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Dive into Summer and Sew a Cozzie

Sewing Swimwear

Sewing swimsuits, or cozzies as we call them, seems like a bit of a stretch for most sewists. But you know what else is terrifying? Trying on bathing suits with those plastic crotches, flappy curtains, and unflattering lighting! This summer, tackle the challenge face on and sew a swimming costume with the help of these […]

Explore Your Sewing Heritage

Sewing Heritage

Knowledge fosters confidence when sewing different fabrics. This will come in handy if your next sewing project is creating a spectacular Heritage Day outfit. Cultures of South Africa With eleven official languages and eight other recognised languages, South Africa’s culture is one of the most diverse in the world. The vibrancy of our “Rainbow Nation” […]

Do You Need an Overlocker?

Do You Need an Overlocker? People often ask about the difference between a sewing machine and an overlocker.  A sewing machine and an overlocker have similar functions but there are differences that make them highly complementary. About Overlockers Overlockers are also known as sergers. They specialise in knitting edges of cloth to give a neat […]

Southpaw Sewing

Southpaw Sewing

Southpaw Sewing If you are right-handed, you have probably never considered the difficulties of left-handed sewing. Every task involved in sewing projects favours right-handed people, so to mark International Left Handers Day on Friday 13th let’s consider our lefty sewists. Looking Back in Time Back in the 1600s, left-handed people were suspected of witchcraft and […]

Sewing Room Essentials for your Sewing Business

Sewing Room Essentials for your Sewing Business The old adage about using “the right tool for the job” also applies to your sewing business. Just as you planned your sewing machine purchase, now it is time to invest in the right sewing room essentials. Essential Sewing Room Furniture An ergonomically designed chair is essential when […]

Easy Charitable Sewing Projects for Mandela Day

Easy Charitable Sewing Projects for Mandela Day Why not take on some sewing machine projects for this year’s Nelson Mandela International Day on 18 July? About Mandela Day Every 18 July since the United Nations declared his birthday an international day, the world has reflected on Nelson Mandela’s legacy, grateful for his life, his leadership, […]

Sew Your Way to Financial Success

sewing for business

If you love sewing and are skilled at it, you have probably considered sewing for business. Being your own boss and achieving financial success can become the result of taking your hobby to the next level. How to Start a Sewing Business  Right from the outset you need to ask yourself pertinent questions that help […]

Gifts to Sew for Mom

Mother’s Day

This year, Mother’s Day falls on 9 May. Why not use your overlocker and/or sewing machine to sew a meaningful gift for your mom at a fraction of the cost of store bought – and way more fun too! Clicking on the headings will take you to the relevant tutorial. Sew Neat and Tidy Organisation […]