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  • Which is the Best Sewing Machine for me to Buy?

    Which is the best sewing machine for me?

    Buying a new sewing machine can be an incredibly exciting and daunting prospect. The huge and varied options available can be so overwhelming. In this video we’ll share our expert knowledge to help you identify what to consider when choosing the best sewing machine for you whether you are a complete beginner or a very experienced sewist.

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  • Sewing A Denim Skirt And Cosy Top

    Sewing A Denim Skirt And Cosy Top

    I have been chomping at the bit to get started on my Autumn/Winter handmade wardrobe. If you saw my fabric haul vlog last week you will understand why! There are so many gorgeous, cosy fabrics on our website right now. I decided to start with a simple denim skirt and a cosy long sleeved Tshirt. I'm really pleased with how they turned out and know I will wear them all winter long.

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  • Autumn Winter Fabric Haul Vlog

    Autumn Winter Fabric Haul Vlog

    I have been dying to share our new Autumn Winter fabric range with you all. It is stunning! Finally they are up on the site and I can drool over them in public. We have a fabulous new coating range and a selection of suiting fabrics which, by the way, were all over the Autumn Winter catwalks. Not to mention some glorious jerseys and pontes perfect for cosy tops, jumpers and dresses. Plus we have Liberty lawn in stock! This really is a must watch, your winter wardrobe is simply crying out for these beauties.

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  • Last Of The Summer Sewing

    Last Of The Summer Sewing

    Ok so it isn't really summer dress sewing weather right now, but there's always room for one last hurrah. Plus I promised myself I'd make this pattern and use some of this gorgeous fabric ages ago. The two make a winning combo and will come in handy for my trip to the Canaries in October. If you won't be seeing any more sunshine this year I'll also share my fabric recommendations to create an on trend Autumn/Winter evening dress with the maxi pattern.

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  • Understitching Tutorial

    Understitching Tutorial

    Angela has always taught me the importance of mastering basic sewing techniques. Get the foundations right and your handmade garments will look professionally made. Get them wrong and they will look more Becky from home eccy! One such technique is understitching. In this article we'll talk you through what it is, why it is important and how to do it. Continue reading

  • September Sew and Tell Vlog

    September Sew and Tell Vlog

    This week I have a little video for you all sharing my most recent makes and how they work well as we transition from Summer to Autumn. There's also a cheeky bit of simple hand embroidery embellishment, which I am loving right now.

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  • Sewing A Dress With An Overlay

    Sewing A Dress With An Overlay

    I've always loved clothes with interesting or unusual details so sewing this Vogue dress with an overlay looked right up my street. I decided to make it in this delightful French viscose. I love the royal blue and flecks of yellow not to mention the 70s vibe. The fabric also drapes beautifully, which I felt was important for this dress. I swotted up on reviews of the pattern and made a few alterations as a result. It was a fun little project so let me tell you all about it. Continue reading

  • Five Reasons To Try Sewing With Scuba

    Sewing in Scuba

    If you follow our blog you will know I recently tried sewing with scuba for the first time. I have to say it was an absolute pleasure. I have been waxing lyrical about it ever since. In fact my love runs so deep I thought it warranted a blog post all of its own. Here are my five reasons for sewing with scuba. Continue reading

  • Sewing Pintucks, Spanish Hem Feet & Ribbon Embellishments

    3 Fancy Sewing Machine Techniques

    We've had a really busy summer here at Sew Essential, but I've still managed to find time to learn some new embellishment sewing techniques on my sewing machine. They are a brilliant way to add some interesting detail to an otherwise plain and simple garment. More importantly they are super easy to master.

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  • Fabric Haul August 2017

    Fabric Haul August 2017

    This week I'm bringing you more drool worthy fabrics and suggested pattern pairings in my latest vlog. Grab a cuppa and settle down for some sewing inspo. There are a few hints at the coming Autumn/Winter range in here too. Enjoy!

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