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How You Can Save Money by Sewing, Invisible Zipper Application, How

Sewing Terminology

New to the world of sewing and confused by the language? Don’t let these new words prevent you from exploring your creativity. Let us provide you with a quick reference guide and soon you will know your give from your grading! Everything from A-Z The world of sewing has its …

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Invisible Zipper Application

If you are making a skirt dress or a pair of trousers you will need to incorporate a zip somewhere along the line. The invisible zipper, as seen here, is really your best option but it might seem like a tall order for a sewing novice. Fear not, there are …

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Basic Hand Sewing

It’s time to step away from the machine. If you are a die-hard machinist this might be a trying time but don’t fear! Hand sewing is a skill that can be re-learnt easily. Here are some basics that no self-respecting dressmaker can be without. The Magic Four Here are four …

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How to Sew a Dart

If you have ever tried to make clothes fit you will know what a dart is. For those sewing novices, this is one technique that you really must master before you make costumes or clothes. This is our quick rundown of all that you need to know! What is it? …

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Resizing a Pattern

Not all bodies are equal and not all patterns have been designed to fit our figures. Sometimes you will have to resize the pattern that you have followed religiously. How do you do that? Simply resize it! It isn’t as hard or as challenging as it sounds! What You Need …

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Choosing the Right Thread

When you first enter a sewing supply shop you may be amazed by the range of threads there are to choose from. It’s difficult for a beginner to know what to choose. For basic sewing it doesn’t matter too much, but when you start working with more challenging fabrics, or …

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How Much Do You Know About Sewing?

If you’ve read a lot of the articles on these pages, you probably think you’re pretty knowledgeable about sewing, so why not put your knowledge to the test in this fun quiz? 1. The thread keeps breaking on your sewing machine. You’re sure it’s threaded correctly, the bobbins are neatly …

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How You Can Save Money by Sewing

When money is tight, there’s no better way to make savings than knowing how to do things for yourself. It’s here that sewing really comes into its own as a practical life skill. But many people remain unaware of the sheer variety of ways in which sewing can help you …

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Six Sewing Uses for Material Scraps

When you’re doing a lot of sewing you will inevitably find yourself with scraps of fabric left over. These may seem too small to do anything with, but in fact there are many ways you can put them to use. These inventive solutions can reduce waste, save you money and …

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Rescuing Rumpled Seams

When you’re first learning to make your own clothes it’s easy to mess up the seams. You might not even notice until you’ve gone all the way along, at which point it’s frustrating to face unpicking the whole thing. Fortunately there are practical solutions you can apply. These will also …

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