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Tips For Cutting Fabrics Properly

Whether your an experienced sewer with many successful projects under your belt or you’re just getting started with a needle and thread, there are always ways to improve your technique to ensure that the fabric you’re working on produces an end product that you will fall in love with.

Cutting fabrics into a pattern is something that many people struggle with, so the following tips are intended to offer you a little bit of help, ensuring you get the perfect pattern every time. » Read more..

Tips For Working With Slippery Fabrics

As you may have noticed, we have a new stock of polyester fabrics in this month, so we figured what better time than now to take a look at some tips for working with it and other slippery fabrics?

Such materials can often be a challenge simply due to the fact that it is often difficult to keep it completely still, whether its on the cutting table or sewing machine. By following these tips you should encounter fewer problems. » Read more..

Tips For Working With Fleece

While fleece is generally quite easy to care for, it can be fairly difficult to work with. This is particularly the case if you are used to working with softer fabrics that are easier to manage, such as silk or cotton.

However, with the right knowledge you should find that you can create garments using fleece without too much trouble. Here are a couple of tips to get you started. » Read more..

Caring For Cotton Clothing

Whenever you work with any fabric it is important to understand that every type of fabric is different and thus requires different methods when it comes to preparation and maintenance. In most cases, this should not be a problem as long as you understand what you need to do to ensure your fabrics remain in good condition.

In this guide we will be delving into the world of cotton, with the aim of providing you with information that will allow you to take care of your fabric for longer. » Read more..

Sewing The Zigzag Stitch

A couple of weeks back we looked at the basics of sewing in a straight line, which is something that we hope everybody how is just starting out with the sewing machine found useful. This week we are going to make things a little bit more complicated and examine how you can sew a zigzag stitch into your fabric. » Read more..

Using Your Sewing Machine to Sew a Straight Line

As part of our series on learning how to sew using a sewing machine, we are now going to be look at the basics of actually using your machine. Assuming you have become acquainted with your sewing machine, here we will be taking a look at how to tackle the most basic skill in machine sewing, so you need not worry about damaging any of your fabrics.

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The Basic Sewing Essentials

If you’re just getting started in the wonderful world of fabrics and sewing, or even if you have experience already but could use a little help, it can often be a difficult to get everything that you need together to ensure that your project goes off without a hitch. After all, there is so much sewing paraphernalia available that choosing the right things to get started can be a bother, particularly if you are working to a budget.

With that in mind, we have decided to compile a short list of the things that you definitely need to have when you get started.

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Sewing Machines For Beginners

Pink sewing machine

So the time has finally come and you’re ready to really get to grips with your new hobby. You’ve been sewing by hand for a little while and think you’ve gotten the hang of it, so you’ve finally splashed the cash and come home with a brand new sewing machine.

Exciting times! However, before you start using it there are a few things that you need to know about your new toy if you are going to make the best use of it. Here we present a beginner’s guide to sewing machines for those who have never used one before. Of course, just bear in mind that every machine is going to be a little different, so we are going to look at the things that are generally standardised across all of them.

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Achieving the Perfect Fit When You Sew

One of the many frustrations that people have with modern clothing is the lack of proper fit that they provide. As they are made to set standards, it is rare to find an item that truly clings in all of the right places and provides that comfortable fit that means you rarely ever have to adjust.

Of course, one of the best ways to get around this is to sew your own clothes instead. This can range from crafting your own designs through to simply making changes to an existing garment so that it suits your body type better.

Here we will take a look at some of the tips that will help you to achieve that perfect fit. » Read more..

To Pin Or Not To Pin: Which Straight Pins Are For You?

Fabric pins

As any experienced sewer will be able to tell you, a god set of straight pins is absolutely essential if you are going to get the job done right. In fact, they are right up there with your needle and thread in terms of things that you need to ensure you get the accuracy and quality that you are looking for from your sewing. However, there are also a whole bunch of different pins available, with all of them serving their own purposes. It can be a little bit intimidating for the sewing newbie, so here we will be giving you a brief breakdown of the different types of straight pins that you are likely to run into. » Read more..