Tips For Working With Pleats

Tips For Working With Pleats

If you are wanting perfect pleats in your next garment read on to find out how. Tips include how to avoid unwanted ridges when pressing and creating a hem that behaves!
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Sewing A French Dart

Sewing A French Dart

French Darts!! I remember sewing the Eve Dress by Sew Over it, quite a few years back. It's a shift dress and has French Darts, but I wasn't happy with the darts on the toile. After a bit of research this was how I managed to get smooth looking French darts (these steps are particularly important if you have a larger bust!). Happy sewing!
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Beautiful Buttonholes!

Beautiful Buttonholes!

Here are a few tips for beautiful buttonholes! There are a few top tools that really help with this. Read on to find what we'd suggest.
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A Couple Of Gathering Tips!

A Couple Of Gathering Tips!

Here are few gathering tips to help get your gathers just so!
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Creating A Thread Chain

Creating A Thread Chain

A thread chain is a great option for belt or button loops. It's also a great way to create bra strap holders inside garments. One of my favourite things about thread chains is that they easily be easily added to the garment right at the end of sewing (so you don't have to worry about loops and things when you're in the middle of construction). 

Here's how to create a thread loop.

1. Cut two long pieces (approx. 70cm) of all purpose thread.

 

2. Pull both pieces of thread through a needle so it becomes 4 threads.

TIP: It's a good idea (although not essential) to run thread wax along the thread. This will help to stop the threads from knotting.

 

3. Tie a knot in the end of your threads.

4. Insert the needle where you require the thread chain to begin. You can sew another knot here for security if you would like (before you start sewing your thread chain).

5. Reinsert the needle in the same spot and pull through, but do not pull all the way. Keep that loop!

6. Hold the loop open with two fingers. Hold the thread with the needle in the other hand.

7. Pull the threads with the needle attached through the loop and pull to create a knot and another loop. (This is much more intuitive than it sounds, I promise! ). Effectively you are folding the threads with the needle attached in half to create the loop, which you then pull on.

8. Repeat this step over and over until the thread chain is long enough.

9. Finish by knotting at the end of the thread chain. Usually this means finishing the thread chain in the garment.

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Using Clover Loop Pressing Bars

Using Clover Loop Pressing Bars

This week we have a quick run down on using Clover Loop Pressing Bars. Read on to find out what they are used for and how they work.
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A few Tips For Sewing A Collar

A few Tips For Sewing A Collar

This week I've a few handy tips for sewing collars, including getting a really crisp sharp collar point!
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Exposed Hong Kong Seams

Exposed Hong Kong Seams

Read on for a quick how to sew an exposed Hong Kong seam. Hong Kong seams do take extra work so why not put them where they can be seen. This is a great way to add a bit of individuality to your garments. Happy sewing!
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How to: French Seams

How to: French Seams

Read on for a quick run through on sewing French seams. A great option for sheer or lightweight fabric or if you don't own an overlocker and require a professional finish.
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Reducing Stretching on Necklines, Zippers and Waistlines

Reducing Stretching on Necklines, Zippers and Waistlines

Here's a few tips for minimising the chances of stretching on garments when sewing. It's not the most exciting part of a sewing project, but it is essential for making sure there's no stretched necklines or armholes.
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Reducing Bulky Seams

Reducing Bulky Seams

Reducing the bulk inside your seams is really important for getting a professional finish. Read on to find out how I like to create crisp necklines without the lining peaking out.
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Using The Prym Turning Set

Using The Prym Turning Set

Read on to find out how to use the Prym Turning Set. Perfect for turning out straps, belt loops and ties.
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