Sewing Techniques

Measuring curtains and blinds

To make curtains and blinds that fit perfectly, you first need to take accurate measurements. This also helps determine the amount of fabric and other supplies needed.


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Stitch and Gather

There are a number of ways of stitching and gathering fabric – mandy Southan looks at the technique of Ori Nui to create beautiful coloured fabrics.

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Embellish a sweater with flowers

place stickers where you want to embroider the flowers until a pleasing pattern is achieved

This month is all about embellishing with stitched flowers. Customise a cardigan using a new sewing flower stitch attachment or using some embroidery stitching. A great idea for bringing new life to an old sweater!

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Lining trousers

Add a lining to trousers and you provide a smooth line as well as help prevent bagging at the seat. Rosemary Simpson has some simple tips to follow.

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Surface Design and Texture

add surface decoration and texture

Your sewing machine has lots of stitching options that go way beyond the basics of straight stitch, zigzag, and overedge. But what to do with all those fancy stitches? With a little imagination, you can mix and match stitches, ribbons, and threads to create one-of-a-kind designs and textures for your projects. Here are just a few ideas to get you started.

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Skirt Block

Skirts are one of the easiest things to make without a store-bought pattern, so why not jump in and give it a try?  We’ve the how-to tips by Francesca Denhartog and Carole Ann Camp from Sew What Skirts.

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Patch Pockets

Add a pocket or two to ramp up an outfit. Here we show how to create patch pockets – pockets on the surface of the garment. Follow the easy step by step guide and you can confidently add pockets to anything!

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Luxurious Lingerie - part 1

Underwear – bras, briefs and tights convey an idea of practicality while the word lingerie conjures up more of a picture of delicate, feminine underwear. We cannot ignore the function of what is worn beneath women’s clothing but we can make sure it looks good and is designed well!

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Hidden tab tops

These curtain panels look pleated when they’re open – thanks to the hidden tabs, which fold to the back and slide along the rod. It’s an easy soft furnishing project that looks a million dollars!

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Tips on Sewing with Children

Project Runway patterns for children to sew from Simplicity



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