Category Archives: Sewing Tips

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 […]

Tips for sewing in small spaces

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For most sewists, sewing is a spread-out affair. While having a massive sewing room is a dream come true, it doesn’t mean that sewing cannot be undertaken in a small space. All that is needed is some careful planning and a bit of discipline. Sewing storage Key to a streamlined sewing space is adequate storage. […]

How to Choose the Right Sewing Machine Needle

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Hands up if you have been roaring through a project only to have your sewing machine needle snap? Oh, the fury! The frustration! And, admit it, often the guilt. Guilt that you sewed over a pin or ignored that the needle was blunt. Perhaps you were not using the correct sewing machine needle for the […]

Sewing tips: 5 Tips for sewing success

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The mechanics of a sewing machine are quite simple and have not changed much since the “old days.” Yes, many sewing machines indeed have tiny computers inside now, and some have hundreds of stitches to choose from. However, the reality is that you will primarily only be using two stitches – a straight stitch and […]

Cleaning your sewing machine properly

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Keeping your sewing machine clean is an integral part of producing beautiful things with fabric and thread. After several projects, there will be an accumulation of fluff from thread and fabric in the inner workings of your sewing machine. If you leave that to accumulate for too long, your sewing machine will start to perform […]

Understanding the Nap and Print Direction of Fabrics

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If you have recently purchased a sewing machine with the sole purpose of making items of clothing or quilts, there are a few important considerations to address before getting started. Once you understand how to operate your sewing machine and when exactly to put your sewing equipment to good use, you should start learning all […]

How to Organise Your Sewing Space

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A tranquil, well-organised sewing space is sure to be conducive to more enjoyable and successful sewing machine projects. As such, here are five helpful tips for organising your sewing machine and equipment space like a real professional.  Organise Your Patterns  Begin by placing all of your patterns, whether they are printed patterns in PDF format […]

Need a Beginner Sewing Project? These Are the Best Sewing Books to Buy!

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 When taking on a sewing project as a beginner, you might run into a few snags along the way. With these great resources, you can easily find solutions to your problems and get inspired with ideas for your next sewing project at the same time. Our List of Books to Get You Started on Any […]