How To Sewing Guides

  • 7 Easy Ways to Fix Stitch Quality Problems

    How to Fix Stitch Quality Problems

    As a specialist sewing machine dealer for over 15 years we've helped many customers to overcome stitch quality problems. In our experience the vast majority of problems can be easily resolved at home by following these 7 tips.

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  • How to Raise and Lower Bust Darts VLOG

    How to Raise and Lower a Bust Dart VLOG If you're going to the trouble of making a garment it's worth taking the time to achieve a good fit from your sewing pattern. One of the key areas of focus is the bust and by learning a few simple sewing pattern adjustments it is easier than you might think. In this week's video I show you how to raise or lower a bust dart and explain why you might want to do this.

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  • How to Make a Small Bust Adjustment

    Small Bust Adjustment How-To

    This week on the vlog I show you how to make a small bust adjustment to your sewing patterns. The basic principles are the same for a full bust adjustment so it is useful for anyone with those issues too.

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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 step by step how to alter your pattern to fit and I've even included a handy video too.

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  • How to Sew with Slippery Fabrics

    How to Sew with Slippery Fabrics

     

    Depending on who you are and how busy your social calendar is, party season is either already upon you or fast approaching. So what are you making? Probably something shiny, glitzy or all of the above. Slippery fabrics like crepe de chine, silk and satin make dreamy party attire, but they can be a nightmare to sew. Not if you follow our top tips for sewing with slippery fabrics. They'll make all your party dress dreams can come true.

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  • How to Finish a Neckline with Bias Binding - Five Different Ways

    How to Finish a Neckline with Bias Binding

    Bias binding is a quick, easy and neat way to finish raw edges in areas such as necklines, armholes or sleeves. In this article we share five (yes five) ways you can finish a raw edge with a binding depending on your preference.

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  • How to Sew a Knit or Jersey V Neck

    How to Sew a Knit or Jersey V Neck

    Personally I love a V neck and find them very flattering. They seem to accentuate the bust whilst also revealing the collar bone for a nice slimming effect. I'd never sewn one in jersey until I made my tropical maxi dress and was pleasantly surprised how easy it was to draft and sew a knit V neck.

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  • How to Sew Perfect Knit Neckbands with a Coverstitch Binding Attachment

    How to Sew Perfect Knit Neckbands with a Coverstitch Binding Attachment

    A coverstitch binding attachment will help you to achieve perfect and professional knit and jersey neckbands every time. No more stress, no more holding of breath, just straight forward, easy knit neckbands in one simple step. In this video I'll demonstrate exactly how it works and where you can find the attachment for your coverstitch/coverlock machine to make your perfect jersey neckband dreams a reality!

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  • How To Sew An Invisible Zip The Really Clever Way

    How To Sew An Invisible Zip The Really Clever Way

    Sewing an invisible zipper strikes fear into the hearts of many a sewist! One of the main challenges is avoiding that annoying bubble that can occur at the end of the zip. In this handy tutorial we'll show you how to prevent the bubble and remove the challenge of sewing around the zipper. It's a goodie!

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  • How to Sew an All In One Double Sleeve Cuff

    How to Sew an All In One Double Sleeve Cuff

    This double cuff tutorial is a great way to change the sleeve design of a garment. I always think a rolled up cuff looks modern and casual. A kind of 'I just threw this on, but my look is totally put together' vibe. Learn how to do it in just a few easy steps.

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