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Sewing Basics

There are hundreds of supplies to choose from in the sewing notions aisle! It can be overwhelming as a beginner sewer to know which items are absolutely necessary to finish a project. We've broken down the tools that every sewer should have--and what they're used for--so you're not clueless next time you step into a crafts store or read a pattern!

With just a few basic stitches, you can create dynamic embroidered effects. Combine the basics and you can elevate the texture and dimension of your designs. Don’t be afraid to allow yourself creative leeway—make your own variations and you may be surprised at the results. Follow the step-by-step instructions to learn these 13 essential stitches.

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