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Creative Sewing Weekends planned for 2018

We’ve two great Creative Sewing weekends planned for 2018, both to be held at a new venue in Haslemere. I say new venue but actually, the weekends will be held The Georgian Hotel, Haslemere, which is an 18th century building, turned into a hotel in the 1920s. Recently bought by a couple, the staff and…

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Home Made Quick Christmas Crackers

Rather than spend  money on glitzy crackers with plastic gifts that you throw away, make some Home Made  Quick Christmas Crackers and fill them with little gifts that are personal to your family or friends. They really are quick to make and can be reused year after year.   MATERIALS 29 x 17cm cotton fabric…

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So Simple Crazy Patchwork

Whilst at Festival of Quilts I did a demo on so simple crazy patchwork by machine. It is a technique I love, it uses up scraps of fabric, grows really quickly and can look amazing! Take a look and I bet you will be addicted too.

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Not so Mystery Guest on BBC Radio 2

I had the pleasure of being Chris Evan’s BBC 2 radio show as his ‘not so mystery guest’ on Thursday last week. We were talking about sewing machines as his young son Eli wants one for Christmas so Chris wanted advice on what to buy as a sewing newbie. It was great fun and the…

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Sewing with Faux Fur

Shrug from McCalls 7289

There are lots of lovely faux fur garments in the shops this winter and so of course, it’s time to start sewing with faux fur. I’ve just finished McCalls 7289, a little shrug made from two simple pattern pieces that is a great little topper for evenings out.   SEWING TIPS Needle choice – The…

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The Great British Sewing Bee Live show

Patrick and Esmee were lovely, friendly and ready for snap shots with fans!

The first ever Great British Sewing Bee Live show is now over and wow, what an amazing success it was. As usual, I was there to set up and run the workshop area, which this time included a mini service on the 80 sewing machines we were using – a mammoth task completed in a…

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Christmas Stocking from Easy to Use Makower Fabric Panel

Make some fabulous Christmas stockings from easy to use Makower fabric panels. Each year they bring out a new selection of pre-printed panels and this one is so colourful. Not only can you make one or two stockings (the panel has two stockings printed on it, either use them back to back, or as fronts…

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Fusing Interfacing Successfully

A lot of people have difficulty getting iron-on interfacing to stay fused in place. Sometimes it ‘bubbles’ once the garment is worn, and then nothing can be done! This short clip shows how I  fuse iron-on interfacing in place permanently.

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Hemline self covered buttons

Self covered buttons are such a fab product to have in your workbox. You can create perfectly matched buttons anytime, without having to scour the shops for a matching set! In this clip, I show how easily these Hemline buttons are to assemble

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