Wash, Rinse, Repeat

My tip of the day is PRE-WASH YOUR FABRIC! All fabric. Every time. "But, but..." I hear you say, "I'm impatient to get started. It will make my fabric curl/fray. Is is really that important?" Well tough, yes it will and yes it is. Pre-washing is vital before starting...

Confession Time…

I am absolutely terrible for cleaning my machines. Or rather, for NOT cleaning my machines. I am forever getting caught up in a design or a deadline and I think 'I'll do it tomorrow'. Then tomorrow becomes the next day and the next day becomes the next week. Before I...

An Easy Rule(r) To Follow

For those of you looking to step up your game from 'home-made' to 'hand-made', a sharply-pressed, even hem can work wonders. To help you along the way I have created a nifty little ruler. You simply pop it between your layers of fabric, line it up with the correct...

Getting To The Point – Choosing The Right Needle

Did you know that there are different needles for different fabrics? Or are you guilty of sewing everything with a universal needle and hoping for the best? (Confession: even I do this when I'm in a hurry!) Here's a quick run down of the most common needles you're...

Don’t Be Afraid of Stretch Fabrics!

If you take a look inside your wardrobe you’ll probably find that the majority of your clothes are made using stretch, or knit fabrics. However, many people are reluctant to use them for their own sewing projects thinking that they’re tricky to use or require special...

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