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

I wrote these tips for Simplicity after seeing the challenge on the second episode of the Great British Sewing Bee. Silky garments are fabulous to wear and look luxurious so if you sew, you must have a go at sewing with them.

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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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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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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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Applying Elastic

Elastic comes in many different sizes and colours although by far the most common is the straight edge elastic that comes in white or black, ranging from 3 mm to 8 cm wide (1/8 – 3”).

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Beginner's guide to free machine embroidery

Free machine embroidery gives you complete creative freedom in creating whatever designs you like with a sewing machine. You can decide how large or small the stitches are, as well as how dense or spread apart they will be. Kate Hopper provides a quick guide to get started.

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Colour and warmth

Add some colour to your winter wardrobe following Sue Locke’s simple ideas and if you feel the cold, find out how to glam up gloves, make leg warmers and a funky throw.


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A cup full!

A beautifully fitted dress looks stunning but for those of us with bigger than average busts, fitting can be tricky! Wendy Gardiner shares a clever fitting tip.

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Creating an hourglass shape in a loose-fitting blouse


To give a more flattering silhouette to a blouse the side seams may be taken in at the waist and vertical darts added to the front and back to give the garment an hourglass shape.

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