen garments. Suggestions on weave structures, fabric finishing, edge protection and seam finishes.
HANDWOVEN Mar-Apr 1989 (v.10#2) pg. 25

Tips from a veteran fiber show juror on pillow finishing, hems, seams and wall hanging constructions.
HANDWOVEN May-Jun 1991 (v.12#3) pg. 30

Hong Kong seam finish for bulky or felted fabrics explained.
HANDWOVEN Jan-Feb 1992 (v.13#1) pg. 61

Sewing tips. How to let out the waist of slacks or a skirt, how to reinforce the crotch seam in slacks, how to sew a very narrow hem, and tips on a quick way to rip out basting or permanent seams.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO #6 Summer 1977 (v.2#2) pg. 93

Tips on the different kinds of open and closed seams.
NEEDLE & THREAD Mar-Apr 1984 (v.4#2) pg. 7

Inside expensive designer clothing. A look at the handsewing and seam finishes that are used and instructions on how to do the same on home-sewn pieces. Covers making seams in double cloth, finishing double-cloth edges, top-seaming and matching fabric patterns.
THREADS #1 Oct-Nov 1985 pg. 41

Construction uses for decorative machine stitches. How to make seams, hems and edges that are also decorative.
THREADS #11 Jun-Jul 1987 pg. 62

How to unravel serged seams and hems without ripping.
THREADS #14 Dec 1987-Jan 1988 pg. 6
Correction THREADS #15 Feb-Mar 1988 pg. 6

Use the presser foot as a third hand (sewing bird) for easier seam ripping and handsewing.
THREADS #14 Dec 1987-Jan 1988 pg. 10

Tip on ripping a lockstitch seam using an X-Acto knife.
THREADS #19 Oct-Nov 1988 pg. 8

Tip for reinforcing grafted shoulder seam joins in a knitted garment to prevent them from stretching.
THREADS #20 Dec 1988-Jan 1989 pg. 8

Tip: A method of matching stripes (or plaids) at seams.
THREADS #20 Dec 1988-Jan 1989 pg. 8

Tip: How to prevent the seam of a skirt slit from ripping.
THREADS #21 Feb-Mar 1989 pg. 8

Tip: How to improve fit and comfort of sleeves by trimming seam allowances correctly.
THREADS #21 Feb-Mar 1989 pg. 10

Tip: Use a loop-turner tool to pull serger tails through the loops and avoid cutting off the tail and leaving a frayed edge.
THREADS #22 Apr-May 1989 pg. 10

Clothing connections. A guide to decorative seams that can be used as a facet of clothing design. Explains wrong-side-out seams, piped seams and bound seams, with several variations for each seam-type described.
THREADS #22 Apr-May 1989 pg. 24

Rediscovering the faggoting stitch, an embroidery technique that joins completely separate sections of a garment or other item. Explains preparing edges, making a stitch guide and design considerations. Instructions included for basic, miniature, doubles, miniature doubles, crosscross and weaving stitches.
THREADS #22 Apr-May 1989 pg. 50

Tips on how to sew a gathered piece to another piece so the gathers aren't distorted.
THREADS #23 Jun-Jul 1989 pg. 6

Tip on preshrinking seam tape.
THREADS #23 Jun-Jul 1989 pg. 10

Tip: Use double-sided tape to hold two layers of leather, velvet or silk together while stitching a seam.
THREADS #23 Jun-Jul 1989 pg. 10

Tip for interfacing sheer fabrics so seam allowance doesn't show through.
THREADS #26 Dec 1989-Jan 1990 pg. 14

Tip: How to flatten thick seams before stitching.
THREADS #26 Dec 1989-Jan 1990 pg. 14

Clothes to live in. Angelheart designs for comfort, fun and ease of wear are described. Includes pattern for the "I can wear Angelheart to work" jacket. Sketches show how to make flat-fell and split flat-fell seams, and how to use them to attach a placket.
THREADS #32 Dec 1990-Jan 1991 pg. 30
Added Info THREADS #38 Dec 1991-Jan 1992 pg. 6

Tip suggests using needlenose pliers to rip seams.
THREADS #33 Feb-Mar 1991 pg. 18

Techniques from the workroom of fashion designer Gene Meyer. (1) Basic pattern for a one-piece garment. (2) Cutting and marking. (3) Reinforcing corners of medium-weight and pile fabrics. (3) Seams and finishing edges of double-faced fabrics.
THREADS #34 Apr-May 1991 pg. 32

How to stitch seam allowances so they will stay open.
THREADS #40 Apr-May 1992 pg. 18

How to convert the pattern for dropped or extended shoulder seams from straight to rounded.
THREADS #41 Jun-Jul 1992 pg. 20

Tip on using a water-soluble stabilizer before serging stretchy or silky fabrics.
THREADS #44 Dec 1992-Jan 1993 pg. 12

Tip shares a manufacturing technique of batching seam sewing to save time.
THREADS #47 Jun-Jul 1993 pg. 22

Tip tells how to splice two pieces of elastic together without the bulk of an overlap.
THREADS #48 Aug-Sep 1993 pg. 12

Tip shows how to prepare a seam for understitching.
THREADS #50 Dec 1993-Jan 1994 pg. 20

Advice on adjusting seam allowances on a pattern to widths more appropriate to the shape and location.
THREADS #52 Apr-May 1994 pg. 44

How to match two crossing seam lines when stitching suede or leather without maring the fabric with pin holes.
THREADS #53 Jun-Jul 1994 pg. 16

How to avoid stretch in knit fabric when machine stitching.
THREADS #53 Jun-Jul 1994 pg. 16

Tips on ways to keep slippery, loose fabrics from slipping or shredding at the seamline.
THREADS #54 Aug-Sep 1994 pg. 14

Tip shows how to reduce seam allowances on show-through fabric by using a false French seam.
THREADS #54 Aug-Sep 1994 pg. 20

Tip for using a piece of masking tape on the thumbnail as a seam gauge.
THREADS #55 Oct-Nov 1994 pg. 14

Tip on eliminating uneven seams in velvets, corduroys and other napped fabric.
THREADS #55 Oct-Nov 1994 pg. 16

How to grade a seam allowance to reduce bulk and prevent a ridge that shows.
THREADS #55 Oct-Nov 1994 pg. 20

Rethinking pattern alteration. Describes a method involving moving only seam allowances.
THREADS #61 Oct-Nov 1995 pg. 37

Seams and edges. How to construct nearly invisible seams like those in designer Zoran's garments.
THREADS #61 Oct-Nov 1995 pg. 64

To turn a better point. Custom shirtmaker's technique for turning ultra-sharp points on collars and other corners detailed.
THREADS #63 Feb-Mar 1996 pg. 47

How to make a flat-felled seam using a felling foot on the sewing machine.
THREADS #64 Apr-May 1996 pg. 20

Sewing templates. How to make guides for foolproof hemming and topstitching.
THREADS #64 Apr-May 1996 pg. 43
Added Info THREADS #67 Oct-Nov 1996 pg. 6

Some common methods and guidelines for securing threads when machine sewing.
THREADS #67 Oct-Nov 1996 pg. 20

A technique for creating a thread handle to facilitate maneuvering around a corner when topstitching.
THREADS #68 Dec 1996-Jan 1997 pg. 12

Tip on how to use an index card to mark and record your most-used seam width settings on a particular sewing machine.
THREADS #70 Apr-May 1997 pg. 14

An alternative to three-layer Gore-Tex fabric explained. Techniques for sealing the seams of waterproof/breathable sportswear.
THREADS #72 Aug-Sep 1997 pg. 12

Easing in a seam. Three ways to ease (gathering, pinning or basting, and stretching) explained.
THREADS #72 Aug-Sep 1997 pg. 20

Easy curved piecing. A technique that uses narrow bias strips to join together curving pieces of fabric in clothing.
THREADS #72 Aug-Sep 1997 pg. 30

Simply silk. Tools and techniques for making an elegant blouse from lightweight silk. Emphasis is on the sewing techniques which include self-fabric interfacing, seam finishes, a mock-piped edge, a blind packet and bias edging.
THREADS #74 Dec 1997-Jan 1998 pg. 61
Correction THREADS #76 Apr-May 1998 pg. 10

The unforgettable slot seam. How to use it to add texture and design lines to a garment. Includes advice for modifying a pattern to accommodate slot seams.
THREADS #75 Feb-Mar 1998 pg. 32

How to machine-stitch a perfect seam from beginning to end. Several ways to start and end a seam neatly.
THREADS #76 Apr-May 1998 pg. 20

Fitting princess seams. How to alter princess seams and patterns for a larger bust.
THREADS #77 Jun-Jul 1998 pg. 22

Fagoting by machine. How to duplicate a traditional handstitched seam on a sewing machine that does zigzag stitching.
THREADS #77 Jun-Jul 1998 pg. 34

Silk thread. A description of its advantages for strong, flexible, nearly invisible seams, edge finishes and hems. How to find out whether the thread has a Z- or S-twist. How to sew a Hong Kong seam finish and a serged French seam.
THREADS #77 Jun-Jul 1998 pg. 61
Added Info THREADS #79 Oct-Nov 1998 pg. 6

Triming and grading seams. Procedures for reducing the bulk of seam allowances.
THREADS #78 Aug-Sep 1998 pg. 18

How to avoid jamming the edge of fabric in the machine when sewing a seam, especially on soft fabric.
THREADS #80 Dec 1998-Jan 1999 pg. 12
Added Info THREADS #83 Jun-Jul 1999 pg. 18

The basics on clipping and notching curved seams and corners to make seam allowances lie flat.
THREADS #80 Dec 1998-Jan 1999 pg. 14

An explanation of when and how to understitch facings, collars and pockets.
THREADS #82 Apr-May 1999 pg. 20
Added Info THREADS #83 Jun-Jul 1999 pg. 8

An easy way to turn a sharp point in a sewn corner.
THREADS #83 Jun-Jul 1999 pg. 16

Tip shows an easy way to notch a curved seam allowance without cutting into the stitching.
THREADS #83 Jun-Jul 1999 pg. 18

Techniques for ripping out machine and serger stitches.
THREADS #83 Jun-Jul 1999 pg. 20