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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” […]

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, […]

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 […]

Five home décor projects to sew now

sew home décor

Did you know that every April is #DecoratingMonth? Especially after a year of lockdown, what better time to sew home décor items to spruce up the place. Sewing Projects for Your Home  All the ideas to change up your home décor listed here are suitable for beginner sewists as they are as simple as sewing […]

Tips for sewing in small spaces

sewing tips

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 customise the perfect zipper

sewing a zip

Whether you call them zips, zippers, or even fermeture éclairs, sewing a zip requires patience, concentration, and…. a zip of the right length! If you have ever experienced the frustration of not being able to continue with a sewing project because your zip is the wrong length, this post is for you. Learn how to […]

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying Your First Sewing Machine

sewing machine

Your first sewing machine purchase may feel as overwhelming as it is exciting. At the outset, it may feel like there are too many functions and features from which to choose, but these five questions will guide you to the model that best suits you and your sewing interests. 1. What is your budget?  Because […]