By Doug Merlino

Combined martial arts is America's fastest-growing sport-around the rustic, new gyms open their doorways as enthusiastic audience song in to UFC fits. even though a few brush off it as brutal strive against, its opponents are one of the such a lot devoted athletes in any area. yet MMA additionally takes a heavy toll at the physique, and it's an extraordinary fighter who can generate profits within the sport's best ranks.

Beast follows 4 high-level warring parties at one of many sport's elite gyms, Florida's American best crew. Doug Merlino had unparalleled entry, education along the boys for 2 years, touring to their suits, and consuming of their houses. Mirsad Bektic, a tender Bosnian refugee who begun in karate as a boy in Nebraska, desires of stardom. Jeff Monson, a battered veteran at 41, is an outspoken, tattooed anarchist having fun with a strange burst of superstar in Russia. Steve Mocco is a newcomer-a former Olympic wrestler from a close-knit, highbrow kin. eventually, there's Daniel Straus, who, from a existence brief on chance, fights his means as much as name competition. All will event electrifying highs and occupation lows, and Merlino takes us alongside each step of ways whereas additionally studying the heritage, tradition, company, and which means cage combating. A publication for either the uninitiated and the hard-core fan, Beast bargains a desirable trip into a frequently misunderstood international.

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If you have trouble achieving a consistent backstitch length (as I do), this stitch can help camouflage that little imperfection. The stem and outline stitches are basically the same except for the position of the thread. I almost always refer to both stitches as stem stitch out of habit, but I use the abbreviation OS for both stitches to keep them from being confused with SS for the satin stitch. When stitching a straight line, it doesn’t really matter if you use the stem stitch or the outline stitch.

If you have trouble achieving a consistent backstitch length (as I do), this stitch can help camouflage that little imperfection. The stem and outline stitches are basically the same except for the position of the thread. I almost always refer to both stitches as stem stitch out of habit, but I use the abbreviation OS for both stitches to keep them from being confused with SS for the satin stitch. When stitching a straight line, it doesn’t really matter if you use the stem stitch or the outline stitch.

For most of the projects in this book, I also strongly recommend a 4˝ × 4˝ square ruler (see Trimming Embroidered Blocks, pages 30–33). Basic Quilting Instructions 39 Seam Allowances A 1/4˝ seam allowance is used for most of the sewn projects. It’s a good idea to do a test seam before you begin sewing to check that your 1/4˝ is accurate. Pressing In general, press seams toward the darker fabric. In some cases, I recommend pressing seams open. Press lightly in an up-and-down motion; do not push or pull the iron across the fabric.

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