The Ultimate Guide To Hand and Machine Sewing Needles

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.

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How To Use a KAM Snap Press

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. 

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What To Make With Mesh Fabric

Hey Seam-Stars,

Now you’ve learnt everything you need to know about Mesh from our handy fabric guide, why not get inspired by some project ideas! Missed our fabric guide? You can take a look at the blog here.

We have some fab patterns from ByAnnie that would be great projects to get started with sewing with mesh.

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11 Tips For Sewing with Mesh Fabric

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!

Image: Road Trip Organiser from ByAnnie

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What is Mesh Fabric?

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Go Super Size with Extra Wide Fabrics!

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. 

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No Overlocker? No Problem! Finishing Seams without an Overlocker or Serger

Do I need an overlocker?

We see this question a lot! Everyone knows that the best way to give your projects a polished & professional finish is to make sure all of your seams are finished neatly – it’s not often we buy items in the shops and they are left with raw seams! As well as being aesthetically pleasing, appropriately finished seams can help your project or garment last longer, stay together better and strengthen the seams, which is ideal if you plan on washing it!

The best way to finish a seam to a professional standard is with an overlocker, however there are plenty of ways to finish seams using a regular sewing machine, or tools you already have too – meaning you can have a clean finish whether you are a beginner or advanced in your sewing, and have not yet made the leap to purchase an overlocker or serger. 

So here are just a few techniques on how to finish your seams without an overlocker or serger…

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A Rainbow Of Possibilities! Kona Fabric Guide

What is Kona fabric?

Kona is premium quality quilting cotton by Robert Kaufman and we believe it’s the quilter’s 1st choice when choosing fabrics for their projects! 

Kona Jelly Roll

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How many colours of Kona fabric are there?

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A Guide To Bias Binding

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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!

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10 Tips For Sewing With Chalk Cloth Fabric

In this comprehensive guide to sewing with Chalk Cloth, you will learn 10 tips for sewing with chalk cloth fabric. In addition, you will also learn the benefits of using it for your different projects.

Look at our amazing Chalk Cloth it is so much fun to stitch with.

It works exactly like a traditional chalk board but it is a fabric. You can write on it, draw on it and the great thing is, it’s wipe clean, so that you can use it again and again. 

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A Beginner’s Guide To Dressmaking Patterns

Are you intimidated by patterns? Not sure how to read a sewing pattern?

Confused by the back of the envelope? Not sure what the symbols mean?

We’ve got you covered!

Grab a cuppa, read on & let us demystify how to read a sewing pattern!

How to read a dressmaking pattern
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