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  • Five Tips & Tricks For Your Overlocker

    Overlocker Tips and Tricks

    A couple of weeks ago we introduced you to overlockers and, as promised, today we're going to share some great uses for your overlocker beyond finishing the raw edges of your garment. Overlockers really can take your sewing to the next level in terms of achieving a very professional finish quickly and easily, which is why you saw them used so frequently in the Great British Sewing Bee this year.

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  • Beginners Guide to Overlockers

    Beginners Guide to Overlockers

    If you're into sewing it's worth finding out what an overlocker is and how it can make your sewing projects more enjoyable. Firstly it can help speed your sewing up and, let's face it, if you have the sewing bug this can only be a good thing since it will allow you to sew more and more projects in the time you have available. Secondly it will help you to achieve a more professional finish to your garments resulting in more of those amazed gasps of wonder from your non sewing buddies as they remark 'I can't believe you made that!' and that just never gets old does it?! Finally there are a whole range of clever tricks you can use an overlocker for other than neatening or finishing seams such as constructing garments in increasingly popular jersey and knit fabrics, creating fancy rolled hems and a whole load of other fancy stitch finishes to name but a few.

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  • The Great British Sewing Bee Mondrian Dress Sewing Pattern Hack

    Vogue 1557 Mondrian Dress Pattern

    This week we are thrilled to bring you the Mondrian dress sewing pattern hack from this year’s Great British Sewing Bee. In this post we’ll give you a little bit of history about the dress, suggested fabrics you can use and our top tips for acing this vintage sewing pattern.

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  • Essential Patchwork and Quilting Toolkit Part 3

    Quilting Toolkit Part 3

    It has been a while since we talked patchwork and quilting on the blog and I thought it was high time we brought you the third and final 'Essential Patchwork and Quilting Toolkit post from the lovely Joan. If you would like to read the series of three articles from the beginning you can find part one here and part two here.

    These articles are great for those of you who are new to patchwork and quilting, but we would also recommend experienced patchwork and quilting fans to have a read. It is easy to continue to use the same tools or techniques you always have without question, but sometimes hearing the advice/opinion of one of your peers can teach you something new you wish you had known years ago.

    In this article Joan will tell us all there is to know about template plastic, graph paper, the quilters quarter or seam wheel, freezer paper and Bondaweb. So settle down, grab a cuppa and over to you Joan...

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  • The Great British Sewing Bee Contestants 2016

    Great British Sewing Bee 2016

    We've all been waiting for this moment since February last year - well we at Sew Essential have anyway! The Sewing Bee is back and the first of eight episodes starts on BBC 2 on Monday the 16th of May at 9 o'clock. There's simply nothing better than sipping a cuppa glass of wine, settling down and watching the drama unfold. It never ceases to amaze me how the contestants manage to cope and sew under all that pressure and it is a joy to see the amazing creative designs that pop up along the way.

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  • The Sew Essential Bloggers Meet

    Sew Essential Blogger Meet

    A while ago we advertised the fact we would be hosting a sewing blogger meet up at Sew Essential HQ. It seemed like it was a nice idea off in the future somewhere and I didn't need to think too deeply about it. Before I knew it the weeks had rolled by, bloggers had reserved their places and it was time to get organising! I couldn't wait to meet everyone and sprung into action quick sharp!

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  • The Big Vintage Sewalong at Sew Essential

    The Big Vintage Sewalong

    Here at Sew Essential we are proud to be supporting the McCalls Pattern Company Big Vintage Sewalong. We have put together this special blog post to help you find your vintage va va voom and join in the fun! Twenty vintage sewing patterns have been selected for the sewalong and a different sewing blogger will be making their favourite design each week so why not join them?

    You can share your creation with others taking part via social media using #bvsewalong. There will even be a vintage tea party taking place at the Knitting & Stitching Shows at the Alexandra Palace and Harrogate in the autumn for participants to attend wearing their very own vintage creation.

    Not only will it be a whole lot of fun taking part in the sewalong it is for a great cause too. Money from the sale of each of the featured 20 patterns listed below will be donated to the Eve Appeal - a charity working to achieve better prevention and detection of women's cancers.

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  • Top Sewing Trends for Spring / Summer 2016

    Top Sewing Trends for Spring / Summer

    Finally the sun is shining (albeit a bit nippy!) and we are getting more and more excited about the sewing patterns and dressmaking fabrics that will build our spring/summer handmade wardrobe.

    The Butterick half price pattern starts today and New Look and Kwik Sew half price sewing pattern sales end at midnight on Sunday making it the perfect time for some spring/summer sewing inspiration.

    We’ve selected some of the key trends for the new season and the patterns and fabrics you can use to get the look below, but remember this is just a sneaky peak of our full range so have a good rummage and see what other gems you can find!

    Not only do we have hundreds of sewing patterns on offer, with prices starting at just £2.95, we also have some gorgeous new and existing fabrics in stock, plus all the haberdashery and supplies you need to whip up a new wardrobe for the new season in no time!

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  • Sewing Blogger Meet Up 10th April at Sew Essential

    Blogger Meet Up

    We've thoroughly enjoyed our foray into the world of blogging so far! From the Sew Brum meet up to working with some of our favourite sewing bloggers on sponsored projects and giveaways we're having a ball! Not to mention writing about our makes and sharing our top tips...so we thought it was time to host a sewing blogger meet up and combine our two great loves - sewing and cake!

    We've joined forces with Krafty Kat and Samantha of Crafternoon Tea Hostess to reach out to the blogging community and will be hosting a meet at Sew Essential HQ in South Derbyshire near Ashby de la Zouch on Sunday 10th April.

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  • Essential Patchwork and Quilting Toolkit Part 2

    Quilting Accessories

    This week we're pleased to bring you the second post in our 'Essential Patchwork and Quilting Toolkit' series written by our lovely resident patchwork and quilting guru Joan! Joan gives us hints and tips for choosing the right tools for the job - perfect for those new to patchwork and quilting, but also a good opportunity to review all the options for a more experienced hobbyist. Last week Joan covered pins, needles, thread, fabric markers and thimbles and this week it's all about cutting equipment, cutting boards, rulers and templates. Over to you Joan!

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