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  • Sewing with Knit & Jersey Fabrics

    Sewing with Knit and Jersey Fabrics

    If you haven't already noticed we do so love sewing with knit and jersey fabrics at Sew Essential. Comfortable to wear, easy to fit and to sew - what's not to love?! Whether you are firmly in our camp or terrified by the very thought of sewing with stretch fabrics, this article is packed full of tips and tricks to help you get professional results every time. Continue reading

  • 2018 Sewing Plans #Makenine

    2018 Sewing Plans #Makenine

    At the start of a new year, sewing projects are my favourite things to reflect on and plan. You may have seen my recent vlog where I shared everything I made last year. Here I'm reviewing and planning my #makenine AKA a fun little hashtag you can get involved in via Instagram or just for fun. The idea is to choose nine garments you would like to make over the course of the year and see how it goes. No pressure just a bit of fun. Read on to find out how I did in 2017 and what my thoughts are for the coming year.

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  • Tried & True Sewing Patterns

    Tried and True Sewing Patterns

    After sewing for two years I've actually hit the point of sewing the same pattern more than once. It was something I always said I would do after each successful project, but secretly thought I'd probably never get around to it. I thought I would always want to try something new and exciting. I would be too busy honing new skills to spend time making something a second or third time. Well I was wrong, I am a total convert and will explain why. Looking ahead to 2018 I thought it might be interesting to consider whether tried and true patterns will be a part of your sewing journey this year.

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  • Merry Christmas & Join Our Q&A

    Merry Christmas & Join Our Q&A

    I simply couldn't sign off for the holidays without wishing you all a very Merry Christmas. Plus we will be launching new and exciting Q and A vlogs in the New Year. Tune in and find out how you can join in the fun.

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  • 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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  • My Second Year In Dressmaking

    My Second Year in Sewing

    The end of the year is a time when many of us reflect. It also just so happens to mark my sewiversary AKA when I started sewing. Two years ago in November I finally decided it was time to learn. This video is a whistle stop tour of my makes from my second year in dressmaking. You can still find most of the patterns and fabrics on our site. I have linked to the blog article for each garment in the blog article for this video so you can find them easily. You can also see my 'First Year in Dressmaking' video here. Continue reading

  • Sewing A Ruffle Blouse

    Sewing A Ruffle Blouse

    This week I'm sharing my most recent make - a blouse with ruffles. I spotted the pattern a while ago and decided it would be a fun project. It was a great way to dip my toe in the ruffle trend whilst creating a truly wearable garment. It was also the perfect pattern for this delightful cotton lawn. As always I'll share the fitting adjustments I made and thoughts on the instructions and techniques.

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  • Top Sewing Trends Autumn/Winter 2017

    Top Sewing Trends Autumn/Winter 2017

    My favourite thing about the arrival of a new season is the exciting new sewing projects. I love nothing more than leafing my way through a fashion magazine spotting the trends I plan to sew. Here is a quick round up of some of the key trends this season and the patterns and fabrics you can use to recreate them. Fear not, the focus is firmly on wearable garments rather than crazy fashion fads.

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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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  • 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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