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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Rouleau Straps With A Loop Turner

Rouleau Straps With A Loop Turner

Here's a quick run down on using a loop turner to create Rouleau straps. 

Rouleau straps can be used for a variety of projects, including (unsurprisingly!) spaghetti straps, loops and ties to name a few. 

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More Hemming! Using Horsehair Braid.

More Hemming! Using Horsehair Braid.

If you're wanting a hem to have structure and volume then why not try horsehair braid. Read on to find out how to insert it into your garments.
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Hand Stitching A Hem - Blind Catch Stitch

Hand Stitching A Hem - Blind Catch Stitch

For those of you who prefer to hem by hand read on to find out how to sew a blind catch stitch.
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Pattern Matching

Pattern Matching

Pattern matching shows real attention to detail and is totally worth it for those special fabrics (or just those people who pay attention to details!).

Here’s a quick run down on how to pattern match. 

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Using Ban-Rol For Narrow Hemming

Using Ban-Rol For Narrow Hemming

Ban-Rol is a great product to use for hemming shifty, fine or sheer fabrics. Read on to find out how.
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Narrow Hemming

Narrow Hemming

This is my favourite method for narrow hemming. I love it as no pinning is needed and it can be completed in 4 easy steps.
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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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Advice for the Advanced Sewist

Advice for the Advanced Sewist

Suddenly you find yourself in a position where you can make a pretty thing or two! You are probably adapting patterns, possibly even pattern making your own, not only to create the perfect garment but also the perfect fit that makes its wearer smile (that's not to say that there won't be the odd failure along the way - that is part of learning right!!). Not only have you gained a new skill, you have gained a new form of escapism and enjoyment. Bring it on!
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