How To Sewing Guides

  • How To Trim And Grade Seams

    How to Trim and Grade Seams

    Often in sewing the most basic techniques, such as how to trim and grade seams are the most important. The first time I ever sat down at a sewing machine Angela taught me to strive for a professional finish. In other words to create a garment where the construction and finish is as good as a well made shop bought item. If you can achieve it the chances are you will feel even happier with your latest make and will want to wear it even more. To create the sought after 'professional finish' you will need to use a number of the basic techniques I refer to, including trimming and grading seams. In this article we share our top tips for how to trim and grade like a pro.

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  • How to Make a High Round Back & Forward Shoulder Adjustment

    How to Make a High Round Back & Forward Shoulder Adjustment

    One of the most common fitting problems in sewing is a high round back. Apparently it is another phenomena we can blame on frequent computer and desk based work. It is certainly a key fitting issue for me and I thought it might be useful to share how I tackle it. In this article I'll show you a toile I made and how I adjusted the pattern and the toile to get a good fit before cutting into my lovely cotton lawn.

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  • Five Techniques for Sewing Clothes on Your Overlocker

    Five Techniques for Making Clothes on Your Overlocker

    Now the winter chill is setting in we are reaching for our cosy knit and jersey fabrics. Although you can create knit garments on a sewing machine, you can also make them using an overlocker. However, I've often heard people say they only use their overlocker for finishing seams. In this article we'll share some tips and techniques to help you gain confidence in this area and get the most out of your machine. Even if you are confident on your overlocker there are some handy little tips you may find useful.

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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

  • How To Press For Success In Your Sewing And Dressmaking

    How To Press For Success In Your Sewing And Dressmaking

    'It is all in the pressing' was the first piece of sewing advice Angela ever gave me. She explained you should spend almost as much time pressing as sewing if you want to achieve a truly professional finish on your handmade garments. Ignore this advice and an incredibly well made item of clothing could still look, well, very handmade. In this article we share Angela's top tips to press like a pro. Continue reading

  • 7 Easy Hand Embroidery Stitches

    7 Easy Hand Embroidery Stitches

    Right now embroidery is brightening up accessories and clothing everywhere you turn. Shoes, handbags, tops, dresses, jeans - I've even seen it on plant pots! Not only is it incredibly pretty, it is easy to master enough hand embroidery stitches to create your very own designs. It is also a calming and therapeutic pastime, which is always a plus point in my book. Here we share 7 easy hand embroidery stitches to get you started and demonstrate how you can start to put them together to create a feminine floral design. Warning this craft is seriously addictive!

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  • How to Hand Sew Button Loops & Rouleau Loops

    How to Hand Sew Button Loops & Sew Rouleau Loops

    Hand sewn button loops and rouleau loops are such a pretty way to fasten a garment, particularly when a feminine finish is required or when working with delicate fabrics. They are ideal for the pretty summer garments we are all working on right now and are relatively easy to master so I wanted to share the love! Here is a little step by step guide on how to create them.

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  • How to Sew Ruffles for a Garment

    How to Sew Ruffles

    Ruffles are one of the key trends this season adding a hint of feminine detail to any garment. Here are our top tips for sewing them, using a gathering foot, attaching them to a garment and some of our favourite ruffle riddled sewing patterns. Whether you want to customise an existing garment or create something new ruffles will up the prettiness stakes and bring it bang up to date.

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  • How to Choose the Right Fabric for my Sewing Project

    How to Choose the Right Fabric

    Put simply choosing the right dressmaking fabric can make or break your sewing project. A number of customers have told us they struggle with this aspect of dressmaking so we've written this guide to help you along the way. Fabric shopping should be nothing but a purely joyful experience after all! Plus we want you to reap the rewards of the time and money you invest in every project.

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  • How to Pipe Seams & Embroider a Garment

    How to Pipe Seams & Embroider a Garment

    In this blog post we'll show you how to get super professional results when piping seams and customising a garment with machine embroidery. Piping is a beautiful way to finish the seams of a garment adding an interesting extra bit of detail to really give it the wow factor. Combine piped seams with embroidery you've chosen to customise that garment perfectly and you have a truly original design in exactly the right colours to match your accessories. This is how the idea for this unique dress made by our very own Angela (co founder of Sew Essential) came to life. You see Angela has a bit of a shoe obsession and just couldn't resist these gorgeous green LK Bennett shoes, but had nothing to wear with them so she did what any respectable seamstress would do and made something.

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