See to Sew

See to Sew

It’s always easier to pick up a new technique or understand a subject if you see it in action. ISEW is therefore delighted to bring you a series of DVD clips to help you gain confidence with sewing, (and more will be added over the coming months). Click on any of the headings listed below to enjoy a virtual lesson that takes you step by step through the most commonly asked queries or sewing techniques to help you get the most from your sewing.

Sewing Machine Savy

Sewing Machine Savy thumbnailGet started with your new sewing machine with confidence. Go through the threading sequence and understand the basic features that all machines have. We also show how to achieve the perfect stitch sample and how to adjust stitch length and width to further expand your repertoire of stitches. If you have a new machine, or one that has been in the cupboard for ages now is the time to get it out – we’ll show you how to conquer the fear of taking the first step. Sewing machine savvy


Looking at Patterns

looking at patterns thumbnailStarting at the very beginning, we take a good look at just what is in a paper pattern. We show the wealth of information included, and what to look for when making your pattern choice. Watch and learn how to make a garment with confidence. Looking at Patterns


Layout and Cutting

Layout and cutting thumbnailHaving chosen a pattern and cut out the relevant pieces, the next big step is to lay them on the fabric and cut out. It can be scary! Gain confidence as we show you how pattern pieces are laid out following the right diagram, and explain what the markings, notches and lines and circles mean – all of which help to sew successfully. Layout and Cutting


Vilene Interfacing products


Vilene have produced a series of 50 short visual dvd clips showing how their various products are applied to fabric. Follow this link to view the selection which covers everything from special bias tape and edge fix to standard interfacings, all stabilisers, hem tapes and volume fleece.

Darts – top tips on creating shaping with darts

Darts are used to add shape or eliminate excess fabric. Wendy Gardiner shows, step by step, how to successfully make single darts and double ended darts plus tips on dealing with heavyweight, thick fabrics. From marking, folding, stitching and pressing, follow the easy steps and create your own perfect darts. Darts

Why needles and threads break – a trouble shooting guide to getting it right

Needles and threads do break, but the reason can be simply rectified to ensure trouble free sewing.  Often it’s as simple as incorrect threading, threading with the presser foot down, or a blunt needle. Wendy Gardiner takes us through the most common causes for breakage and provides the simple steps to get it right. Needles and threads

Zips – invisible zip insertion made easy!

Wendy Gardiner works, step by step through the technique of inserting a concealed or invisible zip. This type of zip has the teeth on the underside so that when sewn in place, to the seam allowance only, all that shows from the right side is a dainty zipper pull! A favourite method of hers, she shows that by using an invisible zip foot, the insertion is easy and virtually invisible – just as it should be. Zips

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