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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

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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

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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?

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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..

Using Fabrics For Backdrops, Banners and Exhibitions

Choosing the right fabrics for your exhibition or any other staged event is vitally important. Select the wrong ones and you run the risk of your event coming off as cheap, which in turn can lead to potential visitors deciding to give your exhibition stands a miss. A lot goes into the design of a great stand and it is means the merging of everything from the company’s marketing message through to the branding and the materials used to create the stand in the first place.

All of this combines to form the first impression on the visitor, so we thought we would provide a little bit of help with at least one of these factors. Backdrops, photography screens and much more can be incorporated into an exhibition stand. » Read more..

Keeping you cool: Top Ten Fabrics for Summer Clothing

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Summer is on its way and we are already feeling the heat thanks to what appears to be one of the warmest Aprils in recent memory if early indications are anything to go by. With the warmer weather comes a complete change in wardrobe, which the ardent fabric lover will relish as an opportunity to try out a few new designs to add to their summer clothes collection. With the heat most definitely on, it is crucial that you choose the right fabrics for your project, so here we aim to look at the top ten materials that are perfect for summer clothing. » Read more..

How to Wash Your Curtains

The curtains are an oft-neglected aspect of the house when cleaning is undertaken. While some may beat them to get rid of dust, it is comparatively rare that people will go to the effort of washing them properly. After all, it’s not like they get covered in dirt on a regular basis.

This means that Curtainsif they do end up getting dirty for whatever reason, many people don’t know where to start when it comes to giving them a good wash. With this article we aim to provide a few tips that can be used should you find yourself in this situation.

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