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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Easy Flat Felled Seams

Easy Flat Felled Seams

This week I'm covering Flat felled seams. These are great for garments that need reinforcing. I'm talking jeans, men's shirts, any seams that come under a lot of stress.

Much like French seam they do take longer to sew, but totally worth it for the right garment:)

1. Fold a 1 cm seam allowance to the wrong side on one piece of fabric and press.

2. Position the raw edge of the other piece of fabric on the pressed fold line. Fabric should be wrong sides together.

3. Stitch the garment together 7.5mm from the fold, encasing the fabric.

4. Lay the garment completely flat and press the 'seam allowance' to the side so that you can't see the raw edge.

5. Stitch through all layers 7.5mm from previous stitching line. I've used contrasting thread here, but only so it can be seen clearly in the images.

And there you have an easy flat felled seam.  

 

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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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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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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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Self-Covered Buttons

Self-Covered Buttons

Here’s a quick ‘how to’ on creating your own self-covering buttons. A great way to make sure your buttons match your project perfectly.
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Meet Becky!

Meet Becky!

Meet our resident expert Becky who will be adding valuable tips and advice to our Tips on Tuesday blogs (from next week!).

Meet Becky... 

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Tips On Tuesday - Joining Piping.

Tips On Tuesday - Joining Piping.

Here’s a quick ‘how to’ join piping in a round. Perfect for adding piping to cushions or necklines or armholes.
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Specialist Pins And When To Use Them - Part 1

Specialist Pins And When To Use Them - Part 1

As the pin selection has grown at Sewing Gem it was time to do a quick run-down on choosing the right pin for the job.
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Odicoat!

Odicoat!

Here you’ll find a few tips on using Odicoat, from applying to sewing.  Read here for more information on project placemat.
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