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Sew Your Way to Financial Success

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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 […]

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 […]

Stitch Non-sweet Easter Treats

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If you celebrate Easter, it is on 4 April this year. In other words, there is still time for some non-sweet Easter sewing projects. Trying to limit the number of sugary treats you give your children (or yourself), does not prevent you from having a hippity-hoppity Easter. All you need is a little imagination and […]

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 […]

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying Your First Sewing Machine

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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 […]

The history of the sewing machine

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Sewing machine history is anything but dull! From sewing by hand using needles made from bones or horns and animal sinew as thread over 20 000 years ago to the high-tech sewing machines of today, a lot happened. Read on to find out more. Industrial Revolution As far back as 1755, a British patent was […]