Sewing Techniques

Stitched Flowers

Stitched Flowers

Our technique and project this month is about embellishing with stitched flowers.We show how to use a new sewing machine accessory and provide a project that can be created either with embroidery stitching or the flower stitch attachment.

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Sewing Techniques

Lingerie and Bra Making Top Ten Tips


Lingerie and Bra Making
Learn to sew the briefest of garments! We’ve the top tips for fabric, cutting, care and sewing from expert Lorna Knight.

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Three steps to trouser re-shaping

Three steps to trouser re-shaping 

By Janet Moville

Trouser fashion shapes change with current trends, the latest being the ‘skinny black pant’. Unfortunately, fashionable shapes don’t suit every figure so knowledge of how to change these to a style of your choice is very valuable.

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Buttons and Buttonholes

Buttons and Buttonholes

With so many people wary of even sewing on buttons nowadays, we’ve included an easy step-by-step guide as well as demystifying the art of stitching perfect buttonholes. It’s easy when you know how!

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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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Seams

A seam is quite simply where two or more layers of fabric are stitched together. There are different types of seaming suitable for different fabrics and projects.

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Darts

Darts are one of the ways used to shape fabric to fit over body contours at bust, hips and shoulders. The majority are single V-shape, with the widest part of the V at the outer edge, tapering to a point.

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Hemming

The choice of hemming method will depend on personal preference, fabric type and project being hemmed. However, two commonly used hemming methods are blind hem and double hem.

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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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Bias Binding

Bias Binding

Bound edges look great on edge to edge jackets, necklines, sleeveless armholes and a whole lot of soft furnishings. At the same time as providing a decorative finishing touch, they cover, and thus neaten raw edges.

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