The Sewing Gem Christmas Gift Guide

The Sewing Gem Christmas Gift Guide

If you need present ideas for a sewer in your life then we have you covered. Take a look at our Christmas gift guide...
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Christmas Stockings

Christmas Stockings

Here's a quick how to make Christmas stockings. Make one as a decoration for the tree or twenty-four and use them as an advent calendar. Enlarge the pattern and make a stocking for Santa to fill.
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Tips On Tuesday - How To Use Carbon Paper

Tips On Tuesday - How To Use Carbon Paper

We thought we'd give a quick 'how to' on using carbon paper and a tracing wheel as a method of transferring pattern markings. There's a few things to consider when it comes to deciding if this is the best method for your project.
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Tips on Tuesday - Sewing Bust Darts

Tips on Tuesday - Sewing Bust Darts

A few tips for sewing all darts, but particularly bust darts and avoiding the Madonna look!
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Tips For Working With Stretch Fabrics

Tips For Working With Stretch Fabrics

A few tips for sewing, hemming and assessing the stretch percentage of knit fabrics.
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How To Shorten An Invisible Zipper

How To Shorten An Invisible Zipper

I love invisible zippers - I find them quick and easy to insert. They can also be shortened, which means as long as your zipper is longer (rather than shorter) that you need it will work for your project. Perhaps this is a good way of using up extra long zippers that you are wondering if you'll ever need.
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Sewing With Slippery And Delicate Fabrics

Sewing With Slippery And Delicate Fabrics

Nine tips for sewing with slippery and delicate fabrics.
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Tips On Tuesday - Adding A Trim To A Hem

Tips On Tuesday - Adding A Trim To A Hem

This week's tips on Tuesday is attaching a trim to a hem.
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Tips On Tuesday - Hong Kong Seams

Tips On Tuesday - Hong Kong Seams

A quick how to on creating Hong Kong seams. Perfect for creating neat and professional unlined garments.
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Attaching Tips to Spiral Steel Boning

Attaching Tips to Spiral Steel Boning

Here's a quick run down of how to use our spiral steel boning kits.
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Cushions with Perfect Piping

Cushions with Perfect Piping

This year as Christmas presents for the in-laws I made some cushion covers with invisible zippers and piping around the edge. No pattern was needed and it was a super simple sew. Here's how...
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The support layer that could just hold your strapless dress in place!

The support layer that could just hold your strapless dress in place!

This year's Christmas dress challenge is creating a support layer to keep everything in place. It will be a fairly simple dress from the outside, but with a whole load of experimenting and engineering underneath to give the girls some extra support. If you're interested in finding out how I'm doing this read on.

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