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Get to Know your Presser Feet and Needles

I love teaching people how to really get to grips with their sewing machines and get to know presser feet and needles, which is why this is one of the classes I am teaching at the Great British Sewing Bee Live next week. All four of my classes are fully booked, which is very satisfying.…

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Knitting and Stitching Show Animation!

I just love this little Knitting and Stitching show animation video. Produced by Sara Simi, who also made the very cheeky  Nudiknits video (which you really should google and check out), it is so cute. And a bit of insider knowledge – the Knitting and Stitching Logo seen at the end was created by the…

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Vintage Style Dress Pattern – Butterick 6380

Gertie Dress 1 Featured Image

I made this fabulous vintage style dress pattern from Butterick 6380 which has a sweetheart neckline created by the tabs on either side. A nifty idea! Checking sizing I made up the pattern to check the fit and finish for this design for McCalls. Something I do occasionally as their Brand Ambassador. Usually I have…

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Which Needle for What Fabric Demystified!

Trousers and Top

Ensure your outfits are perfectly stitched every time – use the right sort of needle! Problems with stitching are rarely caused by the wrong tension and more often caused by blunt or the wrong type of needle. Having the right sewing machine needle helps stitch evenly, prevents snags, unwanted gathering or visible needle holes etc.…

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No Sew 3-4 Minute Poncho

No Sew Poncho

I’m a bit of a blogaholic today – with a second blog about some fabulous fabric I can’t wait to get my hands on. And fortunately as Geoff Rosenburg will be at the Knitting and Stitching show in Alexandra Palace next week (5-9th October) I won’t have to wait too long! Jenni, who runs Stitch…

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Sew for Autumn

Sew For Autumn

Sad to say, the nights are drawing in and it is getting cooler so I am definitely on the hunt for patterns to make something a little warmer! I’ve just finished making Butterick 6388, with a few amendments! I had a metre each of a fabulous double knit jersey in pink and royal blue (I…

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Beginner’s Guide to Sewing

Janome CXL301 Sewing Machine

If you are just starting out or need to refresh some basic sewing skills, take a look at our basic guide here. We will continue to add more tips, so do keep coming back for more! PATTERNS Sizing Choose a pattern by your measurements and NOT by your ready-to-wear size (it may not be the same size).…

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Top Ten Tips to Improve Your Sewing

Sewing with a sewing machine

No matter how experienced at sewing, there is always something new to learn. Here are my Top Ten Tips to Improve Your Sewing and to make it all as stress free as possible! 1. Choose the right pattern size Firstly, remember the right pattern size might NOT be the same size as you’d buy ready-to-wear…

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