Sewing Techniques

Beginner's Guide to Sewing


If you are just starting out or need to refresh some basic sewing skills, take a look at our basic guide here. We will continue to add more tips, so do keep coming back for more!

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Sewing Techniques

Sewing with Silky Fabrics

Silky garments are fabulous to wear and look luxurious so if you sew, you must have a go at sewing with them. However, sewing with silky fabrics can be tricky as they are slippery to handle and do require some specialist care, but armed with these simple tips on sewing silks you are ready to go…

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Sewing Techniques

Invisible/concealed zips

An invisible zip is wonderful – all you see is the little zipper pull at the top. Once you have mastered the insertion process, you will never look back! Follow Wendy Gardiner’s easy steps.

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Sewing Techniques

Flat Felled and Lapped Seams

There are many ways to join pieces of fabric together, or finish an edge or seam and it’s important to choose the most suitable method for your project – we look at two types of seams to create the best finish.

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Sewing Techniques

Space Dyeing

Dye fabrics using space dyeing techniques with beautiful rainbow backgrounds for using in Shibori. and other sewing porjects. Choose colours which are close to each other in the spectrum for harmonious sequences.

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Sewing Techniques

Fibre Facts Explained - part 2

this scarf mixes viscose with silk velvet and is ideal for trying the devore technique

Fibre Fact Explained – part 2 Manmade Fibres

We guide you through the facts about manmade fibres. Manmade fibres are versatile and blend well with natural fibres to produce exciting fabrics that have stretch, drape well and need very little care.

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Sewing Techniques

Decorative insets and piped edges



 


By Janet Moville
Inserting a decorative inset into pocket flaps, collars and cuffs adds a designer touch to a garment which is further enhanced by piping the edges. Here we provide the step-by-step techniques.


 


Decorative Insets and Piped Edges

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Sewing Techniques

Bodice embelllishments - designer techniques


Janet Moville shows how to turn a simple plain top or dress into something unique by adding some decorative elements to the fabric before you cut out the pieces for a fitted bodice and create a stylish ‘one-of-a-kind’ garment. Some sewing experience required.

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Fibre facts explained - part 1, Natural fibres

 


 



Fairtrade Cotton Blouse



 


Fibre Facts Explained – part 1 Natural Fibres


 


 


We guide you through what’s what, the descriptions, special features and the properties of the natural fabrics such as cotton, linen, silk and wool.

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All in one facings - designer techniques

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Sleeveless dresses and tops are a useful addition to any wardrobe but the construction can be a little tricky; at times producing less than professional results. Janet Moville provides a completely machine-able version that’s sure to please!

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