As sewing enthusiasts, we all know how crucial it is to use the right tool for the job. And let’s be real, scissors are our ultimate weapon of choice! But did you know that not all scissors are created equal? From pinking shears to fabric scissors to embroidery scissors, each type serves a unique purpose in the sewing world. Using the right type of scissors can make a world of difference, not only in the outcome of your project but in the overall ease and enjoyment of the process. So, let’s dive into the world of scissors and get to know our trusty crafty cutting companions a little better….
Welcome to post number 3 in our Care & Repair Series! Hands up if you love a pocket?! 🙋♀️ Pockets are a complete joy to dressmakers everywhere… but what if your pocket wears out? Or are too small? In this post we’re going to walk you through how to repair a pocket, not in one but TWO ways!
This method can also be used to extend a pocket in a shop bought garment if the original pockets are too small for your needs. The joys of DIY, eh?!
Read on to learn how to repair a pocket… it’s easier than you think. We’ve even got a no sew option for you…
Have you heard about fold over elastic? Ever wondered what this product is, where it can be used and how to apply fold over elastic?
You’re in the right place! In this product guide we’re going to shine a light on all things fold over elastic so grab a cuppa and read on!
Ever heard of manilla pattern card and wondered what it is, and how it’s used in the sewing industry?
This special card is used extensively by industry professionals, pattern cutters, dressmakers & couture houses alike. It is specifically manufactured for making dressmaking pattern pieces and pattern cutting blocks more durable.
But why leave this amazing product for the professionals to benefit from when the home sewist can find so many uses for it?!
If you have a “Tried & Tested” dressmaking pattern you might want to consider investing in some Manila pattern card to preserve the life of your perfect pattern pieces, as well as making them easier for you to trace around.
If you are pattern cutting at home or tracing standard blocks, using this card means they can your pattern pieces be used over and again as a starting point for all basic garments.Continue reading “What is Manilla Pattern Card?”
Ever wondered what a continuous zip is?
Does adding a zip pull to zip tape seem daunting?
We’re here to help!Continue reading “What are Continuous Zips? A Product Guide”
Tired of confusing needle types and struggling to understand needle size charts? Ringing a bell seam-star?
Well, the good thing is you’re not the only one! It can be suuuper duper confusing, especially if you’ve recently started sewing.
But every day is a school day, which is why we’ve put together a comprehensive guide to sewing needles to help you navigate the world of BOTH machine & hand sewing needles.
Or if you’re a seasoned seam-star this is a great refresher to brush up on your knowledge.Continue reading “The Ultimate Guide To Hand and Machine Sewing Needles”
Are you on the hunt for plastic snap fasteners for your latest project? Maybe you’ve invested in some but are feeling a little lost on how to install them? We hope our latest blog can help with all your KAM snap worries.Continue reading “How To Use a KAM Snap Press”
Mesh fabric can be a little intimidating – how can you get something with so many holes in to stay together? But with a little technical guidance, mesh is actually very easy to sew, and can be applied to many different projects!
Mesh fabric comes in lots of different weights and types, used for different things such as sportswear, bridal wear, bag making and even practical purposes like workwear and equipment – but today we’ll be discussing the Polyester Mesh we sell which is perfect for bags and accessories!
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What is Mesh Fabric?Continue reading “15 Tips For Sewing with Mesh Fabric”
Huge Fabric Scraps
Ever heard the term “wide backs” and wondered what it means? No – it’s not a dressmaking alteration for the broad shouldered!
Some of you beginner seam-stars out there have come across some fabrics on our website which are a huuuuge 106” wide and might think, why on earth would you need a piece of fabric that wide?! Well you’re in luck! In this blog, we’ll be going through why we need extra wide fabrics and inspire you with what they can be used for.Continue reading “Go Super Size with Extra Wide Fabrics!”
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Bias binding is a seam-stars best friend!
Have you ever used it before?
We use it ALL the time in our in-house projects and everyday sewing, it’s used to cover those not so pretty raw edges and gives a project a neat finish.
As well as being available in multiple colours adding a dash of excitement to your project!
Did you know you can use bias binding on a range of different materials and projects?
It’s suitable to use on garments, quilts, cushions and much more and come in various different materials too!Continue reading “A Guide To Bias Binding”