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My top 5 sewing gadgets

I am a total sewing gadget fiend! It was hard to think of my fav 5 tools but here they are A bias binder maker- awesome little gadget, use up scrap fabrics to make matching bias binding, available readily i … Continue reading

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S-T-R-E-T-C-H your sewing skills- How to sew with knit fabrics

Knitted fabrics have transformed the modern wardrobe, removing many tricky fitting problems because it moulds around the body. Take a look in your wardrobe and I’m sure you’ll find a couple of your fav clothes are made from knit fabric.  It seems that whilst … Continue reading

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How to choose the correct pattern size for skirts and Trousers

How to choose your correct pattern size for skirts or Trousers. The most important thing to remember about sewing from Commercial patterns is that the sizing is VERY DIFFERENT to High street ready to wear sizes. Generally pattern sizes are … Continue reading

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Learning to sew in 2015?- How to buy a sewing machine.

Decided to take up sewing as one of  your new year resolutions? The most important pieces of a sewing kit is the sewing machine. Here’s my first ever machine …….. simple, and cute, but teeny! Start by considering what you’ll want … Continue reading

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Sew a last minute Christmas Stocking

Ok, it’s just over a week away… I mean the big day, the day that for many is finally a day of rest when we celebrate with our families and give and receive tokens of their affection. Christmas day.. For … Continue reading

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Scared to hem chiffon- Pin hemming is the professional’s top trick!

The party season has arrived, luckily in London so have the sales, meaning bargain party dresses. If like me, you often need to shorten your frocks, then fear those delicate fabrics no more! Pin hemming is a great way to … Continue reading

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Pressies for crafty friends

Present ideas for Crafty pals

It’s fast approaching the end of the year, and for most of us that means a season of present buy and gift giving. As a sewing fanatic, i now i’m not alone in my fascination with sewing themed goodies, so … Continue reading

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The Beginners Guide to Dressmaking- A book review

I was asked by Wendy Ward, a sewing tutor from Brighton to take a look at her new book. She very kindly sent me a copy, but I had planned to grab one anyway. I ‘met’ Wendy via twitter ages … Continue reading

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Linton Tweed- An iconic British fabric

                In the first Series of the Great British Sewing Bee, we saw Ann making a Channel style edge to edge jacket from delicious Linton Tweed. This fabric is associated with french couture, … Continue reading

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Great British Sewing Bee semi finale- Tips for draping and copying existing clothes

Can’t Believe it’s the semi final of the second series of the bee already! This week’s them was all about sewing without a pattern! Whilst this may seem daunting to home sewers used to working from commercial patterns,it can actually … Continue reading

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