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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

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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, […]

Sewing Machine Maintenance for Your Business

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While it is said that “a bad workman blames his tools”, cleaning, oiling, and maintaining your sewing machine is a cornerstone of success when you are sewing for business. Basic, but regular, sewing machine maintenance will extend the life and effectiveness of any model. How Often to Service Your Sewing Machine  The frequency at which […]

Five home décor projects to sew now

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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 […]

Not Your Grandma’s Quilt – Quilting for Profit

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Since 1989, every third Saturday in March has been Quilting Day. In preparation for 20 March, it is time to haul out your sewing machine and get cracking! Not (Necessarily) Your Grandma’s Quilt  According to the history books, “the first remnants of quilting were dated to 3400BC, showing that this art form had existed far […]

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. […]