How to choose the correct size of pattern

One of the main problems with commercial paper patterns, is that they are not sized like ready-made high street clothing. Therefore you can’t go into the fabric shop and buy a pattern in your regular dress size.  Pattern sizing also varies between the different pattern companies too, so it helps to be prepared when you go shopping for your pattern.

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Generation Hop

Sewing is an activity that can be undertaken by everyone, and spans the generations, as evidenced in this photo.  Here we have 14 year-old Sophie and her Gran (14 years plus), learning to make a fold-up tote shopping bag.  This was Sophie’s first ever sewing project and she thoroughly enjoyed it.  Read more

Get to Grips with Zips

One of the basic dressmaking skills you’ll need is the ability to insert a zip.  As my Tuesday evening regulars agreed last night, whatever you want to make – a skirt, trousers or dress, you need to put in a zip.  Here they are getting to grips with zips.  Everyone agreed that they’re not so difficult after all once you know how!
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Project: Make a super-cute Jam Jar Pin Cushion

Have you got a lovely little jar that’s just too nice to throw away?  Well now you know what to do with it! Click on the link for the free download project sheet with instructions on how to make this lovely pincushion and storage for your sewing bits ‘n’ bobs. These make great gifts for friends who like sewing too!
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Get to the Point! How to choose the correct sewing machine needles.

Using the correct sewing machine needles is important to achieve a successful outcome to your sewing project. Sewing Machine needles come in an assortment of types and sizes. The wrong needle can cause issues such broken needles or threads, uneven or skipped stitches, and snags or holes in the fabric. You should choose your needle firstly according to the fabric construction, then the fabric
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Get to know your Sewing Machine

I had a client this week who was having trouble altering her T-shirts. She was quite short in the body and needed to take up most of her tops or they were more like mini-dresses. She’d bought a new sewing machine last year, and came to me for help convinced that the tension was wrong. The top she had recently altered had several breaks in the sewing of the hem and there were lots of skipped stitches.
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Are you practising Safe Sewing?

How to practice safe sewing.

If you’ve been using a sewing machine for a while and are completely comfortable with them, it’s easy to be blasé but remember they are electrical devices and are potentially dangerous. You could also cause damage to your machine by incorrect use.

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Are You Sitting Comfortably?

I see many students who come to me because they’re having difficulties using a sewing machine and quite often the issues are very easily resolved. Sometimes the problems start the moment they sit at the machine so here’s a few quick tips to make sure your sewing session is successful, and isn’t damaging your health. Read more